The fix is in
It started with anonymous flyers that appeared in Capitol Hill.
“See a tent? Report a tent” the flyer read, and offered instructions on how to download and use Seattle’s “Find It, Fix It” app to alert city officials. That’s the same app that Seattleites use to report potholes and graffiti.
The flyers quickly drew the ire of those who support services and housing for people experiencing homelessness and oppose the city’s policies for sweeps or encampment cleanups, which result in the displacement of homeless people and sometimes the loss of possessions and documents. The posters appeared aimed at facilitating such cleanups in their eyes.
Rather than just get mad, however, people got even.
The “Find It, Fix It” system was flooded with thousands of fake submissions from Seattleites and people from around the world, according to the Seattle Times. Occasionally, they took on the mocking tone so native to the internet, such as one poster who breathlessly directed the city to the tents pitched in the REI flagship store.
The #Resistance grows
Five Washington state legislators released statements Sunday calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump Crosscut reports, days after Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified in front of Congress.
Their voices are part of a growing chorus of Democrats in the House and Senate who have abandoned the party line set down by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who has supported investigations into the president’s conduct but deliberately stopped short of endorsing an attempt to remove the president from office.
Articles of impeachment have to start in the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D – New York), who has said that Trump “richly deserves impeachment,” but hasn’t allowed the process to move forward. Rep. Al Green (D – Texas) tried to take an end run around traditional procedure by introducing articles of impeachment himself citing Trump’s “bigotry and racism,” but his measure was soundly defeated.
House Democrats could move to impeach the president at any point — their majority in the House means that articles of impeachment could pass with only Democratic votes, although they’d likely earn one from former Republican Justin Amash (I – Michigan), who has been a vocal Trump critic.
But the measure would then go before the Republican-controlled Senate, and there is no indication that Republicans would side with anti-Trump forces. However, it would force a trial in the Senate, and give additional authority to investigate Trump.
So far, the president has refused to honor requests from the House for documents such as his tax returns, and the White House attorneys have counseled former employees not to answer questions about their time at the White House.
Ashley Archibald is a Staff Reporter covering local government, policy and equity. Have a story idea? She can be can reached at ashleya (at) realchangenews (dot) org. Follow Ashley on Twitter @AshleyA_RC
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