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UPDATE: Republican Ken Grassi clings to second place and chance to make runoff in Pierce County Council District 4

The primary election contest for District 4 on the Pierce County Council had a reversal of fortunes Thursday as University Place Mayor Ken Grassi passed Tacoma real estate agent Sharon Benson for the right to advance to the November general election.

In the count released Friday afternoon, Grassi’s lead over Benson shrank a bit to 22 votes. He had 4,227 votes to Benson’s 4205.In the latest ballot count, Republican Grassi had 4,131 votes to Democrat Benson’s 4,102. Grassi, a flower shop owner, had been gaining ground on Benson since election night, when Benson led by nearly 250 votes.


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Ben Lawver runs for open 29th district House seat

The field of Democrats hoping to replace Connie Ladenburg in the Legislature is growing. Ben Lawver announced today he is running for the 29th district House seat representing South Tacoma, east Lakewood, Parkland and Spanaway.

Lawver is a labor leader who works for the AFL-CIO as a senior field representative for Washington, Oregon and Alaska. His last job was the political director for the Washington State Labor Council.

Soon after Ladenburg announced she would leave her seat behind to run for Pierce County Council, Democrat David Sawyer announced he would run for her seat. Sawyer, a clerk at John Ladenburg‘s law firm, and

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Most lawmakers align with their new districts on gay rights

To understand the ‘no’ vote cast on gay marriage Wednesday by Rep. Steve Kirby, a Tacoman who usually sides with his fellow Democrats, it helps to look at how the people in his district voted in 2009 on the “everything but marriage” referendum.

No, not his current district, which turned down Referendum 71 by a somewhat narrow 52-to-48 margin. I’m talking about the district where he has to run this year. It’s still the 29th, but it has been reshaped by redistricting, and the new area defeated domestic partnership expansion by a near-landslide 55-to-45 margin.

The R-71 vote to expand

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Restrictions sought for child-porn access

Pierce County made national headlines last year when a convicted child pornographer was allowed to watch videos depicting child sex while in jail preparing for his next trial.

The situation could have been worse, county Prosecutor Mark Lindquist says: If Weldon Marc Gilbert had been out on bail, he could have taken copies of the videos home.

“That’s just completely wrong,” Lindquist said.

Prosecutors want more restrictions on the copying and dissemination of child pornography as part of criminal cases. They call for containing it to a police evidence room or other secure spot where defense attorneys and their

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Tacoma’s David Sawyer will seek suddenly open state House seat from 29th District

Just days after incumbent Rep. Connie Ladenburg announced that she would not seek another term in the state House of Representatives, David Sawyer announced that he hopes to replace her.

Sawyer, who works for Ladenburg Law in Tacoma as a clerk, is the first to declare in the district that has been controlled by Democrats since the Great Depression.

Sawyer has been active in politics for several years, helping the Barack Obama campaign in Iowa in 2008. In a statement released today, Sawyer said he is running “to bring jobs, justice and the American dream back to the 29th Legislative

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Lawmakers won’t debate traffic cameras

Bills to standardize the traffic cameras that are sprouting up all over the state died for lack of a House or Senate floor vote today. The causes of death were slightly different in the two chambers.

The bills contained relatively modest changes, but the House has plenty of opponents of cameras, and they were poised to try to load up Tacoma Rep. Connie Ladenburg’s bill with a series of tougher restrictions, including putting the machines to local votes.

“It just kind of got bogged down,” House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan said.

Over in the Senate, amendments to Eatonville GOP

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Traffic camera bills advance, without requirements for vote of people

The state House and Senate are both moving ahead with efforts to standardize cities’ use of traffic cameras, but a push to give voters a veto over cameras has so far been thwarted.

The House Transportation Committee on Tuesday defeated an attempt to require local voters to approve cities’ plans to install cameras. Other bills calling for local votes or an outright ban on cameras are falling by the wayside and appear unlikely to meet a Friday deadline to move forward.

The committee by a 17-9 vote approved House Bill 1279, introduced by Rep. Connie Ladenburg at the

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Bill by Rep. Jeff Morris would repeal traffic cameras

There are all kinds of proposals in the Legislature for cracking down on cities’ use of automated traffic cameras, and a bill filed today offers the most sweeping solution yet.

Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Morris, D-Anacortes, HB 1823 would completely repeal the authority for cities and counties to have the cameras.

That’s what’s demanded by activists like the ones who helped pack a committee hearing Tuesday on bills related to the cameras. A Puyallup couple, Nick and Tiffany Sherwood, founded BanCams.com.

Other proposals out there:

  • Rep. Jim McCune, R-Graham, would require cities to get approval

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