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...

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...

Why the Public Disclosure Commission needs a new director

The mission of the Public Disclosure Commission is to provide public access to information about campaign financing, lobbyist expenditures, the financial affairs of public officials and candidates, investigate complaints, and enforce compliance with Washington’s...

Hirst Decision by Supreme Court unleashes wrath of “Futurewise” upon property owners by taking...

The recent Washington State Supreme Court decision Hirst vs. W. Washington Growth Management Hearings Board (“Hirst”) opens a new offensive against individual property rights and common sense; and it continues the trend of legislative...

Complaint filed against Sound Transit for illegal collusion with ST3 lobby group

The supporters of ST3, a massive $54 billion tax proposal for light rail on the ballot this November, appear to be violating campaign finance rules.  There is great political and financial pressure to ensure...

Primary Elections 2016 – Senate Surprises and Democrats Delight

Over the last few years, the recent election trends in Washington State have gradually been favoring a Republican majority continuing in the Senate.  They also appeared to favor Republicans to pick up a few...

Primary Election Results – unanticipated outcomes, and major contrasts for November

Washington State’s primary election results from Tuesday night narrowed down some political races around the state.  However, the drawn out process of updated counts over the next few weeks with the trickle-in mail-in ballot...

How is ST3 like an STD?

A contagion of taxation The Sound Transit $54 Billion Mega Tax (called “ST3”) will be on the ballot for most voters in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties in Washington State this November.  ST3 has contagious...

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