State Reps. Jay Rodne and Chad Magendanz host town hall Sept. 26

September 24, 2013

As part of their listening tour of the 5th Legislative District, State Reps. Jay Rodne and Chad Magendanz will host an informational transportation meeting in Issaquah Sept. 26.

The meeting — from 6-7:30 p.m.
at the Issaquah Police Department, Eagle Room,
130 E. Sunset Way — will include local transportation leaders as well as a representatives from the state Department of Transportation.

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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.

WashingtonVotes.org 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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Issaquah legislators improve attendance, special session votes

July 9, 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.

WashingtonVotes.org 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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Chad Magendanz fills House leadership role

June 13, 2013

NEW — 11:50 a.m., June 13 2013 

State Rep. Chad Magendanz (R-5th District) was chosen by his colleagues to fill the role of assistant floor leader for the House Republican Caucus.

The assistant floor leader is a key member of the leadership team that helps coordinate the debate on the House floor.

Rep. Steve O’Ban previously served in the role. After the death of Sen. Mike Carrell last month, O’Ban was called to replace him in the Senate, leaving the position open. The House Republican caucus voted to appoint Magendanz the new assistant floor leader.

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Republicans vote both sides of abortion issue

March 12, 2013

Issaquah’s 5th District Republican representatives split on a recent vote of a controversial bill.

The Reproductive Parity Act passed the state House of Representatives March 1, mostly along party lines, with a vote of 53-43. Its language would require health insurance providers who cover live births to cover abortions. With those in favor wanting to protect the coverage of pro-choice options and those opposed attempting to protect a provider’s core values, 5th District representatives Chad Magendanz and Jay Rodne played interesting roles.

Magendanz, of Issaquah, was the only Republican in the majority of voters. He took a fiscal view of the bill that separated him from his party.

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Five apply for open Issaquah School Board seat

February 19, 2013

Five people have applied for the school board seat left vacant by Chad Magendanz, who resigned Jan. 9 to serve in the state Legislature.

The position represents Issaquah’s fourth district, which spans from the Issaquah Highlands through the downtown corridor and south to Tiger Mountain and Mirrormont. Anyone who lives in that area was welcome to apply for the seat, and had to have his or her application turned in to the Issaquah School District by Feb. 14. By the time the 4 p.m. deadline came by that day, five people — Lisa Callan, Margo Campbell, Alison Meryweather, Justin Park and Justin Rolfe — had their hat in the ring.

The current school board members will review the five applications and have scheduled candidate interviews for 6 p.m. March 6. If a second round of interviews is needed, those will be March 20. Whoever is appointed to the position will serve out Magendanz’s term through November.

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Editorial

February 5, 2013

Separating education is not a budget solution

Last week, the state House of Representatives split along party lines on a proposal to create a separate budget for K-12 education funding. If approved, the education budget would need to have been funded before the state could look at its other obligations.

It’s just not that simple.

House Republicans said their proposal to split the budget was meant to address the state Supreme Court’s 2012 decision that the Legislature wasn’t funding education properly. That might be more believable if they hadn’t been pushing the measure every year since 2006.

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Ex-legislator Glenn Anderson applies for Port of Seattle seat

February 5, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 5, 2013

Former state Rep. Glenn Anderson is among 29 applicants for a vacancy on the Port of Seattle Commission — a group of officials responsible for overseeing the Port of Seattle and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Glenn Anderson

Glenn Anderson

The ex-legislator and Issaquah Republican is invited to address the commission, or submit a statement, Tuesday. The commission is interviewing applicants for a seat left open after former Commissioner Gael Tarleton resigned Jan. 31 to serve in the state House of Representatives.

The commission is allowed 90 days to appoint Tarleton’s successor under state law.

“We are pleased with both the number and quality of the commission applicants,” commission President Tom Albro said in a statement released Monday. “We are looking forward to hearing from each of these candidates tomorrow afternoon.”

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Maple Hills Elementary School students visit Capitol

January 29, 2013

The fourth-grade students of Maple Hills Elementary School got an inside look at how laws are made Jan. 17 when they visited the state Capitol in Olympia.

While there to learn about state government, the children met up with state Rep. Chad Magendanz, R-Issaquah, and asked him questions about his new job.

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Issaquah School Board seeks applicants for vacancy

January 22, 2013

A seat on the Issaquah School Board is up for grabs.

Board member Chad Magendanz left the position when he resigned Jan. 9 in order to start his new job in the state Legislature.

The remaining four board members have 90 days to appoint a new representative from Issaquah’s fourth district, from the Issaquah Highlands through the downtown corridor south to Tiger Mountain and Mirrormont.

All voting-aged residents of that area are invited to apply for the position by 4 p.m. Feb. 14. The new member would need to serve the remainder of Magendanz’s term, through November 2013.

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