Larry Springer seeks sixth term in house

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

Brendan Woodward makes run in 45th

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

Roger Goodman seeking a 5th term in state house

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

Joel Hussey running for 45th District house seat

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

Results shaky for ballot measures funding transit and schools

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

Sammamish City Council reluctantly endorses roads and transit measure

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

Lake Washington schools will try a different bond in April

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

Klahanie says no to Issaquah

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

Gun initiatives set to duel in November

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.

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Election night looks bad for Lake Washington Bond, good for Klahanie coming to Sammamish

February 11, 2014

Updated: Feb. 12, 3:01 p.m.

School levies in both of Sammamish’s major school districts passed easily, while a bond measure in the Lake Washington District looks to be in a close race.

Meanwhile, Sammamish’s neighbor to the south had a pair of votes with implications for Sammamish. Read more

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