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Category: State legislative races
July 26, 2014 at 6:31 PM

State Sen. Pam Roach refunds $4,500 to state for improper mileage charges

State Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, agreed Saturday to pay back more than $4,500 to the state for improperly charging taxpayers for mileage to pick up mail at a post office box where she received both official and campaign mail. Roach agreed to the reimbursement — $4,515.91 — after the improper charges were publicized by her…

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May 30, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Inslee lunches with billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer

Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday had a private lunch with a major political ally in his efforts to pass climate-change legislation: California billionaire Tom Steyer. Steyer, a hedge-fund tycoon turned climate activist, has announced he’ll spend $100 million this year to defeat Republicans who deny the reality of human-caused climate change. He has emerged as…

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May 21, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Pam Roach’s ‘Democratic’ opponent: conservative who’s called for Obama impeachment

Filing week is barely over, and charges of dirty tricks already are flying in the 31st Legislative District, where controversial state Sen. Pam Roach is running for reelection. Roach’s most serious competition comes from a fellow Republican: state Rep. Cathy Dahlquist of Enumclaw, who is channeling long-simmering uneasiness among some Republican leaders with Roach’s volatile…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, State legislative races | Topics: 31st Legislative District, Lynn Messner, State Rep Cathy Dahlquist

April 21, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Joan McBride defers to Cyrus Habib for state Senate run

Former Kirkland Mayor Joan McBride is stepping aside to allow freshman state Rep. Cyrus Habib to run for the state Senate. Instead, McBride said Monday morning she’ll run for Habib’s House seat in the Democratic-leaning 48th Legislative District, which includes parts of Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond. The move, essentially a swap of the two Democrats on the…

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Comments | More in State legislative races | Topics: Cyrus Habib, Joan McBride, rodney tom

April 4, 2014 at 11:50 AM

State Sen. Maralyn Chase targeted by fellow Democrat

Shoreline Deputy Mayor Chris Eggen will challenge longtime Democratic state Sen. Maralyn Chase, setting up a rare intraparty battle in the liberal 32nd Legislative District. Eggen, who’s been on the Shoreline City Council since 2007, criticized Chase for only passing a small number of bills during her 14 years in Olympia. “Watching only 4% of the bills…

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March 10, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Activist Pramila Jayapal to run for state Senate

Activist Pramila Jayapal, who created an organization called Hate Free Zone after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to bring local Muslims and non-Muslims together, has announced plans to run for the 37th Legislative District Senate seat Adam Kline will vacate at the end of the year. For Jayapal, 48, this is her first run for…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, State legislative races | Topics: 37th District, Adam Kline, Pramila Jayapal

February 19, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Rodney Tom hires state GOP spokesman as campaign manager

OLYMPIA — State Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom has hired the spokesman of the state Republican Party as his campaign manager for what is expected to be a tough re-election fight. Tom said Wednesday evening he plans to run as a Democrat despite the fact that he now caucuses with Republicans and the new campaign manager, Keith…

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February 3, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Former Kirkland mayor to run against Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom

Joan McBride, the former mayor of Kirkland, will run against Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom as a Democrat in this year’s top-two primary election. Democrats have said they plan to target Tom, D-Medina, because he crossed party lines last year to help give Republicans control of the state Senate. Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson on…

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