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WA state Democrats respond to proposed Congressional lines

Here’s their district-by-district analysis….

Washington State Democrats Respond to Redistricting Proposal

Seattle – In response to the redistricting proposal that the Commissioners Tim Ceis and Slade Gordon revealed on Wednesday morning, Dwight Pelz, Chair of the Washington State Democrats, issued the following statement:

“We are inspired that this new proposal presents opportunities for Democrats to expand the number of dedicated representatives who will fight for the interests of Washington’s middle class in Congress. The Washington State Democratic Party will work harder than ever before to capitalize on these opportunities, and build a grassroots network of activists and volunteers who will

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New congressional district proposal shakes up Washington’s political landscape

The Washington State Redistricting Commission outlined a draft congressional plan today that puts most of Thurston County including Olympia in the new 10th Congressional District, while shifting U.S. Rep. Adam Smith’s 9th district northward to become a minority-dominated district that ranges from northeast Tacoma to Renton, south Seattle, and Bellevue. The plan also preserves Tacoma as an urban anchor for Rep. Norm Dicks’ sprawling 6th district that retains the Olympic Peninsula and sends part of Rep. Dave Reichert’s 8th district over the Cascades into Eastern Washington.

The bipartisan draft map appears to leave Democrats with strong positions in five districts including Smith and Dicks, Republicans with strong positions in four districts including Reichert and Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler in the 3rd, which retains a band of south Thurston County, all of Southwest Washington and all of Klickitat County east of the Cascades.
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Rep. Glenn Anderson, a Republican from Issaquah, won’t seek a 7th term

Here’s the text of the release sent out this morning by House Republicans…..

Today, Rep. Glenn Anderson announced he will not seek re-election for a seventh term as state representative serving the 5th Legislative District. The 5th District includes Issaquah, Sammamish, Snoqualmie Valley, Maple Valley, and parts of Renton and Kent. Anderson was first elected in 2000 and was re-elected every two years.

“It’s been an extraordinary gift and a privilege to be allowed to serve the citizens of our community. I’ve been extremely lucky that so many constituents, regardless of party affiliation, felt as though it was important to be engaged and have helped in many ways with all the issues I’ve been called on to deal with over the years,” said Anderson, R-Fall City.

State Rep. Glenn Anderson

“There is no substitute for participation when it comes to good government. The list of people who have sacrificed to be helpful to me, and their state, is very long.”

Anderson has come to be known as a fiercely independent, creative and fiscally-conservative, Read more »


Washington state Redistricting Commission still not there with deadline approaching

The partisan commissioners met again today for about 20 minutes, long enough to say they still don’t have agreement on Eastern Washington legislative districts or any of the Congressional districts.

They will reconvene this afternoon after two hours of closed sessions. They may or may not show progress.

By state constitutional mandate they must finish all by midnight on New Year’s Day or declare failure and turn the process over to the state Supreme Court.

All four commissioners – one each appointed by House Democrats, House Republicans, Senate Democrats and Senate Republicans – said this morning they were getting closer

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UPDATE: Tacoma labor leader blasts city for not negotiating before proposing layoffs

The chairwoman of Tacoma’s Joint Labor Committee blasted interim City Manger Rey Arellano this week for failing to work collaboratively with labor groups before proposing deep cuts to city jobs to deal with a budget crisis.

“Not once has the City of Tacoma come to Joint Labor or Local 483 and said, `Would you take a reduction in wages? Would you take furloughs,’” Alice Phillips told the City Council Tuesday. “… The ideas have been thrown around, but there’s been no serious discussions.”

With Arellano looking on, Phillips, who also serves as business manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 483, told the council the interim city manager promised several weeks ago to meet with Joint Labor, a coalition of city employee labor unions.

“We’re still waiting for that meeting,” Phillips said. “In the meantime, announcements of lay-offs (have) come.”

But city spokesman Rob McNair-Huff said today the city has been openly discussing budget issues with the unions.

“Rey may not have gone back to them personally, but clearly the city has been talking to the unions throughout the whole process,” he said.

City labor negotiator John Dryer has personally discussed budget issues with union officials, as well as sent letters to them on Nov. 17 detailing potential city layoffs, McNair-Huff added.

“There’s been an ongoing dialogue,” he said.

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Bill would provide expanded access to adopted adults’ birth records

WA-Care, an adoptee-rights group, announced today that it is supporting a Des Moines lawmaker’s legislation to expand access to adopted adults’ records.

Democratic Rep. Tina Orwall has filed House Bill 2211, which would open access to original birth certificates for all adopted persons at age 18 unless the birth parents have filed paperwork to block the release.

Currently, only those adoptees who were adopted after Oct. 1, 1993, can request their original birth certificate – which identifies the biological mother and, sometimes, the biological father. HB 2211 would permit all adoptees the same access.

It also would

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Puget Sound cleanup grants announced

Federal grants worth more than $6 million are going out to agencies trying to protect the Puget Sound from pollution.

Among them is $480,000 for testing of greener development techniques at Washington State University’s Research and Extension Center in Puyallup. Researchers will examine ways of reducing polluted storm-water runoff, including permeable pavement. Read more »