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December 21, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Friday politics: McKenna’s reflections, new gun control fans, Steinbrueck’s candidacy

Good Morning. Happy Friday and Happy Holidays:

UPDATED:  includes link to NRA Press Conference.

State Attorney General
Rob McKenna

Rob McKenna and the GOP: Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna has been out and about talking about the 2012 election. He had some very interesting things to say about re-branding the national Republican Party and how the party must change, as in, find new ways to appeal to younger voters, minorities and women. As for his own plans, McKenna plans to join a private law firm, and you never know, he might make another run for governor. But, obviously, it’s too early to get into all of that.


The national conversation about gun control: There is no doubt that a nationwide discussion has begun on gun control. The NRA held a press conference Friday on its own “meaningful contribution” to the dialogue.  Here’s a link to the call for an armed officer in every school.

Several observers say it matters not that the usual gun control advocates have come forward, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein or New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg. These pols have been working on gun control for many years. The new thinking, if there is such a thing, is that some people who earlier opposed gun control are having a conversion of some sort.  Think Outgoing Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, the first GOP senator to support a renewed assault weapons ban. Or West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a longtime gun rights supporter, had a new approach the other day, and then retreated a bit.






Former Seattle City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck: Steinbrueck announced plans this week to run for Seattle mayor in 2013. That was expected by anyone who has spoken with him in recent months. But few thought he would land such a fast endorsement from his former colleague, Councilmember Nick Licata. The two were big pals when they served on the council at the same time.  Also, Steinbrueck had to can some of his activities now that he is officially a candidate.


State Sen. Ed Murray

Everything you want to know about state Sen. Ed Murray. Josh Feit has a long profile on Murray, who has had the busiest political year. The story went to press before the announcement of a new coalition government in Olympia, which, if it succeeds, will mean Murray, the Democrats’ choice for Senate majority leader, will be a little less busy. The coalition plan installs state Sen. Rodney Tom as the majority leader. Murray still cannot raise money for the mayor’s race while the Legislature is in session. Murray seemed to know a potential change was coming. (Read deep in the piece).








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