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The Daily Troll: Pot zoning. Can we interest you in some waterfront property on Beacon Hill?

Congressman Rick Larsen and the loophole, the NRA won't like this.
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Marijuana zoning?

Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued an opinion Thursday that says local officials can use their zoning power to ban marijuana operations, legal statewide, from their city or county. As Crosscut's John Stang reports, state Liquor Control Board chair Sharon Foster predicted that Ferguson's decision will disappoint most Washington voters, who approved the 2012 initiative legalizing pot. She also warned that the ruling encourages illegal pot sales in areas with bans. The AG's opinion could be challenged in court, and the Legislature could require cities and counties to work with the liquor board to allow pot retail outlets. — J.C. 

Open source collective bargaining

Collective bargaining sessions for state employees would have to be open to the public under a bill introduced Thursday by Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia. Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, introduced a resolution that the state constitution be amended to open all the governor's documents. Both items go to the Senate Government Operations Committee chaired by Roach. Republicans have long complained that the collective bargaining process falls almost entirely under the governor's purview, which leaves the Legislature with little say on state worker contracts short of rejecting an entire agreement. — J.S. 

UW campus planning: Seize the high ground 

UW Campus Planner Jeffrey Linn is the very face of preparedness. As a Boy Scout, he learned to pitch his tent on high ground. Now that he's at the U, Linn is taking that advice to heart — Seattle Style. On Wednesday, the UW published a map, which Linn put together in his spare time, of Seattle's high ground. That is, a map of what Seattle will look like once the world's ice sheets have melted. It's pretty harrowing cartography, summed up in its title: The Islands of Seattle. The good news is it probably won't happen for 5,000 years. In the meantime, don't buy property in low-lying neighborhoods. — B.A.

Gun show loophole

Democratic Congressman Rick Larsen has come out in support of a state initiative to close the gun show loophole. The loophole in question allows private sales of rifles and pistols without federal background checks for criminal and mental health history. Laresn wants it closed. As Joel Connelly's report on seattlepi.com notes, the Democrat's record of supporting gun rights in many cases has established a rare gun control score. Larsen recently earned a C-minus from the NRA, which almost always rates members of Congress two ways: A or F. Any guesses how much lower Larsen's rating will go now? — J.C.

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

John Stang is a longtime Inland Northwest newspaper reporter who earned a Masters of Communications in Digital Media degree at the University of Washington. He can be reached by writing editor@crosscut.com.

Berit Anderson is associate editor of Crosscut.com. She can be reached at Berit.Anderson@Crosscut.com


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