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Norm Dicks: I want to keep Tacoma

Dicks speaks in front of the Murray Morgan Bridge in Tacoma./ JOE BARRENTINE

U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks today criticized a Republican-drawn redistricting map that would slice Tacoma off of his district.

Four redistricting commissioners unveiled maps Tuesday, including Tom Huff, who wants to put Olympia, Lacey and Bainbridge Island into Dicks’s 6th Congressional District and move Tacoma and Gig Harbor into Rep. Adam Smith‘s 9th district.

Dicks said Huff “made a serious mistake.”

“Taking me out of Tacoma is very hard to understand. The other three commissioners all keep Tacoma in my district,” Dicks said in an interview. “I just think this looks very political.”

Dicks noted he has represented Tacoma since his first election to Congress in 1976 and said there’s an important tie between Tacoma and Bremerton in that both areas are home to military bases. Dicks is the top Democrat on the defense budget subcommittee. Read more »


Pro-military Democrat Norm Dicks wants troops home

Norm Dicks

If you need proof that the tide has turned against the war in Afghanistan, Exhibit A is Rep. Norm Dicks of Belfair, the top-ranked House Democrat in charge of the Pentagon’s budget.

After 34 1/2 years as a congressman, Dicks, 70, has established a reputation as a hawk, usually a reliable vote in backing a war or a strong defense budget.

But now he says he’s had enough.
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Hastings, Dicks support killing of more salmon-scarfing sea lions

A House subcommittee began deliberating today whether to speed up the killing of an exploding population of California sea lions that is preying on thousands of endangered salmon in the Columbia River.

Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Pasco, and the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said residents in the Pacific Northwest had spent billions to save their salmon only to see aggressive sea lions kill them. Last year alone, he said, 6,000 salmon were killed.

Saying the current law is “inadequate and cumbersome” in granting permits, Hastings has introduced a bill that would give the states of Washington and Oregon, along with Indian tribes in the region, a quicker way to get federal permission to euthanize the sea lions.

At the bill’s first hearing, Hastings told the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Ocean and Insular Affairs that his bill would provide “a commonsense path forward” while protecting the public’s heavy investment in salmon.
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Dicks gets senior minority post on powerful spending committee

Had the Democrats held onto power in the House of Representatives, 6th District Congressman Norm Dicks had been in line to become chairman of the Appropriations Committee. Now that the GOP will take control following last month’s elections, he’ll have to settle for a consolation prize – ranking minority member on the panel.

Here’s today’s AP story on Dicks’ new post.

U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks of Washington has been tapped to become the ranking Democrat on the powerful committee that controls more than $1 trillion in federal spending.

Dicks beat Rep. Chakah Fattah of Pennsylvania on a 123-64 vote

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Team Dicks and Murray

U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, stumping for Murray before Obama takes the stage, reminded Democrats how he stands to advance in power if he’s re-elected and their party keeps the House.

“There is a good chance if we maintain our majority that I will be the next chairman of the House Appropriations Committee,” he said. “And Patty and I can work together to protect the vital interest of our state.”

Dicks said he’s “been on the Hill for 42 years” as an aide and Congressman, and knows how important Murray has been: “We confer all the time. We work together, and

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Doug Cloud holds forum Thursday with or without Dicks

6th Congressional District Republican candidate Doug Cloud is holding a town hall forum Thursday in South Tacoma. The Cloud campaign invited incumbent Congressman Norm Dicks, but had not heard back as of Wednesday, according to Cloud campaign manager Chris Caillier. The only debate held so far between the two was last week in Sequim, where Dicks got an unfriendly reception.

Thursday’s forum starts at 7:30 p.m. at the South Park Community Center, 4851 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma.


Julie Anderson-Norm Dicks e-mail ‘a hoax,’ party leader says

Norm Dicks getting reelected to Congress and then resigning for health reasons?

Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson perhaps taking his place?

It’s all a hoax, Anderson, Dicks and the leader of the Pierce County Democratic Party say.

Julie Anderson

Norm Dicks

That news went out in an e-mail last week to at least some Pierce County Democratic leaders and faithful. It purportedly was sent by a new campaign manager in Anderson’s reelection bid for Auditor and referenced a web site: www.electjulieanderson.org. That web link redirected visitors to Anderson’s real campaign website.

It appears the e-mail was concocted and sent by Robert Hill, a Democratic Precinct Committee Officer, who has since been ousted from the party for a number for reasons, said Pierce County Democratic Central Committee Chairman Nathe Lawver.

“It was a complete hoax,” Lawver said.

Anderson and Dicks also said the e-mail was bogus.

Hill, who is barred by restraining order from contact with Anderson, told me this afternoon he’d seen the e-mail, but he didn’t send it.

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Loud crowd in Sequim for only Dicks-Cloud debate

It may have been in a remote corner of the 6th District – Sequim. But that didn’t stop a sizable and lively crowd from turning up for a debate between Congressman Norm Dicks and challenger Doug Cloud. The forum – possibly the only head-to-head meeting between the two – attracted 250-300 and was punctuated by “jeers, clapping and boos” according to reporter Paul Gottlieb of the Peninsula Daily News.

Here’s an account of the exchange.

It was … a day for Dicks, who lives in Belfair, and Cloud, a Tacoma attorney who lives in Gig Harbor, to differ face to

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