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Dino Rossi, the former state legislator who made unsuccessful runs for governor and U.S. senator, is returning to the state Senate to fill the vacant 5th District seat until after the November election.

Rossi was appointed July 9 to fill out the remainder of Republican Sen. Cheryl Pflug’s term. She resigned in May to accept a position on the state Growth Management Hearings Board.

The 5th District seat — which Rossi held from 1997-2003 when he was an influential senator on state budget matters — is up for election in November, but he is not a candidate. read more »


WASHINGTON — When it comes to the economy, half of Americans in a new poll say it won’t matter much whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney wins — even though the presidential candidates have staked their chances on which one would be better at fixing the economic mess.

People are especially pessimistic about the future president’s influence over jobs, according to the Associated Press-GfK poll. Asked how much impact the November winner will have on unemployment, 6 in 10 gave answers ranging from slim to none.

Yet the candidates, the polls and the pundits agree — the economy is the issue of 2012. Can either man convince voters that he would set things right? read more »


The board of directors for the Association of Washington Business has voted to endorse Republicans Rob McKenna and Reagan Dunn, as well as Democrat Jim McIntire, in their respective 2012 races for governor, attorney general and state treasurer. AWB is the state’s oldest and largest business organization.

The association’s endorsements come on the heels of the first debates of the 2012 campaigns, hosted Tuesday by AWB and Greater Spokane Incorporated in Spokane. AWB has hosted a debate between candidates for governor every election cycle since the 1992 race. Candidates and ballot measures must earn a 60 percent vote or better of the AWB board to earn an endorsement. read more »


Washington gubernatorial candidates Jay Inslee (D) and Rob McKenna (R) will debate for the first time June 12 during the annual spring meeting of the Association of Washington in Spokane.

Prior to their debate that will start at 3:30 p.m., state attorney general candidates Reagan Dunn (R) and Bob Ferguson (D) will participate in their inaugural debate of the campaign season, at 2 p.m.

AWB, the traditional host of gubernatorial debates since 1992, is co-hosting this year’s event with Greater Spokane, Inc. read more »

The Last Word

As you probably know, I have filed to run for the District 2, Kitsap County Commissioner position. To be honest, it was a decision that was as much of a surprise to me, as it may have been to many of you. I’d stated publicly, numerous times, that after losing re-election as Port Orchard’s mayor by five votes, after a very nasty campaign, that I didn’t particularly want to relive the election experience.

Losing that election was extremely hard on our family, and for reasons I won’t go into, particularly difficult for my wife, who endured months of harassing phone calls from blocked numbers. read more »


OLYMPIA — The Association of Washington Business has endorsed former Justice Richard Sanders in his bid to return to the state Supreme Court, as well as recently appointed incumbent Steve Gonzalez.

The endorsements came following an extensive process that included interviews with the candidates, a review of campaign materials and candidate questionnaires, and — in the case of incumbents — a thorough review of their records and their rankings in AWB’s Judicial Scorecard, which evaluates justices’ votes in cases of importance to the business community.

While Justice Gonzalez has been on the bench since his appointment by Gov. Chris Gregoire in January, too short a time to develop a track record, the committee that developed the endorsements was impressed his background as a trial judge and federal prosecutor, said Kris Tefft, AWB’s general counsel and director of AWB’s practice before the Supreme Court. read more »


Lary Coppola files to run for Kitsap County commissionerHe will run against incumbent Commissioner Charlotte Garrido in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary for the District 2 seat, which represents South Kitsap.

Coppola, 61, was elected mayor of Port Orchard in 2007 and was widely credited with improving the business climate as well as making city government more efficient and customer service oriented. During his four years in office, the city annexed McCormick Woods and the Bethel Corridor area that includes the Fred Meyer store and other significant commercial property that brought considerably more sales tax revenue to Port Orchard.

Coppola’s leadership in managing the city’s budget helped Port Orchard avoid staff and service cuts that many other cities had to make during the recession of the past few years. read more »


A Pierce County state legislator, Rep. Troy Kelley, D-Lakewood, recently announced his candidacy for State Auditor and will be holding community conversations in Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, Bremerton, Silverdale and Poulsbo on Wednesday, May 16.

Kelley will be discussing his views on the Auditor’s Office and how to hold government accountable to the citizens. He will be at the following locations: read more »


The Washington State Republican Party has announced that conservative columnist Michelle Malkin will be the featured speaker at the state convention’s banquet on May 31 in Tacoma.

Tickets are on sale for the convention banquet through the state Republican Party’s website.

The Republican state convention will run May 30-June 2 at the convention center in Tacoma.

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