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Tag: Rob McKenna


Court rules against Goldmark in case that McKenna argued under protest

A local public-utility district is legally allowed to use eminent domain to take over state forest land, a court has ruled.

“We conclude that the State trust lands may be condemned as a matter of law,” a unanimous three-judge Court of Appeals panel wrote, siding with a PUD trying to build a power line in the Methow Valley and against Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark.

I missed the ruling last week but the Methow Valley News covered it here:

The PUD can condemn state land for its Pateros-Twisp powerline, said the Court of Appeals in Spokane in a ruling issued

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Capitol shuffle sends AG’s lobbyist Hunter Goodman to top Senate admin job

Hunter Goodman is moving over from the Attorney General’s Office to serve as secretary of the Senate. The announcement just went out confirming the day’s earlier rumor as Goodman replaces longtime secretary Tom Hoemann. Goodman was deputy chief of staff and served as legislative director for outgoing Attorney General Rob McKenna, a Republican who ran and lost his bid for governor.

New AG Bob Ferguson, a Democrat, is replacing some staff members, including the appointment today of a new solicitor general.

Goodman obviously knows his way around the Capitol but the powers that be still have to

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AG-elect Ferguson names Noah Guzzo Purcell as new state solicitor general

Attorney General-elect Bob Ferguson has picked Seattle lawyer Noah Guzzo Purcell to serve as his new solicitor general after he takes office next week. Purcell, a Seattle native, replaces Maureen Hart, who is retiring. The move is one of the few announced by Ferguson, a Democrat, as he prepares to take the place of two-term Republican Rob McKenna on Jan. 16.

Purcell is a Harvard trained lawyer from Seattle who once clerked for former U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter and who has provided pro bono legal help to patients in the Plan B contraceptives case – Stormans v. Selecky,

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Gov.-elect Inslee announces list of 34 transition advisers, including a few old hands from Olympia

Gov.-elect Jay Inslee has tapped a few old hands from Olympia for his new 34-member transition committee, including a few who helped his campaign. But he’s also tapped a couple of prominent Republicans, including former five-term secretary of state Ralph Munro, a slew of business leaders and he has been consulting former governors.

Inslee’s full transition committee list is here. The actors with the most inside-Olympia experience include state Labor Council president Jeff Johnson, Washington Federation of State Employees leader Greg Devereux, and state firefighters’ leader Kelly Fox. The emerging transition team, which is co-chaired by Microsoft chief counsel Brad Smith and two others,also has such long-time Olympia insiders as Sen. Lisa Brown, a Spokane Democrat. Brown until recently served as Senate majority leader.

Also on the committee is Mary Lindquist, president of the Washington Education Association, which backed Inslee.

Another campaign-connected member is Brendon Cechovic, executive director of the Seattle-based Washington Conservation Voters, which did a lot of doorbelling and advocacy to help Inslee’s win over Republican Rob McKenna. County elections officials certified  that Inslee won by 96,557 votes on Tuesday, the same day his campaign released its list of advisers.

Appearing to be missing from the Inslee transition list are people who obviously meet the test laid out by Inslee on the campaign trail for the kind of folks he’ll eventually hire to run agencies. He said he wanted “disruptive” agents likely to bring change to the culture of Olympia.

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It’s over: McKenna concedes to Inslee in gov’s race

Rob McKenna has called Democrat Jay Inslee to concede in the Washington governor’s race. McKenna also informed his campaign staff this afternoon and the mood at the McKenna headquarters was “sad,” campaign manager Randy Pepple is telling a conference call of reporters early this evening.

No word if or when McKenna plans to speak publicly about his rare political defeat. Pepple said that despite having a strong candidate who spoke in detail about issues of interest, the McKenna effort was swimming against too swift of a tide at the top of the ticket – namely the 12.5 to 13 percent edge President Obama

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Dems analysis: McKenna chances to win gov race down to 1 in 9

Time is running out pretty quickly on Republican Rob McKenna’s bid for Washington governor, and this evening’s ballot-counting could seal the deal for Democrat Jay Inslee, who leads by 54,334 votes this morning with perhaps 700,000 more to count. In fact, state Democrats have calculated McKenna’s odds of winning at a shrunken 11 percent, or one in nine – according to this one-page memo.

That’s slim to be sure, but better than none. And as Randy Pepple, campaign manager for McKenna said yesterday, Republicans still think they can win and actually sound confident about it. And that’s even without come-from-behind-specialist Eli Manning of the New York Giants in as their ballot quarterback in the waning minutes of this game.

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Murray, Cantwell and Dicks join Inslee, Kilmer, Heck for final rallies today in Tacoma and Olympia

Three days before the election Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee and congressional candidate Denny Heck are making another swing through South Sound this afternoon, joined by the state’s two U.S. senators in Tacoma near the end of a 26-stop state “Tour for Jobs.”

The Tacoma stop is at 12:15 p.m. at IBEW Local 76’s hall, 3049 South 36th Ave. State Democrats say the focus is on tax credits and training programs that have put veterans to work. Among speakers are Inslee, U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, retiring 6th district Congressman Norm Dicks and 6th district candidate Derek Kilmer. Kilmer is fending off a well-funded challenge from Republican Bill Driscoll.

The next stop is in Olympia at 2:30 at the Thurston County Democrats’ campaign headquarters, 423 W. Fourth Ave.

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KCTS 9 Washington Poll: State’s independent voters favoring Obama, McKenna

The KCTS 9 Washington Poll released its second wave of results today, showing President Obama widening his edge over Republican Mitt Romney to nearly 20 percentage points, while Democrat Jay Inslee is very narrowly ahead of Republican Rob McKenna in the governor’s race.

Among the interesting findings is that independent voters are favoring Obama by 17 points, McKenna by 21 points, while in the attorney general’s race independents favor Democrat Bob Ferguson by 8 points over Republican Reagan Dunn, according to University of Washington associate professor Matt Barreto, who briefed reporters on the poll this morning.

That suggests McKenna’s effort to cut through Obama’s presumed coattails to capture independents and some Democrats is actually working.

Exact poll results are here
and should also be posted soon at the Washington Poll site and at KCTS-9.

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