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Federal Way looks for way to secede from Sound Transit

Federal Way is firing a shot across the bow of Sound Transit.

The city is upset that Sound Transit expects to scrap plans to bring light rail to Federal Way by 2023 as part of the $17.9 billion mass transit measure voters approved in 2008. The agency’s tax revenues from South King County have dropped by nearly a third, so the agency plans to delay the extension to South 272nd Street until 2034 or later.

Now six proposals tied to Sound Transit have surfaced in the Legislature with backing from Federal Way.

None of them would bring more trains

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How Pierce County lawmakers plan to vote on gay marriage

With the first vote on same-sex marriage coming as early as next week, all Pierce County senators have staked out their positions. Among the county’s representatives in the House — where the outcome is not in question — just two votes are truly up in the air: Tacoma Democrats Troy Kelley and Steve Kirby.

Both backed an expansion of domestic partnerships in 2009, but neither is committed on this vote.

Kelley didn’t return phone calls Friday, after saying Thursday he couldn’t talk while driving in the foul weather.

Kirby said the issue’s divisiveness is the main source of his reservations.

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Rep. Asay talks to constituents by phone

Rep. Katrina Asay plans an hourlong telephone meeting with constituents today at 6:30 p.m.

Asay, a freshman Republican, represents the 30th Legislative District that includes Federal Way, Algona, Pacific and parts of Des Moines and Asay’s hometown of Milton. She said in a statement:

Getting feedback from constituents will be very helpful as we look at how to address the current budget shortfall and the looming multibillion dollar spending gap beginning July 1.

To participate in the telephone town hall meeting, call toll-free (877) 229-8493 and enter the code 17601 when prompted. To ask a question, press star 3.


Carol Gregory vs. Katrina Asay: Surprisingly, still a race to watch

The Republicans have picked up seats in the Legislature, but haven’t lived up to their Election Night predictions that they would take over one chamber of the Legislature and make dramatic gains in the other.

Democrats have gained in post-Election Night vote counting, and no area shows that better than the 30th Legislative District.

Not only has Sen. Tracey Eide pulled away from her challenger, Tony Moore, after leading by less than 300 votes in the first release of vote counts, but a race that seemed all but sewn up has tightened. Republican Katrina Asay now leads Democrat Carol

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Priest’s open seat draws field of candidates

Rep. Skip Priest‘s state House seat is drawing a lot of interest.

At least five candidates have entered the race to represent the 30th District in south King County since Priest announced he would leave the House to run for Federal Way mayor.

Democrats Roger Flygare, CEO of a court reporting company, and Carol Gregory, who leads a Renton-based anti-poverty group, have registered campaigns with the Public Disclosure Commission. Two Republicans have registered, Milton Mayor Katrina Asay and Federal Way school board member Ed Barney.

Most recent to announce a run is Jerry Galland, a resident of unincorporated King County who campaigned against a 2007 annexation by Federal Way. Galland didn’t identify a political party in a news release announcing his candidacy.

Here’s Galland’s news release:

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