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Archives: Nov. 2009


Huckabee expresses regret during O’Reilly appearance

Former Arkansas governor and one-time presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee appeared on The O’Reilly Factor tonight and addressed criticism of granting clemency to cop-killing suspect Maurice Clemmons while he was governor.

There’s a good account over on Strange Bedfellows. Here are highlights:

Host Bill O’Reilly said “this is a bad hombre, and you let him out, why?”

Huckabee: “If I could’ve known nine years ago that this guy was capable of something of this nature, obviously I would’ve never granted the commutation. It’s sickening”


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Legislative hearings into Clemmons’ case?

This just appeared on the Associated Press wire:

One Washington state lawmaker says he wants to hold a public hearing to look into why a man accused of fatally shooting four Lakewood police officers was out on the streets.

Rep. Chris Hurst, D-Enumclaw, questioned why Maurice Clemmons was free despite a criminal history in both Washington and Arkansas, and said “something in the system clearly failed.”
Hurst says the Legislature “take every possible action and leave no stone unturned in their resolution to see that an event like this never happens again.”

Hurst is the chairman of the House

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Pierce council schedules two district meetings

Don’t show up at the County-City Buildings the next two Tuesday afternoons and expect to see the Pierce County Council in action. The council will take its show on the road this week and next, part of its regular rotation of meetings held in various council districts.

Tomorrow’s meeting will be at the Franke Tobey Jones Estates Wellness Center in Tacoma. Next week’s meeting will be at the Buckley Multi-Purpose Center in Buckley.

See more details below:

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Gig Harbor’s Derek Young to Tim Eyman: I did better with voters than I-1033

Back in the summer, Gig Harbor Councilman Derek Young and Initiative 1033 sponsor Tim Eyman had a debate of sorts in the comment section of Political Buzz. In the course of that exchange, Young challenged Eyman to a debate in Gig Harbor.

The debate never happened but the election did. Young sent a pre-Thanksgiving note to Eyman with the results:

Hi Tim,
Promised a while back I’d send you the results for 1033 in Gig Harbor after they came out. Apparently Pierce County is a little slow publishing the precinct results.
Anyway, 1033 failed here in GH

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McCarthy orders county flags flown at half staff

From Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy’s office:

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has directed that all flags in Pierce County be lowered to half-staff Monday, Nov. 30 until further notice in memory of four Lakewood police officers killed yesterday. Sergeant Mark Renninger and Officers Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold, and Greg Richards were outstanding professionals and have been with the Lakewood police department since it started five years ago.

Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.

CONTACT: Carol Mockridge, communications specialist at 253-798-6228


Sarah Palin is running

It’s Sarah mania over in the Tri-Cities, where the GOP queen was in town yesterday to visit relatives and run in the Turkey Trot charity race.

Palin sported an orange T-shirt with the words, “Alaska Grown.” The couple of dozen family and friends that joined her wore the same shirt or a white one with “Rogue Runners, A Proud Family” over a picture of Palin.

Our sister paper, The Tri-City Herald, turned in a comprehensive report, complete with photo galleries.


Pierce County to study robo-calls after Lakewood residents complain

Pierce County will develop new guidelines for how and when to use its telephone emergency notification system after some Lakewood residents complained about phone calls last week.

About 11,000 homes in the city received automated calls after a 50-year-old deaf and disabled man went missing from a health care facility (he was later found). Some residents complained about the timing of the calls. Some came at 11:30 p.m. last Thursday, others at 6:30 a.m. Friday.

The county announced today a public safety work group will review how the county uses its Target Notification System, which allows notification of residents within certain areas when an emergency arises.

Steve Bailey, director of the county’s emergency management department, said the county has used the system hundreds of times to warn citizens of floods, hazardous materials, missing children and other problems. He said the county has had “great results.”

“However, given the events of last week, it is prudent and timely that we sit down with representatives of our police and fire departments and our E-911 call centers and agree on some general principals of how and when the system will be used,” Bailey said.

You can read the full press release below.

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Ladenburg: Cascadia “too big to fail”

In case you missed it, former Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg was in court Tuesday in his new capacity as chief operating officer for Cascadia, the troubled Bonney Lake housing development.

The company is fighting in bankruptcy court to prevent the liquidation of its assets. Cascadia has defaulted on a $75.6 million loan from the bank.

According to today’s story by reporter Mike Archbold, Ladenburg told the court that Cascadia is “too big and too important to Pierce County to be allowed to fail.” County economic development director Denise Dyer offered similar testimony.

Read Mike’s story here.