First primary numbers find incumbents out front

August 12, 2014

Incumbents led the pack as King County announced the latest tally of primary ballots Aug. 8.

Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert shot out to an early lead in the 8th Congressional District race, gaining 35,979 votes or 58.97 percent. The Democratic challengers trailed with Jason Ritchie earning 19,479 or 31.93 percent and Keith Arnold receiving 5,440 or 8.92 percent.

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Local representatives missed few votes

June 3, 2014

For the first time in years, Washington Votes did not list local politicians at the top of its annual Missed Votes Report.

In the 2014 legislative session, Reps. Jay Rodne (R-5th, North Bend) and Chad Magendanz (R-5th, Issaquah) as well as Sen. Mark Mullet (D-5th, Issaquah) ranked low in the report.

Magendanz didn’t miss any votes and Mullet only missed two. Rodne missed the most out of local representation, with eight total.

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Lobbyist update finds silver lining in legislative clouds

May 13, 2014

Issaquah’s Lobbyist Doug Levy tried to make legislator lemonade out of the lemons given in the most recent legislative session.

He presented a post-session update to the City Council during the April 7 meeting and found some positive things to say about a relatively uneventful session.

“My sum up of this session would be there were certainly not areas where we feel like there was any significant harm done,” Levy said. “It’s just that I would have liked to be able to report more progress to you. It was a little bit more of a running-in-place kind of session.”

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Local representatives host telephone town hall

March 3, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. March 3, 2014

State Reps. Judy Clibborn and Tana Senn, Democrots, 41st Legislative District, host a telephone town hall from 6:10-7:10 p.m. March 4 to talk about their work in the state Legislature and the issues that matter most to them.

Under the telephone town hall format, thousands of constituents will receive automatically generated telephone calls to their homes in the 41st Legislative District at about 6:10 p.m.

Those who want to participate, but who aren’t called, can dial toll-free 1-877-229-8493 and enter PIN code 18646 when prompted. Constituents may ask questions for their representatives to answer live by pressing *3 on their phones during the call, and they may listen to the live conversation to hear the questions from their neighbors and Clibborn’s and Senn’s answers.

41st District lawmakers hold town hall meetings

February 18, 2014

Residents can join local legislators to discuss the ongoing session in Olympia at town hall meetings in Sammamish and Newcastle this Saturday.

Meet state Sen. Steve Litzow and state Reps. Judy Clibborn and Tana Senn — 41st Legislative District lawmakers — at the Feb. 22 meetings.

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Steve Litzow hosts telephone town hall

January 14, 2014

State Sen. Steve Litzow invites residents of the 41st District to join him for a telephone town-hall meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 16.

The one-hour forum will be largely question-driven by participants who will have the opportunity to discuss issues before the Legislature during the 2014 session.

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Tana Senn replaces Marcie Maxwell

September 10, 2013

Mercer Island City Councilwoman Tana Senn will fill the 41st District state representative seat vacated by Marcie Maxwell.

The Metropolitan King County Council appointed her Sept. 9. Senn had been the top choice of local Democratic Party officials to fill the vacancy created by Maxwell’s decision to join Gov. Jay Inslee’s education team.

Tana Senn

Tana Senn

It marks a quick political ascension for Senn, a 42-year-old consultant who worked for a national Jewish women’s organization before coming to the Seattle area about a decade ago.

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Mercer Island Councilmember Tana Senn likely to be tapped for state rep next week

September 5, 2013

NEW — 8:45 p.m. Sept. 5, 2013

Tana Senn

Tana Senn

Washington’s newest state lawmaker is likely to be Mercer Island City Councilmember Tana Senn, who likely will be appointed to the state House next week.

A Metropolitan King County Council committee unanimously voted this week to send Senn’s nomination to the full council on Monday, spokesman Al Sanders said. She had been the top choice of local Democratic Party officials to fill a vacancy created by former state Rep. Marcie Maxwell’s decision to join Gov. Jay Inslee’s education team.

If the selection is formalized, it will mark a quick political ascension for Senn, a 42-year-old consultant who work for a national Jewish women’s organization before coming to the Seattle area about a decade ago. Read more

Local legislator Marcie Maxwell takes position with state office

July 16, 2013

State Rep. Marcie Maxwell announced her resignation from elected office July 9 to accept a position with the state’s Legislative Affairs and Policy Office.

Maxwell will join the state office as the senior education policy adviser.

Rep. Marcie Maxwell

Rep. Marcie Maxwell

“I’ve been honored to serve the people of the 41st District in South and East King County, and believe that my new position in the governor’s office will continue my work on their priorities for our state,” Maxwell said in a statement.

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Legislators improve attendance in legislative, special session votes

July 16, 2013

In the 2013 legislative session for Washington, state Rep. Jay Rodne was No. 7 on the list of most missed votes of state lawmakers. tabulates and reports the information annually. The nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has been doing so every year since 2002.

Six local legislators missed fewer than three sessions.

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