1. As Democratic lawmakers in Olympia propose new gun restrictions in the wake of recent gun massacres across the nation, two other gun-related bills could represent setbacks for gun-control advocates.
The first setback, as reported in Crosscut, a gun control bill that got killed: A proposal by Democrat Sherry Appleton (D-23, Poulsbo) that would have created a duty to retreat when under attack (in contrast to Florida's infamous "Stand Your Ground" law) and shortened the list of reasons for a homicide to be ruled justifiable (removing the protection of property, for example, from the list of justifiable reasons to shoot someone).
Gun proponents responded with a barrage of angry and threatening emails and calls, effectively bullying Appleton into pulling the bill. She tells Crosscut, "For all intents and purposes, this legislation is dead. It has created such a mountain of hate and discontent."
The second gun-related bill, sponsored by Republican Brad Klippert (R-8, Kennewick), would allow teachers and other school employees to bring guns to work. In perhaps the understatement of the year so far, teachers' union spokesman Rich Wood told the Tri-City Herald, "Putting guns in the classroom is not the solution."
2. Fast Company calls Seattle's under-construction Bullitt Center—a so-called "living building" that will use a fraction of the energy and water used by a typical building—"the greenest office building in the world."
Fast Company calls the Central District's Bullitt Center "the greenest office building in the world."
The building will use solar panels, rainwater harvesting, composting toilets, and natural lighting, among other green technologies. Neighborhood activists, naturally, opposed the building, saying it was too tall and "out of character" in its neighborhood, the Central District.
3. Senate Democrats will be one member shy—with 23 caucus members, not counting two dissident Democrats who joined the Republican caucus—when the legislative session opens in Olympia on Monday, the News Tribune reports.
That's because there is no successor yet for Derek Kilmer (D-26, Gig Harbor), and there won't be until late next week at the earliest. Kilmer's replacement will be chosen by the Kitsap County commission and the Pierce County Council (which is controlled by Republicans). Of three finalists, the News Tribune reports that the group prefers Nathaniel Schlicher, an ER doctor.
4. A "corrupt institution." That's how former mayor Greg Nickels described the NBA during a speech to a historical group in West Seattle yesterday, the PI.com reports.
"I am not a fan of the NBA," Nickels said. The Sonics left town in 2008 after failing to reach a deal to stay in Seattle; Nickels wanted the team to continue to play in KeyArena.