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). 

 

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 Critics, led by the activist group Fuse Washington, argue that the mining company is using an outdated, 28-year-old environmental impact statement to avoid more-stringent requirements.
Kirkland Reporter: Fuse early endorsements for the 2014 elections include three Kirkland area candidates

Kirkland Reporter: Fuse early endorsements for the 2014 elections include three Kirkland area candidates

(published May 7, 2014)

Fuse released its early endorsements for the 2014 elections on May 2 and list includes former Kirkland mayor Joan McBride, Rep. Cyrus Habib and Matt Isenhower. Fuse touts itself as the state's largest progressive organization.
Redmond Reporter: Sen. Andy Hill's Budget Missed our Priorities

Redmond Reporter: Sen. Andy Hill's Budget Missed our Priorities

(published May 3, 2014)

"Hill refused to close a single one of the 650 tax loopholes on the books -- including one for "Big Oil" -- that cost our state billions each year. Instead of closing tax loopholes, he proposed to open 18 new tax loopholes that would have cost us $87 million. Hill prioritized greedy corporations and insider lobbyists over our kids' future."
KOMO 4: Commuting by Slip 'N Slide?

KOMO 4: Commuting by Slip 'N Slide?

(published April 17, 2014)

"Deep cuts to bus service are no laughing matter, but a group of Prop. 1 supporters are using humor to prove how essential Metro is to voters."
Publicola.com: Tomorrow's Potential Losers: Transit Riders,

Publicola.com: Tomorrow's Potential Losers: Transit Riders,

(published April 17, 2014)

"...as Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci, and Redmond Mayor John Marchione announced today when they unveiled their future options for transit if 156 routes, as Metro has warned, have to be cut, reduced, or eliminated altogether: Commuters will have to rely on the Seattle-to-Redmond zip-line and the Capitol Hill-to-Downtown Slip'n-slide."
97.3 KIRO FM: Supporters of Prop. 1 say if it fails, we'll take zip lines to work

97.3 KIRO FM: Supporters of Prop. 1 say if it fails, we'll take zip lines to work

(published April 17, 2014)

"Fuse Washington is using online ads featuring silly, unrealistic commuting solutions in their effort to encourage people to vote yes on Prop. 1."
Republican State Senator Shocks Colleagues, Kills Funding for Homeless Programs

Republican State Senator Shocks Colleagues, Kills Funding for Homeless Programs

(published February 28, 2014)

"It's not clear if Rodney Tom did this as a favor to bankers and realtors or out of political retribution," says Fuse Washington's Collin Jergens. "This is a new low for Rodney Tom."
Enviro Groups Urge Lawmakers To Close Tax Loophole Benefiting Oil Companies

Enviro Groups Urge Lawmakers To Close Tax Loophole Benefiting Oil Companies

(published February 4, 2014)

More than 20 environmental groups have joined together with a common priority this short legislative session: close what they say is a huge loophole benefiting big oil companies. The Environmental Priorities Coalition includes big names like the Sierra Club, American Rivers, Fuse and the Cascade Bicycle Club.
State Senate breaches blockade of Washington Dream Act

State Senate breaches blockade of Washington Dream Act

(published January 30, 2014)

"We applaud Senate Republicans for finally allowing a vote on this bipartisan bill," said Fuse Executive Director Aaron Ostrom. But, argued Ostrom, it is now time for Senate leaders to allow a vote on the Reproductive Parity Act, closing the "Big Oil tax loophole," allowing a local opinion to save public transit, "and other popular bills that have died in the Senate."
An Olympia Miracle: Senate Republicans To Allow State Dream Act to Come Up for a Vote

An Olympia Miracle: Senate Republicans To Allow State Dream Act to Come Up for a Vote

(published January 30, 2014)

So congrats to advocacy groups like Fuse and One America for using the Dream Act as a political cudgel against these vulnerable King County Republicans. It worked!
SeattlePI.com: Senate bill would politicize the disclosure commission

SeattlePI.com: Senate bill would politicize the disclosure commission

(published January 22, 2014)

A newly introduced bill in Olympia, backed by the Republican-dominated Senate Majority Caucus, would fire the state's Public Disclosure Commission and replace it with political appointees made by the Legislature.
Publicola: Senate Republicans Set to Demote Moderate Democrat

Publicola: Senate Republicans Set to Demote Moderate Democrat

(published January 22, 2014)

According to Collin Jergens, spokesman for the progressive group Fuse Washington, the proposal "risks significantly politicizing the PDC. Why would we hand over enforcement of our election laws to the political parties? Currently, the commission's five members are appointed by the governor, with the stipulation that only three of the five may be members of a single political party." 

SeattlePI.com: Food industry lobby challenges state disclosure law as unconstitutional

SeattlePI.com: Food industry lobby challenges state disclosure law as unconstitutional

(published January 13, 2014)

"The Grocery Manufacturers' lawsuit would make the sponsors of Citizens United blush," said Collin Jergens of Fuse Washington, the progressive advocacy group. He was referring to the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that cleared the way for unlimited campaign spending by corporations, trade groups and unions.
Seattle Times: On behalf of North Dakota and Montana, McKenna calls Washington coal study unconstitutional

Seattle Times: On behalf of North Dakota and Montana, McKenna calls Washington coal study unconstitutional

(published November 21, 2013)

On Thursday, environmentalists criticized McKenna for getting involved on behalf of entities supporting coal. "It's hard to believe that Rob McKenna is opposing Washington's efforts to keep dirty coal out of our communities," said Collin Jergens, spokesman for the liberal group Fuse Washington. "Why is Rob McKenna fighting for North Dakota instead of Washington?"

Seattle Times: National Realtors admit Bellevue campaign violation

Seattle Times: National Realtors admit Bellevue campaign violation

(published November 7, 2013)

A political arm of the National Association of Realtors inadvertently failed to make a legally required disclosure of the $36,200 it spent to help re-elect Bellevue City Councilmember Kevin Wallace, an attorney for the group said Thursday.
The Stranger: GMA Pours More Money into No on 522, Moms for Labeling Lawyer Cries Foul

The Stranger: GMA Pours More Money into No on 522, Moms for Labeling Lawyer Cries Foul

(published October 28, 2013)

"Under Washington State law, the GMA PAC does not qualify to give a contribution to another political committee because it does not have the legally required support from Washington voters," he wrote in a letter to Ferguson, asking the AG to "take immediate action to stop the No on 522 Campaign from spending these illegal contributions."
KOMO 4 TV: I-522 supporters say opponents trying to steal the election

KOMO 4 TV: I-522 supporters say opponents trying to steal the election

(published October 23, 2013)

Supporters of I-522 want Washington residents to know what's in the food they eat, and they're unhappy with the amount of money being poured into television ads from their opponents. "We're trying to stop the flow of illegal money," said Knoll Lowney, an attorney for Moms for Labeling. I-522 supporters are going to court so voters know which companies are financing the opposition.
Tacoma News Tribune: Jan Angel keeping press at arm's length as campaign winds down

Tacoma News Tribune: Jan Angel keeping press at arm's length as campaign winds down

(published October 21, 2013)

Ballots are hitting mailboxes and so reporters are writing the usual stories previewing the key races, which this year includes the contest between Democrat Nathan Schlicher and Republican Jan Angel for a state Senate seat. But read some of the recent coverage, and you might notice something odd: Angel declined to comment. Set-up stories by the Associated Press and KUOW either quote her spokesman or her remarks at public forums.
Everett Herald: KSER Honors Individuals, Groups Who've Made a Different

Everett Herald: KSER Honors Individuals, Groups Who've Made a Different

(published October 18, 2013)

For the sixth year, the KSER Foundation is presenting its awards recognizing people who make a positive difference in their communities. One of the twi winners for Community Impact by an Individual is Sandra VanderVen, senior organizer for Fuse Washington, a nonprofit group promoting the common good in public policy.

SeattlePI.com: AG Ferguson - Grocery manufacturers hiding millions in food-labeling campaign

SeattlePI.com: AG Ferguson - Grocery manufacturers hiding millions in food-labeling campaign

(published October 16, 2013)

"It turns out the Grocery Manufacturers Association's conspiracy to conceal donations was far more systematic and deliberate than even we had imagined," said Collin Jergens of Fuse Washington, the state's largest progressive political organizing committee.

Seattle Times: Food-manufacturer group sued over funds against GMO labels

Seattle Times: Food-manufacturer group sued over funds against GMO labels

(published September 17, 2013)

A nonprofit organization backing Initiative 522 has sued the Grocery Manufacturers Association, saying the industry group should be disclosing which member companies are giving money to fight the initiative. The lawsuit says the industry association acted as a political committee to solicit and "launder" money from others whose identity is "illegally concealed."