The Shortest Government Shutdown: It began just after midnight, and ended earlier this morning, after the Senate and House of Representatives passed a new $400 billion spending package that left members of both sides muttering with discontent. (The hours-long shutdown likely wouldn't have been a thing if Senator Rand Paul hadn't held the senate hostage with his lengthy gripes.) Trump has signed the bill.
There goes Jeff Kruse: Days after insisting he wouldn't step down in response to an investigation that turned up complaints of deeply troubling actions—creepy hugs, wet whispers, and cupping buttocks are just a few—Cruse announced yesterday he'll resign as of March 15. That means Cruse would technically serve through the end of this year's short legislative session, though he'd previously pledged to steer clear of the Capitol for weeks. Cruse is a Republican from Roseburg, who's served in the Legislative Assembly for more than 20 years.
Multnomah County's largest homeless shelter for families is falling apart. The shelter, at SE Stark and 160th, already had a tarp on it's roof, but that wasn't enough to stop drywall from collapsing on Wednesday. So the county is moving the shelter's more than 100 residents to motels while it figures out what's what.
This wasn't remotely out of the blue, either. It turns out OPB was set to run a series on the questionable conditions in the shelter prior to Wednesday's crumbling. As it scrambles to find new shelter space, the county has frequently tapped less-than-ideal properties that it or its partners can get for a reasonable price.
The family of Quanice Hayes once again ventured to City Hall on Thursday. This time, the family hoped to serve Mayor Ted Wheeler with a notice they intend to sue for 17-year-old Hayes' death at the hands of police, which occurred exactly a year ago today. Wheeler wasn't around when the family arrived.
Seattle is clearing all of its misdemeanor cannabis convictions in the wake of legal recreational pot. That will account for some 500 convictions, officials say, but some wonder if the state shouldn't be doing a bit more to right the consequences—disproportionately borne by people of color—that pot prohibition brought with it. Seattle, by the way, is following San Francisco's lead. YOUR MOVE, MULTNOMAH COUNTY/OREGON.
Oh and by the way, Washington State's new system for tracking legal pot got hacked in the first few days after it went live. So that's something.
Get ready to hear A LOT about a proposal to price carbon emissions in the state. Legislators have voiced doubts they'll get to a vote in the current session, but that's not stopping advocacy groups on either side from planning hundreds of thousands of dollars in ads.
UGH. Looks like plenty of White House officials knew for months that one of their own, Rob Porter, had faced credible accusations of domestic assault from his ex-wife. They didn't decide to care until that became public.
STOCK MARKET? Still not doing great!