Boeing talks shutdown furloughs
If the government shutdown continues, Boeing could furlough an unspecified number of defense and space employees as early as next week. The Seattle Times reports that furloughs are "currently not expected" in the commercial airplanes division, which makes up most of the company's operations here. If the furlough continues long enough to cause problems with certifying 787s for delivery, Reuters reports that Boeing's 787 plant in South Carolina would face problems sooner than the one in Everett. That's because the Federal Aviation Administration maintains tighter control at a newer plant in North Charleston. — J.C.
Wash. delegation shutdown pay round-up
Roughly 800,000 federal workers are furloughed without pay as the partial government shutdown sinks into its fourth day. Congressional representatives and senators, however, continue to receive their paychecks — $3,346 per week or $174,000 annually. Based on reports from the AP, CNN, the Washington Post, the Seattle Times and KiroTV, here’s the breakdown of Washington state congressional delegation members forgoing pay.
Rep. Suzan DelBene (D), Doc Hastings (R), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R), Derek Kilmer (D) and David Reichert (R) are not accepting pay. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R) will donate her pay to a Vancouver-based nonprofit that works to prevent sex trafficking. Denny Heck told KiroTV he is donating some of his pay to support the families of furloughed employees, but would not say how much, or precisely to whom. Rick Larsen (D), Jim McDermott (D) and Adam Smith (D) will keep their pay.
As for Washington's senators, Patty Murray said she'd take her pay. Maria Cantwell has not announced any plans for her shutdown salary. Murray supported a Senate bill in 2011 that would've denied lawmakers pay during government shutdowns. Rep. Richard Nolan, D-Minn., introduced a similar bill in the House on Sept. 30 called the "No Government No Pay Act of 2013."— B.L.
Dark alley politics in the mayor's race
Students of Seattle politics probably saw this coming, but Jerry Everard, owner of Neumos and Spitfire, has struck back against a prominent Seattle nighlife endorsement of Ed Murray for mayor yesterday. "Is the music community better off now than it was before McGinn took office? The answer is a resounding Hell Yes!!" Publicola quotes him as saying in an email. He specifically went after Dave Meinert (owner of Lost Lake & Five Point), saying Meinert "does not speak for the music community."
Seattle Times political writer Jim Brunner sent out a link to Publicola's story, tweeting"Hipster fight!" (The Stranger's SLOG also waded into the mudslinging, publishing full text of Everard's email and Meinert's response without any acknowledgment of Publicola's earlier story. Hipster media fight?)
Our media diet: Pure liberal?
Seattle's media diet is New York Times and NPR all the time, right? Not according to an interactive real-time map released by Bit.ly this week. Turns out that Washington state is dominated by the NYT — we love our liberal newspapers — but NPR ranks a surprising 10th out of 10 in TV/radio shares. The same spot it takes in Texas. Radio and televisionwise, we look more like the lonestar state (CBS, Fox and CNN) than New York (Al Jazeera, NPR, CNBC). Magazines, however, tell the story we're more used to hearing: National Geographic, the New Yorker and Wired take the top three spots.
Of course, this is based on media shared using Bit.ly over the last 10 minutes, so you can't read too much into it. And it doesn't take many regional media properties into account. Bit.ly has an explanation, of sorts: "We wanted to include more media properties, but the map started to get too difficult to read in a useful way, so we had to limit each category." — A.S.
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