August 11, 2022

DOJ moves to unseal Mar-a-Lago search warrant,
AG Garland about the search: he “does not take such decisions lightly.”

Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks about the FBI’s search warrant served at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida during a statement at the U.S. Justice Department in Washington on Aug. 11, 2022. Credit: Leah Millis, Reuters, via CBS News.

Justice Department moves to unseal search warrant used to seize documents from Trump’s home

Trump’s lawyer confirms she and another were present during the Mar-a-Lago search

Court has given Trump until tomorrow to respond to DOJ’s unsealing request

+ Washington Post: FBI searched Trump’s home to look for nuclear documents and other items, sources say

From CBS News:

Click here for AG Garland’s news conference [start at 12:09]

The Justice Department moved to unseal the search warrant used by federal agents to seize documents from former President Donald Trump’s home in Florida as Attorney General Merrick Garland revealed he “personally approved” the extraordinary step to seek the warrant.

In brief remarks from the Justice Department as the government filed its request, Garland defended the move to search Mar-a-Lago, and said he “does not take such decisions lightly.”

He noted, however, that he was bound by federal law, department rules and ethical obligations from providing more information about the basis of the search.

“Faithful adherence to the role of law is the bedrock principle of the Justice Department and our democracy. Upholding the rule of law means applying the law evenly without fear or favor,” he said. “Under my watch, that is precisely what the Justice Department is doing. All Americans are entitled to the even-handed application of the law, to due process of the law and to the presumption of innocence.”

The decision by the Justice Department to move to make public the warrant was made “in light of the former president’s public confirmation of the search, the surrounding circumstances and the substantial interest in this matter,” Garland said.

He noted that the warrant was authorized by a federal court in South Florida “upon the required finding of probable cause,” and copies of the warrant and a property receipt from the FBI — required by law to be left with the property owner —  were provided to Trump’s attorneys on the day of the search.

One of Trump’s lawyers, Lindsey Halligan, confirmed to CBS News that she and a second attorney, Christina Bobb, a former television host for the far-right One America News network, were at Mar-a-Lago while the search was conducted.

+ Rolling Stone: With Feds Circling, Trump Asks Allies: Who’s ‘Wearing a Wire’? As the investigations heat up, the former president and his advisers are pointing fingers — and looking for “rats” [Editor’s note: This indicates the walls are closing in.]

+ CNBC: Trump took Fifth Amendment more than 440 times in refusing to answer New York attorney general’s questions – a jury in a civil case is allowed to draw “a negative inference” when a party to the case “invokes that right against self-incrimination.” In other words, James could argue to a jury that it should assume Trump has conceded her claims against him by refusing to answer her questions.

+ Paul Waldman Opinion: Why Trump has to sell a fantasy of collective persecution


August 11, 2022

First maritime heritage area set for Thurston County

The Maritime Washing National Heritage Area will be the first national heritage area dedicated to maritime history.
Credit: JOLT Staff photo via Zoom

Thurston County to be part of the site of first maritime heritage area designation

Fundraising continues to restore the Parthia tug boat

From The JOLT News:

The country’s first national heritage area focused on maritime history is set to open by 2023, according to maritime historian Chuck Fowler from the South Sound Maritime Heritage Association (SSMHA).

Fowler presented an update on August 8 to the Port of Olympia Commission on the work being done to establish the national heritage area in conjunction with a fundraising campaign to restore and exhibit the historic tugboat Parthia.

The national heritage area was designated by Congress in 2019. It covers 3,000 miles of coastline starting from Grays Harbor County, going all the way through Puget Sound, and ending at Blaine on the Canadian border. The area includes 18 federally recognized tribes, 13 counties, 32 incorporated cities, and 30 port districts. Out of the 55 national heritage areas in the United States, this is the first and only one focused on maritime history.

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The nonprofit Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is organizing the heritage area, submitting a management plan as required by the National Park Service and expect to open by the beginning of 2023, according to Fowler.

History Press will also publish guidebook titled “Exploring Maritime Washington” next spring in time for the opening of the heritage area.

There will also be a heritage tugboat walk going from the tugboat Sand Man at Percival Landing to Parthia which will be exhibited in a pavilion across Olympia’s farmer’s market.

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August 10, 2022

Flix Bus brings their quality intercity service to Thurston County!

Flix Bus inaugurates service to Olympia August 11th
Credit: Flix Bus

FlixBus kicks off service to Olympia, WA with new location at the Olympia Transit Center 

From the Flix Bus Press release:

Service starts August 11 with connections to Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, BC and more

FlixBus, North America’s fastest-growing intercity bus service, is kicking off service to Olympia, Washington, for the first time in the company’s history with a new stop at the Olympia Transit Center with service starting on August 11.  

FlixBus has a large network of destinations throughout the Pacific Northwest ranging from Eugene, Oregon, to Spokane, Washington to U.S.-Canada cross-border routes from Seattle to Vancouver, British Columbia. Olympia’s new stop location will be located in the heart of FlixBus’ Pacific Northwest network with service to Tacoma, Portland, Seattle, Corvallis, Everett and more.  

Service from Olympia will depart daily in multiple directions from the Olympia Transit Center in downtown Olympia at 205 Franklin St NE with easy access to colleges and universities in the region, including the University of Washington, University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Western Washington University, Central Washington University, Gonzaga University and more. Additionally, Olympia riders can enjoy easy connections to Sea-Tac Airport for local and international flights.  

“Intercity Transit is proud to welcome FlixBus to the Olympia Transit Center,” said Ann Freeman Manzanares, Intercity Transit’s General Manager. “One of the primary drivers for expanding the transit center was to support multi-modal service, providing regional connections with local service. With FlixBus serving the Olympia Transit Center, our community has better access to regional and international transportation options.“ 

This service will be run by MTR Western, a local Seattle-based FlixBus partner who trusts in FlixBus’ technological expertise in pricing, marketing and sales, route intelligence, quality management and continuous product expansion. The buses will also apply the company’s international standard, which includes services such as free on-board Wi-Fi.  

Save money and carbon emissions with intercity buses 

Intercity buses are not only more affordable than private cars, FlixBus puts the power of sustainability into riders’ hands through optional carbon offset credits:  

  • FlixBus has collaborated with atmosfair to offer customers the option to travel climate friendly on their FlixBus journey. Customers can purchase “CO2 Compensation” tickets during booking, thereby making a voluntary environmental contribution.  
  • The optional cost of traveling green will be added to customers’ ticket prices, approximately 1-3% of the original ticket price. 
  • FlixBus CO2 Compensation Ticket donations are financing atmosfair’s UN-accredited Gold Standard Climate Protection Project Cleaner Cook Stoves in Rwanda. These efficient stoves make it possible for people in rural Rwanda to use around 80% less wood than traditional hearths when they cook. The project thus helps to preserve local forests, the last habitat for mountain gorillas in the world, and contribute to global climate protection. 

Book today at FlixBus.com or the app! 

For more information visit FlixBus online, download the FlixBus app, and follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter


August 10, 2022

DOJ began treating removal of classified documents like a felony when Trump signed that into a 2018 law!

Trump’s search warrant on his home caused in-part by his 2018 law.
Credit: Daily Kos

Trump is his own worst enemy!

+ MSNBC’s Glenn Kirschner: FBI Mar-a-Lago search proves once again that Trump may be his own worst enemy

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Q: So when did the DOJ start treating removal of classified documents like a felony anyway?

A: When President Trump signed a 2018 law making it a felony.

Credit: Jeff Yarbro, Tennessee State Senator

August 9, 2022

Challenger Joe Kent moves ahead of Jaime Herrera Beutler in Dist. 3 –
Incumbent Jaime Herrera Beutler concedes – no regrets in Trump impeachment vote!

Joe Kent, center, a Republican challenging Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., for her seat in Washington’s 3rd Congressional District, speaks during a “Justice For J6” rally near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Sept. 18, 2021.
Credit: Nathan Howard, AP via The Olympian.

Trump’s Revenge: Joe Kent Edges Ahead of Jaime Herrera Beutler

+ FOX News: Pro-impeachment GOP Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler concedes, as Trump-backed challenger Joe Kent takes lead – Rep. Herrera Beutler said she did not regret voting to impeach Trump

+ KING-5 TV News, Seattle: Newcomers Marie Gluesenkamp Perez and Joe Kent advance to November election – The six-term Republican congressmember has been ousted in the primary by Kent, who ran to her right and criticized her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump.

From Post Alley Seattle:

Trump-backed insurgent MAGA Republican Joe Kent has overtaken six-term 3rd District U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler in late primary ballots, likely denying JHB a place on the November ballot. She is one of 10 GOP House members who have found themselves in Trump’s crosshairs after voting to impeach the 45th President after the January 6, 2021 insurrection.

If current trends hold, Kent will face Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez in November.  The Democrat leads with 31 percent of the vote, followed by Kemp at 22.8 percent and Herrera Beutler at 22.4 percent, a shockingly low vote total for a House member who easily put away a strong Democratic challenger in 2020. “This race is a complete question mark and there are no sure things,” tweeted Stephen Paolini, associate regional director of the Anti-Defamation League in the Northwest, whose job includes tracking extreme groups.

Kent has emerged as a right-wing media darling.  He appeared Monday on a podcast with Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, was a guest of conservative radio host Lars Larson, and appeared later on Fox’s Tucker Carlson Show.  He fanned the far right’s persecution complex when commenting on the FBI raid at Trump’s Mar a Lago estate in Florida, saying: “They’re going after him but it’s a total full-frontal assault.  They’re going after every single one of us.”

In addition to Trump, Kent’s list of endorsers is a who’s who from the right. The former Green Beret is backed by former National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn and U.S. Reps. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, and Paul Gosar, R-Arizona. Kent speaks with the zealotry of a Trump convert. “Defending Trump’s policies have given me a taste of the savage fight we face against a hostile mainstream media and deeply entrenched political class,” he wrote in a self-profile.

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August 9, 2022

Two important news stories in Puget Sound:
* I-5 Construction in Tacoma to be completed by end of month,
* FAA clears Boeing to resume Dreamliner deliveries!

Credit: WSDOT

I-5 Construction in Tacoma to be completed by end of month

+ KING-5 TV News, Seattle: I-5 construction project in Tacoma enters final stages – WSDOT has announced that the final stretch of roadwork is underway for the I-5 through Tacoma.

“After more than two decades, construction on the Tacoma portion of I-5 is coming to an end. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announced that work crews will be paving the final section of highway this month.

“Once completed, the interstate’s HOV system will be connected between state Route 16 in Gig Harbor and I-5 in King County.”

“So far, there isn’t a specific date on when it will be completed, but WSDOT said the work will be done by the end of the month.” Read more

FAA clears Boeing to resume Dreamliner deliveries

+ KING-5 TV News, Seattle: FAA clears Boeing to resume deliveries of 787 Dreamliner – Federal safety officials confirmed they will let Boeing resume deliveries of the 787 Dreamliner. Boeing is expected to start shipping the jets in the coming days.


August 9, 2022

Governor’s Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee holds a Veterans Town Hall in Yelm Aug. 10th!

Credit: The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA)

VAAC Town Hall in Yelm

From The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA):

Wednesday, August 10, 2022 10:00 – 12:30

The Governor’s Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee will be holding a Veterans Town Hall on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, from 10:00am – 12:30pm in Yelm.

Community partners and service providers will be sharing how they are serving Veterans and their families from the area.  Veterans, families, and service providers are invited to attend and learn about programs and services available to them.

The VAAC is composed of 17 members and advises the Governor and the director of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) on issues and programs concerning veterans.

Join the livestream and comment with your questions for us to answer live during the session at www.facebook.com/WSDVA/videos

Visit the WDVA website at http://www.dva.wa.gov or call 1-800-562-2308 for additional information. 

Yelm Community Center
301 2nd Street
Yelm, WA  98567

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August 8, 2022

Trump’s Mar-a-Logo home served with a search warrant by the FBI – and searched!

“Former President Donald Trump speaks during the America First Agenda Summit in Washington on July 26
Credit: Jabin Botsford, The Washington Post via Getty Images file and NBC News.

Trump says his Mar-a-Lago home was ‘raided’ by ‘large group of FBI agents’

From NBC News:

Former President Donald Trump said in a statement Monday that his home at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, was “raided” by “a large group of FBI agents.”

Trump also claimed the presence of law enforcement was unannounced and the reason was politically motivated, though he did not provide specifics.

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In February, the National Archives and Records Administration asked the Justice Department to examine whether Trump’s handling of White House records violated federal law, a story first reported by The Washington Post and subsequently confirmed by NBC News sources.

The status of that request is unclear.

Trump is not at Mar-a-Lago, his winter residence. He spends his summers at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey.

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August 8, 2022

Small business & nonprofit grants available through pandemic relief funds!

Credit: Office of Gov. Jay Inslee

Small business & nonprofit grants available through pandemic relief funds

From the Office of Gov. Jay Inslee:

Another round of state pandemic relief grants is on the way, with a focus on – but not limited to – the arts, heritage and science sectors, and businesses relying on Washington Convention Center events, such as theaters and live entertainment venues. 

Applications for the Working Washington Grants: Round 5 and new Convention Center Grants programs open Wednesday Aug. 17. Together, these programs will distribute $75 million in pandemic relief grants to eligible small businesses and nonprofits across Washington.

The online commercegrants.com portal has guidelines and information to help applicants get ready to submit applications.


August 8, 2022

Thurston County housing sales fall 25 percent year-over-year!

“Work continues on the Bradley Park subdivision, an 80-plus home development across from North Thurston High School at Sleater-Kinney Road at 15th Avenue Northeast.” Credit: Steve Bloom, The Olympian.

Thurston County housing market slows as sales fall 25 percent

From The Olympian:

“Sales fell 25 percent comparing July 2022 to July 2021. On a month-to-month basis, the median price of a single-family home fell, the data [Northwest Multiple Listing Service] show.

“The county median price in July was $505,000, down from $525,000 in June. What’s causing the change? Higher gas prices, higher inflation — inflation rose 9.1 percent in the year-over-year period ending in June — and higher mortgage interest rates, which remain higher than a year ago even though they have inched down in recent weeks. All have contributed to a shift in the housing market.”

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