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The political stakes in Auburn just went up!Auburn City Council member and potential mayoral candidate Virginia Haugen was found “not guilty” of the charge of… Continue reading
Heads up political fans: another race in 2012 just got a lot more interesting and a lot more local. Recently, State Auditor Brian Sonntag announced that he will not run for re-election next year.
What will the future bring? We don’t know for sure, but some things seem more likely than others, and of course, there’s always rumor and… Continue reading
There continues to be speculations about who will run for mayor of Federal Way, so I consulted my expert panel of advisors. Listed below is… Continue reading
The slow developing field of candidates for mayor and city council is now set. And there will be some good races in Federal Way.
What a difference a few months make. Mayor Jim Ferrell was for many years the feared enemy of those who wanted the Performing Arts and Conference Center (PACC) built.
A few years ago, the Mariners public relations theme to sell tickets was “The Mariners are Playing Hardball.”
There were some surprises in the numbers. In politics, if the incumbents attract less than 50 percent during the primary, then they are considered potentially vulnerable, as it serves as a bellweather for funding and support. Above 50 percent, they are considered in good position, and it will be an uphill battle for their opponent.
Federal Way made the news again recently: A former employee filed a claim for damages for $500,000 against the city and the municipal court, alleging… Continue reading
The last year has not been easy for the Federal Way school district.
Federal Way Public Schools Superintendent Rob Neu needed a game changer and may have found one as he recently recommended a controversial grading system be discarded.
The news that King County Assessor Scott Noble’s recent hearing on his DUI/vehicular assault charge had been canceled caught the attention of many in the… Continue reading
The first half of 2014 has been politically spectacular. A controversial superintendent, Rob Neu, leaving town for another job.
Economic development has been at the forefront of every Puget Sound city’s wish list. The competition among jurisdictions remains intense.
My recent two-part column about the change in Federal Way’s form of government resulted in several questions from readers. Under the theory that others might have the same questions, I will share them with you.
Many cities seek a community definition with the image their downtown presents. But Federal Way has evolved into what it is today, rather than having been planned.
What had been feared for many months jumped from rumor mill to reality last week as Weyerhaeuser announced it was ending its 40-year relationship with Federal Way and moving to Seattle.
Jim Ferrell has a chance to be a really good mayor, maybe even better than good. But he appears headed toward the same mistakes for which he criticized his predecessor Mayor Skip Priest.
The race between appointed incumbent Diana Noble-Gulliford and candidate Martin Moore should be the closest of the three city council races, and provides some interesting contrasts.