1. Think Progresss points out that while U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA, 5) said, in her response to President Obama's State of the Union address yesterday, that she supports income equality for men and women—she has voted, no fewer than four times, against federal legislation that would actually require equal pay for equal work for women.
In addition to voting against laws that would reduce the pay disparity between men and women, McMorris Rodgers voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Act, which would have lengthened the amount of time individuals have to make accusations of pay discrimination.
2. Seattle wins the Super Bowl of Food, according to Serious Eats, which ranks our city and Denver based on the quality of our pizza, sandwiches, beer, and desserts.
While Denver did take the all-important beer category, Seattle prevailed on pizza (thanks Delancey, Serious Pie, and Via Tribuniali), sandwiches (Palace Kitchen burgers and the—frankly dubious, yet ubiquitous—Seattle cream-cheese hot dogs), and sweets (Pike Place Market's Daily Dozen Doughnuts, Cupcake Royale, and Capitol Hill's Old School Frozen Custard).
3. The average wait time to see a doctor in Seattle (23 days) isn't as bad as it is in Boston (66 days), but it is substantially worse than in many other cities (including Portland, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.), according to the Washington Post, which reports on the typical wait time for general and speciality appointments in cities across the nation. The best big city: Dallas, where you'll only wait 5 days for a general practitioner and just over 10 days for a specialist.
4. The Olympian reports that some Oregon drivers will, starting next year, be able to pay for insurance based on how many miles they drive, as opposed to how much gas they use.
The change could become a model for Washington state, where lawmakers have proposed similar rules. Gas tax revenues are declining as people drive less and cars become more fuel-efficient.
5. President Obama has proposed a graduated increase in the minimum wage from its current level of $72.5 to $10.10 an hour.
Meanwhile, state Sen. Michael Baumgartner (R-6, Spokane), who also proposed legislation this week to reduce the minimum wage in Washington state for workers under 20 during the summer, told the Seattle Times that he believes people who receive federal food benefits should be required to do a minimum number of weekly communtiy-service hours.