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Tag: Craig Pridemore

June
1st

Pridemore out of race for 3rd District

Washington state’s most wide-open race for Congress has one less candidate.

State Sen. Craig Pridemore, the main Democratic rival to Denny Heck for the open seat in the 3rd Congressional District, announced today he is bowing out of the race and endorsed Heck.

The Vancouver legislator had been running to the left of Heck and had picked up a big endorsement in May from the State Labor Council. But he said in a news release the “intense” pace of the special legislative session kept him from competing in fundraising. Heck, the former state legislator and TVW founder, had $532,000 in campaign cash on hand at the end of March, 10 times what Pridemore had.

Democrat Cheryl Crist of Olympia is also running for Rep. Brian Baird‘s seat, along with two Republicans, state Rep. Jaime Herrera and former Homeland Security Department official David Castillo.

Here’s Pridemore’s news release:

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April
27th

Hotline On Call touts Washington’s 3rd Congress primary as one of six to watch

Perhaps it’s because it is an open seat. Perhaps it’s because it is a swing district that both parties have won in recent presidential and congressional races. Perhaps it’s because it has contested primaries on both sides.

Whatever the reason, the National Journal’s Hotline On Call has put the Washington 3rd Congressional District primary as one of six to watch this fall.

On the Democratic side, Denny Heck faces Craig Pridemore. On the GOP side, it is Jamie Herrera vs. David Castillo.

March
4th

Song breaks out in Senate – thankfully, not from senators

Evergreen State College students interrupted Senate floor action today by breaking into song from the gallery.

Several dozen young people sang out a version of “Amazing Grace” with modified lyrics, in what sounded like a protest of budget cuts to colleges.

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen dispatched a sergeant-at-arms to eject the students from the gallery.

As they finished their song, some Democrats applauded. Sens. Rosa Franklin and Craig Pridemore stood and clapped. Sen. Mike Carrell, whose speech they interrupted, was less pleased, marveling that a bunch of “turkeys” would intrude into a debate over a constitutional amendment.

As the last

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March
4th

Senators have it both ways on prison closure

The senators who proposed and backed the budget amendment to close McNeil Island prison have also signed on to a letter urging McNeil be kept open.

What’s more, the letter calls for the Vancouver-area senators’ local prison, which they pushed to save, to be downsized.

Here’s the sequence of events: The Senate Ways and Means Committee approved the amendment Friday night to close McNeil and avoid closing the less expensive Larch Correctional Center in Yacolt. Sen. Craig Pridemore of Vancouver proposed the amendment and Sen. Joe Zarelli of Ridgefield defended it.

The full Senate gave its approval with no debate on the prison plan, but Pierce County’s delegation, upset about the prospect of losing jobs at McNeil, fired off a letter to Majority Leader Lisa Brown. (The House delegation did the same to Speaker Frank Chopp. You can read both letters here.)

A couple of names stand out on the letter: Zarelli and Pridemore’s.

They signed it even though the letter says, of Pridemore’s amendment:

In the Ways and Means committee the budget was amended to fully fund the Larch facility and totally close the McNeil facility. We question the logic of this decision.

After questioning their own logic, the senators go on to request that parts of Larch be closed:

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