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President Obama thanks Rep. Norm Dicks

The White House issued this statement today:

I want to thank Norm Dicks for more than 30 years of service on behalf of the people of Washington State. Norm has spent his career working to protect our national security, championing the men and women of our Armed Forces and fighting for the many natural resources of Washington State and the Pacific Northwest. Norm’s dedication to our nation’s intelligence personnel and his leadership on the Appropriations Committee will be missed in Congress and Michelle and I wish him and family well in the future.


Obama signs bill to transfer federal park land to Quileute tribe

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama today signed a bill that will transfer 785 acres of federal park land along the Pacific Ocean to the Quileute Indian tribe, allowing members to move to higher ground to avoid a possible tsunami.

The White House announced the move in a statement Monday afternoon, saying the president’s signature will allow the land in the Olympic National Park “to be held in trust for the benefit” of the tribe.

It’s the last step in a long process that involved members of the Washington state delegation, mainly Democrat Sen. Maria Cantwell and Rep. Norm Dicks, who

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Rick Santorum will bring his surging GOP presidential campaign to Tacoma-Olympia on Monday

The former Pennsylvania senator will hold several events, one public, when he visits Washington state on Monday.

Andrea Innes, a state committeewoman from Pierce County, said the state party has notified party officials that Rick Santorum will lead a rally at 7 p.m. at the Washington History Museum in downtown Tacoma beginning at 7 p.m.

Beforehand he will have a closed meeting with state party officials including members of the state committee, Innes said. The even is free and open to the public.

Santorum will also be in Olympia earlier Monday but none of those events will be open to

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Have Washington’s March 3 GOP caucuses suddenly become relevant?

Newt Gingrich has accomplished something I didn’t think was possible.

I don’t mean his return from the political graveyard to win the South Carolina primary on Saturday, as significant as that is.

I don’t mean his rapid ascendency to become the latest chief rival to Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination for president.

I don’t even mean his remarkable surge that has transformed the GOP nomination process from a coronation to a donnybrook in a week’s time.

All minor miracles compared to the way his success has increased the chances that Washington’s GOP caucuses set for Saturday, March 3 might actually be important. If the nomination is still up for grabs, the remaining candidates may want to contest the first West Coast state and a state with a significant number of delegates (43).

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Political junkie alert: Sabato’s Crystal Ball takes first look at 2012 Electoral College map

Normally I would try to discourage the perpetual campaign whereby one presidential campaign begins the day after the last presidential campaign ends.

But this one has a map and I really like maps.

Larry Sabato is a political science professor at the University of Virginia and is a popular quote for political reporters everywhere. In his post at Sabato’s Crystal Ball, he admits that it is awfully early and that perhaps the only use for this first run is as a baseline. That is, it can be a way to measure how much things change as the election

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New University of Washington poll shows significant differences between conservatives and Tea Party followers

According to the latest multi-state survey by the UW’s Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race & Sexuality, there are significant differences in opinions between self-described conservatives who support the tea party movement and those who do not.

Lead researcher Christopher Parker said he was interested in looking at differences in response to recent columns by conservative writers who expressed concerns that tea partiers were outside the mainstream conservative movement.

“Our data suggests the concerns of George Will and other conservatives are well founded. (Former House Speaker Newt) Gingrich and (former Arkansas Gov. Mike) Huckabee’s attacks on the president, apparently

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Gov. Chris Gregoire on the tonight’s state dinner guest list

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire will be among people from politics, business, entertainment and culture (including action film star Jackie Chan) who have been invited to the White House dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao.

She will be accompanied by her daughter Courtney.

“I’m pleased to meet President Hu again, and intend to build on our work tonight to ensure more opportunities for our businesses, which will lead to job creation and economic growth,” Gregoire said in a statement.

Gregoire was in China and Vietnam in September, leading a trade delegation.

The dinner, hosted by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, will be served in the Red, Blue and State Dining rooms. According to the Associated Press, about 200 guests will dine on dry-aged rib eye steak with buttermilk crisp onions, double stuffed potatoes and creamed spinach.

No word on whether the potatoes are from Washington state.

Here’s what AP said about the guest list

Among those confirmed on the strictly A-list guest list: the newly inaugurated Chinese-American mayors of San Francisco and Oakland, Calif., Edwin Lee and Jean Quan, respectively, along with Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif.

Members of Obama’s Cabinet with seats at the table include Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

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Flemming leads Ringlee in County Council District 7; Talbert, Roach also leading

Former University Place mayor and councilmember Stan Flemming is leading former Peninsula School Board member Betty Ringlee in early returns for Pierce County Council District 7.

He is a Republican; she is a Democrat.

If Flemming is elected, he would be the first non-peninsula resident to hold the seat since a county charter created the council three decades ago.

Flemming lives in University Place; Ringlee in Gig Harbor.

The 7th District straddles the Narrows and includes Gig Harbor, the Key Peninsula, Fox Island, University Place, Fircrest and part of Tacoma.

Flemming, a family practice physician, is also a former state

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