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    The Daily Troll: Eastside Senate race gets nasty. Boeing, Tesoro face protests. Southwest's lazy plane maintenance?

    Northwest local news, rounded up.

    3 arrested over oil train protest

    The Skagit County Sheriff's Office says it arrested three people who chained themselves to BNSF tracks in Anacortes to block a train pulling oil tank cars from the Tesoro Oil Refinery. One of the Rising Tide Seattle protesters called last week's derailment of tanker cars in Seattle a "final straw." The group wants a moratorium on shipments of oil by train. Crosscut's Martha Baskin was on the scene and has a full report here. — J.C.

    Eastside Senate race gets ugly

    A campaign mailer to residents of the 45th District, an area that includes Redmond, Kirkland, Medina and part of Bellevue, is taking aim at Democratic state Senate candidate Matt Isenhower's political allegiances. The mailer, which includes the phrase, "If Matt Isenhower is a Democrat, then Jay Inslee is in the Tea Party," claims that because Isenhower worked for President George Bush's White House, he is not a real Democrat.

    Isenhower is running against incumbent Sen. Andy Hill, R- Redmond, in the 45th District race, which will be key in determining which party controls Washington's Senate in 2015. The mailer was distributed by the Centralia-based Good Government Leadership Council, which received $580,000 from an Olympia-based Republican PAC in 2013, according to Washington Public Disclosure Commission records.

    In an email, Isenhower, a former U.S. Navy lieutenant, said that when he was in the Navy, he prepared a briefing memo on Washington state for President Bush prior to a visit to this state. "Like most people who are interested in politics, I jumped at the chance to volunteer, even if it was only for two weeks, at the White House. Also, as a naval officer, I felt that serving my Commander-in-Chief was the right thing to do," Isenhower wrote. — J.S.

    Did Southwest get lazy on plane maintenance?

    The Federal Aviation Administration today proposed fining Southwest Airlines $12 million over what the agency says were problems with maintenance work done on the airlines' Boeing 737 fleet by Southwest and an Everett-based contractor, Aviation Technical Services. Some of the problems date back to 2006. In one instance, FAA says that required steps in the repairs didn't take place but the overall work on the planes was later shown to have met safety standards. A $12 million fine is the second largest proposal by the FAA on record, but Southwest and the FAA are expected to negotiate the amount, according to the Chicago Tribune. — J.C.

    Boeing protest

    Protestors blocked the main entrance of Boeing's Tukwila offices for three hours this morning, demanding that the company stop providing weapons to Israel Defense Forces. Protesters claimed that Boeing Defense, Space and Security has supplied weapons to the IDF that are then used on civilian targets, such as schools, homes, mosques, hospitals and schools.

    The activists, members of Jewish Voice for Peace and Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, locked themselves together and laid across the hot asphalt for three hours this morning while protestors read the names of Palestinian civilians who have died in the last 21 days of fighting, a list that now includes more than 1,000 names. “Boeing, Boeing you need to stop it. Palestinians dying for your profit,” they chanted.

    In an email, Boeing spokesperson Todd Kelley said that the company was "relieved the demonstration was peaceful," but he did not answer a question about the validity of protestors' allegations. The Tukwila Police Department and Boeing Fire Department monitored the situation, but no arrests were made. The group unlinked at 11:30 a.m. and walked away chanting. — J.B.

    Protesters take part in a "die-in" at Boeing's Tukwila offices entrance. Jessica Buxbaum

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

    John Stang covers state government for Crosscut. He can be reached by writing editor@crosscut.com.

    Crosscut editorial intern Jessica Buxbaum recently moved to Seattle from California where she studied political science at Humboldt State University and worked on the university's newspaper and magazine.

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    Posted Mon, Jul 28, 5:43 p.m. Inappropriate

    Where can one go to protest Hamas rockets?


    Posted Tue, Jul 29, 7:47 a.m. Inappropriate

    Follow me! I'll show you the way to the tunnels.

    Posted Tue, Jul 29, 9:21 p.m. Inappropriate

    These protesters need to find another hobby. Protesting Boeing for conducting business is NOT the way to affect change. Why not just petition Boeing to get out of the defense business entirely. Close it down and lay everyone off. Probably because these people only care when they don't agree with something. They will fall silent when they do agree. War sucks, innocent people are dying and it is all very sad but Boeing is not to blame. Boeing has no control over how customers use the product they sell.


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