Gary Johnson Is Coming to Seattle: The Libertarian Party's presidential nominee will be in Seattle on September 17 for a $1,000-per-person fundraiser and a public rally. "The visit was revealed by rock musician Krist Novoselic, once the bass guitarist with Nirvana, who will co-host the Seattle Sheraton fundraiser with comedian and longtime libertarian activist Drew Carey," SeattlePI.com reports.
Meanwhile, This Was the Scene on InfoWars.com Last Night:
Not only is Johnson not a real libertarian, the narrator of the video informs us, "On a personal level, Gary Johnson is also a complete asshole."
By the Way, Did You Know That If You Sign up for the Infowars Newsletter: You get a free e-book called Keys to Survival: Experts Reveal Secrets to Disaster Preparedness? One of the book's many tips for when SHTF: "Have an ample supply of pepper spray canisters on hand. Before entering your safe room, spray the house around entrance areas with pepper spray so that looters are deterred from staying inside your house. Leave the doors unlocked so they don’t break windows in order to gain entrance. They’ll leave quick enough once they get their eyes full of capsicum (red pepper)."
Anyway, I'm Sure There's Some Actual News to Put Here: Washington's candidates for U.S. senator and governor have agreed to two debates in each race. The gubernatorial debates (Jay Inslee vs. Bill Bryant) will be at 8 p.m. on September 26 and October 19. The senate debates (Patty Murray vs. Chris Vance) will be at 7 p.m. on October 16 and October 23.
Vancouver-Area Candidate Could Be First Trans Member of Washington Legislature: "[Kaitlyn] Beck, 20, faces long odds in her quest to unseat a fellow Democrat—incumbent Rep. Sharon Wylie of Vancouver," writes Joseph O'Sullivan at the Seattle Times. "But Beck’s challenge highlights a slew of issues, including the rarity of transgender candidates and lingering tensions within the Democratic Party over this year’s presidential candidates."
The City Council Will Consider ACLU-Backed Homelessness Legislation: The council voted 7-1 yesterday to consider the proposal, drafted by the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Columbia Legal Services, the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness, and others, to reduce the number of encampment sweeps. The proposed legislation now faces weeks (or months) of discussion and possible changes.
Artists Issue “Gentrification Citations” To Local Businesses, Including Uncle Ike's: The artists say they decided to issue the "karmic infractions" after experiencing gentrification or hearing from friends who were pushed out of their neighborhoods, Ana Sofia Knauf reports.
Images Show Last Moments Before Cyclist's Fatal Wreck Near Streetcar Tracks: The Seattle Times reports that photos from a surveillance camera show that moments before her crash, Desiree McCloud was riding in between streetcar tracks as she passed another cyclist. In a report, police wrote that the wreck "appears to be the sole result of some form of operator error on the part of McCloud." McCloud's parents and others have blamed the tracks for her death.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn Perpetuates False Choice Between Transit and Education: Dorn told KING 5 he believes, in KING 5's words, "elected leaders have put roads before kids. As a result, he say he’s firmly against Sound Transit 3, the mass transit expansion on the ballot this fall." State Senator Reuven Carlyle has made this same case, blaming ST3 for using property taxes that could go toward education—even though Carlyle voted for the legislation that gave Sound Transit the authority to use those taxes. The state legislature has lots of options for raising the money necessary to fund education. Sound Transit only has what the legislature gave them, and that includes the property tax. We can and must fund both.
Live Updates from Today's Hearing on School Funding: The state Supreme Court has ordered the state to appear in court again over McCleary. Follow along here for updates. The Seattle Times Editorial Board says time is up for the legislature to fully fund education and argues the Supreme Court should consider stiffer sanctions, including possibly shutting down schools.
Indigenous Activists Locked Themselves to Pipeline Equipment in North Dakota: "A protester in a mask told the onlooking crowd that the action was meant to show solidarity with missing and murdered indigenous women," Sydney Brownstone reports from the site where tribal members are protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Man Asks Woman for Sex, She Refuses, He Breaks Into Her House While She's Showering: The man is also suspected of harassing two other women on the street earlier in the evening.
Dallas Morning News Endorses First Democrat for President in 75 Years: "Résumé vs. résumé, judgment vs. judgment, this election is no contest," the paper's editorial board writes.
For Fuck's Sake: A $1.1 billion Republican-driven bill to fight Zika would have excluded Planned Parenthood from receiving that new funding for contraception. (Zika can be sexually transmitted.) Democrats blocked the bill.
ICYMI: Class Warfare at Burning Man: A luxury camp—the kind die-hard Burners rail against—was reportedly vandalized during the festival after the camp hosted its (apparently) famous "white party."