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A state lawmaker receives national recognition.

Jobs and inequality

The federal government reports only modest job growth in December, which shocked most economic analysts, and got people talking here, including Seattle entrepreneur, philanthropist and activist Nick Hanauer. He sent out this tweet (which we retweeted shortly afterward).

After we retweeted, another tweet reminded us that, whatever the national picture on income inequality, we are taking steps locally to address the issue. 

Downtown Bellevue is hot

Bellevue is creating its first-ever residents associations downtown, one of the only parts of the city that was without a local group deputized to represent them in discussions with the city. It's just the latest sign that Bellevue is into urban living. It's timely, too: The city has a downtown livability initiative underway. 

Bellevue cop resigns

Speaking of Bellevue, Andrew Hanke, the Bellevue police officer involved in an infamous drunk and disorderly incident at a Seahawks game, has resigned while under investigation for drunk driving, KIRO TV reported Thursday night. The city says it's also looking into the way the officer who stopped Hanke handled the driving incident: When Hanke was first pulled over, the officer making the traffic stop allowed Hanke's wife to come and take him home.

St. Edward Park: What now? 

Washington State Parks will hold a community meeting next Tuesday to discuss what to do about the deteriorating condition of the historic Seminary Building in St. Edward State Park. The park sits above Lake Washington in Kenmore. As Crosscut revealed in November, a federal contractor was interested in restoring the building to lease it. The old Seminary is considered one of the most spectacular structures owned by the parks system, but it needs a lot of work. We're talking more than $40 million to restore it.  

Kirkland legislator gets national nod

Governing magazine — it's a big deal in the coverage of state and local governments nationally — has selected freshman state Rep. Cyrus Habib as one of the nation's "12 Legislators to Watch in 2014." Governing said it focused on lawmakers "who have shown a keen ability to strike alliances across party lines, or who have racked up significant accomplishments during their time in office so far." The Kirkland Democrat, a former Rhodes Scholar, is vice chair of the House Technology and Economic Development Committee. He's also believed to be the only Iranian-American legislator in the country. 


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

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