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Friday Jolt: In-Migration and Immigration

The day's winners and losers.

By Afternoon Jolt August 8, 2014

Afternoon Jolt

Today's winner: Urbanism.

Compared to last year, Dupre+Scott apartment analysts announced today, more than 62,000 people have moved in to the Seattle area. They're moving here, like it or not!

Even if half of those new migrants ultimately move away or settle far outside city limits, Seattle will still see an influx of more than 30,000 new residents; and "with developers [set] to build more apartments this year than we have seen since 1990, I think that you are going to welcome the congestion" on the roads, Scott said. 

The "in-migration" rate has increased 18 percent since the first half of last year.

We have a call out to Scott to find out what he believes should (or can) be done about the affordable housing crisis. 

Currently, the city council is considering policies that would put developers on the hook for addressing the problem. The latest debate is between funding affordable housing through "incentive zoning" (in which developers pay into an affordable housing fund in exchange for more density) and an alternative known as a "linkage fee" (which requires all developers to pay into an affordable housing fund). 

Today's loser: Pedro Celis, the Republican who's challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA,1). 

Although Celis appears to have squeaked through the primary with just over 16 percent to DelBene's 51 percent, his poor showing—Tea Party Republican Robert Sutherland, who raised $4,600 to Celis' $429,000, almost knocked him out—is a big embarrassment to the GOP. 

The national GOP tapped Celis earlier this year as one of its "Young Guns"—believing he was up-and-comers worth going to the mat for. 

Today, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) pounced, sending out a gleeful press release calling him "one of the most humiliating recreuitment fails of the year for House Republicans," adding, "the more Washington State voters get to know Pedro Celis’ far right views, the more they’ll realize his agenda is wrong for their middle class.”  

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