Hello Loyal Readers,
Everyone staying warm out there? The Sweeney household has resorted to hot tea, piles of blankets and Doctor Who radio plays to fend off the cold. As for the political world, it is hopping.
On a national level, Sen. Elizabeth Warren had to repeat, again, that she is not running for President. This is a good thing. She is doing fantastic work in the Senate and her policy deep profile is perfect for crafting laws that actually protect the little guy from the bankers. I understand people are hungry for progressive leadership and speculation is always strong for 2016, but Warren is not going to be on the ticket. Also, neither is Hillary. But that’s a much longer article.
The backlash against the port and the city over the waterfront plan continues. The video I posted yesterday made quite a splash on social media, going from a handful of views when I got it, to just shy of 400 in 24 hours. As I mentioned before, stay tuned this weekend for a “Waterfront 101” article explaining how this all came about and what will happen next.
The Affordable Care Act saw a surge in registrations last weekend. When this plan was implemented in Massachusetts, most of the signups happened near the end of the window, so it does not surprise me that people are just now completing their sign up. Personally, it has been a boon to the Sweeney household, changing our health care costs from $165/month down to $37/month, but others have not been so fortunate. Local Democratic activist Andrew Redding took to the pages of the Seattle Times to illustrate why the ACA does not work for him and how it could be improved.
Tonight is Arts Walk in downtown Bellingham. If you would like to purchase some top-quality photography, stop by Terra Organica because Sweeney’s Portraits will be selling some very fine pieces tonight starting at 6pm.
That’s it for now. Stay tuned next week to see what our legislators are planning for this session.