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Our endorsements in 30th and 31st district House races

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

Four state House seats are up for grabs Nov. 6 in the 30th and 31st legislative districts.

The districts have geography and politics in common. Both include parts of King and Pierce counties, and both are swing districts that send Democrats and Republicans to the Legislature.

The 30th District’s population center is Federal Way in South King County and includes a small chunk of northern Pierce County. The 31st includes Auburn, Enumclaw, Edgewood, Bonney Lake, Buckley and Sumner.

Here are our endorsements:

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Our endorsements in 30th Legislative District races

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

The 30th Legislative District – which includes Federal Way in King County and a small piece of Pierce County – is a true swing district, with its two state House seats held by a Democrat and a Republican.

Voters there tend to favor centrists, rarely electing ultra-liberal Democrats or hard-right Republicans. The Aug. 7 primary gives them the opportunity to select finalists for the open Position 1 seat (Democratic incumbent Mark Miloscia is running for state auditor) and a challenger for Position 2 Republican incumbent Katrina Asay. The top two vote-getters in each race will move on to the Nov. 6 general election.

Position 1: Two Democrats and three Republicans are squaring off for the open seat. Although it’s possible that two candidates from one party could advance, it’s likelier that the Nov. 6 final will see a Democrat facing off against a Republican. Read more »


South Sounders share Federal Way’s transit frustration

This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.

Some Federal Way-area officials are so unhappy with Sound Transit that they’re contemplating secession from the tri-county transportation agency. There’s no mechanism for such a move, but that’s not stopping them from talking about it.

Their pain is our pain – to a point.

Sound Transit has determined that sales tax revenues from the South King County sub-area have fallen so steeply that the agency must delay extension of light rail to Federal Way from 2023 to 2034 or later. That delay means that the next light rail leg – to Tacoma – will be delayed as well. Originally projected to be completed by 2029, it’s now looking like sometime in the 2040s.
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Keep public notices in newspapers, not buried online

This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.

If you have a spare moment, look at today’s classified ads, specifically a category called “Legals.”

In recent days, that category has informed the public of actions being taken by the Bethel School District; the state of Washington; Pierce County; a local fire protection district; the cities of Sumner, Lakewood and Tacoma; and many other jurisdictions. The information is also published on the newspaper’s website.

But legislation introduced in both houses of the Legislature could make that a thing of the past. Now required to post public notices in local newspapers, jurisdictions would be allowed to post them on their own websites – which would require the public to search each site individually for information they need.

While the legislation is now limited to cities and counties, it likely would just be the first step. State agencies and local bodies such as ports, fire and school districts, and utilities surely would demand equal treatment.

Public notice, at that point, will not be very public at all. Citizens who want to know what local and state government is doing will have to go on website safaris to uncover information ranging from meeting announcements and liquor licenses to property foreclosures. Read more »


Our choices in the 30th: Asay, Eide and Miloscia

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

Two Democratic incumbents are hoping to keep their jobs in South King County’s 30th Legislative District, which includes Federal Way, Milton, Algona and Pacific. And what has been a safe Republican House seat – held by Skip Priest – is up for grabs.

When Priest announced he was stepping down to run for Federal Way mayor, it touched off the political equivalent of a feeding frenzy to replace him. Four Republicans and one Democrat vied in the August primary for what some in the district informally consider “the Republican seat.”

Voters chose well, advancing two strong candidates to face each other Nov. 2 – Republican Katrina Asay and Democrat Carol Gregory. The district can’t go wrong with either candidate, but we’re giving the edge to Asay because of her real-world experience in dealing with a public-sector budget in the toughest of times.

The next Legislature will have to make brutal choices – something Asay’s already had to do as mayor of Milton for the past seven years. She knows what it’s like to slash budgets and lay off workers – about 25 percent of city staff, with more possibly to come. And she knows what it’s like for local governments struggling to comply with regulations and mandates handed down by the Legislature. Read more »