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Republican State Senator Shocks Colleagues, Kills Funding for Homeless Programs

Republican State Senator Shocks Colleagues, Kills Funding for Homeless Programs

"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

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

"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

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

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

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

"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

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?"


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