San Juan whale-watching boats sue activists over proposed restrictions: Now that we know orcas are fucking sick of our boat motors, the state is implementing restrictions on how close you can get to the animals. But in San Juan County, activists have submitted an initiative to increase the states boundary from 300 feet to 650 feet of protective, no vessel peace and quiet around orcas. The whale-watching boats aren’t too thrilled about this and sued these activists to strike down the ballot initiative.
Washington is now a sanctuary state: In the progressive arms race, sanctuary cities are out and sanctuary states are so hot right now. The entire West Coast—California, Oregon, and now Washington—passed sanctuary state laws that will bar state and local authorities from asking about immigration status and limit the use of federal buildings as a place for ICE to apprehend undocumented immigrants.
Pay up, Oregonians!: Oregon residents have been getting by scot-free in Washington by not paying sales tax, but now Governor Jay Inslee is putting an end to that. They’ll have to pay the 6.5 percent sales tax just like everyone else. Opponents say this will hurt businesses along the border, but Inslee says it will raise revenue for the state.
The US Forest Service under Trump won’t reimburse California forest firefighters: They fought fires on public land last year with the expectation that the government would eventually pay them back, but now the Forest Service is withholding $9 million of the $72 million requested by local fire departments. This is bad news for small, local departments that can easily go into the red if this money does not get refunded. Hey, Trump, maybe don’t punish California for suing you so much by undermining their firefighters right on the cusp of wildfire season.
How are everyone's tans coming along?: I usually just try to burn once really badly at the beginning of the summer and then I never burn again. No, I don't have any science to back that up, but it works!
A few degrees warmer today with afternoon showers and isolated thunderstorms in the mountains! More widespread chance for showers returns Friday into Saturday. #wawx pic.twitter.com/g651444MBw
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) May 23, 2019
Ben Carson proposes cuts to Obama-era law protecting transgender rights: The Department of Housing and Urban Development is moving back a policy that grants trans people equal access to homeless shelters. Just a day before, Carson, HUD's director, said that HUD did not have any plans to cut back this law, but now that pretty much seems like 100 percent USDA-certified bullshit, because this would have had to be in the works for a long time.
One day after @SecretaryCarson told me he isn't anticipating any changes to protections for LGBTQ people in shelters, HUD announced a proposal to gut that very rule.
He either lied to Congress or has no idea what policies his agency is pursuing. Either way, it’s unacceptable. pic.twitter.com/zn99sEKvth
— Rep. Jennifer Wexton (@RepWexton) May 22, 2019
A perfect metaphor for my life right now:
A house in Twin Lakes, Oklahoma collapsed into the Cimarron River, after being ripped from its foundation, cracking and ultimately succumbing to the river. Severe storms, tornadoes and rain in the state has caused the river to overflow. https://t.co/GFojTphTrn pic.twitter.com/Fhal7VVkba
— ABC News (@ABC) May 23, 2019
Milwaukee Bucks head coach is sick of Drake's shit: Drake, a musical demigod and renowned Canadian, can often be seen at Toronto Raptors games, and there's no exception when his team is in the playoffs. But he goes one step further, like literally. He sometimes goes on the court and he'll walk over to the team's bench. He gets up in players' faces, and the Milwaukee Bucks coach, whose team is currently playing the Raptors in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, has had enough of it.
Headline of the week: Praise the lord, her copy editors let this one get through final edits: “Baby Sharks Do (Do, Do, Do, Do, Do) Eat Songbirds.”
Now listen here, you $#!%: Very much Thin Lizzy vibes, but it's Ween!
Tonight's best Seattle entertainment options include: An all-ages show with Xiu Xiu, a Strawberry Theatre Workshop production of the Tony-winning comedy Take Me Out, and a philosophical discussion on the work ethic in America.