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Special Weather Statement issued July 23 at 4:09PM PDT by NWS

...A LINE OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WILL AFFECT THE WESTERN COLUMBIA BASIN AND EASTERN OKANOGAN COUNTY ALONG WITH FERRY COUNTY... AT 407 PM PDT...A LINE OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WAS ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 7 MILES NORTHWEST OF CHELAN TO 26 MILES NORTH OF DAVENPORT...AND MOVING NORTH AT 40 MPH. WIND GUSTS OF 50 TO 57 MPH ARE POSSIBLE WITH THESE STORMS. THIS

Late Afternoon

Hi75° Showers Likely

Tonight

Lo57° Showers Likely

Thursday

Hi73° Slight Chc Showers

Thursday Night

Lo56° Breezy

Friday

Hi82° Sunny

Friday Night

Lo60° Mostly Clear

Saturday

Hi87° Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo63° Clear

Sunday

Hi95° Sunny

Sunday Night

Lo73° Mostly Clear

Secession is, as usual, just talk

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You have to make the legal point at the outset: It is not possible for a state to secede from the union just by asking. You can file as many petitions as you like, but you can’t get out. When this or any state asked to join the union, and permission was granted, it became a permanent contract, unbreakable unilaterally. That was the understanding among many framers of the Constitution, according to scholars. If you were asleep in your junior high history class, you should be told that we fought a fairly significant war to settle the issue. There’s even a Supreme Court ruling, from 1868, that says the union of states is “indestructible.” Maybe, if the other states want you out, that’s a different matter. But generally, those of you who dream of a new Republic of (insert state here) are fooling yourselves. Which makes the talk lately about secession just fun, or stupid. What should trouble us is there really are people who think their state’s separation is not only possible, but a really good idea. There have always been these people, on left and right, one side getting more attention depending on who won the last election and who is eating the sour grapes.

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