Capitol Hill to Get Another New Pizza Place, One Year After Conservatives Predicted a Pizza Apocalypse

Capitol Hill to Get Another New Pizza Place, One Year After Conservatives Predicted a Pizza Apocalypse

As you may recall, I wrote about the eight pizza places that opened on Capitol Hill in the past year. All those new restaurants arrived within one year after conservatives trumpeted a single Capitol Hill pizza place’s closure as a sign that Seattle’s higher minimum wage was killing small business. Today, we can add another new pizza place to the list. John Sundstrom, owner of the fabulous fine dining restaurant Lark and the more casual Slab—which I believe to be the single best sandwich shop on Capitol Hill—is opening a pizza place called Southpaw on 12th Avenue, a little over ten minutes’ walk from the pizza place that closed down last year. Southpaw,  as with all of Sundstrom’s restaurants, will use locally sourced ingredients. But it’s not going to be ridiculously expensive. Bethany Jean Clement broke the story for the Seattle Times : “We’re not just backing up the pizza supply truck to unload standard mozzarella,” Sundstrom says. But while you can expect some of the “Lark aesthetic and quality range,” he notes that big-enough-to-share pizzas will “probably be around 20 bucks.” Instead of slices, Southpaw will serve quarter-pies, about two slices’ worth for $5 — “enough for a one-person lunch with a salad… a walking-and-eating kind of size.” Southpaw will also serve fancy soft-serve ice cream, which is a familiar staple at another bustling business on Capitol Hill, the Rachel’s Ginger Beer on 12th, just down the street from the future Southpaw site. Considering that Seattle workers are doing better now than they were before the minimum wage increased, and considering that restaurant owners are investing in workers despite all those supposedly “job-killing” regulations, maybe it’s time for conservative talking heads to take notes from Idris at the top of this post and cancel the apocalypse? Seems as though the sky might not be falling, after all.

Daily Clips: August 9th, 2016

Daily Clips: August 9th, 2016

NYT EDITORIAL BOARD LAUGHS OFF TRUMP’S ECONOMIC PLAN: In a speech billed as a blueprint for stimulating growth and creating jobs, Mr. Trump offered a grab bag of ideas that borrow from discredited supply-side economics , the fossil fuel industry’s wish list and “America First” isolationism. He also criticized Hillary Clinton and President Obama for what he called their “job-killing, tax-raising, poverty-inducing” agenda. It was vintage Trump, full of promises of greatness and victories backed by fantastical proposals. MAINE GOP SENATOR SAYS NO TO TRUMP: Susan Collins will not be voting for Donald Trump this November. She joins the likes of Ben Sasse and Lindsey Graham. Collins points out that the “Khan incident” was when she couldn’t stay silent any longer. Which kind of seems odd to me. Was she ok with the ban on Muslims? Or the wall? I’m spitballin’ here. IS CLINTON A “PRUDENT HAWK”?  Basically this article goes, “Yeah, she has loved interventionism, but now that she’s president she’ll focus on domestic policies. Just look at six of her seven “biggest accomplishments” on her website – they’re all based on domestic issues!” Color me skeptical. TRUMP’S SHOTGUN MARRIAGE OF POPULISM AND SUPPLY-SIDE

Donald Trump’s Economic Plan Is Straight-Up Trickle Down Nonsense

Donald Trump’s Economic Plan Is Straight-Up Trickle Down Nonsense

Evan McMullin is running for president as an anti-Trump independent candidate. Who the hell is Evan McMullin? Well, he’s a Republican who gave a TED Talk once. That’s about all we know. McKay Coppins at BuzzFeed writes : He has never held elective office before and has spent most of his career as a CIA officer, according to his LinkedIn page. Young and unmarried, McMullin received an MBA at Wharton in 2011, and after a stint at Goldman Sachs, went to work as a policy wonk on Capitol Hill. Unlike National Review writer David French, another conservative courted by anti-Trump Republicans to launch a long-shot third-party bid, McMullin has virtually no public profile. He doesn’t appear regularly on television, and has just 135 followers on Twitter. His most recent high-profile appearance seems to have been a TEDx talk about genocide he gave at London Business School in April. He also delivered a  speech in May about the future of the Republican Party. McMullin won’t be able to make it on the ballot in many states, but operatives hope he’ll move the needle, especially, in Utah . (McMullin is a Brigham Young University graduate, and polling indicates that Mormons are very uncomfortable with Trump.) He can’t win the electoral college because he’s missed so many state filing deadlines, but McMullin at least represents a mainstream Republican for anti-Trump mainstream Republicans to vote for. Let’s take a look at McMullin’s campaign website to see where he stands on the economy . His economic plan is made up of four sentences. First sentence: “America should be the best place in the world for innovation, entrepreneurship and opportunity.” Okay! We agree. Next sentence: “We must reform a system that too often benefits the politically connected and the corporate elite, while leaving too many Americans behind.” Also true. Economic inequality is out of control. We’re halfway through the statement and we’re in total agreement! So what’s next? “Our
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Daily Clips: August 8th, 2016

Daily Clips: August 8th, 2016

LOW-SKILL WORKERS COULD BE A GREAT RESOURCE FOR THE USA:   Since there won’t be much growth in the share of workers with BAs or higher, these improvements will instead come in the form of greater hiring and productivity for workers who have a high-school degree or less. These workers will not only be more likely to find jobs, but they’ll also be working longer hours than they are now, likely in service professions. Here is another reason why it is so important that we ensure the economic security of workers in the service industries. Nick Hanauer and David Rolf’s Shared Security piece  offers a blueprint of creating a benefit system that is “fully prorated, portable, and universal.” WILL CLINTON HELP DOWN BALLOT DEMOCRATS? It appears likely, although most “wave” elections tend to come in non-presidential years. The main exceptions were in 1964 (Goldwater) and 1980 (Carter). I’ll be extremely surprised if the Democrats retake the House. For now, Democrats should aim to 1) recapture state legislatures and 2) ensure we take back the Senate. Mitch McConnell doesn’t deserve his current job. YOUNG ADULTS PREFER GUN RESPONSIBILITY KANSAS REPUBLICANS REJECT GOV. SAM BROWNBACK’S CONSERVATIVES IN PRIMARY:  Sorry, trickle-downers. TWEET OF THE DAY: The economic plan Trump has now scrubbed from his website would've caused a “lengthy recession,” 3.5 million jobs lost, 7% unemployment rate — igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) August 8, 2016

There’s Something About Gary: Why a Vote for Gary Johnson Is a Vote for Trickle Down Economics

There’s Something About Gary: Why a Vote for Gary Johnson Is a Vote for Trickle Down Economics

  I met once-and-current presidential candidate Gary Johnson in 2012 when he was vying for the Washington state Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination. Johnson seemed a decent-enough man—not a horrifying Ron Paul-style libertarian, but more of an affable stoner-type. Unlike the Ayn Rand school of libertarianism, which advocates small government because it expects the worst of people, Gary Johnson’s brand of libertarian often assumes the best: it’s a cheery worldview predicated on the belief that we don’t need regulations because most people won’t violate the societal norms. So maybe it’s an absolutism born of optimism, but it’s still absolutism. It doesn’t account for the extremes of human nature—companies like cigarette manufacturers that put profits over lives, beneficial but unprofitable government programs that help the working poor improve their own standards of living. The fact is, libertarianism just doesn’t work; it winds up benefitting the wealthiest at the expense of the very poor. Gary Johnson might not consciously favor trickle down economics, but his policies would absolutely reward the trickle-down agenda. If you know any Gary Johnson fans, I encourage you to direct them to this post by Benjamin Studebaker , which explains how Johnson’s stated plans would actually damage America worse than a Donald Trump presidency. You think that’s not possible? It totally is: Studebaker walks through Johnson’s policies like the flat tax, deregulation of the banking industry, opposition to basic programs like Medicare and public school and explains why they would leave America in a hole so deep we would never dig ourselves free. It’s easy to look at Johnson, with his cool-college-professor vibe and his chipper talk about marijuana, and assume he’s a harmless guy, a happy warrior to contrast with the dismal hatred of Donald Trump. But always remember that Johnson espouses a political worldview that is dangerously naive: his policies would burn the country down to nothing. Even a fundamentally decent
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Daily Clips: August 5th, 2016

Daily Clips: August 5th, 2016

ALL MEN FOR TRUMP’S ECONOMIC TEAM:  The sexism is strong in this one. 255,000 JOBS ADDED IN JULY: 77 straight months of private sector job growth. And the unemployment rate is now down to 4.9%. According to the New York Times: The employment data painted an unusually strong tableau of growth, with nearly all of the indicators that form the basis of the Labor Department’s monthly jobs report pointing in the right direction. Hillary Clinton should be talking about this recent report non-stop. Here is her moment to talk about economic growth and why her vision will continue to grow the American economy.  HOURLY WAGES GROW AS WELL: Adding to the robust job creation, the average hourly wage increased by 0.3 percent in July, a bit faster than expected. Together with a slight extension of the average work week, this puts more money in the pockets of U.S. households. This bodes well for consumer spending, which still comprises the most important component of the economy, suggesting that the U.S. is in relatively good shape to resist the growth slowdown afflicting other countries. HRC LEADS TRUMP IN GEORGIA TWEET OF THE DAY: FACT: Wages are rising at the fastest pace in 7 years → https://t.co/C8P76lnNkb #JobsReport pic.twitter.com/erXP4sSOsd — The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 5, 2016

Daily Clips: August 4th, 2016

Daily Clips: August 4th, 2016

THOMAS FRIEDMAN COMPLAINS THAT HRC DOESN’T TALK ABOUT GROWTH: And he’s right. While Hillary often spends time talking about “good paying jobs”, she never fully completes the circle; that is, when American workers are paid more that helps stimulate our economy and grows the pie. US JOBLESS CLAIMS RISE MARGINALLY HILLARY CLINTON’S MILLENIAL CHANGE:   The core of Clinton’s problem: About one-fifth of Millennials surveyed said they would vote for Sanders against Trump, but not for her. Two-thirds of those Sanders hold-outs said they see “no real difference” between Clinton and Trump on the issues they care most about. Sanders “was trying to paint her as a tool of the oligarchs and neo-conservatives,” said Baumann. “And he had some success.” OBAMA’S APPROVAL RATING REACHES 54% ERIC GREITENS MANAGES TO SAY NOTHING SUBSTANTIVE AND SHOOT A GUN IN 30 SECONDS: TWEET OF THE DAY: Looks like Melania may have worked in the States on a tourist visa, making her an illegal immigrant. https://t.co/8Vk17ZqyFo — Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) August 4, 2016

What Would Make for a Good Secure Scheduling Law?

What Would Make for a Good Secure Scheduling Law?

Over the last few months, Seattle has had an ongoing citywide conversation about secure scheduling laws. City councilmembers Lisa Herbold and Lorena González launched the conversation back in February, we published a podcast on the topic , we’ve addressed some of the concerns  and threats  from small business owners, we’ve talked about the effects of bad scheduling on workers , and we’ve looked at polling that indicated a lot of Seattle workers desperately need secure scheduling in their lives. But what should secure scheduling laws actually look like? What rights should laws protect? We’ll find out soon what Herbold and González are thinking, but Working Washington put together a great list of issues that good secure scheduling laws should cover. Aside from the basics—advance notice of two weeks for schedules, predictability pay if a schedule changes, ending clopenings without additional compensation—a pair of other points are very important. First is a caveat that protects employers: Voluntarily swapping shifts is a key way workers maintain their flexibility, and this must be protected. In order to ensure employers continue this practice for workers who need to create some extra flexibility of their own, there should be no predictability pay for employee-initiated shift swaps. Absolutely! One of the biggest fears we hear from employers is that their workers’ flexibility will decrease under a secure scheduling law, or that employers would be fined if workers wanted to change their schedules. A caveat to protect employee work shifts is absolutely necessary to preserve a flexible workplace that’s good for workers and employers. And lastly, Working Washington suggests that the law provides access to additional hours: “current employees who want to work more hours should have the opportunity to take on newly-posted shifts before additional part-time employees are brought on. ” This is important, and of all the parts of the secure scheduling discussion that have happened in Seattle so far, it’s been by far the least examined. Many employers like to keep a fleet of part-time employees
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Daily Clips: August 3th, 2016

Daily Clips: August 3th, 2016

PRAMILA JAYAPAL JUST SCORED A HUGE PROGRESSIVE VICTORY:  Congratulations, Pramila! She now will face either Brady Walkinshaw or Joe McDermott in the general election. TRUMP ASKS WHY US CAN’T USE NUKES:  Good god. No wonder Rudy Giuliani and Reince Priebus want to sit him down for an intervention . TRICKLE-DOWN ECONOMICS MUST DIE:   WORKERS, BUSINESSES DOING WELL IN SEATTLE:   Opponents might try to characterize these [minimum wage] increases as marginal. But for workers and families living on the margins, these increases make a meaningful difference in their day-to-day lives. TWEET OF THE DAY: Right-wing ideology on the run: at least 11 legislators allied with Gov. #Brownback ousted in #Kansas GOP primary. https://t.co/22NuzX7GZG — EJ Dionne (@EJDionne) August 3, 2016

Daily Clips: August 2nd, 2016

Daily Clips: August 2nd, 2016

FIRST OFF: Turn in your ballot, Washingtonians. As a citizen, this is a basic responsibility. Don’t shirk it. If you don’t know about local races, don’t worry, some awesome local blogs have got you covered . TWEET OF THE DAY: A little kid is yelling "Take the bitch down!" when Trump mentions Hillary Clinton. A little kid. No more than 10, I would say. — Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) August 2, 2016 SUPPORTING TRUMP IS THE GOP’S EQUIVALENT OF THE IRAQ WAR VOTE: I think [Trump’s big name supporters] are making a mistake not just from some lofty historical perspective but in how they will look in the relatively near future. IS HILLARY CLINTON REALLY THE MOST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE EVER? This article makes a very compelling case that Hillary Clinton is, in fact, not the most qualified candidate in our nation’s history. Check out James Monroe’s resume: Secretary of war, secretary of state, governor of Virginia, ambassador to both the UK and France, and a senator. That’s a delicious set of qualifications, James. VANCOUVER SLAPS 15% TAX ON FOREIGN HOME BUYERS: Nice touch.

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