Grocers sued on pro-GMO campaign
Attorney General Bob Ferguson is asking a court to force the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) to disclose donations it received from groups that oppose the labeling of foods with GMO products. The suit charges that the association received $7 million in secret contributions for the No-on-522 campaign. "Truly fair elections demand all sides follow the rules by disclosing who their donors are and how much they are spending to advocate their views," said ferguson. The association's D.C. office issued a statement saying it was looking into the suit, adding, "GMA takes great care to understand and comply with all state election and campaign finance laws and is surprised to learn that the Washington State authorities viewed the association’s actions as improper."
Back to work. For now.
As Congress raced to put together a short-term deal to resume operations, Sen. Patty Murray will play a key role as one of the two top leaders who will organize a House-Senate conference committee to work out a larger budget deal. The Herald's Jerry Cornfield reports that she spoke with House Republican Paul Ryan to start work on the committee. She also took to the floor of the Senate to declare there was a "silver lining" in a lesson supposedly learned: Tantrums don't work. Murray, a one-time pre-school teacher, said, "When you throw a tantrum on the floor acting like a 2-year-old you don't get the candy bar that you threw the tantrum for in the first place." We'll see whether House Republicans get the message.
The Washington Post's Federal Eye column suggests that an immediate return to work for federal workers is likely, so offices could reopen Wednesday.
Always functioning: State pot regulators
The state has adopted its regulations for the legal marijuana market and will begin accepting applications for stores, producers and processors on Nov. 18. Seattlepi.com's Jake Ellison says that now the new rules will create new pressure on the Legislature to create some regulatory framework for medical marijuana producers and dispeners. In the meantime, though, get ready for a flood of applications for the licenses. Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes is pressing the board for more licensed retailers in Seattle "if the initial 21 licenses are insufficient to meet demand in our city." Only 21 for the whole city? Let's hope they're all situated along major transit corridors so the city can keep its car miles driven and carbon footprint down.
Livable Bellevue, Tacoma ...
Livability.com ranks Bellevue as the 12th best nationally and first in Washington state among small and medium-size cities. The rankings came out just a day after The Seattle Times reported that the Bravern apartment towers in Bellevue sold for a King County record-obliterating $676,000 per unit. Both Oregon and Idaho boasted one city that scored higher than Bellevue — or any other city in Washington — in the listing of best places to live (Rankings were based on such factors as affordability, education, parks and farmers markets). Those cities: Eugene at No. 8 and Boise at No. 11. Other Washington locales that made the national rankings include Bellingham (25), Tacoma (41), Redmond (62), Everett (73) and Vancouver (96). Vancouver appears to have been in a virtual tie with Fargo, N.D. "Winter" was not listed as a ratings factor.
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