January 6, 2020
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Strickland, Reeves announce run for Congress

Marilyn Strickland announced her run for Congress just a few days before Christmas. Strickland is the current CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and a former mayor and city councilor from Tacoma.

"Mayors get things done, and I'll take that same focus and energy to represent the 10th District in the other Washington," Strickland said in a statement. "…Now more than ever we need to send a progressive leader to Congress who can stand up for our values and knows how to get things done."

Former State Rep. Kristine Reeves, D-Federal Way, resigned from the Legislature last month and announced her run for Congress today.

"I'm a working mom with two young kids, who has tried to take on politics as usual, to invest in education and make life a little easier for middle-class families," Reeves said in a statement.

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Forward into Space Investment

Federal space push is an opportunity for Washington

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

The new federal Space Force received just $40 million in the $738 billion defense budget that Congress recently approved.

That amount is as comical as the name Space Force, which sounds like something from a low-budget sci-fi movie.

But that belies serious effort and spending the federal government is now devoting to space activities. Snickering aside, this should renew Washington state efforts to be sure its universities, workers and growing cluster of space companies play substantial roles in these national investments.

As the nation increases space investment, legislators and Gov. Jay Inslee should nurture and grow space research, development and manufacturing in Washington, building on its historical leadership in aerospace and software.

Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times