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Archives: Sep. 2007

Sep.
29th

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Columnist Peter Callaghan writes Sunday about why Chris Gregoire and Dino Rossi walk and talk like candidates for governor, but say they aren’t.


For Monday, we plan to run an Associated Press story about the constitutional amendment on the Nov. 6 statewide ballot that would create a rainy day fund to be tapped only in emergencies.

Sep.
28th

Campaigns can be so expensive, you know

Gov. Chris Gregoire and Republican runner-up Dino Rossi will be able to hit up each person for a maximum of $3,000 in campaign contributions when they run for governor again next year.


(I know. I know. Neither one of them has officially announced she-he is running. But they’re both out there all over the state NOT running.)


The state Public Disclosure Commission on Friday started the process to revise campaign contribution limits, something the commission does every two years.


Candidates for statewide office will be able to accept $1,500 per person, per election, up from the current

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Sep.
28th

Roads & Transit: Joni Earl was mad

In an earlier post, we reported that John Ladenburg and other Sound Transit board members were surprised when Ron Sims, the King County executive and fellow board member, announced his opposition Thursday to the Roads & Transit measure.


Here’s an e-mail that Joni Earl, Sound Transit’s CEO, sent to Sims at 6 a.m. Thursday:


This e-mail is not about your position on the ballot. You gave me your word there would be no surprises. That has been our relationship for 7 years through thick and thin. I just read the Times. A column of this magnitude constitutes

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Sep.
28th

Time for Tacoma City Council staffers?

Campaign organizer Katie Rose is pulling double-duty these days. In addition to her work on re-election campaigns for Tacoma city council members Julie Anderson and Spiro Manthou, Rose is working as a paid staffer for Anderson and Councilman Jake Fey.


Rose figures she’s averaging about 30 hours per week between the two, doing such jobs as responding to constituents and sitting in on meetings that Anderson or Fey can’t make.


The development raises a couple of questions. Is it time for Tacoma to elect full-time council members? Only the mayor is full-time now. Anderson and Fey both

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Sep.
28th

McDermott goes to the Supreme Court

U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower-court ruling that he improperly disclosed the content of cell phone conversations that had been illegally taped.


The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that McDermott shouldn’t have done what he did – leak the conversations of House Republican leaders to two newspapers. He leaked the calls when he was a senior member of the House ethics committee and had taken a pledge of confidentiality.

McDermott is claiming that the ruling infringed on his First Amendment rights.


All that aside, what is most remarkable is

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Sep.
28th

Will Ron Sims’ opposition hurt the Roads & Transit campaign?

Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg, who also serves as chairman of Sound Transit’s board of directors, says it was "a big surprise" when King County Executive Ron Sims announced his opposition Thursday to the Roads & Transit measure on the November ballot.


"I didn’t know about it. Ron didn’t tell anybody that he was going to do this. He didn’t give anybody a courtesy call," Ladenburg said today.


In an op-ed Thursday in The Seattle Times, Sims said the plan that combines Sound Transit’s next phase expanded rail and bus service with the Regional Transportation Investment

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Sep.
28th

Where in the world is Ronnie Allen Warren?

Former Tacoma City Council candidate Donald Powell is moving forward with his challenge of Ronnie Allen Warren’s candidacy. You may remember that Powell, who finished third just behind Warren in August’s primary, is questioning whether Warren really lives within the boundaries of the council district he seeks to represent. Follow-up story here.


Powell, an attorney, has taken his case to Pierce County Superior Court. A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 9.


Meanwhile, Powell is trying to figure out where to serve Warren with papers. Warren lists a post office box on his election material, so

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Sep.
28th

WWDD (When Will Dino Decide?)

The Washington State Republican Party is getting a lot of mileage out of Dino Rossi’s will-he-or-won’t-he-run-for-governor gig. (We didn’t wait this long to find out who shot J.R.)


The theme of the party’s 30th annual fall fundraising dinner is "Run Dino Run." The event will be held Oct. 10 at the Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport.


If he does officially decide to run, he’s already warming up a campaign tactic that pleases the masses: Bash the media. At a 28th District Republican Club dinner earlier this month at the Tacoma Country Club, he said the press won’t

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