Fuse Newsroom

Fuse Washington focuses on getting the issues our members care about - not our name - into newspaper articles, televisions coverage and blog updates. In this section you will find press releases, links to articles about the issues Fuse and its members are working hard on and a little shameless self-promotion (coverage of Fuse as an organization rather than its campaigns). 

 

SeattlePI.com: Judge - 'Substantial possibility' Tim Eyman initiative is invalid, but people should still vote

SeattlePI.com: Judge - 'Substantial possibility' Tim Eyman initiative is invalid, but people should still vote

(published August 14, 2015)

"Here, although the ultimate decision is obviously the Supreme Court's, there is a substantial possibility that I-1366 will be found to be invalid for exceeding the scope of the initiative process, and that voters will be voting on a measure that will never go into effect."
Seattle Times: Judge faults Eyman initiative but doesn't rule out vote

Seattle Times: Judge faults Eyman initiative but doesn't rule out vote

(published August 14, 2015)

In a written decision Friday afternoon, King County Superior Court Judge Dean Lum said Initiative 1366 "appears to violate" the state constitution's process for passing constitutional amendments.
Q13: Coalition Honors 50th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act

Q13: Coalition Honors 50th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act

(published August 6, 2015)

Religious, Community and Legislative Leaders Celebrated the Anniversary and Urged Passage of the Washington Voting Rights Act, Which Has Been Stalled in the state Senate.
NPR: Lawsuit Challenges Eyman Anti-Tax Measure

NPR: Lawsuit Challenges Eyman Anti-Tax Measure

(published July 30, 2015)

Opponents of an anti-tax initiative to amend Washington state's constitution are filing a lawsuit to prevent the measure from appearing on the November ballot. They say the initiative is "blackmail," and the ballot process was never intended as way to change the state's constitution.
Seattle Times: Suit filed over Eyman tax measure, just a day after it makes the ballot

Seattle Times: Suit filed over Eyman tax measure, just a day after it makes the ballot

(published July 30, 2015)

Opponents of Tim Eyman's latest anti-tax initiative are trying to block a public vote on it. They filed a lawsuit arguing I-1366 is unconstitutional.
Planned Parenthood supporters speak out against critics

Planned Parenthood supporters speak out against critics

(published July 29, 2015)

Seattle area Planned Parenthood supporters are defending the organization from critics who claim it sells tissue from aborted fetuses for profit, a practice banned under federal law.
KOMO 4: Activists Deliver Pink Slips to Sen. Andy Hill

KOMO 4: Activists Deliver Pink Slips to Sen. Andy Hill

(published June 26, 2015)

Fuse partnered with state employees to delivery 26,000 pink slips to Senator Andy Hill, the same number of layoff notices that were sent about a possible government shutdown. We called on Andy Hill to join Democrats in compromising on a budget to avoid a shutdown.
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Q13 Fox: A "Half-Baked" Sale for Education

(published April 29, 2015)

Activists from Fuse, a progressive group, erected a tent outside the Capitol Wednesday. They are calling it a half-baked sale. The snack sale is aimed at Senate Republicans who want to use tax revenue from legal marijuana to help fund education. "They want to rely on risky, untested revenue to fund our schools," said CollinJergens of Fuse.
The Stranger: Can We Get Big Money Out of Local Politics by Giving Every Voter $100?

The Stranger: Can We Get Big Money Out of Local Politics by Giving Every Voter $100?

(published April 8, 2015)

"This allows for a much broader set of people to engage in funding elections," says Aaron Ostrom, executive director of Fuse Washington, one of the groups working on the initiative. "And it gives candidates a much different path for being able to run for office so they don't have to be wealthy or connected to wealthy people to be successful."
Spokesman-Review: Spokane City Council makes sick leave policy a priority

Spokesman-Review: Spokane City Council makes sick leave policy a priority

(published April 1, 2015)

According to Fuse Campaign Director Jim Dawson, the group met with 50 local businesses and nonprofit groups, and held forums attended by 500 people while it crafted a proposed policy for the city.
The Columbian: Madore proposes labor moves

The Columbian: Madore proposes labor moves

(published March 13, 2015)

"Labor unions help workers negotiate for better pay, better benefits and safe working conditions," spokesman Collin Jergens said. "This is merely a politically motivated attack on working people."
Grist: Seattle doesn't want Shell's stinkin' Arctic drilling fleet

Grist: Seattle doesn't want Shell's stinkin' Arctic drilling fleet

(published March 12, 2015)

"There is a false choice of jobs vs. the environment," said Alex Brott, an organizer at Fuse Washington. "Opposing this lease is more than a gesture. It's taking a stand against the fossil fuel industry."
The Stranger: #HoneyfordResign: Students Call on Republican Senator to Step Down After

The Stranger: #HoneyfordResign: Students Call on Republican Senator to Step Down After "Racist" Comments

(published March 6, 2015)

http://www.thestranger.com/blogs/slog/2015/03/06/21838758/honeyfordresign-latino-students-call-on-republican-senator-to-step-down-after-racist-comments
SeattlePI.com: Senate Republicans bring back Eyman-style

SeattlePI.com: Senate Republicans bring back Eyman-style "super majority

(published January 12, 2015)

"This two-thirds super majority requirement is a recipe for obstruction and gridlock from Senate Republicans: The State Senate is going to resemble I-405 at rush hour thanks to Senators Baumgartner and Ericksen," said Collin Jergens of Fuse Washington, a statewide progressive grou
Spokane Spokesman-Review: Council passes public works project apprentice requirement

Spokane Spokesman-Review: Council passes public works project apprentice requirement

(published December 17, 2014)

When Jim Dawson, campaign director of the statewide progressive group Fuse, spoke, Fagan suggested he had led a letter-writing campaign directed at City Hall. "You write a good letter," Fagan said as Dawson, who lives in Spokane, walked from the lectern.
Seattle Times: Allegations of prejudice in two state Senate campaigns

Seattle Times: Allegations of prejudice in two state Senate campaigns

(published October 31, 2014)

"To use [that language] in front of a large Republican crowd where he is a respected leader sends a powerful negative message," Jergens said. "We expect our elected officials to represent all of us, not to use language that reinforces stereotypes and fears."
Bellingham Herald: PDC filings: Sen. Ericksen continues to take dozens of lobbyist meals

Bellingham Herald: PDC filings: Sen. Ericksen continues to take dozens of lobbyist meals

(published October 23, 2014)

Fuse Washington, a progressive group that supports liberal candidates including Ericksen's Democratic opponent, Seth Fleetwood, analyzed how many meals Ericksen had taken from select lobbyists this year. "I was curious to see if he'd change his ways after getting so much negative attention for doing this," said Collin Jergens, Fuse communications director. "What we found is he was more or less doing the same thing."
SeattlePI.com: Lobbyists keep picking up the bill for state Sen. Doug Ericksen

SeattlePI.com: Lobbyists keep picking up the bill for state Sen. Doug Ericksen

(published October 23, 2014)

The progressive group Fuse Washington, which opposes Ericksen, recently went over expense records reported this year by 85 lobbyists and found 26 who had picked up the tab for Ericksen. It counted at least 51 such occasions, valued at $1,200.
SeattlePI.com: Google says good riddance to

SeattlePI.com: Google says good riddance to "lying" conservative legislative group

(published September 22, 2014)

Collin Jergens with Fuse Washington, a progressive activist group which pushed for Amazon.com to sever ties with ALEC, cheered the decision by Google. "I'm glad to see Google join Amazon, Microsoft and other businesses in the Northwest that have rejected ALEC's extreme agenda," Jergens said. "By denying climate change and making it harder for working people to earn a living, ALEC has become toxic for companies that care about our community."
SeattlePI.com: Bad news for Big Coal: Oregon rejects proposed export terminal

SeattlePI.com: Bad news for Big Coal: Oregon rejects proposed export terminal

(published August 18, 2014)

"The Cherry Point terminal would be six times as big as what Ambre Energy proposed: The Longview terminal would be five-and-a-half times as big: What does this say about impact?" asked Collin Jergens of Fuse Washington, the liberal consumer group.
Crosscut: Legislative elections this year could bring surprises

Crosscut: Legislative elections this year could bring surprises

(published May 9, 2014)

Op-Ed by Fuse Executive Director Aaron Ostrom: "This fall's elections have big implications for the future of Washington. There is no way we can fulfill our most important responsibilities and meet our biggest challenges-- like funding and improving our public schools, building an economy that offers opportunities to everyone, and tackling our transportation problems -- without leadership from the Legislature."
97.3 KIRO FM: Activists oppose restart of coal mine in Black Diamond

97.3 KIRO FM: Activists oppose restart of coal mine in Black Diamond

(published May 8, 2014)

Blasting and mining operations could resume in a coal pit near Black Diamond but a late opposition campaign is underway. Activists from Fuse Washington have taken up the cause, calling for a public hearing on the issue, based on concerns about air pollution and traffic.
KCPQ 13: New coal mining in Black Diamond? Not such a blast to some

KCPQ 13: New coal mining in Black Diamond? Not such a blast to some

(published May 8, 2014)

"They're talking about blasting coal," said Alex Epstein, an environmental activist with Fuse. "The impact on our air and our water is severe, not to mention the impacts on our health."
KING 5: Coal mining, blasting return to King County

KING 5: Coal mining, blasting return to King County

(published May 8, 2014)

"Everyone in King County, and everyone in Washington, should have a chance to grow up and be healthy." - Alex Epstein, Fuse Washington.
SeattlePI: Mining projects face foes in Black Diamond and Mazama

SeattlePI: Mining projects face foes in Black Diamond and Mazama

(published May 8, 2014)

The federal Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation is accepting comments until May 13 and has scheduled a hearing on the John Henry. Critics, led by the activist group Fuse Washington, argue that the mining company is using an outdated, 28-year-old environmental impact statement to avoid more-stringent requirements.