“How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon.” - Dr. Seuss
by Michael Sarko
- The Capitol Hill Times -
As the federal government once again attempts to make a hallowed American tradition of shutting itself down, the finances of grassroots political efforts in Washington are faring much better. Campaigners who oppose Initiative 522, which would require labeling all genetically modified food, reports total funding so far of $17.2 million. That’s the largest amount of money ever raised in this state against a ballot initiative. Supporters of I-522 have donated just south of $5 million.
Busy though he may be, President Barack Obama will receive three letters in the coming week signed by mayors, city councilmembers, members of congress and tribal leaders from Washington State and Oregon asking for a federal review of the proposed coal trains that would run through Seattle and other cities. Many elected officials in the region have strongly opposed the coal trains, citing negative environmental, economic and traffic impacts on the places that they govern.
On Thursday evening, City Hall will hold a public hearing concerning Mayor McGinn’s proposed city budget for 2014. The hearing will take place in the City Council chambers on the second floor of City Hall at 600 4th Avenue, downtown. Sign-up time for public comments begins at 5 p.m.