May 7, 2013
King County Executive Dow Constantine will join a discussion of controversial coal trains, coal ports and their impact on the Pacific Northwest at the May 15 meeting of Democrats in the 5th Legislative District in Issaquah. The public is invited. Read more
November 14, 2012
Republican Chad Magendanz triumphed in the race to represent the 5th Legislative District in the state House of Representatives, and in process, set up a vacancy on the Issaquah School Board.
Magendanz cruised to a comfortable lead against North Bend Democrat David Spring, ahead 56-44 as of Nov. 12.
Most of Sammamish had been in the 5th district until the redistricting took effect with this election. Read more
July 18, 2012
The next senator for the 5th Legislative District also held the post before the most recent occupant.
Republican Dino Rossi, a Sammamish resident, represented Sammamish in Olympia from 1997 until December 2003. In January 2004, Republican Cheryl Pflug succeeded Rossi and, after Pflug resigned to accept a state board post, King County Council members returned Rossi to the state Senate. Read more
May 2, 2012
Local legislators missed the most votes in the Legislature during the 2012 regular and special sessions.
The information, released April 24 in a report from the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization WashingtonVotes.org, ranks state Rep. Glenn Anderson at the top for both chambers, followed by state Sen. Cheryl Pflug and state Rep. Jay Rodne. Read more
February 1, 2012
New: Feb. 1, 8:40 p.m.
The Washington State Senate approved a bill to allow same-sex marriages by a vote of 28-21. Sen. Andy Hill, a Republican representing the 45th district supported the measure. Hill had not publicly announced how he would vote.
Sens. Cheryl Pflug (R-5) and Steve Litzow (R-41) had both previously said they would support the measure, and both followed through. Read more
January 9, 2012
In a campaign announcement focused on dollars for education, Chad Magendanz, a Republican and the Issaquah School Board president, entered the race Jan. 5 to represent the 5th District in the Legislature.
Magendanz, a Tiger Mountain resident in Issaquah, launched the local campaign season days after state leaders offered a re-contoured legislative district and a little more than a week after the longtime incumbent, GOP state Rep. Glenn Anderson, opted against running for the seat in 2012. Read more
January 2, 2012
New: Jan. 2, 10:18 a.m.
Sammamish’s state legislators will find themselves in a familiar position when they return to Olympia Jan. 9.
The sluggish economy means lower-than-expected tax receipts, which means last year’s approved budget for the upcoming fiscal year has a $1.4 billion hole. That number is actually closer to $2 billion if the legislature heeds Gov. Chris Gregoire’s call to preserve the state’s reserves. Legislators chipped away at that total during December’s special session, saving close to $480 million by cutting budgets at agencies like the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Department of Ecology and delaying payments to counties and school districts. Read more
December 28, 2011
New: Dec. 28, 10:23 a.m.
Sammamish’s most senior representative in Olympia — state Rep. Glenn Anderson — said Wednesday he does not intend to seek re-election next year and plans to retire after serving the 5th Legislative District for a dozen years.
Local voters elected the Fall City Republican in 2000 and subsequently in even-numbered years since. Anderson cruised to re-election last year against David Spring, the same candidate Anderson faced in a tight race in 2008. Anderson intends to serve through the remainder of his term, which expires next year. Read more
September 17, 2011
New: Sept. 17, 2:18 p.m.
Sammamish may get to know some new representatives in both Olympia and Washington D.C. next year.
The state redistricting committee released proposals of where to draw boundaries for congressional and legislative districts Sept. 13. Each of the four maps proposes changes to which districts cover the city. Read more
June 14, 2011
The lawmakers representing Sammamish and the 5th Legislative District in Olympia ranked near the top for the number of missed votes during the 2011 regular and special sessions.
The information, released June 1 in a report from the nonpartisan organization WashingtonVotes.org, shows state Rep. Jay Rodne missed 120 votes during the during the 60-day regular session and the 30-day special session due to family emergencies. State representatives held 714 roll-call votes during the sessions. Read more