Governor signs electric vehicle infrastructure bill

May 20, 2015

Legislation offering financial incentives for utilities to build electric vehicle charging-station infrastructure was signed into law May 11 by Gov. Jay Inslee. The measure was sponsored by State Rep. Chad Magendanz, R-Issaquah.

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Editorial — Tell customers about data breaches quickly

April 28, 2015

Premera’s decision to wait six weeks before notifying state authorities and customers about a major cyber attack on its system was inexcusable.

This is the same insurance giant that was warned by federal auditors last year that its network security procedures were inadequate. Customers entrusted Premera with their most personal information, from bank accounts and Social Security numbers to home addresses and medical records.

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Drive Electric Week car show on Sunday features fast, rare cars

September 20, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 20, 2014

More than 60 electric vehicles from the Northwest, including the world’s fastest street-legal all-electric car, will gather Sept. 21 in Issaquah at a car show celebrating National Drive Electric Week.

Among the new, rare and vintage conversion vehicles on display will be the first Fiat 500e in Washington as well as White Zombie, a 1972 Datsun that accelerates from 0-60 mph in less than 2 seconds, which owner/builder John Wayland is bringing from Portland.

The show is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, 98 N.E. Gilman Blvd.

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Rep. Chad Magendanz will give higher education perspective to workforce discussion June 18

June 17, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 17, 2014

Fifth District Rep. Chad Magendanz will take part in a discussion on higher education June 18.

“Closing the Skills Gap: How Higher Education, Business and Policy Can Collaborate,” will draw a diverse set of experts to discuss actions that more effectively integrate the collaboration between businesses and higher education institutions.

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Issaquah High School students receive C-SPAN prize, special visit

April 8, 2014

C-SPAN brought awards and a traveling studio to Issaquah High School students April 4.

Seniors Olivia Marcus and Paige Montague won third prize in the network’s 2014 Studentcam video competition, in which high school students tailor a message to Congress on what they see as the country’s most pressing issue.

By Peter Clark Olivia Marcus (left), one of Issaquah High School’s two third-prize winners in C-SPAN’s annual Studentcam competition, listens to C-SPAN Marketing Manager Heath Neiderer explain how the visiting media bus educates the public about the network’s public service.

By Peter Clark
Olivia Marcus (left), one of Issaquah High School’s two third-prize winners in C-SPAN’s annual Studentcam competition, listens to C-SPAN Marketing Manager Heath Neiderer explain how the visiting media bus educates the public about the network’s public service.

The duo submitted a video, “Clean Energy Legislation: A Message to the U.S. Congress,” which was chosen as one of 13 third-place winners from the western United States. They won framed awards and $750.

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State Rep. Chad Magendanz moves up to leadership position in House Education Committee

April 4, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 4, 2014

Freshman State Rep. Chad Magendanz (R-5th District, Issaquah) was named the new ranking Republican on the House Education Committee March 31.

Chad Magendanz

Chad Magendanz

The announcement came after Rep. Cathy Dahlquist (R-31st District, Enumclaw) resigned her committee position.

Magendanz moved up from the committee’s assistant ranking Republican, a position he has held since he was sworn in as a legislator.

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State representative asks 5th District residents to take online survey

January 18, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 18, 2014

With the state Legislature in session as of Jan. 13, State Rep. Chad Magendanz invites his 5th District constituents to take an online survey to help him know what they think about some of the issues in 2014.

Take the brief survey here.

Magendanz also welcomes comments directly to his office.

Mail them to 427 John L. O’Brien Bldg., P.O. Box 40600-0600, Olympia, WA 98504; call 360-786-7876; email at; or go online to


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Issaquah pushes for Legislature movement on transportation

January 14, 2014

Transportation will continue to top Issaquah’s wish list for this year’s legislative session.

At a casual breakfast meeting Jan. 6, city leaders met with local representatives and Issaquah’s lobbyist Doug Levy to discuss the regular session, which began Jan. 13. Fifth District Republican Reps. Jay Rodne and Chad Magendanz joined Democratic Sen. Mark Mullet in talking about the city’s interests in possible legislation.

“As you travel around the region, I imagine that every jurisdiction names transportation as the No. 1 concern, and Issaquah is no different,” new Mayor Fred Butler said. “Last year was a tough legislative session around a transportation package, because there wasn’t one.”

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Jay Rodne, Chad Magendanz host town hall

October 22, 2013

State Reps. Jay Rodne and Chad Magendanz will host a local Q&A town hall for constituents to learn more about topics of discussion in the 2014 legislative session beginning in January.

The town hall is from 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Eagle Room at the Issaquah Police Station, 130 E. Sunset Way.

No RSVP is necessary to attend. Those who are unable to attend are encouraged to email questions and comments to Rodne at and Magendanz at



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I-522 spurs opinions about genetically modified food

October 15, 2013

November’s ballot initiative to label genetically modified food has caused a large split between local action and out-of-state funding.

Initiative 522 will ask voters whether the state should enforce labeling on genetically modified foodstuffs when sold in Washington.

“This measure would require most raw agricultural commodities, processed foods, and seeds and seed stocks, if produced using genetic engineering, as defined, to be labeled as genetically engineered when offered for retail sale,” the Nov. 5 ballot reads.

The question has stirred the state on both sides of the Cascades, and Issaquah residents and leaders have taken to the issue.

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