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Backers of labeling for genetically-engineered foods say 66 percent in poll are supporting Initiative 522

Backers of the Initiative 522 campaign to require labeling of genetically engineered foods said Friday their own polling shows 66 percent public support for the measure. The poll was done by GBA Strategies of Washington, D.C., and it queried 1,200 likely voters during June 18-23. The survey included respondents on land lines and cell phones and had an error margin of plus-or-minus 2.8 percent.

According to the poll memo released by Elizabeth Larter, spokeswoman for I-522, the pollsters asked: 

Initiative Measure Number 522 concerns labeling of genetically engineered foods. This

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Lacey Council candidates appearing at Tuesday forum at Panorama; Dems’ auditor candidate Mary Hall, too

Three candidates for Lacey City Council and a Democrat running for Thurston County auditor are scheduled to speak at a candidate forum next week. It is sponsored by the Democratic Study Group at the Panorama retirement community in Lacey.

The event is at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at the Panorama Auditorium, 1670 Circle Loop S.E., in Lacey. Invited candidates include Mary Hall, Democratic candidate for auditor against Republican Gary Alexander, who was appointed to fill the vacancy left in January when Kim Wyman was sworn in as secretary of state.

The three non-partisan candidates are Jacob “Jake” Vaughan, Michael R.

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Ben & Jerry’s ice cream supporting Wash. GMO-labeling initiative

Ben & Jerry’s trucks will be scooping ice cream around Washington state this summer in support of Initiative 522, which would require the labeling of genetically modified foods.

Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of the Vermont-based ice cream company, spoke with reporters on a conference call Wednesday morning to discuss Ben & Jerry’s support of the initiative campaign in Washington.

The company is now in the process of eliminating genetically modified organisms, or GMOs,  from all of its products, Greenfield said. He said he expects that process to be completed sometime in 2014.

After that process is complete, the company will also

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PDC earns A grade for PAC-money disclosure – with little help from Legislature this time around

The Washington state Public Disclosure Commission has earned high marks again – this time an A grade for its disclosure of campaign finance data on so-called Super-PACs, according to a report card on so-called “dark money.” The report was issued today by the National Institute on Money in State Politics and the Center for Public Integrity.

Washington was one of 15 states – including Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, and Wisconsin – that got top marks because “the states’ laws were at least as robust

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Thurston auditor race draws 2 candidates on first day: Gary Alexander (R) and Mary Hall (D)

Republican Gary Alexander and Democrat Mary Hall both filed to run for  Thurston County auditor Monday, the first day of filing week for the November election cycle.

Alexander, a state representative, was appointed to the job earlier this year by Thurston County commissioners, replacing Republican Kim Wyman, who won election last year as secretary of state. His official agency bio is here.

Hall, who serves as elections supervisor for Pierce County but lives in Thurston County, announced her plan to run earlier this year. Her campaign bio is here.



House tax package clears first committee on party-line vote; beer no longer in $900M bill

The House Finance Committee has voted 8-to-5 along party lines to approve a $900 million tax package. The biggest piece of House Bill 2038 is the permanent extension of a business-occupations tax surcharge that otherwise expires in June. But in its scaled-back form, it no longer extends the temporary tax surcharge on beer that was adopted in 2010.

Republicans offered a series of amendments seeking to omit elements of the package – everything from closure of a tax-break for out of state shoppers to a tax on certain imports and bottled water. A final striking amendment from

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UPDATE 2: Eyman says his new initiative limits tax hikes to one year; also requires advisory votes

Tim Eyman says he’s filing a new initiative that, among other things, would limit future tax increases to one year. UPDATE: Monday he wasn’t saying when he’ll file – this year or next. Today, Eyman says he is filing it at 11 a.m. tomorrow, April 24.

The move is in part a reaction to the state Supreme Court  throwing out his Initiative 960 which set a two-thirds vote requirement for Legislature-imposed tax increases into law.

Even before losing that case by a solid 6-to-3 margin in court, he’s since been agitating for a constitutional amendment to lock in that higher

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Stan Flemming plans Friday-night fundraiser to pay off debt from last year’s failed 10th CD campaign and potentially to run again

After Republican Stan Flemming of University Place lost in the 2012 primary race for Washington’s new 10th Congressional District, he still owed money on  loans he took out to finance his campaign. Fast forward 8 1/2  months  later: Flemming is holding a campaign fundraiser Friday evening at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club to retire that debt and build up money for another run in 2014.

Federal Election Commission filings show that Flemming’s 2012 campaign is still owing at least $50,700 to a private Beverly Hills lender, Spanky LLC. An email announcing Flemming’s 6 p.m. buffet-dinner event says the goal is to pay off

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