Meet ... Congressman Inslee?
Jay Inslee has blasted congressional Republicans as being out of touch with the real world in their attempts to defund the Affordable Care Act, reports Joel Connelly of seattlepi.com. A letter Inslee sent to congressional leaders cites the still-recovering economy and underemployment and says, "Congress must recognize what is at stake in the real world, including here in Washington state." We get that he's trying to phrase this as the governor, but it reminds us of his ever-ready criticisms of the opposite party while he was in Congress. And just exactly how does this letter help get the state's business done? — J.C.
Meet ... Tea Party Dave?
Speaking of House Republicans, they just pushed through a measure to cut food stamps by $40 billion, without — as Connelly also notes — a single Democratic vote. Perhaps more surprisingly, Eastside Congressman Dave Reichert, widely viewed as a moderate, voted with the majority of his party on the measure. As The Seattle Times' D.C. correspondent Kyung M. Song noted in January, Reichert said he was glad to become chair of a subcommittee overseeing food stamps because he would like to help people "who have fallen on difficult times."
This debate — the Senate hasn't acted, and is unlikely to approve the cuts — comes just as an end to stimulus funding is about to reduce food stamp benefits. Meanwhile, a new report from The Children's Alliance says 6.1 percent of households experienced hunger in Washington state last year. That's almost at record levels we saw during the recession, which peaked at 6.2 percent. Republican supporters argue that the House measure would take effect over 10 years, giving the economy time to recover. And those 10 years will be golden? — J.C.
Meet the Tom Douglas Dynasty
What's the secret to Tom Douglas' prolific ... well, Tom Douglasness? A new feature story from Seattle Times restaurant whisperer Nancy Leson claims it's his hardworking, detail-oriented team — a group he's gathered over years of restaurant work and modeled in his own self-image.
Leson's portraits of Douglas' core team — business partner Eric Tanaka, CEO Pamela Hinckley, director of operations Sean Hartley, general manager Gretchen Geisness, quality control "maven" Shelley Lance and partner at Prosser Farm Jackie Cross — illustrate a restaurant empire built on dedication, creativity and that most elusive of things, trust. It's a good thing, too. Though the Douglas dynasty seems powered by MiracleGro, even the man himself has limits. Especially when it comes to being in multiple places at the same time. — B.A.
Meet the elusive Jeff Bezos
Is this a personal record? Amazon's normally out-of-sight boss Jeff Bezos has given at least two interviews this month: one to his recently acquired Washington Post and now one to Seattle journalist and UW administrator Hanson Hosein. Hosein's UWTV program "Four Peaks" features a lengthy, rather uplifting — keeping your sense of wonder, innovation and Seattle history — interview. It's running repeatedly on NWCN this weekend.
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