December 8, 2014
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Democrats pick Carol Gregory as top choice to fill seat of the late Rep. Roger Freeman

Democrats last week picked their top three choices to serve as representative from the 30th Legislative District for the next year until a special election can take place to fill the seat held by the late Rep. Roger Freeman.

The top pick is Carol Gregory, president of the Federal Way School Board and the former president of the Washington Education Association. The other two candidates are Richard Champion, a chemical engineer who volunteered with the SeaTac $15 minimum wage campaign, and Shari Song, a real estate agent who ran unsuccessfully against Mark Miloscia for the district’s Senate seat in last month’s election.

The King and Pierce county councils will pick an appointee from among the three candidates. The News Tribune has the story.

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New 'business-blue' coalition focuses on protecting Washington's trade status

By Eric Schinfeld, Washington Council on International Trade

As an advocate for international trade, I'm fortunate to work with some of the most innovative global brands in America today, witnessing companies whose efforts both distinguish them across the globe and also bring jobs and prosperity back to America's middle class. Last week, following our annual Washington Trade Conference, I introduced a panel discussion convened by partners from Keep Washington Competitive, a new coalition of business and labor leaders.

READ MORE: Click here for the full op-ed column in the Puget Sound Business Journal

Opinion: Gov. Inslee and Carbon Emissions Reduction Taskforce should carefully consider climate policy

By Mike Elliott, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

The low-carbon fuel standard the governor is considering by way of executive order could raise prices at the pump anywhere from 13 cents a gallon to $1.50. I'm told the purpose of the fuel standard is to encourage sustainable fuel production and use, with the ultimate goal being a reduction in carbon emissions (largely from cars and trucks operating on our roadways).

When considering climate change on a global scale, few would dispute the need to seek reductions in carbon emissions. But without a thorough understanding of potential impacts on fuel prices and, ultimately, jobs connected to transportation costs, further study of the fuel standard as a means of achieving reduced carbon emissions is warranted. While I'm all for lower carbon, cleaner fuels and better efficiency in our cars, trucks, industrial processes and lives, I cannot support taking action without knowing for certain we're not sending jobs out of the state or, worse, overseas where few standards, if any, exist.

READ MORE: Click here for the full editorial in The Seattle Times
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