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Going negative in Tacoma’s 27th District senate race: Another unreported attack mailer about Jack Connelly emerges

A group calling itself “Tacomans for Integrity in Government,” distributed a second mailer this week attacking Tacoma trial lawyer and Democratic senate candidate Jack Connelly for his ties to a housing nonprofit found to have misspent public money.

But the political action committee — made up of supporters for Connelly’s opponent, fellow Democrat and state Rep. Jeannie Darneille – continues to flout state campaign finance law by not reporting contributions and spending to Washington’s Public Disclosure Commission.

“That committee hasn’t filed anything with us,” PDC spokeswoman Lori Anderson said Thursday.

Meantime, Connelly’s campaign last week fired off an attack

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UPDATE Tacoma: Chairman of PAC that sent attack mailer about Jack Connelly apologizes for mistakes to PDC

UPDATE: Wed. Aug. 1, 12:32 p.m.

As of today, two people have filed complaints with the state’s Public Disclosure Commission against the Tacomans for Integrity in Government PAC for failing to file required campaign finance reports, PDC spokeswoman Lori Anderson said.

The complaintants include Tacoma resident and Jack Connelly campaign contributor Virginia Douglas, and Olympia lobbyist Jim King Jr.

Anderson said today the PAC still has yet to file its required reports.  The failure continues despite PAC chairman Ken Miller‘s acknowledgment email sent Tuesday (see below), and a PDC staff member’s phone call to Miller, in which Anderson said

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Political Smell Test: Attack mailer on Jack Connelly’s ties to nonprofit’s misspending

A mailer widely distributed to Tacoma residents last week amounted to the first attack ad in what’s now increasingly turning into a negative campaign for the 27th District state senate seat between two Democrats – state Rep. Jeannie Darneille and trial lawyer Jack Connelly.

With only two candidates in the race, both are assured a place on the general election ballot. Yet the campaign already has gone negative, even before the primary.

The mailer in question – distributed independently of Darneille’s campaign by a political action committee called “Tacomans for Integrity in Government” — criticizes Connelly for his ties to misspending of public funds at an affordable housing

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Rep. Jeannie Darneille to run for state Senate in 2012

State Rep. Jeannie Darneille says she will try to move from the House to the Senate in 2012.

She hopes to replace Sen. Debbie Regala, who will retire next year. Even though the election is more than a year away, there are now  two declared candidates for the Senate seat, Darneille and attorney Jack Connelly.

Darneille, a Democrat and consultant to nonprofits, has represented Tacoma’s 27th District for 11 years.

She had been mulling over the possibility of a Senate run while considering what kind of a leadership post she might draw if she stayed in the House. As vice-chairwoman of the budget committee, she stood to rise to the powerful chairman’s position if Rep. Ross Hunter had run for a different office. Darneille’s decision implies she thinks Hunter is staying put.

The other House member from the 27th, Laurie Jinkins, has said she would support Darneille if she ran.

Here’s her news release:



Shortening sentences loses favor in Legislature

A proposal a Senate committee considered today for cutting Department of Corrections costs was notable for what it didn’t contain: plans to knock 60 days off of inmate sentences.

The idea was pitched as part of the Senate budget plan and would have exempted inmates seen as a high risk to commit violent crimes upon release. The House budget went even farther, calling for cutting 120 days from sentences and not making the same exemption. (Both plans excepted inmates convicted of violent and sex offenses).

But senators didn’t include the 60-day early release in the version of SB 5891 that received a public hearing today. It contains other aspects of the Senate budget, saving $14 million:

  • Eliminate supervision of inmates released from jails. Exceptions would include inmates seen as a high risk to commit new violent crimes and those with histories of domestic violence. Read more »


House budget would keep Tacoma museum open

State legislators plan to try to keep the State History Museum in Tacoma open, based on the budget proposal released by the House of Representatives today.

In the two-year operating budget bill, House Bill 1087, representatives included a proposal to find funding for the museum by merging several state programs into a new Department of Heritage Arts and Culture and taking money that would go to a Heritage Center on the Capitol Campus, a move museum advocates and Tacoma officials applauded.

“This is kind of a reversal in trend from the governor’s numbers,” said David Nicandri, the Director of the Washington State Historical Society, referring to the Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposal to close the museum in her budget bill.

Though funding for the museum still is not assured, Nicandri said the main reason today’s budget was important was that it represented such a change since the governor’s proposal in January, the last time an official version of the state operating budget came out.

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History museums in less danger from budget writers

Just how they’ll do it is far from certain. But it’s becoming clear that budget writers are moving closer to keeping the state history museums open.

House budget vice-chairwoman Jeannie Darneille said she expects the spending plan being developed by House Democrats to incorporate her proposal to preserve the museums, which would merge them with other cultural programs and pay for them by raiding money for a planned construction project.

A vote planned for Friday will give a first reading of how much support that idea enjoys.

But even if it falters, Republican Secretary of State Sam Reed, an

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Hearing pits cultural programs against each other

At a hearing today on a plan that aims to save the history museums in Tacoma, Spokane and Olympia by merging them with other cultural and arts programs, critics focused on the plan’s potential effect on the State Library.

The library would be consolidated into the new Department of Heritage, Arts and Culture under Rep. Jeannie Darneille’s bill. It would be funded in part by money that otherwise would be set aside for future construction of a new building to house the library and history-related programs.

Library supporters said it’s working well in its current home, Secretary of State Sam Reed’s office, and shouldn’t move to a new agency. Some also worried about snatching money from the planned building on the Capitol Campus, the Heritage Center.

The audience at the hearing was full of patrons of the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library, a part of the State Library that serves the blind.

Among the users of the downtown Seattle braille library’s 459,000-item collection is Greg Jack of Olympia, who has used it since he was a boy growing up in Spokane. Jack checks out several books a month, both audiobooks that he downloads and braille books that come by mail. Just now he’s reading Typee by Herman Melville. Read more »