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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

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Tacoma: City Council candidate Lecy-Davis dumps local cartoonist from endorsement list

When does an endorser get un-endorsed?

Apparently, when he becomes too much of a rabble-rouser in a “clean” campaign for local public office.

That’s what happened Monday to irreverent Tacoma cartoonist R.R. Anderson.

Anderson, who’s known for his no-holds-barred satirical renderings of local politicians and Grit City scenesters, granted Tacoma City Council candidate Patricia Lecy-Davis permission to use his name on her list of local notables who support her bid for office against District 2 City Councilman Robert Thoms. 

Since mid-April, Anderson’s name had prominently adorned Lecy-Davis’s endorsement list on her campaign website.  

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UPDATED: Assistant AG thinks meeting should have been open: Landmarks Commission skates on edge of state Open Public Meetings Act with totem pole task force

An ad hoc committee created to research options for Tacoma’s 110-year-old totem pole should have been treated as an open meeting – including advance public notice – based on a pair of state court decisions.

The committee, formed by Tacoma historic preservation officer Reuben McKnight and arts administrator Amy McBride, included two of the 11 members of the city Landmarks Commission. It also included city staffers from public works and planning as well as a consultant, Native American carver Sean Peterson.

The group recommended that the historic pole be taken down rather than restored and laid to decompose in a

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PDC rules Tacoma PAC that sent attack mailers against Connelly violated campaign finance law

A Tacoma political group that distributed mailers attacking state senate candidate Jack Connelly last year violated campaign finance law by failing to report its donations and spending in a timely manner, the Public Disclosure Commission ruled Wednesday.

The political action committee known as “Tacomans for Integrity in Government” now has 30 days to pay a $200 fine assessed for the violation.

Ken Miller, a local political activist who chaired the Tacomans PAC, described his group’s belated financial filings on Wednesday as an honest mistake.

“I didn’t dispute the facts,” Miller said in an e-mail. “I misunderstood the

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UPDATE Tacoma: Ethics board finds Robert Thoms improperly used his council office to benefit Tacoma Public Schools’ bond measure

UPDATE: 3:55 p.m. — with comments from Thoms.

Tacoma’s ethics board has found newly appointed City Councilman Robert Thoms violated city ethics rules when he supported a council resolution endorsing a school bond measure while his lobbying firm was under contract with Tacoma Public Schools.

In its preliminary findings issued Friday, the ethics board concluded “Thoms used his office for the benefit or gain of another” by promoting and voting on the Feb. 5 resolution, which expressed council support for Proposition 1 and urged voters to approve it.


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Tacoma: City Council races set as filing week ends

In Tacoma, few surprises and little activity emerged as the candidate registration filing period came to a close on Friday. In all, five seats on the city’s non-partisan council are up for election this year.

Olgy Diaz, a legislative aide to state. Rep. David Sawyer, D-29, formally challenged incumbent Councilman Joe Lonergan for the 5th District seat representing south Tacoma. Meantime, Justin Van Dyk, a former sales consultant who previously had announced intentions to oppose Lonergan, did not file as a candidate.

In Tacoma’s 2nd District – a horseshoe-shaped area that stretches around Commencement Bay from Northeast Tacoma to Old

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Tacoma: Where would recreational pot operations be allowed?

Nearly all of Tacoma’s Tide Flats,  swaths in Northeast Tacoma and along the Narrows in the West End, and pockets here and there throughout the city.

These are the places where, on first blush, recreational pot operations might be allowed in Tacoma. But, under language restricting where such operations are allowed under state law, Tacoma largely resembles a limited pot shop kind of town.

Or that’s what an early draft of an I-502 city planning map seems to suggest.

With the news today from Olympia about the state Liquor Control Board’s draft rules for recreational

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Tacoma: Diaz announces bid to unseat Lonergan in Tacoma’s 5th District

Yet another candidate has announced a bid to unseat incumbent Joe Lonergan in Tacoma’s Fifth Council District.

Olgy Diaz, an aide to Democratic state Rep. David Sawyer, announced today in a press release she will challenge Lonergan for the city seat representing south Tacoma.

“Government can only be as good as those we elect to serve,” Diaz is quoted as saying in the release. “I want to join the council to make sure they look out for us in the fifth district the way our neighbors look out for each other.”

Diaz, who is also volunteers on

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