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Mike Carrell’s memorial service to be Monday at Capitol

Family and friends of Sen. Mike Carrell held a private memorial service for him on Wednesday and will attend a public ceremony Monday at the Capitol.

The Senate plans to adopt a formal resolution honoring the Lakewood lawmaker at 10 a.m., followed by a ceremony in the Capitol rotunda. Carrell’s family will attend. Speakers include several senators, Carrell’s aides and Gov. Jay Inslee.

Carrell is survived by his wife Charlotte, sons Matthew, Larry and Carlton, and five grandchildren.


Pierce GOP picks Dick Muri, Steve O’Ban and Javier Figueroa as possible Sen. Carrell replacements

The Pierce County Republican Party scrambled today to expedite the replacement of state Sen. Mike Carrell, who died Wednesday of complications from treatment for a blood disorder.

At a hastily called meeting this evening, party officials chose former Pierce County Councilman Dick Muri, freshman Rep. Steve O’Ban and University Place City Councilman Javier Figueroa – with Muri as their top pick.

Those names now go to the Pierce County Council, which has 60 days from the date of the vacancy to appoint one person from the list.

The earliest the council could name Carrell’s replacement is June 11 –

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What’s the process for filling the late Sen. Mike Carrell’s vacant seat?

With Wednesday’s untimely passing of state Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, questions have emerged as to how — and when — his vacant 28th legislative district senate seat will be filled.

Under the appointment process for a vacant legislative seat —  spelled out in Washington’s Constitution and in state statute — the Pierce County Council will have the first crack at deciding Carrell’s replacement.

Because Carrell was a Republican, the county’s Republican Party gets to choose three candidates to submit for the county council’s consideration. The council has up to 60 days from the date of vacancy (Wednesday) to appoint Carrell’s

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Sen. Mike Carrell dead at 69

Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, has confirmed news that Sen. Mike Carrell died this morning. The Lakewood Republican was 69.

In a statement, the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus said Carrell was surrounded by family and friends at the University of Washington Medical Center when he died at 10:35 a.m. of lung complications stemming from medical treatment.

Earlier this year, Carrell entered into treatment for myelodysplastic syndrome or MDS, a pre-cancer condition often leading to leukemia. He received a bone-marrow transplant from his brother last month.

Friends who were helping raise money to pay for his treatment posted on their

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Donate to sick lawmakers? Limits apply to some gifts

Legislative lawyers are advising ailing lawmakers to take no more than $50 from people offering to help with medical expenses — with some big exceptions — to stay in line with ethics laws.

That’s what the Legislative Ethics Board was told at its meeting today. Sen. Mike Carrell and Reps. Roger Freeman and Richard DeBolt are dealing with major illnesses, and the lawyers have received questions about medical expense funds.

Carrell’s friends have raised at least $11,976 for him. Insurance is covering much of his actual treatment for a blood condition but the gifts are intended to help with related expenses. Legislators and staff are invited to

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UPDATED: Corrections Secretary Bernie Warner cancels nonprofit agreements, keeps official fined over ethics

Corrections Secretary Bernie Warner says he has reprimanded an official who was fined for an ethics violation, but won’t fire her as requested by a state lawmaker.

Warner wrote to Sen. Mike Carrell this week telling him about his decision, a month after the Executive Ethics Board handed down its $13,400 fine on Belinda Stewart.

Stewart has appealed the fine, the ethics board said today.

“What I told the senator is I certainly share his expectations in having the highest standards of ethics and accountability for state employees,” Warner told me, outlining steps he’s taken to address ethics and Stewart’s

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Sen. Mike Carrell diagnosed with blood condition

The Lakewood Republican issued a statement to constituents today assuring them that he does not have cancer, contrary to rumors — but that he has been diagnosed with a precursor to leukemia known as MDS, myelodysplastic syndrome.

“If anything I feel better now than I did two or three weeks ago,” Carrell told me by phone. “If you can imagine running on a half charged battery, that’s kind of what I was doing.”

Then he spent several nights at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia and, on Wednesday, learned of his condition. ”My bone marrow is not producing enough red blood cells,” said

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Lawmakers won’t push to license subsidized day-care providers

Lakewood Sen. Mike Carrell has scaled back a measure that originally would have required licenses for all day-care providers who take public funding for more than a year.

The Republican chairman of the Human Services committee eliminated that key provision in his bill this week. The surviving proposal has been moving along with little opposition and today passed its last hurdle before reaching the Senate floor.

The proposal now directly targets child-care providers who knowingly take money they are not entitled to. They would be reminded about the rules after a first violation and be cut off from subsidies

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