July 28, 2014
A trio of part-time judges is competing to fill an open seat on King County District Court. Judge Linda Jacke has announced her retirement in the Northeast Division, which serves a large swath of the eastside stretching from Lake Washington in the west to the county line in the east, and from Newcastle and areas south of North Bend in the south to the county line in the north. The district also includes the part of Bothell in Snohomish County.
Jacke’s courtroom is in Redmond, though there’s no guarantee the new judge would sit there. Read more
June 12, 2014
New: June 12, 1:16 p.m.
After a decade in Olympia, Larry Springer is seeking another term representing the 45th District.
“I love the work,” Springer said. “It’s stimulating. It’s exciting, and I’m a problem solver.”
Springer, 67, is running for his sixth term in the state House representing the 45th District, which covers the northern half of Sammamish along with Redmond, Kirkland and parts of Woodinville. The former Kirkland mayor owns a wine shop with his wife, who is the deputy mayor of Kirkland. Read more
June 4, 2014
New: June 4, 12:18 p.m.
Brendan Woodward is running to give voters an option. The first-time candidate from Woodinville is challenging longtime state Rep. Larry Springer (D) for a seat representing the 45th district in the Legislature.
“I want to give voters an option,” said Woodward, who is running as a Republican.
The district covers the northern half of Sammamish and stretches across Redmond, Kirkland and Woodinville. Read more
May 16, 2014
New: May 16, 10:48 a.m.
After four terms in the state Legislature, the newness has worn off for Rep. Roger Goodman (D-45). He’s running for a fifth term, he said, because he enjoys how his actions help others.
“I’m very gratified at the measurable results,” Goodman said. “I know I’ve made a difference.”
Goodman is chairman of the House of Representatives’ Public Safety Committee, which has oversight over law enforcement, adult correctional facilities, drunk driving, sex offenses and more. Read more
May 9, 2014
New: May 9, 1:14 p.m.
Joel Hussey is taking another shot at the state House of Representatives. The Redmond resident is once again running as a Republican against incumbent Democrat Roger Goodman for a 45th District seat.
Hussey lost to Goodman in 2012 by a 56-44 margin.
“There is such a compelling need for change,” Hussey said. “I would like to do my part to make Washington a great place.” Read more
April 23, 2014
New: April 23, 9:16 a.m.
On election night, voters seem ready to reject higher taxes this election, no matter what’s being taxed or what’s being funded. Mail-in balloting means the election is not quite over, however, and results could change by May 6, the day the votes are certified. Read more
April 8, 2014
New: April 8, 9:14 a.m.
No one on the Sammamish City Council seemed particularly excited about endorsing a proposed tax increase to fund roads and King County Metro bus service, but they did it anyway.
On a 6-1 vote, the council endorsed a measure that will add one-tenth of one percent to the sales tax (one cent on a $10 purchase) and replace an expiring $20 car tab fee with a $60 car tab fee. Councilman Ramiro Valderrama was opposed. Read more
March 14, 2014
New: March 14, 1:13 p.m.
Rick Whitney is just the kind of person the Lake Washington School Board is hoping to reach when it presents voters with a new bond measure in April.
The Kirkland resident spoke at the March 3 school board meeting, and explained why he voted against the district’s $755 million bond measure in February. Whitney, who said he’d never before opposed a school request for funding, thought the bond measure was asking for too much overall, and that the cost of new schools was excessive. Read more
March 5, 2014
New: March 5, 11:12 a.m.
Klahanie-area residents have spoken — and 32 of them may make all the difference.
The final results of the Feb. 11 election are in. With 49 percent of registered voters casting a ballot, only 49.47 percent, or 1,504, voted for an Issaquah annexation. While 50.53 percent, or 1,536, voted against the measure.
Even with the narrow number of votes separating the sides, it is outside the 0.25 percent margin that would trigger an automatic recount. Though one side or the other could pay for one, no one has suggested they are willing to do so. Read more
February 27, 2014
New: Feb. 27, 11:14 a.m.
By Christopher Lopaze
WNPA Olympia News Bureau
Campaigns for dueling gun initiatives on this year’s ballot could bring national attention to Washington state, and contribute to an ongoing debate about gun laws across the United States.
Initiative 594 would enact statewide criminal background checks for all firearm transactions. That’s indirect conflict with Initiative 591, which would prohibit passage of any law expanding background checks unless a national standard is created. I-591 also prohibits confiscations of guns without due process.