U.S. Rep. Adam Smith caused a brief ruckus Thursday morning when he publicly broke with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over her delay in sending articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate. But within hours, Smith, D-Bellevue, fell back in line, saying he “misspoke.” Smith’s bad morning began with a CNN interview in which he said “it is time” to send the articles “and let Mitch McConnell be responsible for the fairness of the trial.” While he said it had been “perfectly advisable” for Pelosi to try to leverage a fair Senate trial that “would show evidence and bring out witnesses,” he concluded “at this point, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.”
Washington state’s new paid family and medical leave program is swamped, leaving many to wait weeks before money arrives. As of Jan. 1, 2020, when a worker goes on leave in Washington, they can get up to 90 percent of their wages covered by the state, maxing out at $1,000 a week. The average worker gets about 70 to 75 percent of their usual wages reimbursed. Clare DeLong with the State Employment Security Office says her department has gotten upwards of 30,000 applications for reimbursement, about four times more than expected. Because of that, it’s taking up to 10 weeks for applicants to get their money.
O LYMPIA, Wash. — A bill to require public school districts to teach comprehensive sexual health education to all K-12 students beginning with the 2022-23 school year passed the state House early Thursday. The Olympian reported that the measure passed on a 56-40 vote after nearly six hours of contentious debate (snip) “I’m not sure why we’re rushing to remove the innocence from our youth,” said state Rep. Mike Steele, a Chelan Republican who opposed the bill
The Seattle Times has clearly made an editorial decision: they are determined to hide the most consequential, controversial and, in fact, most clickable story in all of Western Washington politics. At 2:00 AM Thursday Morning, Washington State Democrats voted to force “Comprehensive Sexual Education” (CSE) into government schools, stating in kindergarten; the curricula tied to this bill, FLASH and 3Rs, teaches, among other things, kindergarteners have a clitoris or a penis and they feel good to touch, (snip) The Seattle Times has totally ignored it. (Snip) Why has the management of the Seattle Times apparently decided to hide the details of the Sexual Education Bill
Bill Gates said he’s stepping down from the board of Microsoft Corp., the company he co-founded in 1975 and built into the world’s largest software maker, to devote more time to philanthropy. Gates, 64, has been scaling back his involvement in the Redmond, Washington-based company for more than a decade. Most recently he’d been serving as an adviser to current Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella on technology areas including productivity, health software and artificial intelligence, and he will continue to do so.”Microsoft will always be an important part of my life’s work and I will continue to be engaged