December 1, 2014
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Passages: Rep. Ida Ballasiotes, champion of three-strikes law and sex-offender crackdowns

Rep. Ida Ballosiotes, R-Mercer Island, lost her daughter to a sex offender wandering through Seattle streets on work release in 1988. Saying, “the system had broken down,” Ballasiotes helped push through new public safety laws, including the state’s 1990 sex-offender crackdown and the 1993 three strikes initiative.

A moderate, she was well liked and respected by Republicans and Democrats alike, said former Democratic Speaker of the House Brian Ebersole.

Ballosiotes died Nov. 23 at age 78 after a series of heart attacks.

The Seattle Times has more on her life and accomplishments.

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ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

Port slowdown's potential devastating impacts on Washington businesses


By AWB President Kris Johnson and Jon DeVaney, president of the Washington State Tree Fruit Association

The contract dispute between West Coast dockworkers unions and the Pacific Maritime Association has nearly ground Seattle and Tacoma port traffic to a halt at the worst possible time. In our trade-heavy state, businesses are rightly worried this contract standstill could lead to a complete work stoppage.

According to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), when a breakdown in contract negotiations resulted in a 10-day lockout in 2002, it cost the U.S. economy an estimated $1 billion a day, and took half a year to clear the backlog. A shutdown now could be even more costly, an estimated $2 billion each day, according to a study conducted by NAM and the National Retail Federation.

Given our dependence on ports for nearly all industries -- imports and exports --  the slowdown could ultimately impact already-stressed state and local budgets.

The timing is devastating for agriculturists and retailers...

READ MORE: Click here for the full op-ed column from Kris Johnson and Jon DeVaney in The Seattle Times
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