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STATE SEN. MARALYN CHASE DRAWS A SERIOUS CHALLENGER — FELLOW DEMOCRAT JESSE SALOMON

The Seattle Times, October 17, 2018

By Joseph O’Sullivan, Seattle Times Staff Reporter

State Sen. Maralyn Chase of Edmonds has always cut her own path as a Democrat.

She’s made a sometimes-solitary push for an income tax, opposed Sound Transit expansion championed by her colleagues, and crossed the aisle to support controversial former GOP state Sen. Pam Roach.

This year, Chase’s outspoken streak could foil her re-election in the 32nd Legislative District.

Campaigning for her third Senate term, Chase faces a fellow Democrat in a race focused on both style and policy. Chase’s opponent, Shoreline Deputy Mayor Jesse Salomon, narrowly beat her in the August primary, and Salomon has been endorsed by both of the district’s Democratic representatives as well as King County Executive Dow Constantine and the mayors of Shoreline, Edmonds, Lynnwood and Woodway.

Several of those officials say Chase has insulted them, doesn’t listen to their concerns, or opposes policies preferred by other Democrats.

 
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Lawmakers are still telling lies about the Public Records Act bill — don’t fall for it

The Seattle Times, August 9, 2018

By Melissa Santos

Voters shouldn't be fooled by state lawmakers repeating debunked talking points about their recent attempt to squirm out of following the state's Public Records Act.

Nearly six months after citizens rose up against Washington lawmakers’ attempt to exempt themselves from the state’s Public Records Act, many legislators still don’t seem to get what the big deal was.

Or, equally likely, they are just playing dumb to dodge tough questions from voters on the campaign trail.

Take state Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Edmonds, who recently wrote an Op-Ed for the Shoreline Area News titled, “Let’s talk about public disclosure.”

OK, senator. Let’s talk.

 
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THE HERALD ENDORSES JESSE SALOMON FOR 32ND LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT

The Herald, July 25, 2018, 

By The Herald Editorial Board

The 32nd District straddles the border between Snohomish and King counties and includes parts of the cities of Lynnwood, Edmonds, Woodway and Shoreline. The district’s Senate race and both House races drew three candidates, meaning the primary election will determine the top two candidates in the three races for the General Election this November.

 
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THE TIMES RECOMMENDS: JESSE SALOMON FOR STATE SENATE, 32ND DISTRICT

The Seattle Times, July 5, 2018

By The Seattle Times editorial board

Former King County public defender Jesse Salomon is the best choice for state senator in Legislative District 32, which includes parts of Shoreline and Lynnwood. 

Jesse Salomon, a former King County public defender and current Shoreline City Council member, is the best choice for state Senate in the 32nd Legislative District.

Incumbent state Sen. Maralyn Chase was first appointed to the House in 2002 and has been a senator since 2010.

While Chase’s service is appreciated, Salomon offers new leadership that the Legislature needs. He brings expertise in criminal justice and challenges facing local government. 

 
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Opinion: Governor Jay Inslee must stand up for the people and veto legislative-secrecy bill

The Seattle Times,  February 26, 2018

By The Seattle Times editorial board

Washington state lawmakers have committed an egregious breach of the public trust. It now falls to Gov. Jay Inslee to correct the wrong born from their hubris.

The governor must veto Senate Bill 6617, a brazen attempt by lawmakers to exempt themselves from the state’s Public Records Act. These elected officials are evading the ruling of a judge and contradicting Attorney General Bob Ferguson, both of whom said legislators are subject to the law.

 
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Washington state lawmakers make speedy move to shield their records from the public

The Seattle Times, February 24, 2018

By Joseph O’Sullivan, Seattle Times Olympia bureau

OLYMPIA — Forget everything you ever learned about how a bill becomes a law. Forget those public hearings, floor debates and deliberations.

With breathtaking speed, Washington lawmakers passed a bill Friday that removed themselves from the state’s voter-approved Public Records Act — keeping years of emails and other documents off-limits and making the Legislature its own gatekeeper when it comes to secrecy.

Senate Bill 6617 passed the Senate, without debate, 41-7. Minutes later, House lawmakers approved it 83-14.

Legislators passed the bill only 48 hours after it became public.

 
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SOME WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATORS POCKET THOUSANDS IN EXTRA-SESSION EXPENSE PAYMENTS

The Seattle Times, September 11, 2017

By Joseph O’Sullivan, Olympia Bureau

OLYMPIA — With the Washington Legislature this spring and summer mostly mired in gridlock, Democratic state Sen. Bob Hasegawa cranked up his campaign to become Seattle’s next mayor.

But as he attended debates and community events in his bid to replace Ed Murray, Hasegawa continued to collect the $120 in daily expenses, commonly called per diem, that lawmakers routinely take while the Legislature is in session.

Apart from four days around his official campaign kickoff in May, Hasegawa claimed his expenses every day possible during this year’s legislative season, state records show.

That added up to $22,680 for Hasegawa across lawmakers’ record-long 193 days in Olympia, which included a trio of contentious, 30-day overtime special sessions.