May 5, 2015
In the past 10 years at The Issaquah Press, one topic has received the most website comments, the most letters to the editor and the most phone calls.
The police shootout with a gunman at Clark Elementary School? Elections? Annexations? Plastic bag ban? Growth? Development? Traffic?
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.
August 12, 2014
Like any responsible procrastinator I pride myself at waiting to the very last minute to complete any task. So, on election eve, realizing this was the last chance to exercise my right to vote in the primary, I finally opened the envelope from King County Elections that had been sitting on my kitchen table for at least a month.
With a sense of duty I read through the names on my ballot and filled in the corresponding oval as neatly as a person with zero small motor skills possibly could. I progressed rather quickly, coming finally to the list of people running for the judge position. Like most voters I know nothing about any of these people so I did what I always do…voted for the person whose name seemed the most normal.
August 12, 2014
People need to learn the difference between yield and merge
One of the reasons southbound traffic backs up on Front Street during evening rush hour is that drivers on Newport Way ignore the yield sign. (Please note, it reads: yield, not merge).
During the red light cycle on Newport, the cars on Front Street have the right of way. If Newport Way was posted no turn on red, it would allow traffic on each street a fair portion of the allotted time, and a smoother flow of traffic. This “no turn” sign could be limited to the hours of 3-7 p.m., which appears to be the most congested time period.
August 5, 2014
NEW — 9:09 p.m., Aug. 5, 2014
Incumbents lead the pack as King County announced the first tally of primary ballots Aug. 5.
Republican Rep. Dave Reichert shot out to an early lead in the 8th Congressional District race, gaining 29,727 votes or 59.45 percent. The Democratic challengers trailed with Jason Ritchie earning 15,710 or 31.42 percent and Keith Arnold receiving 4,469 or 8.94 percent.
In the 5th Legislative District representative race, Republican incumbent Chad Magendanz so far has collected the most votes in the race with 10,248 or 56.74 percent. Evergreen challenger Democrat David Spring landed in second place with 5,812 or 32.18 percent, while Democrat Colin J. Alexander and Ryan Dean Burkett fell behind with 1,222 votes (6.77 percent) and 758 votes (4.20 percent), respectively.
May 20, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. May 20, 2014
Local voters will have to choose candidates in two primaries in August.
King County candidate filing week ended May 16 with contested spots for local legislative district races.
In the state Legislature, Rep. Chad Magendanz (R-5th) seeks re-election after his first term against one of the two Democrats who filed to run against him.
December 31, 2013
2014 goals for a better Issaquah
The Issaquah Press presents its annual list of goals for the Issaquah area. A few are repeats from last year, still waiting to be accomplished but worthy of repeating.
February elections — The trio of school district levies, the Klahanie annexation decision and the repeal of the plastic bag ban are all up for a vote. The only good thing about the dismal turnout of voters in the November election is the easy assurance of getting enough voters to validate the school levy election. Let’s hope Issaquah voters get back on track and return their ballots in higher numbers in 2014.
Central Issaquah Plan — The redevelopment plan is in place and developers now know how to maximize the use of their property. One project has already been proposed. It will be interesting to see what other plans come forward and whether the CIP is achieving its goals.