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Holmquist Newby may run for Congress

OLYMPIA — State Sen. Janea Holmquist Newbry said she has formed a committee to explore whether to run for the congressional seat opening up in Central Washington's 4th District.

Holmquist Newbry, R-Moses Lake, said she plans to visit “with key leaders throughout the district… to assess the viability of my candidacy.”

U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings announced Thursday morning that he would not seek re-election to the seat he has held for 20 years. Holmquist Newbry said shortly afterwards she had not made a decision on whether to run “at this time.”

Friday she said she has formed an exploratory committee with several key advisers, including Yakima Mayor Micah Cawley.  Under federal election law, a person can receive and spend money before becoming an official candidate by forming an exploratory committee.

First elected to the House in 2000, Holmquist Newbry was elected to the Senate in 2006, where she now serves as the chairwoman of the Commerce and Labor Committee. She recently removed her name from the list of senators on the website for the Majority Coalition Caucus, telling the Seattle Times she was protesting decisions by some of the more moderate members of the caucus. 

The 4th is a solidly Republican district that routinely gave Hastings at least 60 percent of the vote in his re-election campaigns. Also considering the race is rancher Clint Didier, an unsuccessful candidate for U.S. Senate and state lands commissioner, who may make an announcement on Monday.

Fractured metaphor

OLYMPIA — There's an axiom in politics that anything worth saying is worth repeating, sometimes ad infinitum.

Based on the late great special session, it would seem that even things not worth saying are worth repeating. That would be the only explanation for something Sen. Janea Holmquist Newbry, R-Moses Lake, said repeatedly as she tried to amend legislation designed to help Boeing and the aerospace industry in such a way that all businesses in the state would get similar help.

“What's good for Goliath is good for David,” Holmquist Newbry said during floor speeches, and repeated in her post-session press release.

That's a very strange reading of the Bible, because 1Samuel seems to make very clear that what was good for David was something very much different than what was good for Goliath. Recall that Goliath wasn't just some big-assed dude, but he was decked out in full armor, like everyone else on the battlefield where David shows up with food for his bros.

David hasn't got an armor or a sword, and turns down King Saul's offer to wear his battle gear into the fight. He downs Goliath with a sling (which the G-man scoffed at), then whacks off the big guy's head with Goliath's sword. So it would seem that nothing that was good for Goliath was good for David, or vice versa.

Holmquist Newbry's amendments failed, but probably not because the state Senate is full of Scriptural purists.

Legislature bellies up to the bar on alcohol legislation

OLYMPIA – For all the attention being paid to legal marijuana this session, it’s the more traditional legal intoxicant – alcohol – providing Washington legislators with a greater array of possible changes to state law.

More than a dozen bills working their way through the legislative process would increase a person’s ability to consume some form of alcohol at some new setting.

A glass of beer or wine in the theater? Several proposals for that.

How about a shot of something stronger with that movie? Separate bill for that.

Taste a bit of that expensive scotch before buying it at the store? The stores would like to oblige.

Free glass of wine with that massage and pedicure? Could be legal later this year.

Let college students who are 18 to 21 taste wine if they are in viticulture classes? Prospects look good, although the students they won't be allowed to swallow.

Buy a growler of cider at the local microbrewery? Maybe not; could be a problem under federal law. . .

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Med School tied to “Jobs” package

OLYMPIA – Some $35 million to finish the Riverpoint medical school building may flow into Spokane as the top priority for the area’s business community finds itself on a list of projects to address one of the Legislature’s top priorities.
Jobs.
Or the project may find itself in the middle of a debate over the role of government in creating jobs. . .

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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