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Ladenburg/McKenna campaign preview

LegalNewsLine has a good overview of the race for Attorney General, in which Pierce County executive John Ladenburg, a Democrat, is aiming to oust Republican incumbent Rob McKenna.

Among their differences: whether to unionize support staff in the AG’s office.

Ladenburg also says he supports a change that’s been championed in Olympia for the past two years by Rep. Timm Ormsby, D-Spokane. Ormsby has tried and failed so far to convince his colleagues to allow parents to sue if an adult child is killed as the result of negligence. McKenna reportedly opposes such a change, saying the state is already far more exposed than most to expensive lawsuits.

“There are basically no boundaries or limits on claims that are brought against state taxpayers by a tort claimant,” said McKenna, a former King County councilman.

Hat tip: the TNT’s Political Buzz.


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