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The Daily Troll: Child's body found in Bremerton. GOP loves ridesharing. Pot law at risk in court.

Tim Sheldon gaining in key Senate vote count.
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Searchers discover child's body

Authorities in Kitsap County are working to identify a child's body found near the mobile home park where 6-year-old Jenise Wright disappeared. At a press conference, investigators said Jenise's parents had been notified. Her parents say she was last seen Saturday night, but they didn't call authorities until Sunday night. No arrests have been made. — J.C. 

Hey, Uber, the GOP has your back

In case you were worried about Uber being regulated to death, fear no more: The GOP is on this! You can now sign a petition on GOP.com to “stand up for free market principles” and protect the “innovative, entrepreneurial solutions” that some cities are trying to regulate (a number are much more aggressive about it than Seattle). The Hill, a D.C. political publication, reports the Republicans are using the issue in a fund-raising pitch to “stop liberal bureaucrats from putting up roadblocks to innovation and free enterprise.” God help anyone trying to make tech companies answer to the community and its needs. — K.H.

Tim Sheldon gains votes

Incumbent Sen. Tim Sheldon has again strengthened his narrow hold on the second spot in the Aug. 5 primary. A nominal Democrat, Sheldon is a member of the Republican-dominated Majority Coalition Caucus which has controlled the Washington Senate over the last two years. With more votes counted Thursday in District 35's top-two primary, he now holds a 590-vote lead over libertarian Republican Travis Couture. The two received 33.3 percent and 31.3 percent of the vote respectively. Meanwhile, Democrat Irene Bowling added to her first-place lead slightly. If Sheldon survives the primary, he should be pretty much home free in the November general election, since the district's Republican voters will no longer be split between two candidates. — J.S.

Attorney General defending the right to toke

It looks like we’re in for big pot battle: The City of Fife is making the unprecedented move to challenge Washington’s marijuana legalization by arguing that federal law supersedes state law. In Olympia, the attorney general’s office said in a statement Thursday that it will “vigorously defend I-502” against Fife’s contentions. It had already announced last week it may also intervene in a case in Wenatchee. “If the court finds I-502 is preempted by federal law, and it is upheld on appeal, the marijuana legalization effort would be destroyed,” the A.G. office said. — M.L. 

An apple-free Kremlin?

Escalating tensions between Russia and the U.S. could strike Washington agricultural companies, the Tri-City Herald reports. Vladimir Putin’s government has announced a one-year ban on a range of food imports, possibly including apples and potatoes, from the United States, the European Union and other nations involved in sanctions for his moves in Ukraine. “Russia is a good market for apples and any decline there would be a detriment," said Todd Fryhover, president of the Washington State Apple Commission. Fryhover said his group is keeping a “watchful eye” on the situation. — M.L.

Looking toward wildfire recovery

As firefighters continue to battle wildfires, Gov. Jay Inslee is asking for President Barack Obama’s approval of a major disaster declaration. If approved, the declaration could help families, business owners and local governments across Central and Eastern Washington recover from what has already been a devastating wildfire season. The declaration offers three forms of assistance: individual, public and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The umbrella of individual assistance includes financial aid for temporary housing, crisis counseling and disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance. Public assistance would help the Colville Reservation and Chelan and Okanogan counties repair the approximately $35 million in damages to roads, bridges and public utilities. The grant program would provide funding to reduce the risks of future disasters. — E.W.

Snarled

Traffic was so bad yesterday afternoon that ... a Central Link light-rail train heading into Seattle from Sea-Tac Airport couldn't get through the downtown bus and rail tunnel. At least that's what passengers coming into the city on a Sound Transit train about 4:20 p.m. were told by an operator, who ordered them off at the Stadium stop near Safeco Field so the train could head back to Sea-Tac.

So, when the traffic gets bad, transit — the responsible choice to make traffic more manageable — just shuts down and kicks you off?  Sound Transit explains that's not really the case, saying that the problem yesterday wasn't congestion, and the situation wasn't adequately communicated to passengers. Bruce Gray, an ST spokesman, explained that a serious medical emergency on a bus in the tunnel led to a shutdown of northbound tunnel traffic. As a rule, Gray wrote, "Trains should never be turned back because of congestion." So, traffic was awful, but not so awful that our public transit system just gave up. — J.C. 

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Comments:

Posted Thu, Aug 7, 5:57 p.m. Inappropriate

Uber and Lyft are answering to the community and its needs, every day and night. That's how they stay in business, and why they are so annoying to the taxi cartel.

simorgh

Posted Thu, Aug 7, 6:54 p.m. Inappropriate

Uber and Lyft will be the "local" heroes until that first awful accident or driver who shouldn't be driving. We'll see what happens afterwards.

Amaliada

Posted Thu, Aug 7, 7:20 p.m. Inappropriate

Same as when a taxi has an awful accident or the driver shouldn't be driving?

simorgh

Posted Fri, Aug 8, 8:58 a.m. Inappropriate

Maybe, but not likely. Cabs can be held accountable because they are highly regulated, which gives an injured person at least a chance of being compensated when the cabby is at fault. With Uber et al not being required to have sufficient insurance and not being regulated very much if at all, we are inevitably going to see an horrific injury or death go uncompensated because the driver, the only responsible party, is underinsured and judgment proof.

mspat

Posted Fri, Aug 8, 3:06 p.m. Inappropriate

Maybe, but how often are there horrific injuries or deaths caused by the negligence of uninsured or underinsured drivers? Yet there is no outrage.

Would the drivers of the TNC's be singled out for disproportionate indignation by special interests who would rather not compete!?! Not in Seattle, surely.

simorgh

Posted Fri, Aug 8, 7:23 a.m. Inappropriate

I wonder how much of the GOP's support for Lyft and Uber has to do with the nationality or skin color of so many taxi drivers.

talisker

Posted Fri, Aug 8, 8:50 a.m. Inappropriate

And I wonder if you are still beating your wife.

BlueLight

Posted Fri, Aug 8, 9:06 p.m. Inappropriate

"Uber has to do with the nationality or skin color of so many taxi drivers."

I've used Uber probably 2-3 times a week for the past two years. I've had maybe 3-4 white drivers, the rest have been black, Asian and Latino. Probably closet 95% people of color and plenty of women (unlike taxis).

Obviously, you have no idea what you're talking about.

Simon

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