A Curious Eye

A Curious Eye

My name's Ben. I'm a 22 year-old recent grad living in Seattle. I've been told my gayness is only matched by my enthusiasm.
I post my favorite news from all around the web.
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50 Washington Facts They Never Taught You In School

Today Washington Tackled One Drug Bogeyman-So What's Next?

When Washington became the second state to allow legal sales of recreational marijuana last week, Seattle only had a single store, Cannabis City, open for business. It ran out of weed in three days.

BE COOL. REGISTER TO VOTE.

seattlish:

Today is the last day for you to register to vote in Washington’s upcoming primaries!

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^^Really very sorry for using Chris Matthews but I mean homeboy has a point so like whatever.

Go here to vote/make sure your voter reg is up to date.

The August 5 primary will give you a chance to vote on some parks, which we’ll explain more later. 

REMEMBER: Intelligent people vote. Cool, attractive, sexy people vote. None of the women of the Ish would even consider putting our genitals or brains near anyone who didn’t vote. VOTING IS THAT IMPORTANT.

Washington state loves Obamacare — and still has challenges making it work

There are some new laws going into effect today. They include:

seattlish:

  • No tanning for teens!
  • Yes applying for college for kids who weren’t born in the US (YAY)!
  • Yes in-state tuition for military vets!
  • YES YES YES for expunging the bogus criminal records of Native American activists like the late Billy Frank, Jr.!
  • YES for the forced surrender of firearms by those who have restraining orders against them due to domestic violence!!!
  • YES to a bunch of laws about human trafficking, including one that victims of trafficking to have prostitution charges cleared (though we wish ALL sex workers had that ability because fuck the criminalization of voluntary sex work!)

All things told, there are around 200 laws that went into effect today. 

Seattle approves a $15 minimum wage, highest in nation

breakingnews:

Seattle Times: The Seattle City Council Monday approved a $15 minimum wage, creating a path over the next 7 years to provide the city’s lowest-paid workers the nation’s highest minimum wage.

Fast-food workers, union organizers and labor activists celebrated on the steps of City Hall after the historic vote with cake and ice cream provided by some local small businesses who joined in support of a plan that will phase-in the $15 minimum over the next seven years.

Here’s what Seattle’s tallest tower could look like, if it's built

Despite Party Differences, Millennial State Lawmakers Find Common Ground

breakingnews:

Obama vows ongoing support of Washington mudslide recovery
NBC News: President Obama vowed continuing support of recovery efforts in Oso, Wash., after touring the site of the deadly mudslide that hit the area.
“We’re not going anywhere, we’ll be there as long as it takes,” Obama said at a firehouse after taking an aerial tour of the destruction site and meeting with families of victims and first responders.
Obama also praised the strength of Oso as it mourns the loss of more than 40 people killed in the slide.
Follow updates at BreakingNews.com. 
Photo: Marine One, carrying President Barack Obama, takes an aerial tour of Oso, Washington, the site of the deadly mudslide that killed more than 40 people in March. (Carolyn Kaster / AFP - Getty Images)

breakingnews:

Obama vows ongoing support of Washington mudslide recovery

NBC News: President Obama vowed continuing support of recovery efforts in Oso, Wash., after touring the site of the deadly mudslide that hit the area.

“We’re not going anywhere, we’ll be there as long as it takes,” Obama said at a firehouse after taking an aerial tour of the destruction site and meeting with families of victims and first responders.

Obama also praised the strength of Oso as it mourns the loss of more than 40 people killed in the slide.

Follow updates at BreakingNews.com. 

Photo: Marine One, carrying President Barack Obama, takes an aerial tour of Oso, Washington, the site of the deadly mudslide that killed more than 40 people in March. (Carolyn Kaster / AFP - Getty Images)

Toll in Washington state mudslide rises to 24

breakingnews:

Q13Fox: The official, confirmed death toll in Washington state’s devastating mudslide rose to 24 Monday, with a total of  17 of those bodies positively identified.

Thirty people were listed still listed as missing Monday. The previous number of confirmed fatalities had been 21 on Sunday night.

Victims families have to be notified in person before the list is made public. The full list of victims is available at the bottom of this story. Jason Biermann, program manager of the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, said 7 others were awaiting identification.