Writings and observations

Representative Earl Blumenauer is opinionated enough, but not ordinarily especially snarky. But this . . . is styrofoam.

From a Blumenauer tweet this morning:

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New majority has brought Styrofoam back to House cafeteria. I can hardly wait for the lead paint. Maybe we can ask China for other ideas.

h/t the Portland Mercury’s Blogtown, which added, “Egads! It’s true. One of the first actual boots-on-the-ground things the new GOP majority has done is roll back the environmental measures introduced to the House cafeteria since 2007. So goodbye compostable utensils and trays, which some complained were leaky and flimsy, hello styrofoam!”

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Oregon

A little more Washington reapportionment background this weekend via a new piece in the Tacoma News Tribune.

It noted that Pierce County will be naming its own reapportionment panel in another two or three months, though that will affect only local offices, not state or federal.

A fun quote (with denials readied, no doubt, from the participants) by retired University of Washington demographer Richard Morrill: “It’s a fun game. The goal of the commission is to protect incumbents. That isn’t written into the law, but that’s what they will do.”

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Washington

Boeing tankers
Boeing gets the tanker contracts. (image/Boeing)

The legislative sessions continue to heat up, especially in Idaho but in Washington as well, in this week’s Public Affairs Digests for Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Also a lot else, including reports on the Air Fo0rce tanker contract for Boeing.

Some of the larger stories in the Washington edition:

bullet Census: Minority population grows fast
bullet Recovery project completed at Hanford
bullet Record DNA hits in state labs
bullet The Nisqually quake, 10 years after

In the Oregon edition:

bullet Census: Minority population grows
bullet Kitzhaber sets up review of the unneeded
bullet Wyden urges Patriot Act review
bullet Crime is down, but …
bullet Automatic admissions policy set
bullet Similarities to New Zealand quake
bullet Re-looking at Columbia River treaty

In the Idaho edition:

bullet Parts of Luna proposal clear Senate
bullet AG: Mortgage tops consumer complaints
bullet Archeological closures near Cottonwood
bullet Brownlee water levels drop

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