Hello Loyal Readers,
Good to see everyone is staying warm this winter. As usual, it is time for our weekly tradition of all the news that is fit to print, but not enough to justify its own post.
Ferndale recently was awarded a $500,000 grant for a new library. This was greeted as good news from just about everyone except . . . one of the people who represents Ferndale in Olympia: Jason Overstreet. Yes, even Rep. Vincent Buys and Sen. Doug Ericksen found it within themselves to fund a brand new
jail library (wow, no coffee this morning) for their constituents, but Jason Overstreet was one of only 9 votes against this bipartisan bill in the House. Another example of Whatcom County not being well represented by Jason Overstreet.
Susan Rice recently withdrew her name from consideration for Secretary of State. Ms. Rice is currently the Ambassador to the UN and plans to stay there for a while. Many progressives were concerned this was an example of the president caving to Republican pressure (Sen. McCain and Graham had made Rice the focus of their Benghazi criticism to try and derail her possible confirmation as Secretary of State). I don’t think this is a bad thing. A writer for the Washington Post makes some good points on this issue, but my observation is that all the speculation around Obama’s revamped cabinet was focused on Rice, allowing Obama to reach out to several other people and make job offers without a heavy spotlight. Very sneaky.
What the heck is going on down in Olympia? Democrats switching sides? Power-sharing agreements? Something about Kevin Ranker being given a committee but he doesn’t want it, and isn’t the lead Democrat in the Senate running for mayor of Seattle? I know it is crazy, but hang in there. I have a big post going up Monday that explains what is going on and how this might be the weirdest session in a long time.
Also, if you haven’t had a chance yet, check out my article in this week’s Cascadia Weekly. It is basically an amalgamation of the jail articles I have been writing here, but on PRINT PAPER (daDUM!).
Alright folks, that is all I have for now. Be good out there and try not to trample any Hobbits on your way to the movie theater this weekend.