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McKenna launches ‘smarter government’ web site; is forming nonprofit that may have advocacy role

Republican Rob McKenna, the state’s leading Republican figure after his vigorous run for governor last year, probably isn’t coming back to public life as a candidate any time soon. But his new web site devoted to “smarter government” ideas is up and running. Within weeks the former Washington attorney general’s other forays back into public policy and politics should become clearer as the details of his nascent and nonprofit Reform Alliance (aka REAL) organization is birthed.

“Today we launch my new website, which will replace my campaign site,” McKenna wrote on his site, which will

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State Democrats re-elect Dwight Pelz as state chairman; follows GOP’s re-election of Kirby Wilbur as chair

Washington Democrats have re-elected Dwight Pelz to another two-year term as state chairman, following an election cycle that saw his party’s slate win the governor’s race for the eight-straight term. Democratic candidates also won all but one statewide executive office (Republican Kim Wyman won the secretary of state job).

Pelz had no opponent, the party said in a news release.

The Democrats’ vote follows the state Republican Party’s re-election of Kirby Wilbur as state chairman a few weeks ago. Wilbur, a former talk-radio host first elected in 2011, faced two challengers and won on a second ballot.

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