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Seattle Times Endorses Jinyoung Lee Englund

Voters in the 45th Legislative District should elect Jinyoung Lee Englund to the state Senate to preserve a balance of power between Democratic and Republican control in state government.

Source: The Times recommends: Jinyoung Lee Englund for state Senate, 45th Legislative District

Listening to some of the inflamed rhetoric in the campaign for the 45th Legislative District Senate race, you might think this race pits Donald Trump against an archetypical Seattle Lefty.

In fact, neither is running to represent this Eastside district, which includes Kirkland, Sammamish, Duvall, Redmond and Woodinville. But in making their boogeyman arguments, the two candidates lend credence to the sentiment that this race is about more than them individually. In fact, the outcome could tip power in the now Republican-controlled state Senate, giving the Democrats a lock on state government — ruling both houses and the governor’s mansion.

The race is to fill the seat — if not the shoes — of the late Sen. Andy Hill, who died last year. The pragmatic Redmond Republican budget chair’s legacy of fiscal restraint endures in the Legislature through the four-year budget balanced rule adopted in 2012.

Vying for his seat are Republican Jinyoung Lee Englund and Democrat Manka Dhingra. Both are impressive women of color, representative of the changing demographics of the tech-focused district. Englund, who says she is pro-abortion rights, is no more Donald Trump than Dhingra is a Seattle-style lefty. Dhingra attended her first party meeting less than a year ago.

A senior deputy King County prosecutor, Dhingra has a longer list of professional accomplishments, working on issues important to our region and this editorial board, such as crisis-intervention training, mental health and criminal-justice reform.

A bit younger, Englund has less but still credible experience, having worked as a staffer for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, and as spokeswoman for the Bitcoin Foundation. Recently, Englund comanaged a team that developed a phone app for the U.S. Marine Corps. Her husband is a Marine.

Englund makes a persuasive case that her election will preserve a “balance of government” that will better serve Washington state. For that reason, voters in the 45th should elect her.

In 2012, had three Democratic senators not crossed the aisle to join Republicans in wresting control from the Democrats, Washington state would be in much worse shape. Case in point is the four-year budget rule. Requiring the state budget to be balanced over four years limits the ability of free-spending lawmakers to use gimmicks to balance the budget.

Make no mistake. That rule will be among the targets of a Democratic majority.

As economists predict, the economy will cool. The state has a healthy $2.4 billion in reserves with $1.2 billion in the constitutional rainy-day fund. Such ample savings would have come in handy after the 2008 economic crash. As the state budget convulsed, the state’s Democratic legislative monopoly had to wrestle with having increased state spending by 40 percent over the previous four years.

Two of those rogue Democrats from the 2012 coup since have left the Legislature, but the GOP still holds the Senate by the one vote of Democrat Tim Sheldon of Potlatch.

Senate Republicans, not under the sway of the powerful state teachers union, also championed and saved the state’s fledgling charter schools, while brave House Democrats who voted not to close them suffered a firestorm of pressure.

The GOP-controlled Senate often provides a pushback on the governor’s office, including proposing solutions for mismanagement at Western State Hospital after years of indolence by Democratic governors

Senate Republicans also hatched the idea in 2015 not only to freeze college and university tuition, but to actually reduce it by 5 to 20 percent. That came after years of Democratic control that, in some years, allowed colleges to increase tuition while the Legislature clawed back money for the general fund — a tax on students.

Senate Republicans also have led on some social issues, including enacting a paid family leave law and pushing to diminish the service waitlist for families with children with developmentally disabilities.

Democratic leaders accuse the Republican Senate of being obstructionist, and not allowing votes on important issues. On some points, they are correct. The Senate blocked important action on the Voting Rights Act, climate action and oil-transportation rules, among others.

But on the issue of fiscal restraint and education reform, thank goodness the Republican-controlled Senate stood in the way of less responsible spending. As the state has scrambled to address the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision demanding more state money for education, Republicans forced some hard compromises to answer those demands.

For these reasons, the 45th Legislative District voters should elect Jinyoung Lee Englund to preserve balanced and fiscally responsible government.

 

Report: Irish police asked to investigate Ed Murray’s time in Ireland | MyNorthwest.com

Police in Ireland received a request to investigate whether any allegations were made against former Seattle Mayor Ed Murray while he lived overseas.

Source: Report: Irish police asked to investigate Ed Murray’s time in Ireland

[Editor’s Note: Given the avalanche of allegations against Murray, I’m sure it will not be a surprise to learn that there were allegations and the likely victim is a kid with either a checkered past or family instability. The mold has been cast.]

First responders heard about their own children’s school shooting through work radios | KIRO-TV

Some of the first responders who went to the high school shooting near Spokane, Wash., were parents of students at the school, Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said.

One person was dead and at least three others were wounded after a shooter opened fire Wednesday at Freeman High School. Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said at the scene that the shooter was in custody.

Source: First responders heard about their own children’s school shooting through work radios | KIRO-TV

$660M KeyArena deal submitted to Seattle City Council | KING5.com

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and the Oak View Group (OVG) have a formal agreement to build a $600 million privately financed arena at Seattle Center, with tens of millions more in transportation mitigation.

The deal calls for construction to begin next year and be complete by 2020.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), as it is commonly known, was formally submitted to the Seattle City Council on Tuesday morning in the Select Committee for Civic Arenas.

Source: $660M KeyArena deal submitted to Seattle City Council | KING5.com

Mayor Ed Murray resigns after Seattle Times reports new accusations | KOMO News

SEATTLE – Mayor Ed Murray abruptly announced his resignation from his post Tuesday, about two hours after The Seattle Times reported that his cousin said Murray had repeatedly molested him in the 1970s when he was a teenager. Murray’s cousin became the fifth man to accuse the mayor of sexual abuse. Earlier allegations of sexual abuse prompted Murray to drop out of his campaign for re-election but he had steadfastly refused to resign until now.

Source: Mayor Ed Murray resigns after Seattle Times reports new accusations

Inslee urges Boeing to build its new jet in Washington | HeraldNet.com

LYNNWOOD — Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday efforts are under way to ensure the new mid-size airplane on Boeing drawing boards is eventually built in Washington.

Inslee said his staff has had “discussions with industry leaders” about the new plane, which company executives have unofficially dubbed the 797 and would be a replacement for the 757. Boeing officials offered details of the future aircraft at the Paris Air Show in June.

Source: Inslee urges Boeing to build its new jet in Washington | HeraldNet.com

[Ed.: Someone woke Inslee up long enough for him to do something? Oh, wait, no, “his staff had discussions”, so nobody had to rouse “Sleepy Jay Inslee”. I’m sure that KTTH host Todd Herman will be happy to know that no winks were harmed in the making of this story.]

Student Voices: My class talked with a Trump supporter. Here’s what I learned. | The Seattle Times

Olivia Capestany, now a senior at Seattle’s Roosevelt High, writes about the need for more political tolerance at her high school.

Source: Student Voices: My class talked with a Trump supporter. Here’s what I learned. | The Seattle Times

[Ed.: The maturity of this student-author is refreshing. Her self-analysis makes you really think about what you believe and why others believe what they do.]

‘It’s never too late to say we’re sorry’: Seattle leaders respond to Amazon plans to establish second HQ outside its hometown | Geekwire

Amazon announced plans early Thursday morning to open a second headquarters “fully equal” to its Seattle home, calling on local governments across North America to submit proposals. The news immediately ignited speculation that the e-commerce giant is outgrowing its hometown and introduced questions about whether Amazon’s complex relationship with Seattle is to blame.

Source: ‘It’s never too late to say we’re sorry’: Seattle leaders respond to Amazon plans to establish second HQ outside its hometown

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