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Miloscia, Kastama back public campaign financing

Post by David Seago on Dec. 28, 2006 at 5:07 pm |
December 28, 2006 5:07 pm

Did you know that Pierce County’s state Sen. Jim Kastama and South King County’s state Rep. Mark Milosica favor public financing for all statewide and legislative races?

Neither did I, until I spotted an item in the wet side’s best political blog, the one David Postman does for the Seattle Times. Postman reports that Kastama, D-Puyallup, and Miloscia, D-Federal Way, will join a Jan. 5 panel at Seattle’s Town Hall sponsored by a group called Washington Public Campaigns. According to Postman,

Miloscia has said he will introduce legislation next year for public financing of all campaigns, not just the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals that would be covered by Gregoire’s plan. Kastama is also a supporter of the Arizona and Maine models.

The Washington Public Campaigns Web site has this detail on a similar forum in Tacoma on Jan. 6.

Tacoma Clean Elections Forum

Saturday, Jan. 6 – 11 a.m.

Tacoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation,

1115 S. 56th St., Tacoma

Contact: Susan Eidenschink,


For more discussion of campaign finance alternatives, including the Arizona and Maine models, see this Wikipedia entry.

Stay tuned. We’ll have to get Miloscia and Kastama to outline their ideas for our oped page.

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