December 28, 2011
Rep. Glenn Anderson is running for Washington state’s lieutenant governor office in 2012. He said Wednesday that he will make a formal announcement in early January.
He also said that he will not run for re-election to a seventh consecutive term as a state representative. Since 2000, he has represented the 5th Legislative District, which includes Snoqualmie Valley.
At least four candidates will by vying for the seat — Anderson, the incumbent Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, former state Sen. Bill Finkbeiner and an independent candidate, Mark Greene. All have filed with the state’s Public Disclosure Commission.
September 22, 2011
Washington State is in the midst of its once-a-decade chance to re-evaluate the lines on a map that create our Congressional and Legislative districts. Politics, of course, figure into the process.
Please, powers-that-be, draw the lines based on logical groups of people, not on how best to create districts safe for one party or the other.
Logic does not divide small cities. Logic does not have a district that encompasses large portions of both sides of the Cascades. Logic does not base district boundaries on today’s representation without acknowledging that elected officials and political leanings will change dramatically over the next decade.
April 27, 2011
Outdoors enthusiasts could start paying $30 to park at state trailheads and use state parks starting in July.
In a party-line vote April 21, the state House of Representatives passed legislation to create a Discover Pass for state parks and open spaces, including Mount Si, which draws about 500,000 visitors a year. The state Senate passed the measure in a bipartisan vote the previous day.
The legislation now heads to the governor. Gov. Chris Gregoire also proposed a user fee for state parks in a proposed budget released in December.
Once the legislation reaches the governor’s desk, she has 20 days to sign the measure into law.
March 9, 2011
Flooding is a part of life in the Snoqualmie Valley. It is a question of when, not if, the Snoqualmie River will spill over its banks.
That constant dynamic has kept the King County Flood Control District busy since it was created in 2007.
But falling house prices threatened the district’s ability to collect taxes this year. A state cap on property taxes for newer taxing districts threatened to cut off its revenue.
A last minute deal with eight fire districts saved the district’s 2011 levy. But the flood control district was expected to face the same problem in 2012.
The state Legislature has granted the flood control district at least a temporary reprieve.
November 9, 2010
NEW — 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 2010
The national GOP tsunami that swept Republicans into statehouses across the nation on Election Day was gentle surf in Washington.
Buffered by large majorities, Democrats kept control of both the state Senate and state House of Representatives. However, candidates from both parties stressed fiscal responsibility in their campaigns.
Republicans held onto the 5th Legislative District and picked up some seats in East King County, but fell short of the seven seats they needed to retake the state Senate.
Washington state Legislature faces tough task in balancing budget deficit after voters send anti-tax message
November 5, 2010
NEW — 6:15 p.m. Nov. 5, 2010
Washington State Legislators are reading one clear message in the results of the Nov. 2 election — no new taxes.
That won’t make the Legislature’s job writing a balanced budget for 2012-2013 any easier when it meets in Olympia in January. The state is expected to be short about $4.8 billion.
Raising taxes is a non-starter for many politicians after voters rejected new taxes and repealed an existing tax in several statewide tax initiatives. Voters also approved an initiative that makes it harder for the Legislature to raise new taxes.
November 2, 2010
UPDATED — 10:20 p.m. Nov. 2, 2010
State Reps. Jay Rodne and Glenn Anderson staked large leads in early election results Tuesday night. The two Republican incumbents jumped ahead of two weak challengers in the 5th Legislative District.
A proposition in King County to raise the sales tax by 0.02 percent to support public safety and criminal justice services was failing with less than 44 percent of early results in favor.
Three King County Charter amendments all led. Charter Amendment No. 3, which would give the King County Sheriff the ability to negotiate working conditions and hours with the King County Police Officers Guild, pulled in nearly 53 percent of initial results.
Republican Congressman Dave Reichert held off a spirited challenge from Democrat Suzan DelBene to represent Issaquah and the 8th Congressional District in the other Washington. DelBene conceded the race at a post-election party in Bellevue.
The U.S. Senate race remained too close to call Tuesday night. With 49 percent of votes counted, Dino Rossia, a Sammamish Republican, trailed incumbent Democrat Patty Murray, who had 50 percent of the vote. In King County, Murray had nearly 62 percent to Rossi’s 38 percent.
October 6, 2010
NEW — 11:51 a.m. Oct. 6, 2010
Republicans, re-energized after a decade of defeats and defections on the Eastside, hope to shift a handful of suburban districts back into the GOP column. Incumbent Democrats promise difficult fights to hold the territory.
Democrats hold sizeable majorities in Olympia. The party outnumbers Republicans 61-37 in the House of Representatives and 31-18 in the Senate. Gov. Chris Gregoire is also a Democrat.
“I think it’s probably a pretty safe bet that the Republicans will pick up some seats, but I don’t know how many,” Washington State University political science professor David Nice said. “My guess is that, no matter who ends up in majority status in either house of the Legislature that the majority is not going to be a very big one.”
July 29, 2010
NEW — 12:08 p.m. July 29, 2010
Snoqualmie Valley School Board member Scott Hodgins just signed up to put a lot more miles on his car. The school board elected him to serve as board legislative representative to Olympia at its July 8 meeting.
Board members Craig Husa and Dan Popp were not present, but school board President Caroline Loudenback and member Marci Busby voted for the motion.
Hodgins has served as board legislative representative since January, when he started serving on the board. Board member Rudy Edwards held the position until he retired in December.
June 11, 2010
Candidates to represent Snoqualmie Valley in Olympia readied campaign plans as the Friday deadline to file for election approached.