GOP's prize jockey lands in Federal Way
Keith Schipper, the Republican campaign honcho behind Rodney Tom's state senate re-election campaign, is now running Republican Mark Miloscia's campaign against Democrat Shari Song for the 30th District senate seat. The race in that district, which spans the Federal Way area, is considered wide-open and could be the key to control of the Washington State Senate in 2015. In addition to Tom's successful re-election campaign, Schipper was behind Republican Rep. Jan. Angel's victory over Democratic Sen. Nathan Schlicher in 2013, which bumped up the Senate Majority Coalition's advantage to 26-23. — J.S.
Seattle NBA could rise again
Investor and Sonicsgate darling Chris Hansen is not giving up on bringing Seattle an NBA team. At least not according to a statement Hansen posted on his website yesterday after former partner Steve Ballmer dropped a cool $2B on the L.A. Clippers. Hansen congratulated Ballmer on his "apparent successful bid", saying he'd make "a great owner and a strong asset for the league." Then he got serious. "I would also like to assure Seattle fans that my remaining partners and I remain committed to bringing the NBA back to Seattle. The environmental review process for the Seattle Arena is nearing completion and we will soon be in a strong position to attract a franchise back to the Emerald City." — B.A.
From Silicon to Seattle: A quest for a healthier kind of innovation
Why did Jordan Ritter, Napster co-founder and Silicon Valley resident since 1999, make the move to Seattle last fall? “There is room for growth that I don’t think exists in Silicon Valley right now,” Ritter told Geekwire's John Cook in a candid interview. “[San Francisco] is a crammed city, a crammed area…I sense the experience of pressure building up.”
Crosscut likes Seattle's “spaciousness” Seattle too. So much so that we’ve launched our first Community Idea Lab — a new kind of community problem-solving journalism, focused on how we can use the Seattle area’s tech boom as an asset to create an equitable and integrated city. In fact, our idea contest ends TODAY, so be sure — while contemplating what makes Seattle so spacious for innovative solutions — to send us yours.
Ritter's new company, Ivy Softworks, is also worth checking out, mostly for its approach to changing start-up culture. Tired of models that lose innovators after about three years, Ritter is experimenting with creating teams of entrepreneurs that stick together for the long-term: "A good idea with a bad team fails 100 percent of the time," says Ritter. "A great team with a terrible idea has a chance of a succeeding." — K.H.
Alcohol emergencies rise
The downside to Washington's privatization of hard liquor retail? The News Tribune reports that emergency rooms are seeing an uptick in the number of alcohol-related visits, according to preliminary results from a report released by the state Liquor Control Board. Researchers saw 50 percent more alcohol-related visits to emergency rooms in King County between June and September 2013.
Among underaged Medicaid enrollees, there were nearly 400 more visits than expected. So where are kids getting access to alcohol? Compliance checks show that private liquor stores sell to minors 6-9 percent of the time, which isn't remarkably different than the 7 percent of minors who could purchase alcohol at compliance checks of state-run liquor stores. Instead, researchers say there seems to be an increase in alcohol theft among minors, although they haven't yet established firm numbers. — M.L.
Friday downer (Sorry kids)
If the last IPCC report didn't cause you to trade in your coffee sweetener for qualudes, this one surely will: A landmark study by the journal Science, published Thursday, reported that plant and animal species are now disappearing about 10 times faster than scientists originally believed. An AP article picked up by the Seattle Times today called Stuart Pimm, the lead author of the study, a "noted biologist" at Duke University. "We are on the verge of the sixth extinction," Pimm told AP reporter Seth Borenstein, from his research base in the Dry Tortugas. "Whether we avoid it or not will depend on our actions." — B.A.
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