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    The Daily Troll: What's got Inslee so hot? Reichert's food stamp flip-flop. Tom Douglas Dynasty, revealed.

    Jeff Bezos is getting almost talkative.
    Tom Douglas opens a new emporium in South lake Union.

    Tom Douglas opens a new emporium in South lake Union. Credit:: www.omnivoracious.com

    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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    Joe Copeland is political editor for Crosscut. You can reach him at Joe.Copeland@crosscut.com.

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    Posted Fri, Sep 20, 6:28 p.m. Inappropriate

    Thus, we quoteth:
    "Transportation in Puget Sound is at the proverbial fork in the road. We expect 1 million more in 20 years. Ferries, roads, freeways need rehabilitation, but struggle to keep up daily use of trucks/commuters. The recession impact (undermined) basic operating revenue for local transit. Partisan politics reared its ugly head on transportation (issues?) in an uncharacteristic way.

    As our regional life becomes more urban, Crosscut expanded coverage of urban issues, technology, development, transportation become (distinctly?) more important.

    The good news is that "transportation improvements" are underway in the region. Most regional community leaders embrace a vision of an integrated transport system as thee prudent path forward. But {a big but} decisions on what investments are first are to be made now, then what’s next, then how we pay for transportation services."

    (Now, I ask; Is this or is this NOT a draconian demand?)

    "Crosscut membership ensures members of an urbanizing region; have forums for views from all sides with in-depth analysis of back-story and choices before us, and an opportunity for civic engagement using social media.

    Together, we explore, discuss, agree or disagree, and in the end, provide "our" (S)elected officials with informed positions on quality of life for Puget Sound, Washington."

    The DBT will BE a cat-astroph-ick FAIL-yerrrrrr...


    Posted Sat, Sep 21, 8:43 a.m. Inappropriate

    "And just exactly how does [Inslee's] letter help get the state's business done?"

    Well, of course it doesn't, and it's just one more indication that this man is hopelessly out of his depth as governor. The GOP's attempt to defund Obamacare is all style and no substance (because the chances that the president would sign such a bill are zero), but Inslee's comments are devoid of even style. The "still-recovering economy and underemployment" are still issues to a large extent because of Obamacare and its requirement that all full-time employees be covered. Thus the unprecedented increase in part-time jobs and stagnation in the full-time middle class job market. This is what the president, another economics know-nothing refers to as "Growing the economy from the middle out." Good luck with that.


    Posted Sun, Sep 22, 9:31 a.m. Inappropriate

    The "unprecedented" increase in part-time jobs has a precedent. It mirrors the early 80's economic recovery under Reagan. Many economists predicted the same increase in part-time jobs during this recovery. Right now, there is no evidence that the increase in part-time jobs is due to Obamacare or if it is simply the way the economy recovers after a bad recession.

    Posted Sun, Sep 22, 6:52 p.m. Inappropriate

    dbreneman, the ACA still hasn't fully taken effect, and yet you're blaming underemployment (which was caused by many factors, all results of the 2008 crash) on the ACA? That's pretty mind-boggling.


    Posted Mon, Sep 23, 8:36 a.m. Inappropriate

    Agreed. The right-wingers are no worried that Obamacare will fail, but that it will work, and provide healthcare to a good portion of folks who do not have it, and will help to bring down the cost curve. I would rather have seen us go single payer and open Medicare to everyone - but that was squashed pretty quick. The right wing wackos in the House are now poised to really give us an econmic dink, all for what? Idiots.


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