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). 

 

Seattle Times: 'democracy vouchers' going to voters next week

Seattle Times: 'democracy vouchers' going to voters next week

(published December 30, 2016)

"This is an exciting chance to strengthen democracy and level the playing field in Seattle," said Aaron Ostrom, Executive Director of Fuse Washington. "Candidates can compete based on their values and leadership abilities rather than their connections to wealthy friends and corporate donors."
KXLY: Business owners attest to benefits of paid sick and safe leave

KXLY: Business owners attest to benefits of paid sick and safe leave

(published December 2, 2016)

Fuse member and small business owner Rebecca Moffitt spoke to KXLY Spokane about the benefits of paid sick and safe leave.
SeattlePI.com: Grocery lobby must pay $18M for laundering campaign money

SeattlePI.com: Grocery lobby must pay $18M for laundering campaign money

(published November 2, 2016)

Collin Jergens of Fuse Washington, the state's largest progressive organization, which backed I-522, praised Ferguson for a dogged pursuit of one of the nation's most influential trade groups. "The ruling sends a clear message that out-of-state corporations and their shady PACs can't thwart our state's election laws," said Jergens.
SeattlePI.com: Shell pulls plug on 60,000-barrel-a-day oil train facility at Anacortes

SeattlePI.com: Shell pulls plug on 60,000-barrel-a-day oil train facility at Anacortes

(published October 6, 2016)

"Shell realized what local residents and First Nations people have been saying all along: Shipping oil by rail through Washington is bad for business, bad for our environment and threatens the safety of our communities," said Collin Jergens of Fuse Washington, the state's biggest progressive organizing group.
Issquah Reporter: Do not re-elect Steve Litzow - Letter to the Editor

Issquah Reporter: Do not re-elect Steve Litzow - Letter to the Editor

(published September 25, 2016)

As a parent, I am horrified by the differences in opportunities that our children have, based on where they live and their family's income. I hope that to see those who can vote in the 41st elect Lisa Wellman. She represents our values.
Publicola: Jayapal Scores Progressive Endorsement

Publicola: Jayapal Scores Progressive Endorsement

(published June 27, 2016)

"We are excited about having Pramila Jayapal in Congress," said Aaron Ostrom, Executive Director of Fuse. "The biggest issues facing our country - economic inequality, climate change, immigration, racial justice - are issues that she has led as an effective and inspiring leader.
Q13 Fox: Opponent of state's transgender bathroom law criticized for his tactics

Q13 Fox: Opponent of state's transgender bathroom law criticized for his tactics

(published June 16, 2016)

http://q13fox.com/2016/06/16/campaign-to-overturn-states-transgender-bathroom-law-causing-controversy/
The Stranger: Listen to the Chairman of Washington State's Anti-Trans Bathroom Initiative Tell Men to Follow Women into Bathrooms

The Stranger: Listen to the Chairman of Washington State's Anti-Trans Bathroom Initiative Tell Men to Follow Women into Bathrooms

(published June 15, 2016)

KIRO 7, Fuse Washington, and the Gender Justice League have obtained recordings they say are of Family Policy Institute of Washington director and Just Want Privacy chairman Joseph Backholm telling I-1515 signature-gatherers to follow women into bathrooms in order to "make the point."
SeattlePI.com: Supreme Court casts critical eye on Tim Eyman's Initiative 1366

SeattlePI.com: Supreme Court casts critical eye on Tim Eyman's Initiative 1366

(published March 15, 2016)

The Washington State Supreme Court gave Tim Eyman's Initiative 1366 a meticulous, critical going-over on Tuesday, as the justices heard the appeal of a King County judge's ruling that threw out the measure.
The Guardian:  Right wing foundation takes labor fight to the streets

The Guardian: Right wing foundation takes labor fight to the streets

(published March 10, 2016)

"The Freedom Foundation says they care about workers, but what they're really about is defunding unions and defunding the left in our state," said Aaron Ostrom, executive director of Fuse Washington, a statewide coalition of progressives. "They see this as the best tactic to turn Washington from a blue state to a red state."
Suburban Times: Rep. Kilduff Wins 'Legislator of the Week' Award

Suburban Times: Rep. Kilduff Wins 'Legislator of the Week' Award

(published February 27, 2016)

"Rep. Christine Kilduff is a leading advocate for veterans and military families in the Legislature," said Erin Haick of Fuse Washington. "Kilduff's work will ensure that the men and women who have dedicated their lives to defending our country receive the support they need."
Tacoma News Tribune: Fake Founding Fathers quotes make their way into gun bill at state Capitol

Tacoma News Tribune: Fake Founding Fathers quotes make their way into gun bill at state Capitol

(published February 5, 2016)

A gun-rights bill introduced at the Capitol on Friday includes six quotes from America's Founding Fathers about the importance of guns to democracy. The problem is, half of those quotes are fake.
SeattlePI: Judge throws Eyman's 'gun to the head' Initiative 1366

SeattlePI: Judge throws Eyman's 'gun to the head' Initiative 1366

(published January 21, 2016)

"The Legislature can now focus its efforts on fully funding schools across our state," said Collin Jergens of Fuse Washington, the state's largest progressive grassroots group.
The Stranger: A King County Judge Just Struck Down Tim Eyman's Latest Anti-Tax Measure

The Stranger: A King County Judge Just Struck Down Tim Eyman's Latest Anti-Tax Measure

(published January 21, 2016)

The progressive policy advocacy group Fuse Washington released a statement calling the ruling "great news for students across Washington. With I-1366 off the table, legislators can focus on fulfilling our state's paramount duty of funding education."
Spokane Spokesman-Review: Workers in Spokane would get three days of sick leave under proposal to be taken up Monday

Spokane Spokesman-Review: Workers in Spokane would get three days of sick leave under proposal to be taken up Monday

(published January 8, 2016)

"When I returned to work they told me that my doctor's note was not going to be enough," said Pena, who plans to testify at Monday's council meeting. "That's when everything started coming apart."
Everett Herald: Eyman has a Plan B, and it's another ballot measure -- for 2016

Everett Herald: Eyman has a Plan B, and it's another ballot measure -- for 2016

(published November 17, 2015)

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20151117/NEWS01/151119147
KING 5: Eyman to file new anti-tax initiative on Wednesday

KING 5: Eyman to file new anti-tax initiative on Wednesday

(published November 17, 2015)

"The bottom line is Tim Eyman is a crook, he's proved it again and again," said Aaron Ostrom, executive director of Fuse Washington. "This initiative is another self serving attempt to line his pockets at the expense at the rest of us.
SeattlePI.com: Investigate ExxonMobil, state's activist groups ask Attorney General Bob Ferguson

SeattlePI.com: Investigate ExxonMobil, state's activist groups ask Attorney General Bob Ferguson

(published November 17, 2015)

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson should join his New York counterpart in investigating whether ExxonMobil deceived its shareholders and stockholders after the oil giant's researchers caught wind of climate change in the 1970s, a bevy of the state's green, labor and activist groups asked Tuesday in a letter to the AG.
SeattlePI.com: Claudia Balducci swamps veteran King County Council member Jane Hague

SeattlePI.com: Claudia Balducci swamps veteran King County Council member Jane Hague

(published November 3, 2015)

"Hague was originally elected as a Republican, and ran with GOP support. Balducci was supported by Democrats and a penumbra of party-aligned progressive groups ranging from Washington Conservation Voters to Fuse Washington."
KIRO 7: 81-year-old woman draws attacks for bankrolling opposition to Seattle Prop. 1

KIRO 7: 81-year-old woman draws attacks for bankrolling opposition to Seattle Prop. 1

(published October 28, 2015)

"I believe it's fundamentally wrong for wealthy conservatives to buy our elections. And that's what we are seeing happen with Faye Garneau in Seattle," said Aaron Ostrom, executive director of Fuse.
KING 5: Seattle City Council opposes Eyman's I-1366

KING 5: Seattle City Council opposes Eyman's I-1366

(published October 19, 2015)

"1366 will lock into place the state's upside down tax system and makes it impossible to fun our kids' schools," said Fuse's Sara Kiesler.
Seattle Times: Seattle council candidates take a bold versus cautious approach on policies

Seattle Times: Seattle council candidates take a bold versus cautious approach on policies

(published October 3, 2015)

"'These Seattle City Council races are about different versions of progressives,' said Aaron Ostrom, executive director of Fuse Washington, a liberal advocacy group that doesn't waste much energy in Seattle because the city is so overwhelmingly blue."
Seattle Times: Tim Eyman investigation referred to Attorney General's Office

Seattle Times: Tim Eyman investigation referred to Attorney General's Office

(published September 24, 2015)

"Fuse Washington, a liberal advocacy group, has begun a petition on Moveon.org asking Attorney General Bob Ferguson to investigate and pursue criminal charges against Eyman."
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.