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Morning update: Day 4

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Jan. 13, 2011 at 9:01 am |
January 13, 2011 9:01 am

Good morning on a busy Day 4 of the 105-day legislative session. Topics on tap today: foreclosures, human trafficking and more fallout from Moxie Media’s campaign strategy.

  • It’s the second time this week that the work of political consultant Lisa MacLean and her company Moxie Media will be under senators’ microscope. First it was the disputed seating of Sen. Nick Harper, the beneficiary of Moxie’s work to manipulate an election in the 38th District on behalf of labor and liberal groups. Today it’s a campaign finance bill that seeks to prevent groups like it from hiding from voters. Sen. Craig Pridemore’s bill, up for a hearing before Senate Government Operations, would prevent one PAC from giving to another PAC, with exceptions for political parties. Moving money around between PACs makes the trail harder to follow and has become common, with MacLean only the most well-known practitioner.
  • The parent group of one of the PACs that authorized Moxie’s controversial campaign, the Washington State Labor Council, will brief reporters this morning on its legislative agenda for the session. It includes investing in infrastructure and education, reducing tax exemptions and reforming state healthcare.
  • Another election reform is before House State Government at 10 a.m. The panel will hear testimony on HB 1038, which was requested by the Public Disclosure Commission and would require telephone campaign advertisers to identify their sponsors in order to prevent them from pretending to be conducting research polls.
  • Consumer advocates will testify to Senate Labor and Commerce at 10 a.m. about foreclosure and then hold a Legislative Summit on the topic at noon. The groups will explain the Washington foreclosure process and foreclosure mediation solutions that are in place in other parts of the country, and discuss bills introduced by Rep. Tina Orwall and Sen. Adam Kline. Barbara Buckley of the Nevada Assembly and Geoffrey Walsh of the National Consumer Law Center are scheduled to speak at the event.
  •  Washington women’s groups will come to the capitol to lobby for anti-human trafficking bills at 3:30 p.m. Scheduled to speak to the group are Bradley Myles of the Polaris Project, state Attorney General Rob McKenna, Terri Kimball of Seattle’s Division of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention and Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle.
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