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Tag: Mark Miloscia


Our primary choices for attorney general, auditor

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

After two terms as attorney general, Rob McKenna is leaving in hopes of higher state office. Three men are running to replace him as the state’s top law enforcement official: Democrat Bob Ferguson and Republicans Reagan Dunn and Stephen Pidgeon. The top-two vote-getters in the Aug. 7 primary will meet in the Nov. 6 general election.

As the sole Democrat in the race, Ferguson is  virtually assured of being one of those two candidates. Even so, Democrats can vote for him without reservations. A bright, thoughtful attorney with a civil litigation background, he has served three terms on the King County Council. The Seattle resident will be a strong opponent in the general election for whichever Republican makes it through the primary.

Voters preferring a Republican candidate should choose Maple Valley resident Dunn – also a member of the King County Council. He has been a prosecutor and assistant U.S. attorney as well as a civil litigator.  Read more »


Agencies should pay if they violate open records law

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

Open-government advocates have successfully beat back the most egregious attempts to undermine public disclosure this legislative session. But they are still poised to suffer defeats that could have lasting implications for the fight to keep the public’s business public.

A couple of bills that appear to be all but guaranteed a trip to the governor’s desk, while not the broad rollbacks of public records laws that lawmakers eyed earlier this year, would chip further away at state government’s presumption of openness.

The most troublesome is a bill that once was a well-intended attempt by Rep. Mark Miloscia (D-Federal Way) to adjust fines for public-records violations for inflation.
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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 »