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). 

 

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.
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."