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AG-elect Ferguson names Noah Guzzo Purcell as new state solicitor general

Attorney General-elect Bob Ferguson has picked Seattle lawyer Noah Guzzo Purcell to serve as his new solicitor general after he takes office next week. Purcell, a Seattle native, replaces Maureen Hart, who is retiring. The move is one of the few announced by Ferguson, a Democrat, as he prepares to take the place of two-term Republican Rob McKenna on Jan. 16.

Purcell is a Harvard trained lawyer from Seattle who once clerked for former U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter and who has provided pro bono legal help to patients in the Plan B contraceptives case – Stormans v. Selecky,

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Reagan Dunn concedes to Bob Ferguson in state attorney general race

In comments that belied just how hard hitting (if not nasty) their campaign commercials got, Republican Reagan Dunn put out a concession statement this morning in the Washington attorney general’s race. Bob Ferguson, the Seattle Democrat and fellow member of the King County Council, leads in votes this morning by 115,083 votes – or 52.8 percent to 47.2 percent.

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Murray, Cantwell and Dicks join Inslee, Kilmer, Heck for final rallies today in Tacoma and Olympia

Three days before the election Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee and congressional candidate Denny Heck are making another swing through South Sound this afternoon, joined by the state’s two U.S. senators in Tacoma near the end of a 26-stop state “Tour for Jobs.”

The Tacoma stop is at 12:15 p.m. at IBEW Local 76’s hall, 3049 South 36th Ave. State Democrats say the focus is on tax credits and training programs that have put veterans to work. Among speakers are Inslee, U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, retiring 6th district Congressman Norm Dicks and 6th district candidate Derek Kilmer. Kilmer is fending off a well-funded challenge from Republican Bill Driscoll.

The next stop is in Olympia at 2:30 at the Thurston County Democrats’ campaign headquarters, 423 W. Fourth Ave.

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KCTS 9 Washington Poll: State’s independent voters favoring Obama, McKenna

The KCTS 9 Washington Poll released its second wave of results today, showing President Obama widening his edge over Republican Mitt Romney to nearly 20 percentage points, while Democrat Jay Inslee is very narrowly ahead of Republican Rob McKenna in the governor’s race.

Among the interesting findings is that independent voters are favoring Obama by 17 points, McKenna by 21 points, while in the attorney general’s race independents favor Democrat Bob Ferguson by 8 points over Republican Reagan Dunn, according to University of Washington associate professor Matt Barreto, who briefed reporters on the poll this morning.

That suggests McKenna’s effort to cut through Obama’s presumed coattails to capture independents and some Democrats is actually working.

Exact poll results are here
and should also be posted soon at the Washington Poll site and at KCTS-9.

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Attorney-general candidates take gloves off in debate; Jay Inslee, Rob McKenna up next

The first debate of the gubernatorial campaign starts at 3:30 p.m. It airs live on TVW and at tvw.org — and if you tune in now, you can catch highlights of the undercard.

Don’t be surprised if it’s more exciting than the main event. The attorney general candidates, Democrat Bob Ferguson and Republican Reagan Dunn, sparred in Spokane over their resumes, their toughness and their record on the King County Council.

Former trial lawyer Ferguson touts his experience in civil law, which lines up with an attorney general’s duties. Dunn points to his heftier overall legal resume, which includes work as

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King County Councilman Bob Ferguson to run for attorney general

The councilman, a Democrat, said in a news release announcing his campaign that he’s lined up support from several local politicians, including Democratic King County Executive¬† Dow Constantine.

Ferguson pledges to bring a nonpartisan approach to the state attorney general’s office if elected in 2012.

Ferguson and any other candidates may vie for an open seat. The Republican incumbent, Rob McKenna, is expected to throw his hat in the ring for governor.

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