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    The Daily Troll: Ross Hunter rejects Senate run. Bellevue fires a cop. Dan Lewis leaving KOMO.

    Two Washington lawmakers support anti-fed rancher in Nevada. Portland flushes 38 million gallons of water.
    KOMO Dan Lewis

    KOMO Dan Lewis

    Hunter rejects Senate run

    Rep. Ross Hunter, D-Medina — who was considered the strongest potential candidate for the 48th District Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Rodney Tom — announced on his Facebook page today that he will instead run for reelection in the state House. Tom, a Medina Democrat who allied with Republicans to gain control of the Senate in the last two legislative sessions, announced last week that he is not running for re-election due to health and family issues.

    "I have been engaged in a long-term strategy to clarify the Legislature’s responsibility [in school funding] and believe I can best drive this policy as the budget chair in the House," Hunter wrote today on Facebook. Before Tom dropped out, he had been avoiding the race due to his friendship with the Senator and concern about outside attack ads. "I was concerned about 'wearing' this negative advertising against someone I consider a friend," he wrote.

    The announcement leaves Democrat Joan McBride, a former mayor of Kirkland, as the only other candidate for Tom's seat, which currently has no Republican challengers. Rep. Cyrus Habib, D- Kirkland, has also been floated as a possible candidate.

    — J.S. 

    Bellevue police officer fired

    Bellevue Police Chief Linda Pillo has terminated an officer for his leniency in the case of a fellow officer, who was stopped for a possible DUI. A city press release today reported that 15-year-veteran Doug Brennan made the traffic stop on I-90 on Nov. 20. Rather than making an arrest, Brennan allowed his fellow officer to be driven home by a family member. The officer who was stopped later resigned from the department. — J.C.

    Dan Lewis leaving KOMO

    Widely respected KOMO 4 anchor Dan Lewis is leaving the station after 27 years leading its strong news coverage. Lewis had an incredible run with the late Kathi Goertzen, as KOMO's own story notes. The two teamed up as lead anchors for a nearly unheard-of 25 years. There's reasonable apprehension about once-local KOMO's new ownership by the large Sinclair Broadcast Group, but their VP for Seattle offered a classy statement about Lewis: "We all love Dan and can't imagine him not returning to KOMO from time to time for special projects." — J.C. 


    Making a point

    Update 4:35 p.m. Two state representatives from Washington recently visited Nevada to show support for a rancher in a standoff with the feds over unpaid grazing fees for having cattle on U.S. Bureau of Reclamation land. Republican Reps. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, and David Taylor, R-Moxee, spoke in Nevada on this Youtube video the day after armed protestors faced down federal officers trying to confiscate 400 head of rancher Cliven Bundy's cattle. Bundy has not paid grazing fees since 1993. The feds backed down to avoid bloodshed. The Spokesman reports that "a small coalition" of Western legislators, including Shea, want federal lands turned over to the state. — J.S.

    Ex-UW prof honored 

    Update 4:23 p.m. Retired University of Washington geographer Richard "Dick" Morrill, who has written some two dozen articles for Crosscut, will receive the university's Excellence in Community Service award for retirees. The nomination cited numerous ways in which he has shared his expertise in geography, demographics, Census data and fair political representation — without charge, in most cases — since his retirement in 1997. He drew the boundaries for Seattle's new City Council districts. The letter nominating him said, "Professor Morrill’s retirement has really been just a new phase of his academic career, which has always included a robust community service and engagement component." The full list of 2014 award recipients is here. — J.C. 

    Portland has pee-free water

    Portland officials drained an entire city reservoir after a man was observed urinating into the water. The reservoir is fenced but not covered. A city official told The Oregonian that there was no choice but to drain the water, no matter how small the public health threat. The water in the reservoir had already been treated, so it would have gone straight to homes and businesses. (The paper noted that birds do fly over the reservoir and do whatever they normally do during flight without regard to city water quality rules.) The man was arrested and could face charges. Water conservation, anyone? — J.C. 

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    Posted Thu, Apr 17, 6:39 p.m. Inappropriate

    Good thing I don't live in Matt Shea or David Taylor's districts. I think that siding with armed militants against the federal government is seditious and possibly treasonous.


    Posted Thu, Apr 17, 6:44 p.m. Inappropriate

    I think they are brave, and right, responding to this overplay of the government's hand.


    Posted Thu, Apr 17, 7:59 p.m. Inappropriate

    Hunter's decision not to seek a Senate seat may indicate his informed view that Democrats likely won't regain majority control. I suspect Habib will make the same calculation and stay in the House.

    Posted Thu, Apr 17, 8 p.m. Inappropriate

    Let's fact it, Nevada has Harry Reid and whorehouses and now it has one more kook, Mr. Bundy. In the over all scheme of things in the world, the dust up in Nevada rivals Paris Hilton for relevance.


    Posted Fri, Apr 18, 3:32 p.m. Inappropriate

    I wish Mr. Lewis all the best, but one tendency that he, along with most KOMO anchors displayed was to refer to the viewer collectively, as in "Traffic deaths are down 10% this year because you have died 17 fewer times in traffic accidents." Yes, that's an exaggerated example, but it demonstrates how annoying that formulation is to the person at the other end of it.


    Posted Mon, Apr 21, 8:59 a.m. Inappropriate

    A few short (for me) comments:

    Hunter may indeed think the GOP will continue to control the Senate, but no Republican has announced an intent to run for Tom's seat. I find that a little curious. To borrow a line from Steve Forbert, you cannot win if you do not play.

    I consider myself a libertarian but I'm not on Cliven Bundy's side. Whether you agree with grazing fees or not, he hasn't paid his in 20+ years while other ranchers have. Why does Bundy believe he deserves special treatment? Don't send armed government goons, though...put a lien on Bundy's property and hit him where he literally lives.

    That Dan Lewis and Kathy Goertzen were co-anchors for 25 years IS remarkable, if only that older women are still usually eased out of the anchor chair at TV stations. That Kathy stayed on as long as she did shows how remarkably popular she was...KOMO hasn't been the same.

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