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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 »


Sierra Club gives Washington state delegation five As, three Fs and a C

WASHINGTON – In its national report card released today, the Sierra Club gave the Washington state delegation five As, three Fs and one C.

For the Sierra Club, a national environmentalist organization, the only middle-of-the roader is Republican Rep. Dave Reichert, who earned the C. On Capitol Hill, he has clearly established himself as a moderate, often in step with Democrats on environmental issues.

The Sierra Club gave top marks to Democrats Norm Dicks, Adam Smith, Rick Larsen, Jay Inslee, and Jim McDermott. It gave failing grades to Republicans Doc Hastings, Cathy McMorris-Rodgers and Jaime Herrera-Beutler.

Here’s a look at

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Heck touts job creation in debate with Herrera

Democrat Denny Heck and Republican Jaime Herrera sparred today in Lacey over the best way to revive the nation’s economy in a well-attended forum devoted to their 3rd Congressional District race.

Neither covered new ground, and many who showed up for the Thurston County Chamber-sponsored event were not swayed. But the candidates did have a lively discussion – on everything from the economic stimulus passed by a Democratic Congress to each candidate’s biggest mistake in life.

Herrera said her error was use of credit cards as a young adult, and Heck had second thoughts about how well he’d fathered his

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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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