[T]hree years into the emergency declarations, Seattle and King County have rarely acted as if they were responding to an emergency. Seattle's proclamation gave it extraordinary authority to bypass "time-consuming procedures and formalities prescribed by ordinance, statute, rule and regulation," but the city has used it sparingly, mostly to site tiny-house villages. King County's Board of Health only recently suggested a typical disaster response -- deploying massive tent shelters. The county and city continue to operate separate homelessness bureaucracies. read more
A billboard on Interstate 170 near St. Charles Rock Road is catching drivers' attention. A large electronic billboard that features President Donald Trump with the bible verse, "The word became flesh", can be seen along the southbound lanes of the highway. read more
The final POLITICO/Morning Consult poll prior to the midterm elections shows Republicans cutting into Democrats' lead on the generic congressional ballot. According to the poll, 43 percent of registered voters would vote for the Democratic congressional candidate in their district -- only slightly more than the 40 percent who would vote for the Republican candidate. Eighteen percent of registered voters are undecided.
A disabled veteran in Houston took to his Facebook page to post a photo of the "voter suppression" he faced when he arrived to vote early on Tuesday and found an MSNBC news crew blocking access to the handicapped-accessible parking spots. "Went to vote, and found this waiting for us. The only van accessible spot and they're filming in it," James Berrie wrote, who uses a wheelchair after his service in the Air Force. "We asked them to move, pointed out how it was wrong, then went to vote, because it takes time to load up. But came out and still there. Not even packing up, still getting ready for their shot." read more
Their goal is to persuade voters to support candidates who promise to protect immigrants, because they understand that their future in this country is at risk and depends on those votes. Although President Donald Trump is not on the ballot, they are working to turn the midterm elections into a referendum on presidential policies and rhetoric they view as anti-immigrant.