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Ladenburg, Kirby and Conway in the 29th district

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

Three candidates with strong name recognition have the upper hand headed into the November elections for 29th Legislative District seats.

They also have our endorsement.

Longtime Democratic lawmakers Steve Kirby and Steve Conway want to return to the Legislature, with Conway wanting to trade up to a seat in the Senate.

Kirby, a former Tacoma City Councilman, is running for his sixth term in the state House. He is chairman of the House Insurance, Financial Services and Consumer Protection committee.

Kirby’s challenger, Republican Jesse Miller, owns a business managing rappers and is the former chair of the board at the Statewide Poverty Action Network.

She’s not a stranger to the legislative process – Miller has championed legislation to make it easier for felons to have their voting rights restored and to impose stiffer regulations on payday lenders.

But Kirby has a better sense of what it takes to get deals done. As chairman of the banking committee, he pushed through compromise legislation on payday lending that – while it didn’t satisfy Miller – offered good consumer protections.

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Let the jockeying begin

State Sen. Rosa Franklin’s announcement today that she won’t seek re-election is sure to pique a lot of interest in the solidly Democratic 29th District.

I’m guessing the Steves – state Reps. Steve Kirby and Steve Conway – would be interested, but they’ll probably hash out between them which one will run for the seat. So then the question becomes, who’ll run for the vacant House seat? I suspect some former Tacoma City Council members might be interested.

Franklin, 83, the first black woman in the state Senate, has been a longtime champion for at least considering a state income tax.

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‘Final nail’ in workers’ comp reform coffin

Looks like workers’ comp reform is dead for the year. We previously criticized Tacoma’s own Rep. Steve Conway for blocking his own speaker pro tem’s bill from getting a hearing. Now, Conway’s counterpart in the Senate, Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles of Seattle, says she’s not budging either.

Kohl-Welles is backing a task force to study the issue, pointing out that a similar group helped create the state’s vocational rehabilitation program. That process took 18 months. The question is whether the workers’ comp system can wait that long. From the Seattle Weekly story:

Judy Schurke, Director of the Department

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