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Nov.
8th

Report: Rep. Geoff Simpson agrees to probation after assault charge

The Covington Reporter has details. Simpson, the just-defeated Democrat from Covington, entered a continuance agreement Friday that will allow the misdemeanor charge to be dismissed in two years, the newspaper reported.

It quoted the Seattle City Attorney’s office calling it

“an agreement where the parties continue the case for two years, during which the defendant is on probation. At the conclusion of two years of successful probation, the misdemeanor charge is dismissed. The conditions of Simpson’s agreement include no new law violations, possess no weapons, abide by a no contact order and undergo counseling.”

The domestic violence charge sprang

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Oct.
12th

Get ready for more independent spending in legislative races

It looks like labor-backed candidates in key legislative races are about to get some help.

In the past two weeks, unions have given more than $450,000 to political action committees set up by a campaign consultant, Moxie Media, that has run independent campaigns on behalf of labor-supported candidates. The consultant has come under scrutiny for its tactics in a successful effort to unseat a moderate Democrat.

In campaign disclosures, each Moxie PAC has identified a target to support or oppose. All of them are backing Democrats with two notable exceptions:

  • The PAC called For the People backs maverick Republican Rep. Tom Campbell in Pierce and Thurston counties’ 2nd District, and opposes J.T. Wilcox, another Republican with more support from his party’s establishment. Labor groups just gave another $45,000 to the PAC called 2nd Defense, which then forwarded $52,000 to For the People. The use of multiple, layered PACs allows the groups to send out mailers that don’t list the names of the unions that paid for them, as they did in the primary.
  • A PAC called Stand for Citizens opposes a moderate Democrat, Snohomish County Sen. Steve Hobbs. Hobbs survived unions’ attempt to bring him down in the primary, but they don’t appear to be giving up, even though he’s now facing a Republican, former Sen. Dave Schmidt. The unions have put another $25,500 into Stand for Citizens in recent weeks.

Groups giving to the races include the State Labor Council’s DIME PAC, the Service Employees International Union, SEIU locals 1199 and 775, Teamsters Local 117, Washington Federation of State Employees, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21, the Washington State Council of Firefighters and the Public School Employees of Washington. There are a couple of donations in the mix from nonunion, liberal groups Fuse and Washington Conservation Voters.

None of the PACs have reported any spending since the primary election, and money tends to migrate between Moxie’s PACs, so it’s hard to know for sure who the money will benefit. But with those caveats, here’s where the groups have given their money since Sept. 30:

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Aug.
2nd

Ad targets Geoff Simpson over domestic violence charge

Republicans are targeting state Rep. Geoff Simpson for his latest court troubles.

They go right for the throat with a hard-hitting new ad planned to air on cable this week, in which women talk about domestic-violence charges against Simpson and urge, “Get help, Geoff.”

The Covington Democrat was charged with assault in July for a scuffle with his ex-wife in his daughter’s hospital room. He hasn’t been convicted of the misdemeanor and says he’s innocent.

The ad calls attention to earlier charges in 2008, without mentioning they were dropped.

GOPAC Washington sponsored the ad and has set up a website to go with it.

Simpson’s campaign says a statement is forthcoming. On Friday he tweeted, in what may be a reference to the ad or website:

Anyone find it offensive that @wagop tells untruths and doesn’t believe in the American system of justice? @wagop = un-American

Republicans Nancy Wyatt and Mark Hargrove are challenging Simpson.

Hat tip: Tom Forbes.

UPDATE: Simpson’s statement calls the ad “a new low in dirty politics practiced in Washington State.” Read the statement:

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July
12th

Geoff Simpson faces domestic violence charge

A state legislator was charged with assault last week, two years after similar domestic-violence charges against him were dropped.

I saw this item by the Everett Herald’s Jerry Cornfield from Thursday as I was catching up today on what I missed after a week off. Rep. Geoff Simpson is accused of pushing past his ex-wife to get into their daughter’s hospital room May 22, Cornfield reports.

The Seattle City Attorney’s office charged the Covington Democrat with one count of misdemeanor assault. He faces a July 26 court date.

Simpson says he’s innocent. He told Cornfield his ex-wife grabbed his

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June
21st

Environmentalists sort out ‘champions’ from ‘duds’

An environmental group praises Reps. Skip Priest and Geoff Simpson as “champions” while singling out Reps. Christopher Hurst and Troy Kelley and Sen. Tim Sheldon as “green duds.”

Washington Conservation Voters released its scorecard today, ranking each legislator on their environmental votes in 2009 and 2010 on a scale of 0-100.

South Sound legislators Hurst, Kelley and Sheldon are among five Democrats — the others are Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen and Rep. Tim Probst — who come in for criticism.

Hurst’s and Kelley’s votes in this year’s special session to put energy-efficient upgrades of schools on the ballot weren’t enough to save them from the group’s ire. The Conservation Voters website says Hurst and Kelley earned low 44 percent ratings when they “voted against clean water, against the protection of our shorelines, against energy efficient televisions, and against transit for Pierce County.” They call Hurst’s record “shameful” and “likely (to) backfire on him in the near future” and say Kelley is “severely out of step with both his party and his constituents.”

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April
19th

State workers: Don’t take us for granted

Sen. Pam Roach is the only senator who did enough this year to avoid a scolding from a major state employees group.

The Washington Federation of State Employees is denying endorsements to most legislators for now, saying they “waged a systematic campaign to dismantle human services and inflict extraordinary and unnecessary sacrifices on state employees.”

In case you’re scratching your head trying to remember these sacrifices, a quick recap of this session:  Democrats raised taxes as unions requested, didn’t cut pay for state workers, and ponied up an extra $65 million for worker health insurance, but they also closed three state institutions and downsized two others, cut about 3,000 state-employee and educator jobs, and furloughed as much as a quarter of the workforce.

The rhetoric may have bothered unions as much as the actions: Republicans demanding reopening of worker contracts; centrist Democrats complaining their party wasn’t doing enough to outsource non-core functions of government like the state print shop and liquor stores.

The result: Only 18 House members, mostly liberals, and the conservative Roach received backing Saturday at the union’s Endorsements Conference. The stamp of approval puts them on the fast track for the group’s endorsement — and the promise of fundraising help that comes with it.

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April
14th

How many votes did your state lawmaker miss?

You can find out below, courtesy of a count by Washington Votes. But the more interesting part of the report out today might be the excuses lawmakers gave for missing votes.

Some are pretty compelling: illnesses, surgeries, disabilities. Others, not so much. Read them below, too.

Living near Olympia didn’t help attendance records. Four of the six most frequently absent House members were from the South Sound. Led by Rep. Christopher Hurst of Enumclaw (163 missed votes), whose wife has been recovering from brain surgery, the list also includes Reps. Geoff Simpson of Covington (91), Cary Condotta of Wenatchee (80), Reuven Carlyle of Seattle (75), Jeannie Darneille of Tacoma (67) and Dennis Flannigan of Tacoma (67).

The most frequently absent senator was Sen. Bob McCaslin of Spokane Valley (491), who was hospitalized during session, followed by Sens. Darlene Fairley of Lake Forest Park (96), Janéa Holmquist of Moses Lake (85), Cheryl Pflug of Maple Valley (78) and Dale Brandland of Bellingham (69).

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April
10th

House votes for taxes

Hours after its unveiling, the tax compromise cleared the House by a vote of 52-44.

All Republicans and a few Democrats voted ‘no’. South Sound Democrats who broke with their party included Reps. Christopher Hurst, Troy Kelley, Mark Miloscia and Larry Seaquist, who opposed earlier versions of the tax package, plus Rep. Geoff Simpson, who switched to a ‘no’ vote from his support last time around.

Rep. Dawn Morrell, who had voted ‘no’ on earlier versions of the bill, switched to a ‘yes’ vote.