How a group of Seahawks donated — perhaps unwittingly — to politicians who oppose their views
SEATTLE — Republican Sen. Thom Tillis and Congressman Anthony Gonzalez aren’t exactly known for supporting the actions or wishes of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.Tillis, of North Carolina, has openly scolded players for “commandeering” football games in support of racial equality and against police brutality, while former NFL wideout Gonzalez, of Ohio, maintains he always stood at attention out of “gratitude” for the nation’s troops and “how lucky” he was to be an American. When a House bill was put forth in June to curb police powers after George Floyd, an unarmed Black man,...
The Seattle Times
Grocery prices are down from their COVID-19 summer peaks. But here's why your food bills are still stubbornly high.
Eva Rosol was stunned during the summer when a rotisserie chicken that she could normally find on sale for $6 suddenly set her back $15.Rosol, a resident of the Chicago suburb Westmont, Ill., who lost her job as a substitute teacher when COVID-19 shut schools in March, could afford it thanks to the extra $600 per week in unemployment benefits the federal government offered during the first four months of the pandemic. But those extra benefits expired in late July.Now Rosol, 54, who has a business degree and is seeking a job in sales, receives $108 weekly in unemployment aid. Meanwhile, her hus...
Editorial: Shocking new rates for homeowners insurance threaten Florida's economy
Florida homeowners, already facing an anxious few months because of the COVID-19 pandemic, face a new threat — the prospect of major cost increases for property insurance.As the Sun Sentinel reported Sunday, the increases could range from 30% to 40%. They would come just as Gov. Ron DeSantis has ended the moratorium on mortgage foreclosures. It also seems likely that Senate Republicans won’t pass a second COVID-19 stimulus bill that could help laid-off homeowners pay their insurance premiums.How will the Florida Legislature respond? If history is a guide, the priority will be to please the ins...
Most major cities haven't banned tear gas during protests. Will Philadelphia be different?
PHILADELPHIA — After hours of listening to Philadelphia residents testify about the physical and emotional scars they carry as a result of police firing tear gas or rubber bullets at them, city councilmembers pledged it wouldn’t happen again, introducing a bill Thursday that would permanently ban the use of such tactics against protesters in the city.Philadelphia would be among the first major cities in America to institute such a ban through legislation. Law enforcement advocates say there’s good reason for other cities’ reluctance.As the nation grapples with how best to confront police refor...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Pelosi downplays chance for coronavirus relief package
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday doused hopes that Congress and the White House could reach an agreement on a stand-alone coronavirus stimulus bill to bail out the crippled airline industry.The California Democrat insisted that she would only consider an airline support bill — estimated at $25 billion — as part of talks for a full-blown stimulus plan that would cost about $2 trillion.“There is not stand-alone bill without a bigger bill,” Pelosi said.“Tomorrow, by the way, tomorrow, come here tomorrow. We’re going to be talking about the 25th Amendment,” she said without further comment.She ...
New York Daily News
Police reform bill could bring Washington state to forefront of accountability movement
SEATTLE — As police reform advocates look to sustain this summer’s public outrage, the state Legislature is taking a second look at overhauling Washington’s peace officer decertification system.That certification is required to be an officer in Washington, and revoking it can permanently take away a cop’s badge and gun.But due to weaknesses in the process, the state rarely takes that action, decertifying an average of 13 per year of the about 11,000 officers statewide, according to a recent Seattle Times investigation.A proposal being circulated by a key lawmaker would give more power to civil...
The Seattle Times
The Week Ahead: Testing market confidence in profits and politics
President Trump’s positive COVID-19 diagnosis doesn’t change the market’s convictions in two things: that there will be another federal stimulus bill and that corporate profits are recovering.The latter conviction is better grounded than the former. Yet it’s the faith that more stimulus is coming that may be tested in the week ahead without meaningful evidence.The bulk of quarterly corporate earnings results still are a few weeks away. Confidence is high that the third quarter was not the mess business experienced in the springtime. Sure, the pandemic continues: Shutdowns and re-openings added...
Congress OKs Nassar-inspired reform bill to protect athletes from assault
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House approved bipartisan legislation Thursday intended to guard Olympic and amateur athletes from abuse — a measure spurred by an 18-month Senate probe into the case of disgraced Michigan State University sports doctor Larry Nassar.The Senate unanimously passed the package in early August, so the bill next heads to President Donald Trump’s desk for his signature.Lawmakers said the bill would bolster legal liability and accountability for Olympic officials and amateur athletic organizations for misconduct, including sexual abuse by coaches and other employees.Olympic offi...
The Detroit News
Addiction, PTSD treatments could be more accessible for Californians under new law
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Some Californians may have an easier time accessing treatment for mental health conditions like anxiety, PTSD and addiction under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Friday.The measure, Senate Bill 855, requires insurance companies to cover all mental health and addiction treatment deemed “medically necessary” by a doctor.Federal law already broadly requires insurance plans to provide comparable coverage for mental and physical illnesses, what’s known as mental health parity. California law also has parity requirements, but bill author Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat, a...
The Sacramento Bee
California passes first-in-nation plastics recycling law
In a move aimed at reducing huge amounts of plastic litter in the oceans, along roadways and other parts of the state, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a first-in-the-nation law requiring plastic beverage containers to contain an increasing amount of recycled material.Under it, companies that produce everything from sports drinks to soda to bottled water must use 15% recycled plastic in their bottles by 2022, 25% recycled plastic by 2025, and 50% recycled plastic by 2030.Supporters of the new law say it will help increase demand for recycled plastic, curb litter and reduce consumption o...
The Mercury News