1. I'm pretty sure Kirk Johnson lives here in Seattle, so I'm not sure why he says we're known as "the Oakland of the North" or why he says people here wave at each other from their cars for no apparent reason (huh? and HUH?), but the New York Times has a piece today about Seattle's jubilation over the Seahawks victory. And, despite those two oddly made-up-seeming references, it's a pretty good summary of the genteel jubilation that took all over downtown yesterday.
2. CNN Money reports that, in contrast to predictions that requiring paid sick leave would devastate businesses, mandatory sick leave in cities like Seattle is actually working out pretty well.
CNN writes, of Cupcake Royale owner Jody Hall (who provided paid sick leave before Seattle adopted its law mandating the benefit and supported the proposal):
She was happy to see that the law enacted a tiered policy, meaning businesses with under 50 employees are required to offer fewer paid sick days per staff member than larger businesses. And those smaller employers don't have to pay wages for any sick day until the employee has worked there for six months.
One year after the law went into effect, a study from the Main Street Alliance found no evidence that it had negatively impacted the economy.
3. The Olympian's Peter Callaghan argues that it's Jay Inslee's job, as governor, to lead on education funding, even if Republicans in the legislature oppose it.
"If anything, he didn’t do enough, and his education agenda remains quite thin," Callaghan writes.
"He has refused to lead on the 24-credit high school diploma and is giving comfort to those who choose to believe the feds aren’t serious about us fixing our teacher and principal evaluation system. Given the seriousness of the education issue, I wish he had found both of those 'expedient for their action.'”—a reference to the provision in the state constitution that says the governor should make recommendations to the legislature that he finds expedient.
4. Roll Call reports that the U.S. House Ethics Committee is investigating U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-5) for allegedly commingling campaign funds and taxpayer dollars when campaigning to lead the House Republican Conference in 2012. McMorris Rodgers won a tough race against Rep. Tom Price of Georgia (R-6). The charges allege that McMorris Rodgers used her chief of staff, Jeremy Deutsch, as a de facto campaign aide.
"Generally," Roll Call reports, "there is a strict firewall between political donations and the taxpayer money members are budgeted to run their offices. Intraparty campaigns to become a congressional leader are a rare exception. However, ethics rules state that the two funding sources may not be used on the same part of the campaign.