Political Buzz

Talking WA politics.

NOTICE: Political Buzz has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved Political Buzz.
Visit the new section.

Archives: May 2013

May
31st

Tacoma: New city website to debut this weekend

After more than 18 months of fits and starts on upgrade work, the City of Tacoma’s new website is nearly ready for a public unveiling.  

Tacoma plans a “soft launch” of its new site this weekend, for the first time making it functionally live to the public, the city’s spokeswoman said Friday.

“It’s a soft launch so that our web team can test it in a real environment,” spokeswoman Gwen Schuler said. “They’ll be testing for any bugs and making sure the functionality is there.”

If all goes well over the weekend, she

Read more »

May
31st

Pierce council could cite emergency and appoint Sen. Carrell’s replacement next week

Following quick action by party officials in the wake of state Sen. Mike Carrell’s death on Wednesday, the Pierce County Council is facing mounting pressure to speed up the process of filling the Lakewood Republican’s seat.

On Thursday, the Pierce County Republican Party chose former Pierce County Councilman Dick Muri, freshman Rep. Steve O’Ban and University Place City Councilman Javier Figueroa as the candidates to forward to the council for a final selection. Muri was the GOP’s top pick.

Carrell’s passing leaves the state Senate in a virtual tie – with 24 members remaining in the GOP-led Majority Coalition Caucus

Read more »

May
30th

Pierce GOP picks Dick Muri, Steve O’Ban and Javier Figueroa as possible Sen. Carrell replacements

The Pierce County Republican Party scrambled today to expedite the replacement of state Sen. Mike Carrell, who died Wednesday of complications from treatment for a blood disorder.

At a hastily called meeting this evening, party officials chose former Pierce County Councilman Dick Muri, freshman Rep. Steve O’Ban and University Place City Councilman Javier Figueroa – with Muri as their top pick.

Those names now go to the Pierce County Council, which has 60 days from the date of the vacancy to appoint one person from the list.

The earliest the council could name Carrell’s replacement is June 11 –

Read more »

May
30th

What’s the process for filling the late Sen. Mike Carrell’s vacant seat?

With Wednesday’s untimely passing of state Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, questions have emerged as to how — and when — his vacant 28th legislative district senate seat will be filled.

Under the appointment process for a vacant legislative seat —  spelled out in Washington’s Constitution and in state statute — the Pierce County Council will have the first crack at deciding Carrell’s replacement.

Because Carrell was a Republican, the county’s Republican Party gets to choose three candidates to submit for the county council’s consideration. The council has up to 60 days from the date of vacancy (Wednesday) to appoint Carrell’s

Read more »

May
30th

Tacoma: Slevin officially named head of city’s Environmental Services Department

The city announced today Mike Slevin has been named the permanent director of Tacoma’s new Environmental Services Department.  Slevin had been interim director of the newly created department for the past eight months.

The department operates Tacoma’s solid waste, wastewater and surface water utilities.

Here’s the city’s press release:

Michael P. Slevin III Appointed Environmental Services Director

City Manager T.C. Broadnax announced the appointment of Michael P. Slevin III to the permanent position of Environmental Services Director. Slevin has been serving on an interim basis for the past eight months, and will step into his new role effective June 3,

Read more »

May
29th

Sen. Mike Carrell dead at 69

Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, has confirmed news that Sen. Mike Carrell died this morning. The Lakewood Republican was 69.

In a statement, the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus said Carrell was surrounded by family and friends at the University of Washington Medical Center when he died at 10:35 a.m. of lung complications stemming from medical treatment.

Earlier this year, Carrell entered into treatment for myelodysplastic syndrome or MDS, a pre-cancer condition often leading to leukemia. He received a bone-marrow transplant from his brother last month.

Friends who were helping raise money to pay for his treatment posted on their

Read more »

May
29th

Morning Update: Special session day 17

A hearing is taking place at 10 a.m. today before the House Finance Committee about a proposal to expand Washington’s estate tax. Anti-tax activist Tim Eyman is testifying before the committee.

The Senate has a pro forma meeting at noon but won’t be voting on legislation. Nothing else is on the Legislature’s agenda today.

Gov. Jay Inslee is up in Seattle and will be speaking  at the Technology Alliance Luncheon at the Sheraton Hotel downtown at 11:40 a.m.

 

May
28th

Tacoma: She once regretfully called Republicans “racist,” now Strickland will speak at GOP conference

A year and a half ago, Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland created a political stir when she told a group of Pacific Lutheran University students that Republicans have trouble courting the black vote because “they’re racist” — a remark that a student photojournalist later opined about in the campus newspaper.

Now, Tacoma’s mayor is set to be a guest speaker on racial issues at the Mainstream Republicans of Washington’s annual Cascade Conference this weekend in Leavenworth.

Strickland is scheduled to speak Saturday as part of the conference’s “Bridge Building Presentations,” a series of discussions aimed at introducing conference attendees to

Read more »