TNT: Why vape shops in Washington are welcoming new state regulations, but concerned about federal rules

"But state Sen. Bruce Dammeier, R-Puyallup, who sponsored Washington state’s less restrictive rules, said placing costly regulations on e-cigarettes has risks. While vaping isn’t healthy, he said, it’s a better alternative to cigarettes and should stay cheaper to discourage cigarette use.

'At this point I believe we have a vested interest in people who are smoking switching to vaping,' he said. 'For (people who vape) to have a little more money in their pocket as the result of that decision, I’m OK with that.'

Dammeier is not alone in thinking smokers should vape if they can’t kick their nicotine addiction. A major medical organization in the United Kingdom has been urging cigarette users to vape instead if they can’t quit, because it says studies show vaping is less harmful than smoking. Smoking kills nearly 500,000 people a year in the U.S. and 6 million people worldwide, according to the U.S. Center For Disease Control."

Read more of this story by Walker Orenstein at The News Tribune.

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Newsletter: Support from Every Corner of Pierce County

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Friends,
 
The campaign is in full swing! We are busy with forums, doorbelling, fundraising, and more. We still have hard work to do, but it has been a fun summer. Please keep an eye on the mailbox for your ballot. Military ballots will arrive on or before Friday, September 23rd, and local ballots around Friday, October 21st.

Another Key Community Endorsement: Kathy Yang from the Puyallup School Board
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Kathy has served on the Puyallup School Board since 2013. She is a graduate of both Northwestern University and the University of Washington Law School, and I strongly believe she embodies some of the best new talent we have in local leadership. Honored to have her support!
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Newsletter: Supported By Leaders Countywide

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Friends,

I want to thank you again for the strong turnout in the Primary Election. I believe candidates should work hard to earn the support of their communities and work even harder once elected. We are running a robust campaign, and the Primary results reflected our efforts. Now we are going even harder and continuing to build momentum for the November 8th General Election.
 
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TNT: Where Talbert and Dammeier stand on a potential mental health sales tax

"Still, Dammeier represents an intriguing new character in Pierce County’s ongoing mental health tax drama. As a member of Pierce County’s delegation in the Legislature, having spent time in both the state House and Senate, he tells me that Pierce County’s refusal to pass the tax often meant he and his colleagues felt like they were 'sent down (to Olympia) with one arm tied behind our back.'

In other words, Dammeier has the potential to bring a different perspective to one of the key impediments Pierce County has had when it comes to finally implementing a mental health sales tax: the tired squabble over who’s responsible for paying for mental health services, the county or the state."

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Narrows bridge: Dammeier understands unfair tolls (TNT Letters)

"The state Legislature authorized $4.65 billion, including $1.6 billion from the latest gas tax increase, to construct the State Route 520 bridge across Lake Washington. Officials proudly state that $1.2 billion in toll revenue will be generated to help pay project costs. But that is only 26.32 percent of total costs.

Tacoma Narrows Bridge users have been strapped with 100 percent cost payback through tolls by the worst bond package ever sold by the state of Washington. How much of the recent gas tax increase (that we also pay) was dedicated to the Narrows Bridge? Zero.

Sen. Bruce Dammeier is one of the few in Olympia that understand the impact tolls have on our economy as well as the unfair impact on hard working people of Pierce County. That’s why I’m supporting Dammeier as our next Pierce County executive."

Randy Boss, Gig Harbor

Continue reading this and more Letters to the Editor at The News Tribune.

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On to the General!

Friends,

I really appreciate the tremendous support from the voters in yesterday’s primary. We had a very strong field of Republicans, and they ran good races. Our campaign team is better experienced from such stiff competition.

Dan Roach congratulated me this morning on our victory. We are both focused on working together for Pierce County.

Now we move on to November and defeating Rick Talbert. We must restore a county government dedicated to serving citizens and building a stronger future for us all.

 

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TNT: Talbert, Dammeier will vie for Pierce County executive

"Republican state Sen. Bruce Dammeier and Democratic Pierce County Councilman Rick Talbert will compete in November to run Pierce County government as the county executive."

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Newsletter: Tuesday's Our Big Day

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Friends,
 
Thank you for so much support. The Primary Election is tomorrow, Tuesday, August 2nd, and we are excited. If you have not voted yet, please mail your ballot or return it to a Ballot Drop Box today. It is very important to encourage your friends and family to vote as well.
 
There is no way to sugarcoat this election - it has been a challenging race. We are fortunate to have passionate candidates running for county executive. While my opponents and I do not always share the same vision, we see similar problems in the community and I believe we are all dedicated to solving them.
 
With that said, I am not running to keep the status quo. If you feel our county is as good as it can be, you have two sitting county councilmembers to choose between for the executive role. I will change the tone of county government and show a different, more effective style of leadership. We can do this but we can only do it together. Let’s finish the Primary successfully and begin preparing for November.
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Endorsed by Rob McKenna

"Bruce Dammeier is good at coaching other people, and bringing out the best in those he works with. We need more of that attitude in government. A leader like Bruce doesn't come along very often. Please join me in supporting him as our next Pierce County Executive."Next_Pierce_County_Executive.jpg

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Newsletter: Time to Vote!

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Friends and Neighbors,

Ballots have officially arrived and we are less than two weeks away from the August 2nd Primary Election. This is when your support means the most! I am blessed to have so many of you contribute your time, energy, and financial support for this campaign, but we have to turn out the vote and finish this first part of the election cycle strong. Please select your candidates and return your ballot early. There are competitive races and well qualified leaders in many statewide and local races this year - our participation is more important than ever. Let’s get it done!
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Newsletter: Bosco and the Team Working Hard in Pierce County

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Friends and Neighbors,

These are the final weeks of our big push - we’re going harder than ever until August 2nd. Community fairs, parades, and forums have been filling much of my calendar, and I am thankful for all the feedback and support throughout the county.
 
Primary ballots begin arriving this week, and we need to participate. We have important primary elections across the ballot, and I hope you would closely consider the candidates for Lieutenant Governor, State Treasurer, and State Auditor as well. This is going to be an exciting summer!
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TNT: We endorse Dammeier, Talbert for Pierce County executive

"This time there are three Republicans and one Democrat vying for the job. Of the four, Republicans Dan Roach and Larry Faulk are to be commended for past records of public leadership, but voters should pick between Republican Bruce Dammeier and Democrat Rick Talbert to guide the county into its challenging next chapter.

Mounting concerns over homelessness, mental illness and crime are butting up against other costly imperatives, such as fixing traffic congestion. Economic development also demands attention so the county doesn’t sink further into merely being Seattle’s bedroom community.

Dammeier and Talbert have the experience, respect and collaborative temperament to make headway on these problems over the next four years. We endorse them in the Aug. 2 primary election."

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Veterans Integral to a Successful Pierce County

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Fellow Veterans and Active Duty Servicemembers,

I hope you and your family had a fun and safe Fourth of July holiday weekend. It's the perfect time for food, fireworks, and reflection on how blessed we are to live in this country. Thank you for protecting our nation and our freedoms.
 
My wife Lauren and I celebrated with our family and friends in DuPont. We participated in the Hometown Parade and had a wonderful day at the festivities. The historic district has so much character and charm - it was a great Fourth with great company.

Vets Deserve Local Support

I have been fortunate to meet and work with amazing veterans. However, many share the belief we can and should do more to help transitioning and retired servicemembers, especially right here in Pierce County. Joint Base Lewis-McChord is an incredible asset to the region, and we have a responsibility to support veterans with job, health, and education resources as they transition into our communities.

Watch the video below to hear veterans including Navy Chief Petty Officer John Johnson and Navy Commander Katie Thurman discuss the issue, my background, and the need for us to take action.

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Newsletter: Full Speed Ahead!

Friends and Neighbors,
 
The campaign is going great. We’re ringing doorbells, building even more signs, and continuing to host events throughout the county. Voter pamphlets and ballots are only days away from arriving in our mailboxes, and this is the beginning of our big push before the August 2nd primary. Keep on the lookout for television, mailings, and more. It has truly been a blessing to have so many friends join in our vision, and I am incredibly excited for what the coming weeks have to offer. Let’s vote early and vote strong. It’s time for us to start making Pierce County an even better place to work, play, and live!
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Veterans' Needs Are Our Needs

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Fellow Veterans and Active Duty Servicemembers, 

The campaign has been running on all cylinders since our last update. We are constructing signs, increasing grassroots activity, and developing community relationships countywide. In the past week, I have attended events in places such as University Place, DuPont, Eatonville, Gig Harbor, and more.
 
But no matter where I go, I consistently hear the same concerns from both our active duty and retired servicemembers: we need more jobs, we need more roads, and we need them now. In Olympia, I fought to create incentives for businesses to hire veterans and to pass a transportation infrastructure package. And as your executive, I will work to cut through the bureaucracy that keeps local businesses from expanding and leaves too many of our roads in disrepair. I have shown we can work together to get things accomplished for the entire state - now it’s time to leverage that experience and get them done right here in our county.
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Newsletter: Things Are Heating Up - Barbecues, Debates, and More!

Friends and Neighbors,

The campaign has been firing on all cylinders since our kickoff celebration. We’ve been enjoying local community events, ramping up our sign presence, and spending quality time with friends and future friends throughout Pierce County. From barnyard barbecues to Poodle Dog debates, it has been a nonstop two weeks - with many more to come!

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Pierce County just launched its 2016 Election Video Voters' Guide. Select the image above or click here to watch my video! The more we share it the better - family, friends, or even on Facebook.
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Supporting Our Veterans

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 Fellow Servicemen, Servicewomen, and Veterans,

I am running to be your next Pierce County Executive. As a veteran, I understand the sacrifices we make, the values we hold, and what it takes to get things done. We need better county leadership for jobs, schools, roads, and veteran affairs.
 
I do not ask for your support lightly. Pierce County is my home - I grew up in University Place, graduated from the Naval Academy, served in the Navy for eight years, and returned to Puyallup to raise my family. I now help run a local printing business and have represented our community as your State Senator since 2012.
 
In the coming weeks, these updates will let you know what I stand for, what I have accomplished in Olympia, and what we need to do to make our county better for our military community and for people everywhere.
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TNT: Puyallup resident Dammeier launches campaign for Pierce County Executive

"After serving east Pierce County for seven years — first as a state representative and then as a state senator, part of the Republican Majority Caucus —Bruce Dammeier, a resident of Puyallup, is going all in and running for Pierce County Executive.

'I was born in Tacoma and raised in University Place,' said Dammeier, a U.S. Navy veteran. 'I’m a Pierce County kid. I’ve climbed Mount Rainier. I’ve boated on Puget Sound. We live in a great place — a tremendous natural beauty. But our (county) government needs a culture change.'

'We need good jobs, and more of them in Pierce County,' Dammeier said. 'We need greater collaboration between cities and the county and school districts and more focus on citizens and not on bureaucracy.'

As Pierce County Executive, Dammeier said he would work hard at representing those towns and cities outside Tacoma, that for too long have gone unrepresented.

'While I am not anti-Tacoma at all, we need our county government focused on supporting all of our citizens, including those in Puyallup, Graham, Eatonville and across the bridge in Gig Harbor and in the Key Peninsula,' Dammeier noted."

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Newsletter: Great Weather, Big Fun - Kickoff, Parades, and Burgers

Friends and Neighbors,

It has been an incredibly busy week and the last few days have flown by. However we are making excellent progress on the campaign and having a great time in the process!

The campaign officially kicked off last Tuesday in Lakewood, and more than 200 folks came to support our vision for Pierce County. Locally-made desserts and wonderful guest speakers highlighted the night. Kim Wyman, Rob McKenna, Diane Larsen, Chaplain Mike Neil, Thomas O’Ban, and Joe Fain made the evening particularly special. The event also could not have happened without the help of Sarah and my wife Lauren - they spent countless hours preparing the venue and making sure everything ran smoothly. Thank you to everyone for coming, helping, and supporting!

 

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Newsletter: Tonight's the Night!

Friends and Neighbors,


May 31st has arrived and the campaign kickoff is here! Tonight will feature local community leaders, a family friendly environment, and honest discussion about how we can make Pierce County an even better place to live. But I would not be taking this campaign seriously enough if I did not sweeten the deal - literally.

Come enjoy fresh local treats this evening from around our county: handmade chocolates, home-baked pies, and a certain popular jam-filled pastry. This is a celebration about the work we’ve done and the even harder work left to do. Hope to see you soon!

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Newsletter: Candidate Filing In, Now It's Time To Win

Friends and Neighbors,

Our campaign continues to build momentum. We’re already setting up signs, ringing doorbells, and laying the groundwork for an action-packed election summer. And that’s us just getting started! Monday marked the beginning of candidate filing, and I wasted no time submitting my materials. I am fully committed to earning your support in the coming weeks and improving our community in the coming years.

My kickoff celebration is only two weeks away and we need you there to make this event a true success. Bring your family, bring your friends, bring the entire neighborhood - the more, the merrier! Join special guest Rob McKenna and many friends for an evening of good company and delectable desserts. The fun begins 7pm, May 31st, at the McGavick Center.

 

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Don't Miss My Campaign Kickoff Celebration!

Friends and Neighbors,

Summer is fast approaching, but we can’t finish off the spring without a little fun first:

Save the date for 7pm, Tuesday, May 31st, as we kick my campaign into high gear to be your next Pierce County Executive!

Come enjoy favorite local desserts, fresh coffee, and special guest Rob McKenna as we discuss making our county an even sweeter place to live, work, and play. Hope to see you soon!

Sincerely,

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Newsletter: Let's Make Pierce County Even Sweeter

Friends and Neighbors,

The sun is shining, those comfortable spring evenings are here, and the campaign is really heating up! Since our last update, the team has picked up hundreds more yard signs (reserve yours now), set up multiple fundraisers, and packed the calendar full of fun activities throughout the area. We are going to have one busy and exciting summer!

Here’s the best news - the campaign kickoff is officially scheduled! Save the date for Tuesday, May 31st, 7pm at the McGavick Center. We’ll talk about creating 'A Sweet Future For Pierce County,' enjoy desserts from districts countywide, and hear former Attorney General Rob McKenna share his thoughts on how we’ll make our community even better. All ages and political views welcome. More details to come soon.

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Rural marijuana retailers face uncertain future

"Voters in unincorporated Pierce County were saying no to pot businesses Tuesday, setting the stage for the Pierce County Council to consider reinstating a ban on such businesses that is due expire July 1."

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Newsletter: Time to shake up Pierce County!

Friends and Neighbors,

The last few days have been refreshing! It feels great to unwind from business in Olympia, enjoy more time with Lauren, and focus on the campaign. We’re really kicking into high gear! Yard signs are printing, events are being organized, and we are building a great team of friends and volunteers.

Now is the time I need you to reach out and let me know how you can help. There are many ways to be part of the team, and we have roles for all ages. Here are some key ones:

  1. Let’s talk - Your thoughts about the county and the campaign are critical. We can’t transform county government without citizen input. Contact me and we’ll find a time to talk.
  2. Request a yard sign - Get one hot off the press! Whether you want one or many, we can deliver and help set up. 
  3. Volunteer - There will be many fun opportunities to get out, make friends, and lend support. We all have something to offer, and you can participate in the campaign at whatever level you are comfortable with. Whether you enjoy talking to voters on their doorsteps, staffing events, waving signs, or something else, we are happy to have you!

It’s going to be a busy and exciting summer, and I want everyone involved!

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Tacoma methanol plant canceled

"A proposal to build the world’s largest methanol plant at the Port of Tacoma has been canceled.

Northwest Innovation Works, the China-backed company that had proposed the $3.4 billion facility on the waterfront former Kaiser smelter site, announced Tuesday that the project had been canceled. Vee Godley, the president of Northwest Innovation Works, said regulatory uncertainty was the reason for the cancellation."

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Newsletter: The Race Is On

Friends and Neighbors,

Budgets are written, bills are becoming law, and the legislative session is officially done. This has been a challenging time at the capitol, but I am happy to say the Legislature completed its 2016 business. I served as one of the chief negotiators on the operating and capital budgets. After a 20-day special session and many long evenings, we found ways to address urgent needs while still having responsible state finances going forward.

Our supplemental budget will recruit more teachers for schools, help combat homelessness, and assist recovery from last year’s devastating wildfires. It also funds capital projects that impact Pierce County, including more than $3 million for improved mental health services at Western State Hospital and $5.5 million for K-3 classroom size reduction. This isn’t a perfect budget, and it leaves a lot of work for the Legislature next year, especially when it comes to education. But it’s a solid compromise and keeps us moving in the right direction. KOMO News did a nice budget summary.

I’m also proud of my colleagues’ dedication to enact much-needed legislation. We rescued charter schools, created a new savings program for our disabled citizens, and protected children from vapor products throughout the state. I fought hard for these bills and am thankful we got the job done.

With legislative work finished, it’s full focus on the campaign and earning your support. We’re off to the races!

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State lawmakers pass $191 million supplemental budget

"Washington state lawmakers adjourned late Tuesday after passing a 2016 supplemental budget, following 20 days in overtime struggling to reach an agreement.

The compromise budget approved Tuesday boosts staffing at Western State Hospital in Lakewood and covers the costs of fighting last year’s wildfires."

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Newsletter: Special session, special memories in Olympia

Friends and Neighbors,

It’s been busy in Olympia since my last update, and I have good and bad news to share.

I’ll start with the bad - the Legislature failed to complete its work during the 60-day legislative session. I am incredibly disappointed a responsible, balanced budget could not be agreed upon before our deadline. As we go forward, fiscal responsibility is essential for us to fully support education and our schools. Pierce County is disproportionately impacted by our over-reliance on local levies and we need state resources available to finally address the problem.

This budget failure also created lasting repercussions. The Governor vetoed a number of non-controversial bills and called lawmakers back to Olympia for a 30-day special session. Negotiations are still in progress, and I am committed to finding a solution.

The good news is a number of bills I sponsored and worked closely on passed in the House and Senate.

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Governor vetoes bills as budget negotiations continue

"The Democratic governor had threatened to veto the bills piling up on his desk if no on-time deal was reached. In the end, Inslee rejected 27 measures . . . ."

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