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TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2016

What's with female Republicans in the Legislature trying to prove they're just as "war on women" hawkish as the male Republicans? Last week, one was caught grilling teenage visitors about their sex lives. This week, another gets caught using victim-blaming rants toward formerly-trafficked women. 

WEATHER

Rain returns this morning, lightening up later in the day.

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THE PAST ISN'T PAST

A Weekly comic strip by Sarah Romano Diehl predicts the rise of "Mom Punk," apparently unaware that this sub-genre was already defined in 1983, in the long-running local musical parody "Angry Housewives" (last revived just last year).

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ROLIE POLIE OLY

Republicans in the state Senate demand changes to the school-funding plan from Gov. Inslee's education funding task force. They want language about future funding goals removed. (Crosscut)

And the state House passed a bill to change standardized testing of high school students, eliminating the required science exam and allowing "collection of evidence" alternatives to testing. (AP)

Republican Sen. Pam Roach was removed from the state's Human Trafficking Task Force, after complaints that she verbally abused sex-trafficking victims at a December meeting. (KING)

Developers are heavily lobbying against the Washington State Building Code Council, which plays a big role in enforcing anti-climate-change rules. (InvestigateWest/Crosscut) 

Attorney General Bob Ferguson wants a court to fine the Grocery Manufacturers Association. Ferguson says the trade group broke campaign-finance laws when it opposed a 2013 measure that would have required labeling GMO foods. (AP) 

There's a bill to prevent landlords from discriminating against tenants with Section 8 vouchers. (KIRO-TV) 

ANALOG GAMING

There's a drive to creat a permanent outdoor chess park in the south end. It would be named after Police Det. Denise "Cookie" Bouldin, who's run youth chess clubs in the neighborhood for a decade. (South Seattle Emerald)

THAT SINKING FEELING

It may take $1 million to fix the sinking pedestrian bridge at Lake Union Park. (KING)

POLICING THE POLICE

A Federal study offers qualified praise for Seattle's police-reform process. (Slog)

ON THE STREETS

SDOT and the Port of Seattle have somewhat different priorities about using street-improvement funds. (KING)

LABOR PANES

Among the businesses cited by the city under the new minimum-wage law: A pot store, a strip club, and an organic-sandwich shop. (SeaTimes)

Meanwhile, the International Franchise Association wants the U.S. Supreme Court to review the part of Seattle's minimum-wage law that treats franchised businesses as "large" employers. (SeaTimes)

AROUND THE GENDER BEND

Haylee Millikan denounces "the masculine art of busting sex workers." (UW Daily) 

GIMME REFUGE

The Burns Paiute Tribe wants the U.S. Dept. of Justice to prevent the Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupiers from moving freely on and off federal lands. The tribe is fearful that the militants could loot native artifacts stored at the refuge. (KGW) 

One of the wildlife-refuge occupiers is a right-wing militant who believes "sovereign citizens" have the "lawful authority to kill a police officer that is unlawfully trying to arrest you." And that slavery in the U.S. never existed. (Daily Kos)

TODAY IN CRIME

A Seattle real-estate developer's in jail in Wenatchee. He allegedly poisoned trees on the Lake Chelan property of a neighbor (and rival developer). (PS Biz Journal) 

TODAY IN DRUGS

City Attorney Pete Holmes wants the Legislature to let Seattle open legal pot cafes. (KUOW)

Bellevue police say Seahawks player Derrick Coleman was impaired by synthetic marijuana when he crashed his car into another vehicle in October. Coleman's attornies deny the accusation. (KING)

SPORTS

A final City Council vote on Chris Hansen's basketball/hockey arena proposal may not occur until April. (KING)

TONIGHT

"To Whom It May Concern: Writing For a Cause," readings and discussions about "writing for social change." (Hugo House)

"The Distillery" series presents play readings by Chelsea Levalley and Lori Lee Haener. (Gay City Health Project)

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall. (Jazz Alley, thru Thurs)

Author Eric Weiner discusses "The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places." (Town Hall)

Storytelling and music with Michelle Penazola, Nora Hughes, more. (Chop Suey)

"Stop Shutting the Fuck Up: It's Time to Speak Out About Race," performance/variety piece. (12th Ave. Arts)

Meeting on Mayor Murray's HALA plan. (City Hall, 5 p.m.)

Grizfolk. (Crocodile) 

"Stomp." (Moore, thru Sun)

The Daphnes, Hotel Vignette. (Royal Room)

Primal Times, Silty Loam. (High Dive)

Never Shout Never, Jule Vera, Metro Station. (Showbox)

INSIDE

Making adjustments to the newsletter-sending software over the next few days, to try to stomp out whatever unknown bugs have kept a few of you from getting each day's e-missive. This may involve re-jiggering a lot of things. I'll try not to make too many mistakes.

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Kait Rokowski, “A Good Day”):

“Depression is a good lover. So attentive. Has this innate way of making everything about you.”

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