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Happening in Olympia
“He should not expect the hardworking taxpayers to shoulder the cost of additional security,” said Sen. Sharon Brown (R-Kennewick). Senator Brown sponsored an amendment that would have redirected $3.4 million from Inslee’s campaign security and spent it on breast, cervical and colon cancer screenings. Democrats voted it down. “When he decided to run for governor, he resigned from Congress,” Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, said. “That’s up to him. He could either resign or have his campaign pay for it.” (Spokesman Review)
The state House of Representatives approved a bill to build a new state library-archives building in Tumwater. The construction would be funded by an increase in fees county auditors charge the public for filing real estate transactions, marriages and births. A $4 fee on documents recorded by county auditors statewide would be eliminated after the building is paid for, Secretary of State Kim Wyman said. (The Olympian)
The Washington State Bar Association is running into turmoil, with allegations of mismanagement against a faction of its governing board, workplace investigations and the resignation of an influential fundraiser. One major lawsuit centers around the WSBA Board of Governors’ recent dismissal of Paula Littlewood, the former executive director. The suit alleges the firing of Littlewood was done out of spite and to deflect attention from the disputed sex-harassment claims against board member Dan’L Bridges. (Seattle Times)
Seattle School Board member Zachary DeWolf declared his candidacy for Kshama Sawant’s city council seat. “I truly believe that when we come together, when we think about solutions creatively and we have some hard conversations with our neighbors,” DeWulf said. His candidacy shouldn’t be discounted, as he already holds endorsements from Teresa Mosqueda and Lorena González. (Crosscut)
Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan is running for the only seat on the council that is elected city wide – city council president. Fagan co-hosts a conservative radio show and has worked with initiative activist Tim Eyman. Fagan said if elected he will work with the administration to ensure the city “gets back to its basic mission” of ensuring its citizens quality of life. (Spokesman Review)
The Yakima City Council held a special meeting last night to review board and committee assignments. The review comes after the council voted to remove Councilwoman Kay Funk from seven boards. City spokesman Randy Beehler said that alternates already exist for some of the positions. Council members listed as alternates, who will take over Funk’s former positions. (Yakima Herald)
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