Archive For October 31, 2016

Dilemma of playing to the ‘working class’

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Republican President-elect Trump and Socialist Alternative Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant don’t have much in common. But the billionaire and the professional activist both claim to be fighting for the working class. It’s become widely accepted that Trump won the election (although not the popular vote) by besting Hillary Clinton in some critical states of…

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Northwest towns expect new timber jobs under Trump: How that might happen

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Northwest towns expect new timber jobs under Trump: How that might happen

HOME VALLEY, Skamania County — The mill is idle now, but 30 workers used to turn logs into softwood veneer here in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. They held down the kind of family-wage jobs that President-elect Donald Trump talked about reviving in campaign speeches that often included calls for rolling back environmental…

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Merger of insurers Anthem, Cigna goes on trial

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Anthem, Cigna and the U.S. government offered a federal judge widely divergent views of the impact their proposed $48 billion combination will have on health-insurance markets. Justice Department lawyer Jon Jacobs said at the start of an antitrust trial in Washington that the biggest merger in the history of the American health-insurance industry should be…

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How to save money and hassles on your Black Friday shopping

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If the idea of Black Friday shopping gives you the blues, cheer up. A few innovative approaches can help you find lower prices without having to camp outside a big-box store. • Use discounted gift cards. Joanie Demer, a co-owner of thekrazycouponlady.com, recommended going to websites such as raise.com and giftcardgranny.com to buy discounted gift…

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Did Boeing make Conner walk the plank over Trump?

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Suddenly, Ray Conner is out as president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. No announcement of a gradual glide path toward retirement. Just an unexpected move by Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg. Conner is gone, although he will be allowed to remain as vice chairman through the end of next year. Is Conner the first major executive casualty…

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Obama mandate for white-collar overtime blocked by judge

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An Obama administration policy that would have given more white-collar workers overtime starting Dec. 1 was blocked nationwide by a federal judge in Texas. The decision Tuesday is a victory for 21 states and dozens of business groups that sued, complaining the rule would increase government costs in their states by $115 million next year…

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Trump victory won’t chill utilities’ plans for wind, solar power

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On the plains of West Texas, new wind farms can be built for just $22 a megawatt-hour. In the Arizona and Nevada deserts, solar projects are less than $40 a megawatt-hour. Compare those figures with the U.S. average lifetime cost of $52 for natural-gas plants and about $65 for coal. Environmental rules and government subsidies…

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Meet the brain magnet that is metro Seattle

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My colleague Gene Balk reported on how people from other states and countries have become the top drivers of growth in King County, more so than natives of Washington state. One of the back stories is that metro Seattle is attracting large numbers of college degree holders. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue ranked 11th nationally in the share of…

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