Slog AM: Last day to run for something in WA, Biden polls hit new low and Elon Musk faces sexual assault allegations – Slog
Does anyone here still care that the cops gassed our neighborhood? Lester Black
I already feel like a broken record: All the powers that be at the town hall really seem to want end federal oversight of the Seattle Police Department despite continued racial disparities seen in how the agency polices the city. We’ve already dissected the Monitor’s latest report in Wednesday’s Slog AM, but I imagine we’ll have to keep making these same points again and again and again as this debate continues into the next year.
The City Attorney’s Office has a solution in search of a problem: According to heads of the King County Public Defense and Disability Rights Department in Washington, the “high user” list used by Ann Davison’s office to steer people away from community court, a program that connects people to services rather than jail for certain low-level offences, includes people who are not part of the criminal justice system at all. They Argue instead, the CAO should focus on prioritizing these individuals for support services.
I love watching our democracy crumble in slow motion: After wasting much of the first two years of his presidency bickering with centrist Senate Democrats over the deficit, Biden’s approval numbers have soared. a new low. Instead of spending so much time trying to appease them, he could have tried calling them obstructionists and then campaigning for a bigger majority, but party leaders tend to reserve that kind of behavior for the progressive wing. I guess he would rather just repeat the mistakes of the Obama era and lose to a party promising a rapid descent into fascism. Anyway, speaking of centrist Democrats, Washington House members should join me in future blurbs.
Well, what is it: You to have know better than this mealy op-ed from Rep. Suzan DelBene now. I get it, the middle House district is more conservative than the country as a whole, and so you want uninformed voters to surprise you by saying they don’t have to be police abolitionists or advocates from nationalizing the fossil fuel industry to vote blue.
You know what isn’t necessary – at all – to make this point credibly? To bolster the legitimacy of an opposition party that has been singing for more than a decade from its billion-dollar propaganda apparatus how selfless it is to cooperate with you. Negative partisanship is a hell of a drug, and calls in the middle don’t demand crediting congressional Republicans who, quite literally, gave tours to insurgents the day before your workplace is invaded. I guarantee you that the QAnon Shaman is not a brand middle class soccer moms want to be associated with.
On the other hand, maybe the next presidential election won’t matter anyway: Remember the guy running for AP governor who I said I was most worried about during Wednesday’s primary night roundup? That’s why I was worried.
Wouldn’t be a drama-free filing week of the voter database:
BREAKING: King County District Attorney candidate Jim Ferrell has lost access to the Democratic Party’s voter database. According to the President of the State Party @Tinapothe @washdems suspended its access at the request of the @kcdems pending an investigation into whether the TOS have been violated. pic.twitter.com/N1vJBJkakM
—William Casey (@willjcasey) May 20, 2022
The rent is still too expensive: As if pandemic-induced inflation hadn’t ravaged workers enough, rents in this wonderful country hit a record high last month. At least CNN’s breakdown of this grim reality rightly blames our failure to produce enough housing.
America proactively admits failure for once: Breaking our 200+ year streak of refusing to tackle a problem until it reaches levels of existential crisis, the US government is allocating $3.5 billion to revive our carbon capture industry. People much smarter than me on climate policy generally have mixed views on carbon capture, with some criticizing it as moral hazard that could undermine political will for mitigation action, but given that a baron of Literal coal blocks all climate legislation nationwide, so it seems like a wise move to assume we’re going to need a backup plan.
Hypocrite of freedom of expression also stingy: According to Business Insider, Elon Musk’s SpaceX paid $250,000 to silence a flight attendant to whom Musk allegedly offered sex. The report also includes allegations that he exposed himself to her while offering to buy her a horse(?) in exchange for a sex massage. This is obviously rude and reprehensible behavior, and perhaps our society’s continued failure to provide meaningful accountability for filthy men in power has jaded me, but I cannot understand how much the amount of settlement is low. For a guy who can pitch a multi-billion dollar bid for a social media network seemingly on a lark, $250,000 is change.
On a related note, every Tweet is an error:
Oklahoma, I promise there are better ways to get noticed: Have you considered ordering a sequel to Oklahoma? I’m not a musical theater guy, but I hear people think it’s a classic. Plus, it would create far less misery than your current PR strategy of one upping your red neighbor’s abortion laws.
About the municipal elections: Today is the last day for case for any position on the November ballot, so bring those papers—especially if *ahem* you’re planning on running for *cough* King County District Attorney.
Finally, our podcast rec of the weekend: This excellent interview with Crystal Fincher from Hacks & Wonks is a must-read for anyone who wants to have an informed opinion on the public safety debate in Seattle. It would be a nicer listen if Senior Deputy Mayor Monisha Harrell gave something like straight answers to Crystal’s questions, but paying attention to what she doesn’t say will give you a better understanding of the administration’s positions. Harrell on public safety than listen to any press conference.