January 12th, 2006

State AG visits

Just back from a visit to Washington, D.C., state Attorney General Rob McKenna visited Anacortes Friday. McKenna met with about 10 business people at the Chamber of Commerce, and then headed for lunch with Mayor Dean Maxwell. Washington state attorneys Wednesday argued a case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court regarding union dues and the state’s teachers’ union. McKenna is trying to reverse a Washington state Supreme Court decision in the case, Washington v. Washington Education Association. The Puget Sound Business Journal reports that the issue is whether non-union workers must contribute to union political activities. “In 1992,” read the Journal, “voters approved an initiative directing unions to require non-members to ‘opt in’ and approve the use of their fees for political activities. But the state Supreme Court declared that campaign finance law to be unconstitutional.” McKenna argued in support of the initiative, and told his Chamber audience he is confident the court will agree with his argument.

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A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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