JANUARY 21, 2016

ELECTIONS/GOVERNANCE 

State Voting Rights Act: Cash Cow For Attorneys or Meaningful Reform

Caroline Halter, January 21, 2016, Washington State Wire

HB 1745 creates a legal cause of action where local and district elections exhibit polarized voting between voters in a protected class and other voters. Often referred to as vote dilution, the result is that members of the protected class do not have an equal opportunity to elect their preferred candidate or influence the election. The legislation mandates the citizens notify the political subdivision before filing a legal action, providing analysis of the data that demonstrates vote dilution and polarized voting, as well as proposed remedies. At that point the subdivision has 90 days to implement the person’s remedy and avoid legal action.

Read more here: http://washingtonstatewire.com/blog/state-voting-rights-act-cash-cow-attorneys-meaningful-reform/

 

 

TRADE 

NW Seaport Alliance sees 2015 payoff

By Jon Talton, January 21, 2016, Seattle Times

The Northwest Seaport Alliance, the consolidated container operation of the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma, just reported its traffic for 2015 and much of the news is surprisingly favorable.

Despite trouble in China, the global slowdown and early 2015’s West Coast labor troubles, international container volumes increased by 8 percent. Automobile imports also reached a new record, 183,305 vehicles, up 4 percent.

Read more here: http://www.seattletimes.com/business/economy/nw-seaport-alliance-sees-2015-payoff/

 

West Coast ports set to keep market share despite Panama Canal expansion

Bill Mongelluzzo, January 20, 2016, JOC.com

Despite watershed changes taking place in the shipping industry in 2016, the market share of containerized imports of East, West and Gulf Coast ports this year is set look a lot like it did during the second half of 2015, according to port and industry analysts.

The completion of the Panama Canal expansion project, which will allow larger, more efficient vessels to call at East Coast ports on all-water services from Asia will be offset by the arrival of ultra-large vessels on the West Coast.

Read more here: http://www.joc.com/port-news/us-ports/west-coast-ports-set-keep-market-share-despite-panama-canal-expansion_20160120.html?utm_source=email&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=daily%25newswire&mgs1=8322lYhf1Y

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