December 9, 2019
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Gael Tarleton announces run for Secretary of State against incumbent Kim Wyman

Democratic state Rep. Gael Tarleton has announced that she will run against Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman in 2020.

Tarleton is a four-term legislator from the 36th District and a former Port of Seattle Commissioner. Before running for office, she was a defense analyst at the Pentagon.

Wyman, a former Thurston County auditor, was first elected to the post in 2012 and defeated Democrat Tina Podlodowski.

Tarleton joins fellow Democrat Jeff Winmill, a Seattle attorney, in announcing challenges to Wyman.

While Wyman is one of the few Republicans to hold statewide positions anywhere on the continental West Coast, she is also only the latest Republican to hold the Secretary of State position, which has been held by a member of the GOP since 1964.

The Seattle Times has more.

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Spreading Christmas Joy

Vote on U.S., Mexico, Canada trade agreement for the sake of Washington's economic growth

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

Washington's Congressional delegation and Gov. Jay Inslee should advocate strongly for prompt approval of the new trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

The nearly complete agreement is enormously important to Washington's economic growth and job creation. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) also substantially improves environmental and labor protections over NAFTA, the 1994 agreement it will replace...

Inslee's support is important. He was a strong advocate for NAFTA while in Congress in the 1990s.

But campaigning for president last summer, Inslee was skeptical of USMCA, siding with wary unions and environmental groups seeking more aggressive mandates...

With Inslee now seeking another term leading trade-dependent Washington, he should be more publicly supportive of progress USMCA makes and benefits it would bring the entire state.

Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times
Speak up

Survey on Snake River dams is online. Help protect the region's economy and fill it out

By The Tri-City Herald Editorial Board

We know December's to-do list is already long, but we've got an important task that must be added to your check-off list: Please fill out the state survey on the Snake River dams.

It can be found at

Don't delay.

We have been critical of this state effort since its proposal nearly a year ago, but now that written comments are being taken we encourage people to fill out the survey and let their voices be heard.

Read the full editorial in the Tri-City Herald.