The chair of the Washington State Republican Party said on Wednesday it’s “essential” that Thurston County Democrats reject a $50,000 donation from Yelm-based spirit channeler JZ Knight — just as it was two years ago when the state Democratic Party was forced to reject Knight’s money after videos emerged showing her engaged in obscene rants about Catholics, Mexicans, gays and Jews.
Three of the five highest-spending lobbying groups in Olympia during the first quarter of 2014 were labor unions, and all three represent employees paid with tax dollars.
Two years after the release of obscenity-laced videos showing cult leader J.Z. Knight spewing hate for Jews, Catholics, gays and Mexicans forced the Washington Democratic Party to decline a $70,000 donation, the Thurston County Democratic Central Committee has accepted a pair of donations from Knight totaling $65,000.
Washington state was informed on Thursday it stands to lose control over around $40 million in federal education funding after losing its longstanding waiver from the requirements of the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act. There was bipartisan support for a bill introduced during the 2014 Legislature that would have preserved the waiver, but pressure from the Washington Education Association killed it.
Microsoft on Monday announced it planned to build a huge “data farm” in Iowa instead of Washington because of that state’s policies of keeping taxes low and regulations to a minimum to attract rather than exploit business.
In a guest op-ed to PubliCola, Max Nelsen demolishes three arguments of minimum-wage proponents.