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March 27  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Lynnwood City Councilmen Loren Simmonds and Sid Roberts have declared their intentions to run for re-election.

Both have registered with the state Public Disclosure Commission as candidates.

Registration with the PDC allows candidates to raise and spend money for the coming election.



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March 27  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
April 28 is election day in many places around Washington but not here.

It is one of four dates during the year when cities, school districts and other government entities around the state can put tax levies and other measures on the ballot. No entity in south Snohomish County has done that.



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March 26  |  By Evan Smith, Herald writer
State Rep. Strom Peterson and State Sen. Marko Liias say they hope that the legislature will supply money for a study of what to do with railroad tracks through Edmonds.

Peterson, a former Edmonds City councilman, said last week that he, Liias and 21st District Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self have been working together to get the money.



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March 25  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Retired Lt. Col. Allen West, a former congressman from Florida, author of the 2014 book "Guardian of the Republic" and a contributor to Fox News, will be the featured speaker at the Snohomish County Republican Party Lincoln Day dinner Friday at the Xfinity conference center in Everett.



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March 24  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Retired Qwest Communications Public Policy Director David Teitzel has announced that he will run for the Edmonds City Council position that Councilwoman Joan Bloom now holds.

Bloom has not yet said whether she would seek a second four-year term in the coming election.



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March 24  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen used the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act to tout the virtues of the health care law.

Larsen said Monday that the law is working for thousands of families across Washington state, adding that people can get health care more easily as a result of the law.



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March 23  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
State Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe says she expects the current legislature to make what she calls a "significant investment" in basic education.



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March 19  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
A bill that State Sen. Marilyn Chase introduced to ensure that ratepayers have a voice in a city assumption of water or sewer districts is now under consideration in the state House of Representatives after it passed the Senate last week.

Democrat Chase says that the purpose of the bill is to give voters ultimate control over whether a city or town can assume jurisdiction of such districts.



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March 17  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
A bill offered by State Rep. Strom Peterson to create a paint-recycling program in the Department of Ecology will have a hearing Tuesday before a State Senate committee.

House Bill 1571 became Peterson’s first bill to clear the House of Representatives when it passed March 5.



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March 16  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Voters in the November election throughout Snohomish County will choose 15 members of a county charter-review commission.

County voters elect charter-review commissioners every 10 years for one-year terms. The commission can propose amendments to the county charter, proposals that the commission will send to the County Council, which will place them on an upcoming ballot.



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March 12  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Legislators from the 1st, 21st and 32nd districts will play host to town-hall meetings Saturday.



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March 11  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Legislators from the 21st District will hold a telephone town-hall event Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m.

Democratic State Sen. Marko Liias and Reps. Lillian Ortiz-Self and Strom Peterson will speak to constituents Wednesday in the first of two town hall meetings. The other will be an in-person event Saturday at Meadowdale High School.



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March 11  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
The 32nd Legislative District Democrats will discuss early endorsements, the 2016 presidential nominating process, and common-core education standards when they meet Wednesday in Shoreline.

The district includes Lynnwood, Woodway and nearby unincorporated areas of southwest Snohomish County, parts of Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace, the City of Shoreline, and part of Northwest Seattle.



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March 9  |  By Evan Smith
State Rep. Luis Moscoso's voting-rights bill passed the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday and went to the Republican-controlled State Senate, a day after Democratic State Sen. Marko Liias failed to convince Republicans to bring a companion bill to the floor for a vote.



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March 5  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
The Edmonds City Council has picked City Planning Board member Michael Jay Nelson to fill the council vacancy created when former Councilman Strom Peterson left in January to begin the term in the state legislature that he won in November.

The other six council members chose Nelson on the fourth ballot Tuesday, when he got the needed fourth vote to eliminate applicants Mario Brown and Neil Tibbott.



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March 4  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
State Rep. Derek Stanford says that a bill that the House of Representatives passed Monday would make college more affordable for active duty service members.



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February 27  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
A Mountlake Terrace legislator says that the Washington Voting Rights Act, which he sponsored, would make complaints of denial of rights simpler and less expensive for both sides.



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February 26  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
State Sen. Maralyn Chase and State Rep. Cindy Ryu will be hosts for a town-hall meeting Saturday, March 14* from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Shoreline Fire Department at 17525 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline.



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February 25  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
A bill that State Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe sponsored would require school athletes and their families to get, read and sign material about sudden cardiac arrest.

The bill recently passed unanimously in the Senate and went to the House of Representatives.

McAuliffe noted that sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in youth athletes.



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February 23  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Three of the 10 applicants for the vacant position on the Edmonds City Council now have registered their intent to run in the coming election.



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February 20  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
A bill sponsored by Democratic State Rep. Derek Stanford is aimed at prohibiting most future non-compete agreements in Washington.

The House Labor Committee approved HB 1926 Tuesday. It went to the Rules Committee Thursday.



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February 19  |  By Evan Smith
Democratic State Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe withdrew in late January as a co-sponsor of a proposal to amend the state constitution to stop petitioning for any citizen initiative that would keep the state from complying with balanced-budget requirements.

I wrote three weeks ago that McAuliffe had not been among the 34 senators who had signed on as sponsors of Senate Joint Resolution 8201.



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February 17  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Two of the 10 applicants for the vacant position on the Edmonds City Council say they expect to run in the coming election with or without getting appointed to the vacant position.

Both Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Adam Cornell and retired Qwest Communications Public Policy Director David Teitzel have registered with the state Public Disclosure Commission as candidates for the City Council.



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February 13  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
State Rep. Ruth Kagi and several other public officials spoke about the benefits of early childhood education at a hearing before the House committee on early learning and human services Jan 28.

Democrat Kagi, chairwoman of the committee, is the prime sponsor of the Early Start Act, House Bill 1491, which the committee approved Feb. 3.



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February 11  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
The Edmonds City Council will interview some of the candidates to fill the vacancy on the council before the Tuesday. Feb. 17, meeting and some after the meeting.

Council President Adrienne Fraley-Monillas said Tuesday, Feb. 10, that the schedule allows the Council to do everything that it needs to do in one night.



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February 10  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
A bill introduced by State Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self to help childhood victims of crime will get a hearing in the legislature Wednesday.

The bill is aimed at increasing awareness of an existing law that allows children who are crime victims to testify remotely.



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February 6  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Mountlake Terrace officials invite citizens, business owners and others to an hour of informal discussion over coffee Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion, 5303 228th St. S.W.



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February 6  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
State Sen. Marko Liias has introduced a bill to help communities reduce non-urgent 911 calls, avoid unnecessary but costly 911 trips and free responders for real emergencies.



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February 5  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
The Edmonds City Council has set Feb. 17 to interview the 10 people who have applied to fill the vacancy on the Edmonds City Council created when former Councilman Strom Peterson left to start the term in the State House of Representatives that he won in the November election.



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February 4  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
A clergywoman who twice traveled to Ferguson, Mo., after the events of last year will speak Sunday at the Richmond Beach Congregational Church in Shoreline.

The Rev. Da Vita D. McCallister will speak on racial justice at 7 p.m. Sunday, followed by a question-and-answer period.



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