Feds Move Forward Rejecting Southeast Idaho Dam Project

Federal authorities have issued a final environmental impact statement recommending denial of a proposed dam in southeast Idaho on the Bear River. The next step in the process is for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to make a final decision on whether to deny or allow the project.

Army Corps Rejects Permit for Coal Terminal at Cherry Point

The proposed coal terminal for Cherry Point is likely dead after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied a needed permit Monday, May 9. “It’s truly disturbing that the Army Corps took the unprecedented step today to deny the permit for the Gateway Pacific Terminal project even before releasing the draft Environmental Impact Statement,” Kathryn Stenger, spokesperson for the Alliance for NW Jobs & Exports, said. Lummi members cheered the announcement as it was made in Lummi Indian Business Council chambers.

Troy Kelley Shakes Up Staff, Inslee Demands Explanation

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is demanding a formal explanation after State Auditor Troy Kelley asked two top staff members to resign and put a third on administrative leave. The shake-up follows Kelley’s full-time return to the office after his six-week federal trial.

Appeals Court Overturns Mental Health Ruling

A three-judge panel of 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals acknowledged that the state has failed to comply with its own goals but said an order issued last year by U.S. District Judge Pechman in Seattle setting a seven-day deadline for competency evaluations went beyond what the Constitutional requires.

Think You’re Not a Racist? Think Again

Peters defines racism as a system rather than an active dislike of someone based on skin color. “A racist is the beneficiary of the theory of race, someone who benefits economically, socially, politically, and culturally from the theory of Caucasian racial superiority.”

The TTIPing Point: Protests Threaten Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal

An unprecedented protest movement of a scope not seen since the Iraq war in Germany has pushed negotiations over the TTIP trans-Atlantic free trade agreement to the brink of collapse. The demonstrations are characterized by a level of professionalism not previously seen.

Gov. Inslee Takes Up the Pen When There’s a Legislative Deadlock

As Washington state lawmakers have deadlocked in recent years on bills dealing with gun safety and climate change, Gov. Jay Inslee has taken to using his executive pen. With eight months left in his term, Inslee has issued more executive orders than either of the two previous governors did in their first terms. Inslee has now issued 21 executive orders, compared to 16 by Chris Gregoire and 13 by Gary Locke in each of their first four years.

Switzerland May Guarantee All Citizens $2,600 Monthly Income

Voting will take place on June 5 for a proposal that would require the government to guarantee every Swiss citizen and legal resident $2,600 tax-free per month. Each child would receive $650 per month. The Swiss government has warned of tax increases necessary to implemented to cover the $200 billion a year program.

F.D.A. Imposes Rules for E-Cigarettes in a Landmark Move

The Food and Drug Administration issued sweeping new rules that for the first time extend federal regulatory authority to e-cigarettes, banning their sale to anyone under 18 and requiring that adults under the age of 26 show a photo identification to buy them.