Lack of youth vote is disappointing

September 6, 2011

Hall Monitor Kim Bussing Issaquah High School

It should come as no surprise that general voter participation in the United States is significantly lower than it was 40 years ago. Our nation, which, ironically, has tried to promote democracy and fair voting standards in foreign areas, has some of the lowest voter participation in developed countries.

However, recent statistics have revealed that perhaps it is not the lack of concern on the part of the overall population, but it is the youth — encompassing anyone under age 25 — who have been avoiding polls and recycling mail-in ballots.

In fact, 86 percent of anyone older than 65 has expressed interest in following current political issues; that number decreases to about 36 percent with the younger generation. What has prompted the youth’s poor regard towards partisan concerns? Dismay over the current state of politics, concern that their vote carries no weight or simply general apathy? Regardless of the reason, lack of information about presidential contenders and the general political atmosphere is rampant amongst students beginning to exercise their electing power for the first time.

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Democrats elect 5th Legislative District officers

March 8, 2011

Democrats in the 5th Legislative District elected Maple Valley resident Jim Baum as chairman Jan. 19.

The district stretches from Issaquah to Snoqualmie Pass, and from Sammamish to Maple Valley. The organization represents the Democratic Party in the 5th District.

“I think we have turned an important corner in politics,” Baum said in a statement. “Conservative right-wing candidates like Sarah Palin have crested. It’s all downhill from here for Republicans.”

The biennial reorganization also shuffled other leadership positions.

The leadership team includes Sammamish resident Robyn Scola as first vice chairwoman, Sammamish resident Dorothy Willard as second vice chairwoman, Issaquah resident Jennifer Sutton as state committeewoman, and Maple Valley resident Mike Barer as state committeeman.

Sutton just completed a two-year term as chairwoman.

Members also elected Di Irons as secretary; Gloria Hatcher-Mays as treasurer; August Luniuck Rakita and David Spring as delegates to King County Democratic Central Committee; and Sadie Maloney and Konrad Roeder as alternate delegates. The group also elected Snoqualmie resident Scott Williams to the new role of communications director.

Democrats elect 5th Legislative District officers

January 25, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 25, 2011

Democrats in the 5th Legislative District elected Maple Valley resident Jim Baum as chairman last week.

The district stretches from Issaquah to Snoqualmie Pass, and from Sammamish to Maple Valley. The organization represents the Democratic Party in the 5th District.

“I think we have turned an important corner in politics,” Baum said in a statement. “Conservative right-wing candidates like Sarah Palin have crested. It’s all downhill from here for Republicans.”

The biennial reorganization also shuffled other leadership positions.

The leadership team includes Sammamish resident Robyn Scola as first vice chairwoman, Sammamish resident Dorothy Willard as second vice chairwoman, Issaquah resident Jennifer Sutton as state committeewoman, and Maple Valley resident Mike Barer as state committeeman.

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Dino Rossi ends speculation, enters U.S. Senate race

June 1, 2010

Dino Rossi

Dino Rossi — the former Issaquah representative in the state Senate and the Republican nominee for governor in 2004 and 2008 — has entered the race to unseat U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.

In a short video posted on his campaign website early May 26, the Sammamish resident joined a crowded field seeking the GOP nomination — and ended months of speculation about whether he might enter the race.

“I know I won’t be able to look at my children and, someday, their children in the eye if I do nothing while this fundamental redefinition of America continues unchecked,” Rossi said in the announcement. “I believe the policies being passed in Washington, D.C., have put us on the edge of a fiscal cliff.”

The eventual nominee will face Murray, a three-term Democrat, in November. Before Rossi can take on Murray, however, he must contend with Republican challengers. Other candidates pledged to remain in the race, despite the advantage Rossi enjoys in support and statewide name recognition.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has endorsed another candidate, Clint Didier, a Pasco farmer and former NFL player, on Facebook and Twitter. The field also include Rossi’s former state Senate colleague, Vancouver Republican Don Benton.

Voters will winnow the entire field, regardless of party affiliation, to two candidates in the Aug. 17 primary election. The top candidates advance to the November general election.

Rossi represented Issaquah, Sammamish and other 5th Legislative District communities in the state Senate from 1997 until late 2003. He resigned to campaign full time for the Governor’s Mansion. King County Council members appointed then-state Rep. Cheryl Pflug to the seat.

In 2004, Rossi lost the closest gubernatorial election in U.S. history to Chris Gregoire. Only 133 votes separated the candidates.

Rossi then fell short in a 2008 rematch against Gregoire. The former state senator launched both gubernatorial campaigns from Village Theatre in downtown Issaquah.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

Sammamish resident Dino Rossi ends speculation, enters U.S. Senate race

May 26, 2010

NEW — 7:25 a.m. May 26, 2010

Dino Rossi — the former Issaquah representative in the state Senate and the Republican nominee for governor in 2004 and 2008 — has entered the race to unseat U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.

In a short video posted on his campaign website early Wednesday morning, the Sammamish resident joined a crowded field seeking the GOP nomination — and ended months of speculation about whether he might enter the race.

The eventual nominee will face Murray, a three-term Democrat, in November. Before Rossi can take on Murray, however, he must contend with Republican challengers. Other candidates pledged to remain in the race, despite the advantage Rossi enjoys in support and statewide name recognition.

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The Hot List

February 23, 2010

- Movie: ‘Shutter Island’

Ehrik Aldana

Touted as filmmaker Martin Scorcese’s first venture into the horror genre, “Shutter Island,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, follows a U.S. marshal’s venture onto an island for the criminally insane. The film is adapted by the novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane, author of other novels adapted into film, including “Mystic River” and “Gone Baby Gone.” Read more

Iditarod docudrama excites race communications coordinator

September 23, 2008

Issaquah resident Bernadette Anne, communications coordinator for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, shows the snow parka and hat she wears while in Alaska. Photo by David Hayes

Issaquah resident Bernadette Anne, communications coordinator for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, shows the snow parka and hat she wears while in Alaska. Photo by David Hayes

Bernadette Anne has participated in all but two Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Races in Alaska since 2000 as a volunteer at some level before ascending to communications coordinator this year.

The Issaquah resident has worked several checkpoints along the more than 1,000-mile route and has flown the course by charter plane to follow the action.

But even Anne has not seen or experienced all that the mushers and their dogs survive to make it from Anchorage to Nome.

Until now.

Anne is highly anticipating a new docudrama produced by the makers of the Discovery Channel’s show, “Deadliest Catch.” Premiering at 10 p.m. Oct. 14 is “Toughest Race on Earth: Iditarod.”

“If you’ve seen ‘The Deadliest Catch,’ then you’ll understand how it’s filmed the same way,” Anne said. “During this six hour series, you can watch this year’s race as it happened.”

The Discovery Channel flew a crew of 20, including Read more