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Archives: Oct. 2012

Oct.
31st

Tacoma Housing Authority adopts smoking ban, dwellings to go smoke-free in March

The battle over second-hand smoke moved into Tacoma’s publicly subsidized homes and apartments earlier this month – and smoking lost.

In a 2 to 1 vote last week, the Tacoma Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners outlawed smoking inside all of the agency’s 1,400 dwellings.The ban, which is set to take effect March 1, will impact about 3,000 residents who live throughout the authority’s affordable housing network across the city.

Michael Mirra, the agency’s executive director, said Wednesday the policy is “necessary for THA to fulfill its fundamental obligations — as both a landlord and an employer — to provide a

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Oct.
31st

Dick Muri thanks rival Heck for handling of JZ Knight’s contributions; Knight going to court over video leaks

Republican Dick Muri offered compliments to his Democratic rival Denny Heck in Washington’s 10th Congressional District race today, thanking Heck for giving $3,500 in campaign contributions from Yelm spiritualist JZ Knight to a women’s domestic violence shelter in Olympia. Knight’s comments about Catholics, gays, Mexicans and Jews have produced a political backlash in the past week, and three South Sound Democratic candidates have donated the funds to charity or educational groups.

The state Democratic Party also is donating $70,000 from Knight – split two ways, to the pro-Referendum 74 campaign and to the Anti-Defamation League.

Muri

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Oct.
31st

Study of wilderness plan for Olympic Peninsula sees no effect on logging; Driscoll responds

Advocates of the Wild Olympics proposal to add wilderness protections for 126,000 acres of Olympic National Forest land are highlighting a new study arguing the plan won’t reduce the supply of timber or affect logging jobs.

Here’s the study by consultant Stewardship Forestry, which was commissioned by the Wild Olympics Campaign as an update to an analysis of an earlier, more ambitious version of the plan. In a fact-check of an ad by Congressional candidate Bill Driscoll critical of Wild Olympics and opponent Derek Kilmer, I noted the earlier study found it would remove between 2.2 percent and 3.7

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Oct.
31st

UPDATE – Cantwell, Heck appearing in Olympia today; activists asking them to sign ‘cat food pledge’ protecting Social Security

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and congressional candidate Denny Heck in the 10th district are campaigning together in Shelton and Olympia today. It is part of Democrats’ statewide “jobs” tour, and Cantwell is also campaigning this morning in Aberdeen with congressional candidate Derek Kilmer of the 6th district that includes Tacoma.

Activists wanting to head of cuts or changes in benefits in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid say they are dressing up as cats for Halloween and bringing a pledge for Cantwell and Heck to sign during their 4:30 p.m. appearance in Olympia at Ramblin Jack’s restaurant. Cantwell and Heck also

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Oct.
30th

GOP says Democrats still ‘dancing with the devil’ after JZ Knight money shuffle

State Republican chairman Kirby Wilbur says his Democratic counterpart, Dwight Pelz, has not gone far enough in divesting itself of JZ Knight’s donations now that the Yelm-based spiritualist has come under fire for anti-gay, Semitic, Catholic and Mexican comments.

Republicans said new campaign finance filings show that the Democrats received money from Knight into their hard-money account, which can be used to directly help candidates. But when the party decided to distance itself from Knight by giving her money away, the party took $35,000 from its soft-money account – which is not subject to contribution limits and can only

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Oct.
30th

Denny Heck giving JZ Knight donation to SafePlace shelter

Democratic congressional candidate Denny Heck is giving a $3,500 campaign contribution received from Yelm-based spiritualist JZ Knight to the SafePlace’s sexual and domestic violence program in Olympia.

Knight’s comments about Catholics, gays, Mexicans and Jews have prompted other Democrats to also forfeit her campaign contributions, which she began making in 2012.

Heck’s campaign spokesman Phil Gardner said in an email today: “On Friday Denny made arrangements to donate the entirety of the contribution to SafePlace Olympia, a non-profit that works to assist survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.”

Heck, a Democrat from Olympia, is running in the 10th

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Oct.
30th

Heck’s 2nd tv ad poking Congress airs in 10th district; rival Muri replies that the Democrat got $97,250 from members of Congress

Democrat Denny Heck has launched his second television ad in the 10th Congressional District race, flexing the financial muscle of his well-funded campaign that now has raised almost $2 million. The ad, like the first one, plays with humor – mocking the gridlocked Congress and suggesting that Heck will bring a different perspective and result.

The campaign of rival Republican Dick Muri of Steilacoom is not amused, saying it spotted lobbyists in the first ad and complaining that as much as $100,000 of Heck’s nearly $2 million is from Democrats serving in or retired from Congress.

Indeed one person pulling

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Oct.
29th

Appeals Court sends lawsuit over BIAW money for Rossi in 2008 campaign back to trial court

A legal dispute over the Building Industry Association’s support for Dino Rossi’s gubernatorial campaign in 2008 got a bit of new life today. The state Court of Appeals handed down a split decision that orders additional judicial review in a four-year-old case that alleged improper campaign finance activities by the BIAW and its failure to register as a political action committee.

At issue is whether the BIAW needed to register as a PAC, due to its use of members’ insurance rebates to support Republican Rossi in the 2008 governor’s race. BIAW at the time was a hard-hitting political group which

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