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New endorsements for McKenna, Inslee, Drew, Sanders, et al

Endorsements are pouring in, and many candidates are sharing the word. A few of the recent ones:

  • Kathleen Drew announced Gov. Chris Gregoire endorsed her Democratic candidacy for secretary of state. Drew worked as a policy adviser to Gregoire for six years, including on the major agency-merger bill of 2011. In a news release, Gregoire said: “Kathleen’s experience in the Legislature and in the Governor’s office make her well suited to be Secretary of State. She has my support and my vote. … During that time she showed great leadership on a range of policy issues, including efforts to

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Mail it in: Don’t forget Tuesday’s election

Voters in several Pierce County communities, including Tacoma’s Metropolitan Parks District, will decide on measures in the April 27th all-mail election.

Items on the ballot:

Metro Parks Tacoma: A levy rate increase for parks and recreation maintenance and operations.

City of Buckley: Bond issue for construction of a new fire station.

City of Edgewood: Imposition of a 3.5 percent tax on utility providers.

City of Orting/Fire District No. 18: Annexation of the city into Orting Valley Fire and Rescue and expansion of the fire district board from three to five members.

Ballots must be postmarked or turned in

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Bill to close Pierce County polls clears key Senate committee

A bill that would force Pierce County to conduct its elections entirely by mail has cleared a key committee and could be up for a vote on the Senate floor next week.

Pierce County is the last county to allow residents to cast their votes at the polls.

The vast majority of registered voters who voted opted to do so by mail in this month’s special elections — just over 1 percent of voters showed up to polling locations while nearly 37 percent mailed their ballots in.

According to Secretary of State Sam Reed’s office, 90 percent of

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Auditor puts up election results quickly, praises her office almost as quickly

She’s just a few months into her tenure, but Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson for the most part has made good on her 2009 campaign promise not to personalize the auditor’s office with her name and face.

That didn’t stop her from quickly praising her office after the county posted its first batch of election results Tuesday night. The posting came about 45 minutes earlier than the first release last November (when there was quite a lot more on the ballot, by the way).

Anderson said in her statement:

I asked the Elections team to think outside the box and

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