November 17, 2009
The next No. 2 man in King County government will be Fred Jarrett, the Mercer Island Democrat who represents southwest Issaquah in the state Senate. Read more
November 17, 2009
Early signs from county exec are encouraging
In the weeks since King County voters picked Dow Constantine as next county executive, the leader-in-waiting has taken several steps to include Issaquah and Eastside voices in the transition. We applaud these efforts. Read more
November 10, 2009
Issaquah Councilman Fred Butler will advise Dow Constantine as the King County executive-elect prepares to take office Nov. 24. Read more
October 13, 2009
King County executive race
King County executive candidates Dow Constantine and Susan Hutchison are engaged in a down-to-the-wire push to appeal to Eastside voters. But political experts said the effort by the candidates, both Seattleites, could be difficult.
March 16, 2009
NEW — 7 p.m. March 16, 2008
State Sen. Fred Jarrett, who has been considering running for county executive in November, said he’s entering the race.
Two King County Council members — Larry Phillips and Dow Constantine, both of Seattle — announced earlier this year they were entering the race to replace Ron Sims as county executive.
Jarrett said he’d offer voters an alternative to a Seattle-based politician for the executive post.
February 9, 2009
The Municipal League of King County has named Mayor Ava Frisinger Public Official of the Year.
The award is given to a public official or department head who in addition to routine service, has brought to the office outstanding innovations or contributions.
“It’s good to see Issaquah recognized regionally and I’m very happy for that,” Frisinger said.
She is the first individual from Issaquah to receive a Municipal League Civic Awards honor since the awards’ inception in 1960. In 2002, Chevrolet of Issaquah won business of the year honors. In 2007, then-State Rep. Fred Jarrett was named Public Official of the Year. Jarrett represents the 41st District that includes a portion of Issaquah. Read more
January 5, 2009
When the Legislature convenes Jan. 12, its members will attempt to accomplish one primary task during their 105-day session: close a budget gap of $5.7 billion. The whopping deficit is largely due to the national economic depression, according to a statement issued by Gov. Chris Gregoire with her budget proposal. Sharp declines in consumer spending have dramatically reduced state sales tax revenues, the backbone of the budget.
January 5, 2009
The Legislature convenes Jan. 12 with the daunting task of closing a projected $5.8 billion shortfall.
Last month, Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed slashing more than $3.5 billion in funding for schools, social services and other areas to close the biggest budget shortfall in state history.
In addition to budget cuts, Gregoire proposes using $609 million from the state’s rainy-day fund. She’s also banking on the federal government sending the state at least $1 billion to help pay for Medicaid and welfare programs. Read more
December 2, 2008
The majority of voters in Issaquah’s two legislative districts voted party line — 5th District voters re-elected incumbent Republicans and the 41st District voted in a slate of Democrats. Read more
November 11, 2008
Other incumbents win easily, ballot issues also decided
Apart from momentous results in the race for U.S. president, the Nov. 4 election also delivered important decisions for regional races and issues. Read more