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Watkins in 1st, Kelley leads Democrats for state auditor

Rep. Troy Kelley leads a trio of Democratic lawmakers in early returns tonight in the race to succeed State Auditor Brian Sonntag.

The sole Republican, James Watkins of Redmond, has the overall lead as expected with 46 percent, followed by Kelley with 24 percent — threatening elimination for Vancouver Sen. Craig Pridemore (not far behind at 20 percent) and Federal Way Rep. Mark Miloscia (10 percent). All three are giving up their seats to run for auditor.

The top two vote-getters advance to the Nov. 6 general election.

Kelley, a Tacoma business owner, chipped in $240,000 of his own money and spent it

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Show goes on at Legislature, even if it’s a one-man show

This week’s snow and ice has reduced some legislative committees to skeleton crews.

On Wednesday, the Senate Energy, Natural Resources and Marine Waters committee approved three bills with just one member present, the chairman.

Sen. Kevin Ranker cast the only vote on the three measures, declared them approved subject to signatures, and then said: “We’re going to take a quick break while I have a caucus with myself.”

“Subject to signatures” is the key phrase. Quick civics lesson: As you might expect, one vote alone won’t pass a bill out of committee. It needs a majority

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April Fools: Pol wants to pull double duty in Senate, House

Sen. Craig Pridemore says he will seek to be appointed to a vacant state House seat, serving in both the House and Senate at the same time.

The Vancouver Democrat’s news release just happens to have come out on April Fools’ Day.

The truth is, it’s been difficult for me to make ends meet on just one legislative salary. With two of them, I think I can live well and both the Senate and House will benefit from having somebody around who can truly understand both institutions.  The offices aren’t that far apart, and God knows I can use

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Senate votes to end poll voting

A vote this evening in the state Legislature is likely to be a death warrant for Pierce County’s remaining polling places.

A mandate for the state to vote entirely by mail eked 26-to-23 through the Senate, where similar proposals have foundered in the past. Republican opponents called it an attack on Pierce County, the state’s last holdout with polling places.

Though it’s supported by GOP Secretary of State Sam Reed, the vote broke largely along the same partisan lines that divide the Pierce County council and county executive on the issue of poll voting, with most Democrats agreeing the state

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Pierce County all-mail voting bill clears committee

A bill that would require Pierce County to close its last polling places moved forward this morning.

The Senate Government Operations Committee approved Senate Bill 5124, sending it to the Rules Committee. Gov Ops Chairman Craig Pridemore said he supported moving it along because of a separate provision unrelated to the poll voting controversy, but said the all-mail-voting proposal needs more work.

Pridemore, D-Vancouver, said he’s not persuaded by those who say the whole state needs to have a uniform way of voting. “I have always believed we should defer to local control,” he said.

But so far, Pridemore

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Chairman expects to defer to Pierce County lawmakers on all-mail voting

Pierce County’s state senators may have a shot at stopping the elimination of the remaining election polling sites in the county — if they want to.

Craig Pridemore, the new chairman of the Senate panel on elections, has voted for versions of the all-mail-voting bill in the past, but says he will “defer to the maximum extent possible to the Pierce County legislators.”

“If they were to oppose it stridently, I would have a hard time, personally, pre-empting local control,” Pridemore said.

But the Pierce County delegation is divided, at least in the House. The key will be whether

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Morning update: Day 4

Good morning on a busy Day 4 of the 105-day legislative session. Topics on tap today: foreclosures, human trafficking and more fallout from Moxie Media’s campaign strategy.

  • It’s the second time this week that the work of political consultant Lisa MacLean and her company Moxie Media will be under senators’ microscope. First it was the disputed seating of Sen. Nick Harper, the beneficiary of Moxie’s work to manipulate an election in the 38th District on behalf of labor and liberal groups. Today it’s a campaign finance bill that seeks to prevent groups like it from hiding from voters. Sen. Craig Pridemore’s

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Who will write the state budget?

Whoever leads the Legislature’s budget committees next year will have to eliminate a $4.5 billion deficit at a time when federal aid is drying up and voters have all but ruled out the use of tax increases. That means lots of tough cuts.

What glutton for punishment would want this job?

If House Ways and Means Chairwoman Kelli Linville is retired by voters, there’s a host of plausible successors among the chairmen of the budget subcommittees: people like Tacoma Rep. Jeannie Darneille. Finance Committee Chairman Ross Hunter of Medina declined to say if he wants to move to budget chairman.

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