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Archives: July 2012

July
31st

Tacoma: City Council adopts new rules for medical cannabis gardens under city’s nuisance code

Medical cannabis gardeners take note:   If you don’t flaunt it, advertise it or draw complaints to it, you can grow it in Tacoma.

Or so the City Council intends with a measure unanimously approved Tuesday that seeks to enforce so-called medical cannabis “collective gardens” under the city’s nuisance code.

“Basically, if you’re operating within the provisions of the code, no one is going to complain,” Councilman Joe Lonergan said Tuesday. “And there would be no reason for enforcement.”

The city won’t be as permissive of cannabis dispensaries.  Such retail pot pharmacies – which aren’t defined in the state’s medical

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July
31st

Candidate Flemming speaking to NATO group in Copenhagen today

Stan Flemming, one of two Republicans running in the state’s new 10th Congressional District, is in Copenhagen, Denmark, today to speak to a symposium about the role of reservists in NATO. Flemming has made much of his military background and status he would, if elected, be the top-ranking military voice in Congress.

His campaign announced his speaking engagement which is at the summer congress of the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers. The campaign said he was invited to speak because of his extensive military background.

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July
31st

Supreme Court Justice Steve Gonzalez’ campaign accuses counties of misleading voters in local voters pamphlets. Pierce Auditor responds.

Appointed Justice Steve Gonzalez‘ campaign manager this morning accused the counties that produced local voter pamphlets for the primary of misleading voters in a way that could endanger his election.

Gonzalez is in a two-person race for the seat he was appointed to by Gov. Chris Gregoire in January. Under rules for judge races, any candidate who receives a majority of the votes in the primary appears on the general election ballot alone. While that is a possible outcome in supreme court races with more than two candidates, it is certain in races with only two.

The other candidate in

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July
30th

Tacoma: Jeanie Peterson steps down from Hilltop Action Coalition

After 18 years, Jeanie Peterson has stepped down from the Hilltop Action Coalition.

Her resignation from the unpaid position as Director of Community Initiatives comes at a time when the Hilltop Action Coalition is changing its focus, Peterson said.

Peterson said she saw a shift toward focusing on the positive aspects of the Hilltop. She still feels there’s more to be done with the negatives, for example, sex offender housing. Peterson has been visible in the fight against a rumored group home for sex offenders on the 1600 block of Grant street.  As a member of the Stanley Group, a

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July
30th

Republican Michael Baumgartner airs first TV ad in his challenge of U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell

WASHINGTON – Michael Baumgartner, who’s trying to unseat Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell, released his first television ad today.

The Republican state senator uses the 30–second ad to call for an end to the war in Afghanistan and cutting the federal deficit.

The ad is titled “Change Can’t Wait” and touts Baumgartner’s diplomatic work in Iraq and Afghanistan

“Senator Baumgartner’s background in economics, business, and foreign affairs is powerful,” said Jami Herring, communications director for the Baumgartner campaign. “So when he highlights his priorities for the U.S. Senate – creating jobs, ending the war in Afghanistan – you know that he

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July
30th

Tacoma: PAC that sent attack mailer about Jack Connelly in 27th District state senate race still hasn’t reported it

At least 10 days have gone by, but a political action committee that recently distributed $8,000 worth of attack mailers against 27th District senate candidate Jack Connelly still has yet to file a report with the state’s campaign finance watchdog.

And that means the group, Tacomans for Integrity in Goverment, is likely running afoul of state campaign finance law.

“If they spend at least $1,000 in support or opposition to any candidate, the committee must file a special report within 24 hours of when the ad is presented to the public or on the first business day when

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July
27th

Political Smell Test: Attack mailer on Jack Connelly’s ties to nonprofit’s misspending

A mailer widely distributed to Tacoma residents last week amounted to the first attack ad in what’s now increasingly turning into a negative campaign for the 27th District state senate seat between two Democrats – state Rep. Jeannie Darneille and trial lawyer Jack Connelly.

With only two candidates in the race, both are assured a place on the general election ballot. Yet the campaign already has gone negative, even before the primary.

The mailer in question – distributed independently of Darneille’s campaign by a political action committee called “Tacomans for Integrity in Government” — criticizes Connelly for his ties to misspending of public funds at an affordable housing

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July
27th

Windle literally running for congress… with a big log on his back

At five-feet tall and 37 pounds, it’s not a typical political running mate.

But for James Windle, Independent candidate in the 8th District from Snoqualmie, a big ol’ log is the perfect running mate. Next week, Windle will be running two to four miles a day during rush hour while carrying a log on his back. The Windle campaign says the runs will encourage voters to vote independent in the August 7 primary. Maybe the log run will prepare Windle for log jams in congress should he beat incumbent Dave Reichert in the fall.

His first run will be 5

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