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August 8, 2013 at 5:43 PM
Updated at 6:50 p.m. with a comment from a Reichert spokeswoman.
U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert is apparently again thinking about running for statewide office.
Reichert, a former King County Sheriff and fifth-term Republican representative in the 8th Congressional District, said in a Thursday interview with C.R. Douglas of Q13 FOX News that he is considering running for governor or U.S. Senate in 2016.
“I’m thinking about all those options,” he said. “I still feel like I’m young and energetic. And, you know, we’ll see how Mr. (Gov. Jay) Inslee does, and if he continues on the path that he is, it doesn’t look too good for him. So I’ll keep an eye on that. And who knows what Patty Murray does in the next year or two?”
Reichert, 62, is a popular politician who represents a safe Republican seat. He has toyed with running for statewide office in the past.
In the run-up to the 2012 election, he for months remained coy about possibly challenging U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell before ultimately seeking re-election.
Reichert spokeswoman Leighanna Driftmier said that “the congressman is focused on serving the 8th District of Washington right now. That’s his top priority.”
“But,” Driftmier said, “of course he does consider all opportunities as they come.”
June 27, 2013 at 4:10 PM
WASHINGTON — The suits are as conservative as ever, but a lot more women are in ‘em.
A pair of portraits featured in Sen. Patty Murray’s first Instagram photo Thursday captures the remarkable rise of women in Congress. The first image, taken in 1993, shows five of the then-record six women serving in the Senate.
Murray, a Washington Democrat, swept into office that year along with Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer of California and Carol Mosely Braun of Illinois — tripling the Senate’s female population. California became the first state to have two female senators.
Today, the Senate includes 20 women. Four of them are new members who Murray helped to elect in 2012 as chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Three states — Washington, California and New Hampshire — have all-female Senate delegations.
The 113th Congress also has a record 81 women in the House.
June 20, 2013 at 4:21 PM
WASHINGTON — The legislative volleyball over the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area is moving to the U.S. House after its passage in the Senate Wednesday. But the outcome of the legislation’s fourth run through Congress remains as murky as ever.
The bill, sponsored by Washington Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, would enlarge the popular Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area east of Seattle by more than 22,000 acres. It also would protect the Pratt and portions of Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers under the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
The Senate passed the bill by unanimous consent, an expedited procedure for advancing measures if no one objects. It now goes to the House, where Republican Rep. Dave Reichert of Auburn first introduced the bill in 2007. Reps. Suzan DelBene of Medina, Jim McDermott of Seattle and Adam Smith of Bellevue are co-sponsors.
The House passed the bill in 2010, but it died in the Senate closing days of the 111th Congress. Then in the last Congress, the bill failed to move out of committee in either chamber.
Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Pasco, chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, has promised a hearing on the bill. A federal wilderness designation is the highest form of protection, and makes development, motor vehicles and even bicycles off limits. Hastings has said such restrictions should be carefully applied.
June 10, 2013 at 3:30 PM
WASHINGTON — Federal approval for an open-pit copper and gold mine near Alaska’s Bristol Bay should weigh how it might endanger the $1.5 billion commercial salmon fishing industry that flows from the pristine watershed 150 miles southwest of Anchorage.
That was the message sent Monday by five West Coast Senate Democrats, including Washington’s Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, to President Obama about the huge Pebble Mine project. The lawmakers — joined by Oregon’s Jeff Merkley and California’s Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer — signed a letter to the administration urging it to protect thousands of jobs along the coast that depend on the fish.
Bristol Bay is home to the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery. But the region also contains large mineral deposits, which a private consortium hopes to tap. The Environmental Protection Agency is finishing a draft assessment about Pebble Mine’s potential impact on fisheries and wildlife.
The letter cites a report from the University of Alaska’s Institute of Social and Economic Research estimating that Bristol Bay salmon fishing and processing is worth $674 million to the three states, responsible for 12,000 seasonal jobs as well as 6,000 full-time jobs.
Pebble Mine’s backers say the project could generate $1 billion in annual economic activity. But the proposal has been controversial among Bristol Bay residents, and faces opposition from Native American groups.
February 26, 2013 at 6:05 PM
WASHINGTON — With millions of federal workers facing possible unpaid furloughs from mandatory budget cuts slated to start Friday, Sen. Patty Murray took to the Senate floor Tuesday to point out the culprits: Republicans.
The Washington Democrat spoke out against the $85 billion in spending cuts while standing next to a chart labeled “Republican Plan for Sequestration.” A red WARN NOTICE was stamped on it.
That was a reference to a 30-day notice of furloughs that are expected to go out starting March 1 at most government agencies, from the Pentagon to the Bureau of Prisons to the Food and Drug Administration. The Federal Aviation Administration, for instance, has announced that in order to cut $483 million from its operating budget, all of its 40,000 workers will have to take 11 unpaid days off this year.
Murray contends Republicans’ refusal to accept any new taxes in order to offset the spending cuts is directly to blame for the coming furloughs. Republicans counter that they’ve already agreed to raise income taxes on families earning more than $450,000 a year and won’t agree to more.
January 28, 2013 at 6:00 AM
New Obama in office: Many political observers are talking about President Obama’s inaugural address and how, in the second term, he may just let his views hang out there. He does seem to be developing new ways to maneuver around partisan gridlock. The latest example is gun control. Instead of calling up a bunch of moderate Democratic senators and twisting their jittery arms to support his policies, he is taking his case to the public. Their public. Interesting strategy.
Sarah Palin out; her fans’ worst nightmare: Palin has run her course on FOX. She is out as a Fox news contributor.
Washington Sen. Patty Murray is the new Senate budget chairwoman. Slate has a fascinating piece about Murray’s potential impact on budget negotiations.
Closer to home, Don Benton is the star of the local blogs. State Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, barely won re-election. You will recall his race went into recount. But none of that is worrying the state senator these days. He’s a busy guy, introducing a lot of legislation, including a parental notification bill now gaining a lot of attention.
Avoid the crowd in the Seattle mayor’s race. How would you like to be a Seattle Port commissioner? The ad (below) has been appearing in a couple of media locales of late. It’s an ad aimed at filling the port commission seat vacated by Gael Tarleton who has gone to the Legislature. To the uninitiated, it looks like an ad for the four port seats that will be up this fall.
But Port Commissioner Tom Albro says the ad is designed to find good people to fill Tarleton’s spot and serve an important community institution. It doesn’t hurt if it raises the profile and awareness of the work the port does.
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December 5, 2012 at 6:40 AM
Former President Carter crowing: Former President Jimmy Carter knows a thing or two about winning and losing national presidential contests. And, sure, there is a bit of grandfatherly smug oozing through his pores. But Carter told MSNBC he thinks the turning point in the recent election came when his grandson, James, contributed to the stunning revelation about Republican Mitt Romney and his comments about 47 percent of the American population who don’t pay taxes and see themselves as victims.
Watch and listen for yourself.
The Twitter-verse is ga ga about Hillary. Twitter lit up this week with word that New York Mayor Bloomberg asked Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for New York Mayor in 2013. Hillary said, no. And here are some of the tweets from all the hullabaloo.
Sen. Patty Murray is not kidding about middle class tax cuts. Washington Sen. Patty Murray is very much the public face for Senate Democrats trying to win middle class tax cuts. She heads back to the Senate floor Wednesday to discuss what is becoming her favorite topic.
Here is an excerpt from this morning’s press release:
Today, Wednesday, December 5th, U.S. Senator Patty Murray will return to the Senate floor to continue to put pressure on her colleagues in the House to pass the Middle Class Tax Cut Act, which the Senate passed in July. The bill would extend tax cuts for 98% of workers and 97% small business owners, and would let the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans expire as scheduled. Senator Murray will also discuss Speaker Boehner’s recent proposal that would protect the rich from payer higher rates, as well as her support for Minority Leader Pelosi’s discharge petition to bring the Senate bill to the House floor for a vote.
November 12, 2012 at 6:00 AM
U.S. Rep Cathy McMorris Rodgers joins the soul-searching: McMorris Rodgers of Spokane, rising star of the U.S. House, told CNN Sunday that the Republican Party, now licking its considerable wounds from last week’s election, should become more “modern” not more “moderate,” as it figures out what went wrong and right in the 2012 campaign. She also called last week’s election a “status quo” event.
Sen. Patty Murray of Washington and the fiscal cliff: Washington Sen. Patty Murray spent some time this weekend on the national talk shows. She took a very hard line on the looming fiscal cliff, telling ABC’s This Week that Congress should simply let the tax cuts expire if Republicans won’t bargain on taxing the wealthiest Americans.
Washington and Colorado’s pot law cracks up TV anchors. I know, I know. Jon Stewart fans saw this clip last week. But just in case you missed it. He has a pretty funny take on how silly the TV news anchors became describing the passage of the new laws.
Some clear-eyed lessons from Election 2012. Polls, speaking, debates.
August 22, 2012 at 6:10 AM
Democrats are falling all over themselves with unbounded enthusiasm. Republican Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri and his off-the-wall crack about rape and pregnancy — he said women’s bodies somehow reject pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape” — are an irresistible gift for the D’s. And they accept. It took U.S. Sen. Patty Murray about 10 minutes — OK, it was 48 hours — to send out a fund-raising letter on behalf of Akin’s Missouri Senate opponent, Democrat Claire McCaskill.
Here is an excerpt from her -hurry-up–and-send money letter:
“You’ve probably heard about Todd Akin’s offensive comments by now. So let’s stop and think about what it really means, and what we can do about it.
It’s one of the most revolting comments I have heard in a while. On Sunday, Todd Akin — the Republican Senate candidate in Missouri — said pregnancy from rape is “really rare” because, “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Todd Akin does not belong in the U.S. Senate.”
McCaskill is/was considered one of the most endangered Dems in the Senate. She was trailing Akin before his inflammatory comments and is still trailing him in Democratic polling.
Washington’s other senator, Maria Cantwell, up for re-election against an anti-abortion candidate, Michael Baumgartner, also did not waste time trying to raise money off the Akin blunder. She, too, sent out a fund-raising letter on behalf of herself and her Senate colleague Monday. It read in part:
“Akin’s response is so unbelievable, so callous, so insensitive, and just so outrageous, I barely even know where to start.
But here’s one thing we can do right now: stand up and support Claire McCaskill and make sure Todd Akin isn’t elected to the Senate.
These comments were not poorly chosen words from a long-shot candidate, and this isn’t his first time getting involved in this issue. Todd Akin is a Congressman from Missouri, and he recently partnered with GOP Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan to sponsor legislation that would redefine rape to only include “forcible” instances.
And this isn’t the isolated position of some zealot in Missouri. Maria’s opponent right here in Washington state also opposes the right to choose, and in the case of rape would force the victim to have her attacker’s child.”
In fairness, folks, the Politics Northwest blog ran similar comments of outrage from fellow Republicans two days ago. Attorney general Rob McKenna and others came out in unison telling Akin to hit the showers.
What is going on in Spokane? State Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane and running for election, has posted a picture on his Facebook page that has Republicans and Democrats alike telling him to remove it. The photo, as you can see below, is a tad personal. It features Shea campaigning in front of the house of his opponent, Amy Biviano. I checked the page Tuesday and the posting was still there, even though Spokane County Republicans urged him to take it down.
For future reference, Secretary of State Sam Reed is an optimist. Remember, his forecast of 46 percent participation in the earlier-than-imaginable Aug. 7 primary? The final number, says spokesman David Ammons, was 38.5 percent.
Two business-oriented groups are supporting Initiative 1240, the charter school measure.
A lot of time and money has been spent trying to figure out younger voters, those roughly ages 18 to 29. They had something to do with Barack Obama’s 2008 victory. But why are they so glib? Detached? Will they or won’t they turn out in 2012? An opinion piece in the New York Times offers some insight.
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