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Tag: Steve Hannon

July
10th

Heck reports raising $310,000 more in 10th CD race

Democrat Denny Heck of Olympia has added to his money pile, reporting today that his 10th Congressional District campaign raised another $310,000 in the second quarter that ended June 30. That is on top of the more than $1 million he already had raised through March – which was eight times what Republican rivals Dick Muri of Steilacoom or Stan Flemming of University Place at that point.

Detailed reports are due at the Federal Elections Commission by July 15 for the three-month period ending June 30. I haven’t seen any announcements from Heck’s five rivals in the race yet.

Muri raised $133,577 through March and said recently he expected to be a bit higher than that for June. Flemming had $125,051 through June but his cash includes a loan of $100,700 from Beverly Hills-based Spanky, LLC, which his campaign describes as a business that makes loans. The lender’s registered representative in California is listed as Sherry Hackett, widow of late comedian Buddy Hackett.

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June
30th

10th district candidates split on future of health law

The federal health-reform law upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday is shaping up as a point of sharp differentiation between candidates in the 10th Congressional District campaign. Three major-party candidates in the six-person field put out statements after the ruling – with Democrat Denny Heck of Olympia celebrating the law’s constitutionality, Republican Dick Muri of Steilacoom repeating his call to repeal the law, and Republican Stan Flemming of University of Place appearing to back away from his commitment to repeal the law if elected.

The three other candidates didn’t put out statements. But two of them – Sue Gunn, a Progressive Independent from Olympia, and Steve Hannon, an independent from Yelm – favor a single payer system (in other words a system like Medicare). Democrat Jennifer Ferguson of University Place has said she likes the direction the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was headed with an expansion of Medicaid for the poor.

Gov. Chris Gregoire made clear Thursday that Washington state is moving ahead to put the law fully into effect by January 2014.

Here are excerpts from the candidates’ news releases, starting with Heck, who called attention to what the law does for consumers:

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May
24th

10th CD: Hannon says he is an independent voice

Steve Hannon drives an old pickup with 300,000 miles on it. He teaches school, serves as a building-level union rep for the state teachers union, and has voted for Democrats. But when it comes to national politics, he says Congress needs an “everyday” person like himself – willing to take an independent path on issues, like single-payer health insurance.

Hannon, who lives near Yelm, is one of six people who filed last week to run for the new 10th Congressional District, which runs from Shelton to Thurston County and north to University Place and Puyallup. He is running with “no

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