House passes arthritis bill

October 5, 2010

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the landmark arthritis bill, the Arthritis Prevention, Control and Cure Act, Sept. 30.

The act had 179 cosponsors, including Rep. Dave Reichert. There was no record of which representative voted yea or nay available at press time.

About one in five Americans lives with arthritis. If passed, the act would strengthen and expand federally funded programs, including arthritis research, public health initiatives proven to help arthritis patients and improve access to pediatric rheumatologists.

Next, the act heads to the U.S. Senate. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray are cosponsors.

Issaquah arthritis advocates will celebrate the passing of the act at the Bellevue Arthritis Walk on Oct. 9. Learn more at www.arthritis.org.

Register to vote in November election by Monday

September 30, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 30, 2010

In order to vote in the November election, Washington residents must register to vote by Monday.

To register, a person must be a U.S. citizen, a Washington resident, at least 18 by Election Day and not under the authority of the state Department of Corrections.

Voters do not have to register by political party or declare political party membership in order to vote in primary or general elections.

Find a full list of requirements and registration forms at King County Elections.

Issaquah voters will decide legislative, judicial and congressional races in the Nov. 2 election, plus a measure to raise the county sales tax rate.

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Arthritis ambassador promotes awareness

September 28, 2010

Peggy Timmins (left) and Alicia Seidel, both of Issaquah, meet with Congressman Dave Reichert to discuss the Arthritis Prevention Control and Cure Act. By Laura Geggel

Issaquah’s Peggy Timmins has lived all over the world, and she sees no reason to slow down now, even with arthritis plaguing her hips, toes, knees and fingers.

In spite of her maladies, Timmins plans to attend the third annual Bellevue Arthritis Walk, where she will share information from the Arthritis Foundation and raise awareness about the federal Arthritis Prevention, Control and Cure Act.

So far, Timmins has participated in the Kitsap, Tri-Cities and Tacoma arthritis walks, and at every venue she gathers more signatures in support of the act. Read more

Arthritis advocates take case to congressman

September 28, 2010

Congressman Dave Reichert listened to Issaquah residents Peggy Timmins and 11-year-old Alicia Seidel talk about their support for the Arthritis Prevention Control and Cure Act at his office Sept. 17.

Reichert, who is a co-sponsor of the bill, said he was there to listen, but said it was unlikely Congress would pass the act this session because of the budget deficit. Read more

Dino Rossi strives to be comeback kid in Senate race

September 14, 2010

Former Issaquah legislator returns after dual losses

The story is classic Dino Rossi: a daunting policy issue framed as a kitchen table discussion.

Dino Rossi

Not long before the Sammamish resident and GOP standard-bearer decided to run for the U.S. Senate, son Jake had a question about the national debt.

“My 16-year-old asked me, ‘How much do I owe?’ Sixteen-year-olds shouldn’t be asking questions like that,” Dino Rossi recalled. “They should be asking, ‘Can I have the car keys? And get out the money while you’re giving me the car keys.’”

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President Barack Obama touts Issaquah businesses

August 24, 2010

Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria founder Joe Fugere (right, in black blazer) listens as President Obama talks to small business owners in Seattle. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (left) also attended the discussion. Contributed

The restaurant President Obama mentioned in a Seattle speech about small business last week: Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria in Issaquah.

The lender the president referred to a few sentences later: the former Issaquah Community Bank.

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State House hopefuls headed for ’08 rematch in 5th District

August 24, 2010

The race to represent Issaquah and the 5th Legislative District is a 2008 rematch.

State Rep. Glenn Anderson and Democrat David Spring faced off in the last election. Spring fell short to the Republican incumbent by about 2,200 votes. They meet again in the November election.

Sammamish Democrat Dean Willard — the candidate endorsed by the local and state party — failed to advance beyond the Aug. 17 primary, despite raising more money than Anderson and Spring combined.

Fall City resident Anderson received 58 percent of the vote, compared to 25 percent for North Bend resident Spring. Willard received 17 percent.

The district includes Issaquah, North Bend, Snoqualmie and other Eastside communities.

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State House hopefuls headed for ’08 rematch

August 18, 2010

NEW — 4:35 p.m. Aug. 18, 2010

State Rep. Glenn Anderson maintained a solid lead against Democrats David Spring and Dean Willard in election results released Wednesday afternoon.

Anderson received 58 percent of the vote, compared to 25 percent for Spring. Willard — the candidate endorsed by local and state Democrats — trailed at 16 percent.

The results set up a rematch between Fall City resident Anderson and North Bend resident Spring. The candidates faced off in 2008 for the opportunity to represent Issaquah and other Eastside communities. Spring fell short by about 2,200 votes.

In the neighboring legislative district, state Rep. Judy Clibborn held a double-digit lead over Bellevue Republican Stephen Strader, a first-time candidate. Clibborn, a four-term Democrat and Mercer Island resident, led in the contest, 53 percent to 39 percent.

Clibborn represents Talus, other Cougar Mountain communities and unincorporated King County in the Issaquah area.

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President Obama touts Issaquah businesses in Seattle speech

August 18, 2010

Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria founder Joe Fugere (right, in black blazer) listens as President Obama talks to small business owners in Seattle. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (left) attended the discussion. Contributed

UPDATED — 2 p.m. Aug. 18, 2010

The restaurant President Obama mentioned in remarks about small business Tuesday in Seattle: Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria in Issaquah.

The lender the president referred to a few sentences later: the former Issaquah Community Bank.

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Established candidates lead in initial election results

August 17, 2010

UPDATED — 8:50 p.m. Aug. 17, 2010

Incumbent candidates outpaced challengers in the initial election results released Tuesday night.

The primary set up a showdown for a 5th Legislative District seat in the state House of Representatives, a competitive congressional race and a chance to elect a judge to the King County District Court bench.

State Rep. Glenn Anderson, a Republican, outpolled Democrats Dean Willard and David Spring. Anderson polled 58 percent, Spring polled 25 percent and Willard polled 16 percent.

Unless Willard pulls ahead as ballots trickle in during the days ahead, the race will be a rematch of the 2008 contest between Anderson and Spring.

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