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Archives: Sep. 2012

Sep.
26th

Pierce County supporters of Referendum 74 outraising opponents, but by smaller margin than statewide totals

Editor’s note: This is the latest in a series of blog articles by University of Washington Tacoma students interning with The News Tribune. They are taking a closer look at campaign finance in the current election cycle.

According to PDC data, Pierce County supporters of Referendum-74, the ballot initiative requiring voters to approve last February’s legalization of same-sex marriage, are outraising opponents by a 3-to-1 margin.

As of Sept. 27, 663 Pierce County residents had contributed a total of $89,382 to Washington United for Marriage (WUM), the Seattle-based PAC leading the fundraising effort statewide

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Sep.
25th

Supreme Court hears arguments over Eyman’s two-thirds supermajority tax measure

The state Supreme Court heard arguments today on the constitutionality of letting an initiative set a supermajority vote requirement for legislative actions that raise taxes. But even before a word was uttered, lawmakers who had joined the lawsuit challenging Initiative 1053’s requirements were saying they expect they finally will see the nine justices weigh in on the heart of the issue – at long last.

And after arguments that ran about 40 minutes – see the TVW footage here – some were as confident, if not more.

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Sep.
25th

Mark your calendar: All the debates we know about for president, governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. House

We received a call from a reader who wanted a master calendar of all campaign debates so she could make sure to watch as many as possible.

Good request. Here goes…

PRESIDENT
Barack Obama v. Mitt Romney

Oct. 3, 6 p.m. PDT, Denver, Domestic Policy

Oct. 16, 6 p.m. PDT, Hemstead, NY, Town Hall format

Oct. 22, 6 p.m. PDT, Boca Raton, FL, Foreign Policy

VICE PRESIDENT
Joe Biden v. Paul Ryan

Oct. 11, 6 p.m. PDT, Danville, KT, Foreign and Domestic Policy

U.S. SENATE
Maria Cantwell v. Michael Baumgartner

Oct. 12, 7 p.m., KCTS Channel 9

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Sep.
25th

National Organization for Marriage gives $250,000 to fight Referendum 74

The $250,000 gift reported Monday to the Public Disclosure Commission brings NOM’s contributions to more than $325,000 and the total for the Washington campaign against same-sex marriage to more than $875,000.

But they’re still dwarfed by their rivals. The campaign to uphold the law passed by the Legislature has raised more than $7.7 million.

Jerry Cornfield of the Everett Herald has more on the NOM contribution here.

And here’s my story from the weekend taking a closer look at what’s at stake in the campaign.

Sep.
25th

House candidate Roger Flygare of Federal Way revises inflated claim of two tours in Vietnam

State House candidate Roger Flygare has touted his military service in Vietnam and his Purple Heart while on the campaign trail, and has repeatedly told voters he served two tours of Vietnam.

He now acknowledges he served a single, yearlong tour in the war, and says he didn’t mean to misrepresent his Army career.

“It’s like a brain fart. I don’t know why I keep saying two tours in Vietnam,” he said Monday at his home in Federal Way while showing copies of his military records.

Flygare was addressing questions raised by a Lacey writer, Thom Stoddert, who dug into

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Sep.
25th

Gov. Gregoire leaves Sunday on trade mission to India, Korea

Gov. Chris Gregoire is leaving the state Sunday for a 10-day trade mission to South Korea and India. Secretary of State Sam Reed has made a few trips to India over the past decade but Gregoire says she is Washington’s first governor to visit.

Her office put out a news release outlining her agenda overseas.

Her staffers list Korea as the state’s No. 4 top export market and India as the state’s 24th largest export market in 2011 – a bit of a shift from 2009 when this state Department of Commerce report listed Korea

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Sep.
24th

Smell Test update: McKenna’s ’02 resume listed fundraising for Bush

Our Smell Test story published on Saturday found some truth in Our Washington’s latest ad hitting Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna but said one allegation in the ad was unproven: that McKenna had raised funds for his party’s nominee, George W. Bush. The context was Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign.

Even McKenna said he hadn’t recalled the activity on behalf of his party’s standard bearer and he said he would have been focused on raising funds for his own first run for attorney general in 2004.

Over the weekend, the rival Jay Inslee for governor campaign forwarded a copy of

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Sep.
24th

Thurston assessor Drew puts out statement saying he erred in expressing support for candidate during office meeting

Thurston County Assessor Steven Drew put out a formal statement early today in response to a formal complaint that he illegally urged top staffers to donate to a county commissioner’s re-election campaign while in a government meeting Feb. 9 in his agency’s offices. He also is accused of asking a staffer to dig into a complaint involving county Auditor Kim Wyman’s office that could help his wife Kathleen Drew in her race against Wyman in the Washington secretary of state race.

Steven Drew’s statement acknowledges there is some truth to the first allegation involving a solicitation of support for Democratic

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