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). 

 

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."
Seattle Times LTE: Sen. Rodney Tom is at fault

Seattle Times LTE: Sen. Rodney Tom is at fault

(published July 23, 2013)

With Sen. Tom and his cronies in charge of the Senate, citizens were left with few solutions to our state's problems. Ideology won out over problem-solving in the interest of Washington residents. Voters like me will not forget Sen. Tom's "leadership" anytime soon

Kirkland Reporter: 300 people call on legislators to pass budget, fund education at Kirkland rally

Kirkland Reporter: 300 people call on legislators to pass budget, fund education at Kirkland rally

(published June 20, 2013)

http://www.kirklandreporter.com/news/212387661.html
Rep. Orcutt Shrugs Off Bridge Collapse:

Rep. Orcutt Shrugs Off Bridge Collapse: "11 of the 12 Sections of the Bridge Are Still Standing"

(published May 28, 2013)

In the wake of the I-5 bridge collapse, the progressive activist group Fuse put together an online petition, urging state legislators to "Fix our crumbling roads and bridges!"...Hard to read that as a controversial request, unless, of course, you are state Representative "Angry Ed" Orcutt (R-Kalama), the ranking Republican on the house transportation committee.

Sen. Tom endorses Republican sponsor of anti-gay bill

Sen. Tom endorses Republican sponsor of anti-gay bill

(published May 14, 2013)

State Sen. Sharon Brown, a Tri-Cities Republican who would let businesses refuse to serve gays and lesbians, is running for reelection with support from fellow Senate Republicans as well as the two Democrats who joined them in a coalition that took over the Senate Senate. KNDO-TV in the Tri-Cities reports that Brown filed for reelection with backing from Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, D-Medina, and Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlach.
SeattlePI.com: Republicans on state Dream Act: It's to make us look racist

SeattlePI.com: Republicans on state Dream Act: It's to make us look racist

(published April 23, 2013)

"Senator Bailey should ask the 22 Republicans -- half the caucus -- who voted for the Dream Act if this is just political," said Collin Jergens of Fuse Washington..."The Dream Act is about opening the doors of opportunity for thousands of young Washingtonians," he added.  "The only remaining obstacle is Sen. Bailey."

Publicola: Voters in the 48th Frowning on Tom Reelection

Publicola: Voters in the 48th Frowning on Tom Reelection

(published April 17, 2013)

Results from a recent poll shows that voters in the 48th legislative district--the long contested Microsoft suburbs--aren't very fond of state Sen. Rodney Tom, who joined with the Republicans this year, ousting the Democratic majority, to become the leader of the Majority Coalition Caucus.

SeattlePI.com: Govs to feds: Clear the air before exporting coal

SeattlePI.com: Govs to feds: Clear the air before exporting coal

(published March 26, 2013)

"It would be irresponsible for regulators to ignore the single biggest impact of exporting dirty coal: climate change," [Collin Jergens of Fuse Washington] said.  "Washingtonians need only look out their window to see that our weather is getting weirder. We see more frequent droughts, floods, wildfires, and storms.  It's no accident. Yet, Big Coal has opposed greater accountability, transparency, and public oversight every step of the way."

NW News Network: Vote Delayed On Gun Background Check Measure In Washington House

NW News Network: Vote Delayed On Gun Background Check Measure In Washington House

(published March 11, 2013)

The liberal Seattle advocacy group Fuse Washington sent out numerous Twitter tweets Monday about its lobbying effort. "In total, Fuse members across WA have emailed or called legislators 5,077 times in support of background checks for gun purchases!," read one message.

Crosscut: A 'training wage' for legislators?

Crosscut: A 'training wage' for legislators?

(published March 6, 2013)

Democrats respond to a Republican plan to create a minimum wage exemption: You like it that much? Apply it to yourself.

 

SeattlePI.com: High support for higher minimum wage: Even Republicans favor

SeattlePI.com: High support for higher minimum wage: Even Republicans favor

(published February 22, 2013)

"The state Senate's Republicans are absolutely out of step with the American public and with working families in Washington: As the economy gets pack on track, we ought to provide for services and the opportunity to make a living for families," said Collin Jergens of Fuse Washington, a progressive statewide organization that is defending the state minimum wage and the Seattle sick leave ordinance.