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The New Kid In Town/On Townsquare Is Andy Dean — Dave’s Diary

To all KIT fans out there it's a day of mixed emotions.  We said goodby to "The Mike Bastinelli Show" and hello to "America Now" with Andy Dean.

Andy is a young (33) up-and-coming talk radio star with more than 100 affiliates tuned in each day across the country

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Dave Defends the Council Responding To The Political Machine — Dave’s Diary

I’m getting better at not taking the bait, not feeling the need to defend or challenge every printed swipe at city council.  I’ve been on council for 4 ½ years and we aren’t perfect and we’ve made mistakes for which we deserve our lumps but I still feel defensive when attacks, subtle or overt, aren’t justified.

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What’s Next For Climate Change For Washington? — Dave’s Diary

Gov. Jay Inslee is serious about establishing a climate plan for Washington state. So what’s next? 

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After Earth Day – Time to Get Real –Dave’s Diary [video]

It’s the day after Earth Day.  What a party!  We are still sweeping up the recycled confetti and putting the champagne bottles in the recycle bin. The feel good is over and it’s time to get back to the get real. 

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What’s So Funny About The Affordable Care Act — Dave’s Diary

We've spent a lot of time talking about Obamacare over the past few years trying to get a handle on the real purpose and true nature of the law. Now it's time for a little levity emailed in from a friend of the The Morning News

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President Approves Major Disaster Declaration for SR530 Mudslide

In a news release Wednesday Governor Jay Inslee says President Obama approved the state’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the SR530 landslide. Governor Inslee thanked President Obama for his quick approval which makes a number of programs available to assist individuals, households, and businesses impacted by the SR 530 slide on March 22.

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Auditor’s Race: Tell the Truth, Keep it Fair — Dave’s Diary

Five months to the primary and the campaign season for local politics is already underway.  There are lots of folks running for a variety of positions but is one race worth watching as much for who is running as it is for the activities behind the scenes

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Washington D.C. Trip A Success For Yakima Leaders — Dave’s Diary

Washington D.C. is a great place to visit but it feels so good to be home! The City Manager, Mayor, Chief of Police, Councilwoman Maureen Adkison and I went back for two days to talk to federal agencies and elected representatives about the airport, area ground transportation needs, guns, gangs and crime.

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Laugh A Little – When Senators Speak — Dave’s Diary

We all have favorite movies or movie scenes we can watch over and over again with the same level of enjoyment each time.  One of mine is the political parody that features the embarrassing moment in June of 2009 when Senator Barbara Boxer, California Democrat, interrupted a committee hearing to give Army brigadier general Michael Walsh of the Army Corps of Engineers the request to call her “senator”  instead of “ma’am” because she had “worked so hard” to earn the title.

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The Contradiction That Is Life In America — Dave’s Diary

Well this one is worth talking about.   It’s an email from a friend who usually sends along really funny stuff and while this one is a chuckle in the way it builds to its conclusion, it is too real to leave you laughing.  In fact, it’s more likely to leave you shaking your head.

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