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POLITICS: Urban Democrats disrespect rural members

Pierce County Democrats have only themselves to blame for the one-vote leadership revolution in the state Senate.

Democrats failed to elect a Democrat in either the 2nd or 25th Legislative District. Many Tacoma Democrats thought former Sen. Jim Kastama was a Republican, but why was it so hard to elect a traditional Democrat in 2012? Just maybe Kastama was a more effective representative for his rural voters than recognized by Tacoma’s political activists. Now we can see how a real “R” senator looks and votes during the next four years.

In the 2nd, candidate Bruce Lachney was running an effective

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ELECTION: Kastama shows independence, integrity

Voters claim to want candidates who have known careers with incidents of independence and integrity on display, that know the business of the office for which they want to be elected, and are not overly partisan. Voters have that opportunity.

Lastly, voters hate any time when one party has a dominance of a particular political position. The secretary of state has been in Republican hands for nearly 50 years. It is time for a change.

All of the above voter considerations can be met with a single vote in the race for secretary of state. The candidate is state Sen.

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ELECTION: Kastama’s best for secretary of state

Thank you for your endorsement of state Sen. Jim Kastama in his bid for the secretary of state position in the Aug. 7 primary election (editorial, 7-6). He is highly qualified for this position by virtue of his 16 years of strong legislative leadership and experience.

There is much more to the job than supervising elections, voter registrations and ballot initiatives. The secretary of state is frequently called upon to represent the state in international trade and cultural missions. He also greets and confers with dignitaries and delegations from other countries. As chair of the state Economic Development, Trade

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BUDGET: Kastama supports plan to cut aid

State Rep. Hans Zeiger, R-Puyallup, should be ashamed of himself, commending state Sen. Jim Kastama, D-Puyallup, on his budget vote.

Not only did Kastama’s vote on the budget set the stage for a special session, but look what that budget would do for our working poor. It would cut 4,000 families off of child-care subsidies, eliminate food assistance to poor families, and make cuts to public education and to welfare programs.

It’s time we make our legislators accountable for their actions and follow the desires of their constituents who voted them into office.


TUITION: Don’t devalue GET contributions

Re: “State GET program may not cover cost” (TNT, 1-29).

I was disturbed to read about proposed differential tuition rates and the effect they will have on families who use the Guaranteed Education Tuition program to prepay tuition. In the article, state Sen. Jim Kastama characterized the proposal as a “bait and switch.”

Our family would be one of those affected by the proposal. We are contributing almost $71,000 into the GET program in lump sum and custom monthly payments over the next 13 years to send our 5-year-old son to college. I thought that this program was backed

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KASTAMA: This politician is a man of principle

Although I have voted for a number of Democrats over the years, I am a Republican, so I was I was more than a little impressed with state Sen. Jim Kastama’s vote not to seat a fellow Democrat in the Senate. Why? Because even though he knew that his action would not be popular with many of his party members, he took a stand because he felt that the election of Nick Harper had been rigged by the Moxie Media firm, and I agree.

It is nice to know that the person who represents our 25th District is a man

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