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House Dems re-elect Chopp, Sullivan, Tami Green

House Democrats gave new terms to its top leadership team today as Speaker Frank Chopp of Seattle and Majority Leader Pat Sullivan of Covington retained the top two positions in the caucus.

The full House picks a speaker, which happens on the first day of the legislative session, but Democrats’ substantial majority and the unsurprising vote today ensure Chopp will be speaker for an eighth term, a tenure that started with three years as co-speaker.

Pierce County retains a member of top leadership with the re-election of Rep. Tami Green of Lakewood as Democrats’ floor leader.

Here’s the news release:

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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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Paul Wagemann renews bid for Legislature

Republican Paul Wagemann survived a spirited primary in 2010 but couldn’t unseat Democratic state Rep. Tami Green. He’ll try again this year.

Wagemann, a Lakewood real-estate developer with a business and military background, filed his candidacy for the House months ago but made it official today. His announcement comes just two months after he won re-election to the Clover Park School Board.

It also comes days after the Redistricting Commission released reconfigured maps of political districts, including the 28th Legislative District represented by Green. The district stretching from west Tacoma through University Place and Lakewood to DuPont grew southeast to

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PDC staff recommends Americans for Prosperity case be dismissed

Conservative group Americans for Prosperity-Washington didn’t run afoul of Washington election law, the staff of the state’s campaign watchdog agency has determined.

The group led by Kirby Wilbur, now chairman of the state Republican Party, attacked incumbent Democratic state lawmakers in ads and mailers and didn’t report the spending to the Public Disclosure Commission until after the November 2010 election.

Democrats complained, especially because they saw it as similar to campaign attacks on Republicans by liberal and labor groups using a Democratic consultant, Moxie Media, which has come under scrutiny for misleading voters.

But the PDC staff determined the

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House Democrats eyeing tax vote for spring ballot

As they wait for details of the revenue forecast, lawmakers are divided on whether to return to Olympia right away or hold off until January.

Opinions don’t divide along party lines.

Senate Democrats are eyeing the possibility of a November or December return, while Senate Republican leaders are lining up behind Sen. Joe Zarelli, who says more time is needed to figure out a plan that can pass bipartisan muster.

In the House, Democrats don’t agree with their Republican counterparts on much — certainly not on the budget that passed this winter with no GOP votes — but

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Few details, but House leaders predict breakthroughs are coming

The House had adjourned with plans to not come back until Monday, which seemed like a sign it might be giving up on finishing Wednesday as scheduled. Now, not so much. The budget committee is coming back to meet Friday, and House leaders were tentatively planning a floor session over the weekend.

So is a budget accord approaching?

“We’re getting really close,” House Speaker Frank Chopp said today when he sat down for an interview with Brad Shannon and me after a slew of meetings with other lawmakers and the governor.

“We’ve made progress, a lot of progress, in the

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Worker’s comp continues as holdup; will there be deal?

Denizens of the Legislative Building are waiting to see whether a resolution will be reached on workers’ compensation in the next few days that would provide a way for lawmakers to finish their work and go home.

Whatever has happened so far this week in high-level meetings between legislative leaders and the governor on the topic, word hadn’t filtered down yet as of late Tuesday to lobbyists and rank-and-file legislators.

Union-friendly lawmakers had planned a press conference Tuesday morning, but legislative leaders asked them to call it off. There were rumors that a deal was imminent, but nothing materialized.

The two sides in the House remain divided on the Senate’s demand to allow injured workers to take a lump-sum payment to settle claims against their employers.

The settlements appear to have the votes to pass on the House floor. Rep. Chris Hurst, a conservative Enumclaw Democrat, says he thinks if House members were forced to vote, as many as 18 Democrats would join Republicans, easily passing the bill designed by business-friendly House Democrats. Even if his count is high, nine Democrats including Hurst have officially signed on in support of the bill, enough to squeak it through.

But as it turns out, the vote count inside House Democrats’ private caucus room is what counts. Rep. Tami Green, D-Lakewood, said a majority of House Democrats — 45 of the caucus’s 56 members — oppose the centrist Democrats’ bill. It won’t go to the floor with that kind of opposition, Green said: “It will blow up our caucus if that happens.” Read more »


Corrections officers get right to carry guns while off duty

Correctional employees will have the right to concealed guns while off-duty under a law Gov. Chris Gregoire signed Tuesday.

As long as they have had government-sponsored firearms training, corrections officers and community-corrections officers — formerly known as prison guards and parole officers — won’t have to obtain concealed-weapons permits.

They will also be able to bring weapons to some areas where the general public can’t, like the secure areas of airports.

Other law enforcement, like police, already are exempt from those restrictions and license requirements.

Rep. Tami Green, D-Lakewood, said her bill would allow corrections workers to protect themselves from retaliation by former inmates. Green’s statement: Read more »