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Archives: June 2010

June
28th

Heck is Democrats’ formal nominee

Denny Heck emerged from the state Democratic Party’s weekend convention in Vancouver as the official party nominee in the 3rd Congressional District. Democratic delegates picked the Olympia businessman, as expected, over peace candidate Cheryl Crist, also of Olympia.

June
26th

Democrats endorse marijuana legalization, oppose liquor privatization

Delegates at the state Democratic convention voted to endorse Initiative 1068, which would legalize the sale and use of marijuana in Washington.

The vote was 314-185, a defeat for delegates who said the initiative is too broad and would make it more difficult for candidates to run in more conservative areas.

Supporters are mounting a last minute push to get the initiative on the ballot.

On a voice vote, Democrats overwhelmingly opposed Initiative 1100, which has turned in enough signatures to likely earn a place on the ballot, and Initiative 1105. Both would privatize the state-run system of liquor sales,

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June
26th

Patty Murray hits Dino Rossi for late entry, real estate seminars

Without ever saying Dino Rossi‘s name, Sen. Patty Murray slammed her Republican challenger today in her second and final speech to the state Democratic convention.

“Unlike some others in this race,” she said, “I have never hemmed or hawed or hedged my bets and wondered whether this was the right thing to do for me and my family.” Democrats don’t want voters to forget Rossi waited until two weeks before the filing deadline to enter the race at the urging of national Republicans.

No one came to “drag me into this race,” Murray said.

Murray repeated that phrase, “unlike some

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June
25th

A protest vote goes against Murray

At the first night of Democrats’ state convention, Sen. Patty Murray delivered a strong defense of the work the Democratic Congress has done despite Republicans’ “efforts to stop progress.” (More on that in tomorrow’s paper.)

But there are also Democrats who don’t think the party has moved fast enough.

Some of the dissent surfaced Friday during meetings of caucuses, the groups within the party organized around issues, ideology or demographics.

In a protest vote, the Progressive Caucus voted to endorse Bob Burr, a little-known Democratic challenger to Murray.

It was not a repudiation of Murray but a statement on one

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June
25th

Heck expected to get Democrats’ mantle Saturday

The state Democratic convention is underway. Democrats expect 1,000 party members to converge on Vancouver, Wash., this weekend.

On Saturday, the state party plans to officially nominate Denny Heck for the open seat in the 3rd Congressional District, chairman Dwight Pelz said.

Clyde Cordero, challenging the GOP’s U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers, is also expected to win a nomination, Pelz said. Other candidates for Congress were nominated back in January.

There are other Democrats running in both races, including Cheryl Crist in the 3rd, and they’ll have the opportunity to make their cases to the 3rd District delegation caucus before

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June
25th

Candidates banned from airing public service announcements

In the past, politicians running for re-election in Washington have been able to star in both campaign commercials paid for by donors and public service announcements paid for by taxpayers or corporate sponsors.

Not in this election year.

If you see a PSA with the name or image of a state or local elected official who also happens to be running for office this year, it’s illegal. The Legislature passed the law this year. As politicians find out about it, some are complaining it will interfere with their official duties.

The Public Disclosure Commission hammered out the finer points of how to interpret the law Thursday. It considered what exactly is a public service announcement. Here are some things it isn’t:

  • News items or editorials.
  • Speeches, appearances on talk shows, or news conferences.
  • Press releases or editorials.
  • Official agency websites.

Officials like Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna, who has done TV spots on preventing drunken driving and identity theft, will have to find other ways to alert the public in years when they’re running for office. Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire has also aired PSAs.

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June
25th

Poll has Murray, Rossi still tied in Senate race

A new public opinion poll from Rasmussen Reports shows GOP challenger Dino Rossi in a tie with Democratic incumbent Patty Murray for the U.S. Senate seat. Both have support of 47 percent of likely voters in a head-to-head race, about the same as a poll one month ago.

That may be bad news for Murray, according to Rasmussen’s analysis.

Despite the closeness of her race against Rossi in a year that so far seems to be going the GOP’s way, Murray has the powers of incumbency at hand in a state that trends Democratic. Still, incumbents that fall

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June
25th

Federation sues to block state furloughs

The Washington Federation of State Employees has filed suit to block state government’s plan to temporarily lay off upward of a third of state workers on 10 separate days over the next year. It says it has a court hearing next Friday, July 2, to consider its request for an injunction blocking furloughs of state workers, which is supposed to save $38 million in general-fund payroll and about $35 million from other accounts.

Here is an excerpt of what the federation is saying about its action:

The lawsuit alleges, in part, that the furlough plan violates the 14th Amendment’s equal

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