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    The Daily Troll: GOP jockey changes horses. Hansen clings to hoop dreams. Bad news for life on Earth.

    Plus, Oregon delays coal port decision, a new kind of incubator in Pioneer Square, sun set on "comeback" for the weekend and will there ever not be a mess around Mercer?

    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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    Posted Fri, May 30, 4:19 p.m. Inappropriate

    Apropos GOP's prize jockey:

    "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."

    But the heads-in-the-sand Seattle "progressives" still refuse to believe there's a hard-right shift in the Pugetopolis suburbs.

    Posted Tue, Jun 3, 12:22 a.m. Inappropriate

    Schipper's dedication to Republican candidates gives lie to Rodney Tom's claims to be some kind of Democrat.

    Posted Mon, Jun 2, 8:12 a.m. Inappropriate

    I was in lower QA a few times over the weekend, and traffic was indeed much more sticky than it generally is, even during peak times for the Seattle Center. I know that the changes on Mercer and Roy were not predicted to make anything move more quickly, but this was a significant slowdown.


    Posted Tue, Jun 3, 8:38 a.m. Inappropriate

    Your Friday downer should have made clear that what is causing this depletion of everything is a combination of the population footprint and ever-more need for infrastructure, and accommodating ever-more job, education, crime needs growth resulting from adding millions more per year to population growth.
    And Obama is pushing to add another 32 million or so by legalizing illegal immigration and significantly increasing legal immigration above the couple of million we absorb each year now.

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