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Archives: Dec. 2012

Dec.
20th

Derek Kilmer tapped for House Armed Services Committee

Derek Kilmer, the Gig Harbor Democrat headed to Washington, D.C., to take Congressman Norm Dicks’ place, today announced that he has landed a spot on the House Armed Services Committee.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on the Armed Services Committee,” Rep-elect Kilmer said in a statement. “Not only does the military play a vital role in keeping our entire nation safe and secure, it also has an enormous impact on the lives of many residents in our region. I look forward to the opportunity to play a meaningful role in helping to strengthen our military and

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Dec.
20th

Cantwell eulogizes Inouye, highlighting his work in Pierce County

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., took to the Senate floor today to praise Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, who died this week.

Cantwell focused in part on Inouye’s work on the $162 million Puyallup Land Claims Settlement, in which the Puyallup Tribe of Indians was paid $162 million in exchange for relinquishing claims to land in the port area and downtown Tacoma.

“Together with Congressman Norm Dicks, we had a very difficult situation,” Cantwell said in her floor speech. “The Puyallup Tribe, the Port and City of Tacoma and others all had a difficult dispute going on. The end result

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Dec.
19th

Tacoma: Seven candidates apply to fill Fey’s City Council seat

A political consultant. A boutique cake shop owner. A downtown salon proprietor. A real estate broker. A retired teacher . A state patrol sergeant. An art house theater director.

They are among the seven candidates who filed applications vying for appointment to fill the unexpired term of outgoing Tacoma City Councilman Jake Fey.  Fey, who officially vacates his District 2 council seat on Dec. 31, won election to the Washington House of Representatives in November.

Some of the applicants who filed for Fey’s seat have sought appointment to the council before.  Some have run for elected office, with at least

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Dec.
19th

Tacoma: Fe FEY Fo Fum, Council touts the terms of an (outgoing) councilman

Tacoma City Councilman and state representative-elect Jake Fey attended his final council meeting as an elected city official Tuesday – a lengthy affair that stretched nearly three hours and, at the bitter end, included a grand send-off from his colleagues.

Among the “gifts” presented to the two-term member was a life-sized cardboard cut-out of comedian Tina Fey, a pair of flip-flops, a faux “Lone Ranger Award” replete with black mask, a City Hall-referential poem riffing on “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and a string of mispronunciations of his name throughout the marathon meeting.

Each of the gag gifts had inside

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Dec.
18th

DOA? Republican reception to Gregoire budget plan quite chilly

Rep. Gary Alexander, the top Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, says Gov. Chris Gregoire’s latest budget proposals that call for tax hikes are as good as “dead on arrival.” Republican Sen. Andy Hill, who hopes to take over the Senate Ways and Means Committee in January, said he also sees little chance of passing taxes, and Hill notes incoming Gov. Jay Inslee had said during his campaign he would veto tax increases.

I’m still waiting to hear what Inslee really thinks of the complicated plan, which can be seek its its full roll-out glory here. Inslee’s spokesman put out a limited, non-committal statement here.

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Dec.
18th

Gov.-elect Inslee non-committal on Gregoire’s tax and budget plans

Gov.-elect Inslee non-committal on Gregoire budget

Gov.-elect Jay Inslee, a Democrat, put out a brief statement about the two-year budget proposals that out-going Gov. Chris Gregoire announced  this morning. The Gregoire plans include various tax increases or extensions of existing taxes, and Inslee campaigned on a no-new-taxes platform that did allow for closure of tax loopholes.

Here’s the statement from Inslee’s spokesman:

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Dec.
18th

Gregoire’s budget includes cuts, tax increases including fuel tax to pay school transportation costs

Gov. Chris Gregoire’s lame-duck budget proposal is on the table this morning, calling for a mixture of tax increases and spending cuts to bridge a predicted $900 million shortfall and also raise $1 billion more to answer a court ruling on K-12 school funding. A few elements that caught my eye include a wholesale gasoline and diesel tax that would eventually fund all school transportation costs and cancellation of a tax break that the governor says benefits refineries. She also wants to extend a gross receipts tax surcharge on service businesses and a beer tax.

A link to the entire budget

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Dec.
17th

It’s official: Washington gives its 12 Electoral College votes to Obama in Olympia ceremony

Washington state’s 12 Electoral College electors did their work over the lunch hour in Olympia today, awarding their votes to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Outgoing Secretary of State Sam Reed presided over the ceremony in the Capitol’s ornate reception room in the once-every-four-years ritual that follows the presidential election.

Nationwide, Obama received 332 votes and Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s ticket received 206. Electors across the country were formalizing that result today.

Even as Reed was still handing out embossed certificates of participation to the electors, his press office was announcing the vote was done – see details here, including statements from Reed and Gov. Chris Gregoire.

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