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TACOMA: City joins others seeking campaign finance reform

On Tuesday, the Tacoma City Council joined more than 150 municipalities and counties throughout the United States by passing a resolution which states, in part, that corporations are not people with constitutional rights.

In this state, Tacoma joins Bellingham, Olympia, Port Townsend, Seattle, Jefferson County, Snohomish County and Island County in lobbying the state legislature to pass a memorial (formal request) to Congress requesting legislation to reverse the Citizens United Supreme Court decision of 2010. A change will most likely require an amendment to the Constitution.

The Tacoma City Council members spoke convincingly on their reasons for supporting or opposing

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R-74: Deputy major should represent highest ideals

I was impressed by the courage but disappointed by the perspective of Deputy Mayor Joe Lonergan as he explained to the Tacoma City Council why he would vote against endorsement of Referendum 74, which would preserve the right of same-sex couples to be married in Washington state.

Lonergan said he felt obligated to represent the voters of his district and, using stale evidence, posited that a small majority of voters in his district would not support this right.

His position overlooked the rapid change of attitude in our country that makes it probable that the majority of voters would, indeed,

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