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Tag: Dawn Morrell

July
22nd

ELECTION: Dawn Morrell’s experience counts

We are fortunate in the 25th Legislative District to have state Rep. Dawn Morrell. She continues in the tradition of legislative leaders like Marc Gaspard, Dan Grimm and George Walk, working every day to make out government work by saving taxpayers millions of dollars and still funding important services for families, veterans and our schools without raising taxes.

As a working nurse, she has been a strong leader to make sure the patients win and not the insurance companies by providing good health care options for our citizens, kids and small businesses.

She has also worked to fully fund schools

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July
23rd

RECORDS: Lawmakers try to reduce public access

Well, there they go again. State and local lawmakers continue to attack our Public Records Act, which helps ensure the public’s right to know what our governments are doing.

For example, in our state House, a sizable number of representatives – let’s say the Gang of 26 – sponsored House Bill 1128. Five notable culprits of that gang are state Reps. Dawn Morrell, D-Puyallup; Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard; Larry Seaquist, D-Gig Harbor; Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma; and Tami Green, D-Lakewood.

I’m tired of people reaching into my wallet without my knowledge and permission, and then preventing taxpayers from knowing about the

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April
29th

ROADS: Give priority to potholes and schools

Re: “Don’t forget about widening SR 162″ (letter, 4-28).

A couple of weeks back I attended a town hall meeting at the Puyallup library, called by state Reps. Hans Zeiger and Dawn Morrell and state Sen. Bruce Dammeier. I mentioned to them that we in Tacoma and Pierce County could not afford to be taxed for highway extensions. We had school levies that had been voted down, and our least able neighbors have had their bus service cut back.

The roads in Tacoma are dangerous to drive on. There is no money in Tacoma to fix the roads. When

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Oct.
24th

ELECTION: Schlump has deep community roots

I will be voting for Shelly Schlumpf over Dawn Morrell for state representative in the 25th District based on their records.

Schlumpf’s understanding of our community comes from her deep involvement in it. Whether it’s the PTA, Daffodil Festival or our Farmers’ Market, she has strong roots in local causes. Her commitment to our community comes from her concern for its residents. She would take this passion to Olympia and represent us well in the Legislature.

Morrell may be a good person, but she has a bad voting record. For eight years, she voted for fiscally irresponsible budgets and to

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Oct.
18th

ELECTION: Schlumpf has experience state needs

Regarding your endorsement of Dawn Morrell (editorial, 10-15) for state representative in the 25th District, I have a different opinion. I am supporting Shelly Schlumpf.

While Morrell’s “Trust a Nurse” slogan is catchy, I would agree if the problems in Washington state were medical in nature. However, in my mind, the biggest issues in this state and the nation are financial.

History has proven that the key turnaround in every financial crisis was small business and the free enterprise system. Schlumpf not only is CEO of the Puyallup/Sumner Chamber of Commerce, but also has a history in the private

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Aug.
10th

ELECTION: Fighting those 17 angry billionaires

We are preparing for the overwhelming flood of TV ads as a result of Citizens United unlimited campaign funding. Much of it will come from 17 angry billionaires who think there should be less Wall Street and environmental regulation, larger tax cuts for millionaires and smaller entitlements benefiting the middle class. They may have their way if the Republicans take over at all levels of local, state and national government.

As a result I’m knocking on doors and calling citizens in my precinct urging them to support Democrats at all levels: Barack Obama for president, Maria Cantwell for U.S. Senate,

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Dec.
6th

ELECTION: Community lost, along with Morrell

The 25th legislative district race is finally over. This race polarized our community, and unfortunately our community has lost.

I would like to commend Dawn Morrell for four terms of dedicated service. As a nurse, she worked hard to care for all of us and yet found the time, energy, and compassion to fight for us in the Legislature. She was vilified for voting for taxes, taxes that paid for services that our community uses and needs. She was an advocate for the less fortunate and fought for equity when it was not the politically popular thing to do. That

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Nov.
22nd

ELECTION: Ethics breach in the 25th District

Pierce County taxpayers have teachers at Puyallup and Rogers high schools to thank for the anticipated expenditure of $100,000 for the coming recount of ballots in the 25th District legislative race between Dawn Morrell and Hans Zeiger.

Zeiger was given illegal access to school facilities when he was the speaker at the May Puyallup High School graduation ceremony involving 408 seniors and their parents and spoke to debate and civics classes. Paraphrasing state RCW 42.17.130: No public employee may authorize use of public facilities for the purpose of assisting a campaign for election of any person. Zeiger should have known

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