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Archives: June 2011

June
28th

Cannabis or marijuana? Lawsuit filed to stop medical pot changes

A medical-marijuana grower and activist has filed a lawsuit to stop a new state law from taking effect.

The Legislature this year approved a major expansion of the voter-passed 1998 law on medical marijuana. But Gov. Chris Gregoire carved it up over concerns that it put state workers at risk of prosecution. The pieces of the law that survived will take effect July 22.

SB 5073 includes a rebranding: references to “marijuana” are changed to “cannabis.”

Steve Sarich, of North Bend, says the law leaves it unclear what happens now to patients with marijuana authorizations from a medical provider.

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June
28th

Secretary of State Sam Reed won’t seek 4th term

Secretary of State Sam Reed, a state Republican mainstay who oversaw the controversial vote-count in the 2004 governor’s race, is going to retire in 2012 after his third term.

He called it “the right time.” Reed, an Olympia resident and former 23-year Thurston County auditor, announced his plans this morning in a meeting with statehouse reporters near the Capitol press corps buildings.

Reed has been mentioning Thurston County Auditor Kim Wyman as a possible successor candidate but said he won’t be making an endorsement of a Republican candidate until later.

More immediately, state Sen. Jim Kastama, D-Puyallup, officially jumped into

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June
28th

Early look at Pierce County districting final map: Facebook page by private group gets chance to see draft, comment

It hasn’t been released officially and the draft was not posted on the Pierce County Districting Committee website. But districting master Steven Garrett said he has posted a draft of what he terms Map E on the Facebook page of Citizens for Fair Pierce Co. Districting.

Here’s the link to the Facebook page of the group.

I asked Garrett why he would use an unofficial site to post the draft, especially when the county has created a webpage and an e-mail alert system for all postings and comments.

“This was not an official release of the final map,

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June
28th

Jay Inslee in Tacoma: It’s all about jobs

About 100 supporters got a glimpse of how U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee intends to frame his campaign for governor or Washington. The Bainbridge Island Democrat pitched himself as the person who can work with both labor and business to exploit the state’s leadership in technology fields like software, clean energy and aerospace.

It was Day 2 of his announcement tour with stops in Tacoma, Vancouver and Spokane today. Inslee spoke yesterday in Seattle and Yakima.

“It is time to build a working Washington,” Inslee said in an appearance at the IBEW Hall on South 36th. “I pledge to get up

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June
28th

Tacoma: City Council talks trash tonight (and DaVita)

Tacoma’s City Council members will be talking trash tonight — with some tangents on a local kidney dialysis giant mixed in just for flavor.

During tonight’s regular meeting, council members are expected to consider a pilot project that calls to reduce the city’s garbage collection service from the current once per week pick-up to every-other-week.

If approved, the pilot — aimed at increasing recycling and reducing operational costs and the amount of garbage Tacoma sends to the landfill — would kick off on two collection routes (one spanning parts of the city’s West and North Ends, another in the South

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June
27th

Inslee announces with high-tech jobs platform

Jay Inslee made it official today that he’s in the race for governor in 2012. Democrats consider the seven-term congressman from Bainbridge Island their frontrunner to replace two-term Gov. Chris Gregoire – just as the state GOP’s heart appears set on announced Republican candidate Rob McKenna of Bellevue.

Inslee’s campaign is apparently designed to “end” in Olympia – not pass through it. The capital city is not listed among the early destinations for his campaign kickoff tour, which includes an appearance this afternoon at a park near Wapato in Eastern Washington. Inslee, a former resident of the

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June
24th

Post-recession budget: 1,316 fewer state jobs?

Job losses from the two-year budget Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law earlier this month are hard to pinpoint. But it appears Washington state government will have about 1,316 fewer full-time equivalent jobs on the books – on average – in 2011-13 than in the current budget cycle.

June
24th

Can’t Wait? Pierce County voters pamphlet now available on line

Here are two convenient ways to check out the new pamphlet, something as anticipated by political junkies as the first New Hampshire debate:.

Here is a link to the Pierce County Auditor’s elections webpage

And here is a pdf of the 2011 Pierce County Voters Pamphlet.

It’s a big file but not too big – 1.28 MB of reading delight.