Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the Republican who represents the eastern third of

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the Republican who represents the eastern third of the state and easily won reelection to a third term, got a special mention in this week’s Newsweek from none other than Karl Rove. In his 10-part prescription for the GOP’s “Way out of the Wilderness,” Rove names McMorris Rodgers as one of the Republican’s most persuasive and compelling House members. McMorris Rodgers announced earlier this month that she’s seeking a House leadership post: vice chair of the Republican Conference. It’s an influential role that approves committee assignments, and helps manage floor debates and communications strategy for the party. McMorris Rodgers should find out her fate soon. The House Republicans are scheduled to vote on leadership positions today.Also, in the WA players-to-watch category, Sen. Patty Murray– who long ago traded her tennis shoes for power pumps– has been reelected Democratic conference secretary, the fourth most powerful post in Senate leadership. Murray had also hoped to become chair of the Veteran’s Affairs Committee, but was thwarted when Democrats chose not to oust Sen. Joe Lieberman from his chairmanship in Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, a move that would’ve started a chain of musical chairs that could’ve ended with Murray moving up. Not to worry though: Murray may play it cool back home, but she continues to grow in power and clout among her Senate colleagues. Her leadership star has nowhere to go but up.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@seattleweekly.com.

More in News & Comment

Teaser
King County approves emergency grant after U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

Washington is expecting an influx of people seeking abortions from out of state.

Fedor Osipov, 15, flips into Steel Lake in Federal Way during last year's heatwave on June 28, 2021. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing
Heatwave expected to hit King County

Temperatures will likely reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday, June 26, and Monday, June 27.

Judged by XII: A King County Local Dive podcast. The hands shown here belong to Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson, who has been charged with homicide in the 2019 death of Jesse Sarey.
JUDGED BY XII: Examining Auburn police officer’s grim tattoos

Episode 5 in special podcast series that explores Jeffrey Nelson’s role in the death of Jesse Sarey.

t
Des Moines Police arrest murder suspect in Kent | Update

Medical examiner identifies body found June 20 in Duwamish River

Photo courtesy of King County.
Officials urge caution when swimming this summer

Cold spring temperatures and larger than normal snowpack have created dangerous conditions

File photo
Fireworks ban takes effect this year in unincorporated King County

The new law does not extend to cities, which each have their own regulations around fireworks.

A semiautomatic handgun with a safety cable lock that prevents loading ammunition. (Sound Publishing file photo)
Large-capacity ammo magazine sales ban starts soon in Washington

Starting July 1, a 10-round capacity becomes the limit for sales. Meanwhile, “there is a rush on magazine purchasing.”

At Dash Point on June 16, 2022. Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing
All that the tides reveal: Puget Sound’s hidden intertidal world

Exploring King County beaches during the lowest tide in the last 13 years.

Most Read