November 7, 2016
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Mary Fairhurst selected as new chief justice of state Supreme Court

Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Fairhurst was selected by her eight peers as the 56th chief justice of the state's highest court. Her four-year term as chief justice begins Jan. 9, 2017. She succeeds Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, one of the longest-serving chief justices in state history.

Madsen nominated Fairhurst, and Associate Chief Justice Charles W. Johnson, the court's most senior member, seconded the nomination. Since 1996, the chief justice position is decided by an internal vote of the court's justices every four years during a November administrative meeting.

As chief justice, Fairhurst will serve as the court's chief spokesperson, will preside over the court's public hearings and will co-chair the state's Board for Judicial Administration, the primary policy-setting group of the state judiciary.

Madsen will continue to serve as a justice on the court, pending the results of tomorrow's election. She faces a strong challenge from Kittitas County Prosecutor Greg Zempel. Zempel has been endorsed by AWB and many elected officials from both sides of the aisle from across the state.

In a statement, Zempel said that Madsen's removal from the chief justice position confirms what he has been saying on the campaign trail: that Madsen has led the court into unnecessary politics.

"Today the court has proven that by choosing a different path. I welcome the news but still realize there is much to do," Zempel said. "We need a new perspective on the court and I will continue to crisscross the state until Tuesday evening to make sure I am a part of that new direction."

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Focus on Sustainability

Boeing, Alaska Air lauded for leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions

By Andrew McIntosh, The Puget Sound Business Journal.

Two of Puget Sound's biggest aerospace companies are working hard to cut emissions as part of the regional efforts to combat climate change, a new report says.

Boeing Co. and Alaska Air Group each adopted a series of small but important measures that can make a difference, according to a new Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce report.

Entitled "Bright Green in an Emerald City," the report lists dozens of examples of emission-reduction efforts at companies, a university and some non-profits.

Boeing and Alaska Airlines are praised for developing shorter, more precise routes for incoming aircraft traffic flying into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport... Every Sea-Tac flight using such approaches conserves an average of 87 gallons of fuel, and saves passengers nine minutes of flying, the Seattle Chamber's report said.

Greenhouse gas emissions reduced with each of these flights equals to what a small car would use, driving all the way from Seattle to Minneapolis, the report added.

Read the full story in The Puget Sound Business Journal
The Risks of I-732

Collaborate, don't regulate carbon

By AWB President Kris Johnson

Washington state employers are proven leaders and innovators in energy conservation, carbon reduction and environmental efforts.

The record proves this is already taking place without a carbon tax, but rather through innovation and collaboration.

Washington's population has increased 43 percent since 1990 and the economy has grown 260 percent, yet carbon emissions are down 18 percent, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

From small operations to large steel mills, companies have built sustainability and environmental stewardship into their operations, not as an afterthought.

Despite this solid environmental record, voters will be faced with a choice to raise the cost of energy -- the engine that keeps Washingtonians moving and warm -- through Initiative 732. It would put in place a carbon tax under the guise of doing what employers and residents are already doing -- lowering carbon emissions. But, it is not without risk to the economy, K-12 education and our low- and fixed-income neighbors...

Read the full op-ed in The Puget Sound Business Journal
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