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U.S. Rep. Heck devotes first House floor speech to ailing teacher/coach from Olympia High

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck gave his first floor speech today in the House, and he used his time to ask for support for Olympia High School baseball coach and English teacher Todd McDougall, who was diagnosed last month with an inoperable brain cancer. Heck is an Olympia Democrat in the state’s new 10th Congressional District.

Heck is an Olympia Democrat in the state’s new 10th Congressional District. The video of his short speech is here.

Meg Wochnick of The Olympian has written about McDougall here and here, and the OHS

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Push to complete Route 167 intensifies

It’s a $1.5 billion project near the top of wish lists for many in business, labor and Pierce County government circles.

But the decades-long effort to complete State Route 167 is often is overshadowed by other road projects — especially those tied to safety, like the planned new Route 520 floating bridge over Lake Washington, or commuters’ frustration, like the Columbia River Crossing on Interstate 5.

A new coalition is trying to bring more attention to the long-delayed extension of 167 from its current end point near Puyallup to the Port of Tacoma. The port badly wants the project as

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House committees: Denny Heck to Financial Services, Derek Kilmer to Science, Space & Technology

Those are the new assignments for the South Sound’s two newest congressmen.

Heck, D-Olympia, had touted his appointment to the Budget Committee. But instead he announced today he is being switched to the Financial Services Committee, which he called his top request.

The panel has wide-ranging jurisdiction over banks, insurance, housing and the stock market. Heck has taken a tough line against Wall Street on the campaign trail, calling for example for a reinstatement of the defunct rule separating investment banks from commercial banks, a law known as Glass-Steagall.

Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, announced he would serve on Technology

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U.S. Rep. Heck opens new 10th district office in Lacey

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck was sworn into office earlier today in Washington, D.C., and his new congressional web site became active. Heck also announced he opened his 10th district office on the third floor of Lacey City Hall.

Heck put out a news release that said the office, open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, is available to meet with constituents. Roel van der Lugt, who had worked for U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, was named Heck’s district director.

Heck, a Democrat, beat Pierce County Councilman Dick Muri, a Republican, in November’s

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Wash. delegation splits on ‘cliff’ vote; GOP yes, Smith and McDermott lone Democrats against

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Camas was among the 85 Republicans who voted last night to pass the so-called fiscal-cliff bill, saying it falls short of fixing budget problems but was needed to avert income tax hikes on individuals earning less than $400,000 a year.

In Washington state’s delegation, only Democratic Reps. Adam Smith of Bellevue Jim McDermott of Seattle and voted against the deal that avoids hundreds of billions of dollars in tax increases and automatic spending cuts but increases deficits by $4.5 trillion over a decade. The vote roll call is here.

Herrera Beutler put out a statement explaining her action, which mirrored that of the other Washington Republicans. Reps. Dave Reichert of Auburn, Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane and Doc Hastings of Pasco also voted in favor. Read more »


Denny Heck hires two staffers for congressional office with ties to Rep. Dicks

Congressman-elect Denny Heck announced today he is naming Hart Edmonson, his campaign manager in this year’s hugely successful 10th district campaign, as his chief of staff to run his Washington, D.C., office. He also is naming Jami Burgess, a staffer from retiring U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks’ 6th district office, as his deputy chief of staff.

Heck, an Olympia politician-turned-entrepreneuer, defeated Republican Dick Muri on Tuesday by a 39,116 votes (as of this morning), or 58.4 percent of ballots cast.

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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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Dick Muri thanks rival Heck for handling of JZ Knight’s contributions; Knight going to court over video leaks

Republican Dick Muri offered compliments to his Democratic rival Denny Heck in Washington’s 10th Congressional District race today, thanking Heck for giving $3,500 in campaign contributions from Yelm spiritualist JZ Knight to a women’s domestic violence shelter in Olympia. Knight’s comments about Catholics, gays, Mexicans and Jews have produced a political backlash in the past week, and three South Sound Democratic candidates have donated the funds to charity or educational groups.

The state Democratic Party also is donating $70,000 from Knight – split two ways, to the pro-Referendum 74 campaign and to the Anti-Defamation League.


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