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
A trail of evidence shows just how much collaboration there was between the City of Seattle and a university that published a pro-minimum wage study.
Source: Email trail linked to Seattle minimum wage study is ‘not pretty’
[Ed.: Is it any wonder that the City of Seattle needs to cook the books to make the $15 Minimum Wage story jive? Of course it doesn’t work because it’s ECONOMICS. Oh wait, you have a councilmember that’s a PhD in Economics that should know this wouldn’t work like it was pitched. What? She’s the one that was actually pushing for doubling the minimum wage in Seattle? Someone needs to have their credentials taken away because clearly any real college or university wouldn’t teach this sort of drivel. Yes, I’m talking to you NC State Wolfpack!]
A University of Washington team studying the law’s effects found that the law has boosted pay in low-wage jobs since it took effect in 2015, but that it also caused a 9 percent reduction in hours worked, The Seattle Times reported (https://goo.gl/G1Vr64 ). Seattle was one of the first U.S. cities to adopt a $15 minimum wage law, and its experience is being closely watched as other cities have followed suit and as advocates push for a higher federal minimum wage.
Source: New study of Seattle’s $15 minimum wage says it costs jobs – San Francisco Chronicle
[Ed.: It was on this topic that we learned that Kshama Sawant has a Ph.D. from NC State in Economics. We would have bet any amount of money that her education could not have remotely encountered anything approaching economic literacy. Perhaps this is a fantastic reason not to attend NC State’s school of Economics. I know I would certainly not send my son or daughter here because it’s clear this education is inferior at best and at worst downright destructive.]
Unlike last year’s anarchist protests that included violence against police, the major flames from the 2017 Seattle May Day march came at the end of joints.
Source: Seattle mayor praises May Day protesters
[Ed.: “Yeah man, chill and pass the Cheetos…”]
When Trump supporters took up shop in Westlake Park, KIRO Radio’s Jason Rantz thought all hell would break loose the second the anarchists found out.
Source: Rantz: Thank Trump supporters for peaceful May Day
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has a problem that’s not going away. To date, since 2007, three men have come forward with strikingly similar stories about how Murray allegedly paid them for sexual encounters when they were underage teens in the 1980’s.
Source: Asked About Seattle Democratic Mayor’s Alleged Sex Abuse, Labor Union Points To Trump
PORT ANGELES — McKinley Paper Co. officials are settling in as new owners of the nearly dormant Nippon Paper Industries USA plant in preparation for shutting it down within the next two weeks for up to 18 months.
Source: Nippon to be shut down; new owner to close Ediz Hook plant for up to 18 months | Peninsula Daily News
The Freedom Foundation is suing Washington State over a ballot-initiative barring the release of public-record union-membership lists.
Source: Freedom Foundation — Washington State & SEIU Lawsuit over I-1501 | National Review
SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge in Seattle on Tuesday temporarily blocked the city’s first-in-the-nation law allowing drivers of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to unionize over pay and working conditions.
U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik‘s ruling comes after he heard arguments last week in a case brought by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He said his decision is not an indication of how he will ultimately rule.
“The issues raised in this litigation are novel, they are complex, and they reside at the intersection of national policies that have been decades in the making,” Lasnik wrote. “The public will be well-served by maintaining the status quo while the issues are given careful judicial consideration as to whether the city’s well-meaning ordinance can survive the scrutiny our laws require.”
Source: Judge puts on hold Seattle law allowing a ride-hailing union – seattlepi.com
[Ed.: Government control of something that’s none of their damn business is not “well meaning”. Seattle needs to let the out-dated and out-moded taxi services just die a slow and painful death and adjust their budget not to rely on the revenue they derive therefrom. Taxi companies did not change with the times and make their services easier and more convenient to order up, therefore they must be purged. Spending taxpayer monies to protect an income stream that economics have already determined is going the way of the Dodo bird is the height of municipal foolishness.]
Republican lawmakers have decried the appearance of corruption stemming from the governor receiving millions in campaign contributions from state worker unions, right as the unions were negotiating their new labor contracts with his office. But did the governor really receive that much money from unions that bargain with the state?
Source: Did Gov. Inslee accept millions from unions while negotiating their contracts? | The News Tribune
[Ed.: Well, there’s really no group like this on the GOP side, but if there was you can bet a Republican governor would be absolutely slaughtered in the media for taking contributions while negotiating a contract with them. Nothing to see here, business as usual…]