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Archives: March 2012

March
30th

UPDATED: 10th Congressional District candidates to debate

The 2nd & 29th Districts Republican Club is organizing a debate for candidates of the new 10th Congressional District seat.

The April 4 event will take place at 7 p.m.6:30 p.m. at the Sprinker Recreation Center in Parkland. Pierce County Councilmen Dick Muri and Stan Flemming, two Republican candidates for the seat created by the recent redistricting process, have confirmed their participation.

The debate will be open to the public and will be aired live on KLAY Radio. Moderators will include talk show hosts Terry Belieu and Mike Siegel.

More information is available by calling John Seidl at

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March
30th

Morning update: Day 19

Gov. Chris Gregoire is expected to sign all of the remaining bills on her desk today — though she said Thursday she could still pull back if negotiators didn’t make enough progress on the budget by today.

The bills to be signed into law include a set of changes that parks officials hope will encourage more people to buy the parking pass for state lands. The centerpiece of the Discover Pass overhaul is a new ability to use the $30-a-year pass in two cars, not just one. State agencies would also get access to the money from tickets for people

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March
29th

Governor to sign bill depriving widow of Tacoma cop-turned-killer’s pension

Gov. Chris Gregoire is expected to sign legislation that would effectively negate a court’s ruling allowing a widow to collect part of the pension due her husband’s killer, according to the Tri-City Herald.

Harvey Anthis, a retired Columbia Basin College instructor, was killed in September 2005, when retired Tacoma police officer Walter W. Copland shot him after the two men had been drinking together. Anthis’ widow won a wrongful death suit against Copland and sought to garnish his police pension to pay the judgment. The state Supreme Court ruled she could.

Soon after the court ruling, lawmakers added

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March
29th

Is this the official notice that Derek Kilmer will be only Democrat for 6th Congressional District? Norm Dicks endorses Derek Kilmer

Put this in the dog bites man file for news that shouldn’t be surprising.

U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks who shocked his 6th Congressional District and the state earlier this month by announcing his retirement has endorsed state Sen. Derek Kilmer for the position.

A month ago, it would have been bigger news because Dicks had refused to endorse anyone after his announcement. Instead, the Democrat who was first elected in 1976 suggested three potential candidates – Kilmer, Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland and Kitsap County Commissioner Josh Brown. Since then, all potential Democratic candidates have said they wouldn’t run, leaving Kilmer as the only prominent Democrat in the race.

On the Republican side, Doug Cloud and Jesse Young have both said they would run. Both challenged Dicks in 2010 with Cloud representing the party in the November general election. Like Kilmer, Cloud and Young live in Gig Harbor.

“Derek is someone who understands every part of this district because he’s lived it,” Dicks said in a press statement released by Kilmer’s campaign. “He grew up on the Olympic Peninsula and graduated from Port Angeles High School. He works in Tacoma, helping to create jobs in our region, raises his family in Gig Harbor, and represents Gig Harbor, Bremerton, and Port Orchard.”

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March
29th

Random updates on Prairie Line Trail from walking Tacoma Council committee meeting

It was something of an unusual venue for Tacoma City Council committee meeting – a roving group of committee members and followers traipsing the length of the Prairie Line Trail while being briefed by city staff, Tacoma Art Museum officials and the University of Washington Tacoma.

The meeting of the Environment and Public Works Committee attracted about two dozen people Wednesday afternoon.

The trail is the remains of the old Northern Pacific line that delivered the trans-continental’s first trains to tidewater starting in 1873. The Burliington Northern-Sante Fe is gradually selling or trading the line from S. 25th Street to

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March
29th

Rob McKenna, Jay Inslee talk about “No. 1 issue”: public schools

A Seattle education group quizzed the two leading candidates for governor today on their education positions — an early chance, months ahead of planned debates, for both to speak at the same event.

Republican McKenna said just before ceding the stage to Democrat Inslee: “This is going to be the first gubernatorial campaign in at least 20 years where our public schools are the No. 1 issue in the election.”

Moderator Enrique Cerna of KCTS-9 posed three questions to the candidates at the Alliance for Education event, which devoted a brief nine minutes to the two candidates combined.

The two sounded

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March
29th

Morning update: Day 18

Gov. Chris Gregoire is acting on more than 100 bills today, likely releasing most of the hostages she has been holding as encouragement for lawmakers to reach a budget deal.

It’s a sign of progress in budget talks that went longer than usual Wednesday, about four hours, and resume today.

Gregoire’s office said there is no deal but that she and budget writers felt good about their progress.

While there could still be vetoes, expect signatures on most bills. The lineup includes a resumption of an abolished tax break for TV and film shoots in Washington.

March
28th

Tacoma: Council renames part of South Cheyenne Street to Clay Huntington Way

Move over Dave Niehaus Way and Edgar Martinez Drive. Tacoma’s now got its own ballpark promenade honoring a storied sports legend: Clay Huntington Way.

The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved renaming a portion of South Cheyenne Street — from South 19th to the entrance of Cheney Stadium — after the late, great local sports and civic icon.

“Mr. Huntington was a noted citizen, booster and broadcaster who was instrumental to the establishment of Triple A baseball in Tacoma, the formation of the Tacoma Athletic Commission, the construction of Cheney Stadium and many other notable achievements,” city historic preservation officer

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