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Palumbo sworn in, eager to get to work

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

OLYMPIA – With his wife, their three children, and a packed Senate gallery looking on, Sen. Guy Palumbo, D-Maltby, was sworn in last week to his first term in office representing the 1st Legislative District.

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Ferguson, Carlyle renew call on Legislature to enact ‘cooling off’ period from lobbying

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson and state Sen. Reuven Carlyle last week reintroduced their government ethics proposal to establish a one-year lobbying prohibition for former high-ranking state officials. The legislation also requires disclosure of where former officials are employed after state service, if they are paid by an entity that does business with or lobbies the state.
Under current law, many state officials and employees can leave a state job and start work the following day as a lobbyist paid to influence former colleagues.

In 2015, Washington received a D+ for government accountability from the Center for Public Integrity on its scorecard assessing our rules governing disclosure, accountability and influence peddling. While Washington ranked better than most states (coming in 8th overall), a key factor in Washington’s low grade is the lack of a “cooling off” period before public officials can lobby their former co-workers. The Center described this revolving door as a “big ethical loophole” in Washington.

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Northshore to offer full-day kindergarten for all in 2017-18

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

BOTHELL — The Northshore School District will provide full-day kindergarten for all families beginning in fall 2017.

“We are thrilled to provide full-day kindergarten for all incoming Northshore kindergarteners,” said Superintendent Michelle Reid. “Research shows that the longer school day experience benefits students academically and socially, with academic gains persisting into later grades.”

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