Rep. Jay Rodne criticized for Facebook remarks on Muslims

November 23, 2015

NEW — 1:05 p.m. Nov. 23, 2015

By Joseph O’Sullivan
Seattle Times Olympia bureau

Rep. Jay Rodne, R-Snoqualmie, came under fire the week of Nov. 16 for comments he made regarding Muslims, including referring to them as “barbarians” and accusing President Obama of trying to import 1.5 million Muslims into the U.S.

State Rep. Jay Rodne

State Rep. Jay Rodne

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Honor veterans at Memorial Day service

May 22, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 22, 2015

The community is invited to honor its veterans at a special Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. May 25.

(On Saturday, May 23, the VFW and Troop 709 will decorate veteran graves with flags and crosses at 9 a.m., rain or shine. The public is invited help.)

The Issaquah Veterans of Foreign Wars will again produce the annual Memorial Day ceremony at Issaquah’s Hillside Cemetery. The cemetery is between Mountain Park Boulevard and West Sunset Way — just west of and above Newport Way.

State Rep. Jay Rodne will be the guest speaker. Rodne has served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for the past 20 years.

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Jay Rodne hosts telephone town hall June 25

June 17, 2014

State Rep. Jay Rodne, R-Snoqualmie, invites constituents of the 5th Legislative District to take part in an hour-long telephone town hall 6:30 p.m. June 25.

Residents can participate by dialing 1-800-773-9429 toll free shortly before the town hall begins. At any time during the call, listeners can get in the queue to ask a question by pressing the star (*) key on their telephone keypads.

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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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State transportation system faces failure without reforms

November 19, 2013

Here we go again — talk of yet another special legislative session this year to pass a proposed $12.3 billion transportation tax package.

I will not support a tax proposal, which could include an 11 1/2-cent gas tax increase and a host of new and higher fees, while serious transportation project reforms are needed and folks are struggling to make ends meet.

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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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