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April
27th

WEA rally draws more than 1,000; Gov. Inslee vows to seek more revenue

The Washington Education Association brought more than 1,000 activists to the Olympia for a rally on the Capitol steps today. Union president Mary Lindquist, who is handing over the reins of the teachers union to Everett activist Kim Mead, said they brought 23 busloads of union members from WEA’s convention in Bellevue.

Lindquist outlined three messages for the Legislature as it goes into special session – money for class size reductions, money for cost-of-living pay raises for teachers, and action to raise tax revenues.

“We’re going to go into special session and we’ll be down here pounding on their doors

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April
4th

GA Building demolition picks up a vote of support

A consultant brought in last year to recommend whether to repair or replace the state’s General Administration Building said the best option – for the money – is to replace it fully with a new $161 million structure that could also hold the State Library.

That idea hasn’t gotten any immediate traction with the Legislature, and the Department of Enterprise Services did not ask for money in December to get that concept rolling. But Rep. Gary Alexander is hoping to breathe new life into the replacement-building idea outlined by consultant SRG – after he won

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April
2nd

UPDATE – House chair kills Senate bills, says other chamber not moving meritorious elections bills

Two Senate bills heard in the House Government Operations and Elections Committee this morning died almost immediately after the hearing, victims of retaliatory moves between the House and Senate. One measure dealt with the administrative home-assignment of workers and had passed the Senate 49-to-0. Another sought to limit voters’ ability to print out replacement ballots.

Rep. Sam Hunt, the Olympia Democrat who chairs the panel, adjourned the hearing and said later there would be no more gatherings of his committee before Wednesday’s 5 p.m. deadline for passing legislation from the opposite chamber.

The bill killing came

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March
16th

UPDATE – Democratic lawmakers defend failure to pass gun control bill during 22nd LD town hall

A legislative town hall meeting at the Capitol on Saturday morning sent clear messages to 22nd Legislative District lawmakers about things they already knew: They should keep working to pass a background-checks law for all gun buyers, raise revenues by closing tax exemptions or passing an income tax, and protect the elderly and infirm from further budget cuts.

The trio of Democratic lawmakers in the liberal district – Sen. Karen Fraser of Thurston County, Rep. Sam Hunt of Olympia and Rep. Chris Reykdal of Tumwater – defended their failure to produce results on a universal background checks bill that locked

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March
11th

South Sound lawmakers in the 2nd, 22nd districts holding town hall meetings on Saturday

 

Republican Reps. Gary Alexander and J.T. Wilcox are planning a few town hall meetings Saturday in the 2nd Legislative District. The three events are in:

  •  Graham – 10-11 a.m.: Graham Fire Station No. 4, 23014 70th Avenue E.
  •  Lacey – 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Lacey Fire Station No. 34, 8407 Steilacoom Road SE.
  • Yelm – 3:30-4:30 p.m.: Yelm Public Safety Building, 206 McKenzie Avenue SE,

More details are here. The 2nd is a sprawling district that runs from the outskirts of south Lacey to Rainier, Yelm, and into Eatonville in Pierce County.

Three

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March
4th

22nd District lawmakers Fraser, Hunt, Reykdal holding town hall Saturday, March 16

 

 

The three state legislators representing Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater plan a town hall meeting for voters on Saturday, March 16, at the O’Brien Building on the state Capitol Campus. Sen. Karen Fraser of Thurston County, Rep. Sam Hunt of Olympia and Rep. Chris Reykdal of Tumwater are all Democrats.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon in House Hearing Room A on the ground floor of O’Brien. Rep. Hunt announced the event today in a newsletter to constituents including links for a campus map and also parking information.

There is no charge for on-campus parking

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Feb.
12th

House committee passes fistful of elections bills on party-line votes

Just as he outlined a few weeks ago, Democratic Rep. Sam Hunt of Olympia mustered votes to push a handful of elections bills out of the House Government Operations and Elections Committee on Tuesday. Chief among them is a voting rights act letting cities and counties create minority-friendly electoral districts, a bill letting 16- and 17-year-olds preregister to vote when they get driver licenses, and a bill requiring ballot drop boxes on college campuses.

Also approved was a bill allowing voter registration on Election Day – for in person registrations – and changing the deadline for online registrations from

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Feb.
6th

Wyman disappointed by possible end of mail pickup on Saturday; working to keep it from impairing vote-by-mail elections

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman says she is disappointed by U.S. Postal Service announcement Wednesday it would seek to end home-deliveries of mail on Saturdays to cut costs. But she said the Postal Service continues to make elections mail a high priority, and her agency will ensure sure voters are not disenfranchised in the state’s vote-by-mail elections.

In a statement put out by her office, Wyman said she understood USPS is trying to reduce its budget by $2 billion a year and that the public supports the end of Saturday mail as a way to do

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