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The Douglas County Board of Commissioners have received the official letter of retirement from Douglas County Clerk Juanita Koch effective July 31, 2013. Her term ends December 31, 2014.
We are requesting the Douglas County Republican Central Committee to present the Board with three qualified candidates to fill the vacant term. The appointment needs to be made within 60 days of the effective date of resignation.
An "Acting Clerk" will be appointed during the time between Mrs. Koch's retirement, and the
time the appointment is made.
If anyone is interested in this position, please contact Chairman Mike McCourt.
By Jerry Cornfield, Herald Writer
OLYMPIA -- A controversial bill that would have required background checks on private gun sales appears doomed after its supporters failed Tuesday to round up enough votes to pass it in the state House.
An apparent deal seemed in place Tuesday morning after the author agreed to put the matter before voters this November.
While the move helped Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, pick up the votes of a couple of undecided Democrats, it reportedly cost him support of other Democrats who disliked placing it on the ballot as a referendum.
As a result, Pedersen and House Speaker Frank Chopp, D-Seattle, spent the afternoon and evening trying to pull together the 50 votes needed for passage in the chamber.
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