How Democrats ripped off “Ramtha” and wasted donor money

Nobody likes to see their money get wasted.  This is true, even for donors to the Thurston County Democratic Party, yet last year the money donated was clearly wasted very impressively. Republicans don’t want...

Jay Manning fined $4,800 by Attorney General for violating disclosure laws

In a rapid settlement last Friday, Jay Manning was fined $4,812.50 by Washington State’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson last week.  A press release was issued Monday by the Attorney General announcing the fine and...

Former Chief of Staff Jay Manning busted by Attorney General for hiding financial documents

Jay Manning, JZ Knight’s SuperPAC Director was finally busted for one of his many violations of Washington State’s campaign finance laws this last election.  As former Director of the Department of Ecology and former...

Thurston Democrats plateau at peak paranoia

During the first official 2017 meeting of the Thurston County Democrats on the fourth Monday of January, there was palpable angst in the air. It was a standing room only affair at the Thurston County...

Jay Manning skates away from transparency, thanks Public Disclosure Commission

Last week, the Public Disclosure Commission allowed Jay Manning to avoid transparency and scrutiny once again, but he was not able to entirely avoid the truth. As we have discussed recently, Jay Manning is a...

Can political insiders violate campaign finance laws with no consequences?

Jay Manning is the consummate Washington State political insider.  He was the former Director of the Department of Ecology before he became Governor Gregoire’s Chief of Staff for two years.  Jay currently sits on...

End of the Looney Tunes Commission

At the regularly scheduled Thurston County Commissioner meeting last Tuesday afternoon, all appeared similar, yet different from the previous eight years of this Commission.  The room is the same.  The furniture, the flag, and...

Mr Cooper goes to court

Jim Cooper always dreamed of going into the Thurston County Courthouse.  However, his original plan was to be the newly elected county commissioner, not a defendant in a lawsuit filed by the Washington State...

How did the Democrats lose Thurston County?

The final election results are official in Thurston County, and it is clear that dramatic political change has arrived.  The Thurston County Commission, in a span of two years has flipped from total control...

Washington State county elections trend more conservative

Local political races often forecast wider statewide changes in the future Around Washington State much attention has been paid to a limited Republican showing in the statewide races.  The Republicans picked up a State Treasurer...

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