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Representative Ruth Kagi awarded for extraordinary legislative efforts on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities Thursday, August 14, 2014

Over 120 individuals attended the Annual Summer Potluck Picnic of the King County Family Coalition for Developmental Disabilities of the Arc of King County, where six legislators, including 32nd District Representative Ruth Kagi, were awarded for their extraordinary efforts during the 2014 legislative session.

Addressing the unmet need for waiting families whose children qualified for state respite and other state Developmental Disabilities Administration services, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 6387 adding 5,000 individuals with developmental disabilities (DD) to services, as well as put in place a policy to make it easier for families to receive respite care.

Representative Kagi was awarded for her extraordinary role leading a bi-partisan effort to help people with developmental disabilities. This annual award is given to legislators who go above and beyond to champion DD issues...

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The Times recommends: Rep. Ruth Kagi, Democrat, 32nd Legislative District, Position 2 Sunday, July 27, 2014
State Rep. Ruth Kagi, D-Seattle, is an easy endorsement for another two-year term in Olympia.

The redrawn 32nd District takes in parts and neighborhoods of Shoreline, North Seattle, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace. It’s a mix of new and old for state Rep. Ruth Kagi, D-Seattle.

She has served in the state Legislature since 1999, and from the beginning she has been a leader on issues for the state’s youngest constituents and struggling families.
Kagi chairs the House Early Learning and Human Services Committee, where she is a strong, effective voice for child-sensitive foster-care reforms, family-support services and early learning. She is also on the Appropriations Committee.

She is well-aware of the revenue tensions to fulfill the school-funding issues at the heart of the state Supreme Court’s McCleary ruling. Kagi has not compounded the issue of adequate school finance by signing onto an expensive, controversial initiative to reduce class size.
Kagi does see early learning as part of the imperative to provide education for all children. And to promote academic success.

Kagi is rated “outstanding” by the King County Municipal League. Her Republican opponent, Alvin Rutledge, is rated “not qualified.”

Voters should return Kagi, and her experience and expertise, to Olympia.

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Testimony before House Ways and Means Subcommittee
Thursday, July 29, 2010

  • House Ways and Means Subcommittee

Ruth's testimony before...

The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support.

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Seattle Times Gives Strong Endorsement to Ruth Kagi Friday, July 30, 2010

An outstanding legislator with expertise in early learning issues...

Seattle Times Gives Strong Endorsement to Ruth Kagi

"An outstanding legislator with expertise in early learning issues and two candidates with local-government experience are endorsed for the 32nd District legislative races.

In the race for Position 2, incumbent Democratic state Rep. Ruth Kagi is the only choice. Kagi, who chairs the Early Learning and Children's Services Committee, is an outstanding legislator. She has developed respected expertise on issues related to the education and care of Washington's youngest citizens.

Her advice and leadership on tough budget choices, especially for the state's most vulnerable populations, could not be more timely or valuable. Republican challenger Gary Gagliardi and Democrat Stan Lippmann are not credible options."

Kagi gets top Municipal League rating Saturday, July 24, 2010

Incumbent Democratic State Rep. Ruth Kagi has won an “Outstanding” rating from the Municipal League of King County. Kagi is the only one of the nine 32nd Legislative District candidates on the primary-election ballot to get the League’s highest rating....

Kagi gets top Municipal League rating

By Evan Smith (ShorelineAreaNews Politics Writer)

Incumbent Democratic State Rep. Ruth Kagi has won an “Outstanding” rating from the Municipal League of King County. Kagi is the only one of the nine 32nd Legislative District candidates on the primary-election ballot to get the League’s highest rating.

 The league announced its ratings of legislative, judicial, municipal and county candidates in contested races a few days ago. The League rated candidates as “Outstanding,” “Very Good,” “Good,” “Adequate” or “Not Qualified,” using four criteria: Involvement, effectiveness, character and knowledge. The League uses questionnaires, interviews with the candidates and information from references to determine its ratings.

The League lists the ratings without comment or explanation. 

Municipal League Co-Chair Gabe Meyer told me Friday that voters should use the League ratings as only one tool in evaluating candidates. He said that he has often voted for candidates with lower ratings than their opponents because of the candidates' stand on issues. He said that the League had neither a liberal nor a conservative bias, but, rather, a “bias for competence.”

Kagi, who is running for a seventh two-year term in 32nd District representative position 2, has two opponents in the August primary: Republican Gary Gagliardi, who won an “Adequate” rating, and Stan Lippmann, running as a Democrat, who was rated “Not Qualified.“
In the State Senate race to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Darlene Fairley, Republican David Baker and Democrat Patty Butler both won “Very Good” ratings, and Democrat Maralyn Chase got a “Good” rating.

In the contest to replace Chase in representative position 1, Democrat Cindy Ryu was rated “Very Good,” Republican Art Coday won a “Good” rating, and Democrat Doris McConnell had an “Adequate“ rating. Ryu’s ratings continued on a roller-coaster ride. The League had rated her “Very Good” in a losing bid for Shoreline City Council in 2003, “Outstanding” when she won election to the Council in 2005 and “Adequate” when she lost a re-election bid in 2009. Neither Coday nor McConnell has a record of past League ratings. When McConnell won election to the Shoreline Council in 2007, the League didn’t rate Shoreline candidates.

In the Senate race, Chase got the same “Good” rating she had in re-election bids to the State House of Representatives in 2006 and 2008. She had a “Very Good” rating in 2002 and was unrated when she ran unopposed in 2004, Baker’s “Very Good” rating was a step up from the “Good” rating he had when he challenged Fairley for the Senate seat in 2006. Butler’s “Very Good” rating also was a step up from the “Good” ratings she had when she ran successfully for the State House in 1996 and unsuccessfully for re-election in 1998.

For Kagi, this is the fourth time that the League has given her an “Outstanding” rating. She twice got” Very Good” ratings, and once was not rated when she ran unopposed.

In the one contested election for a position on the Shoreline District Court. a contest that will be on the general-election ballot but not the primary ballot, the League gave an "Outstanding" rating to appointed incumbent Marcine Anderson and a "Very Good" rating to challenger Dennis J. McCurdy.

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New strategy in war on drugs Tuesday, April 2, 2002

Drug courts make sense Friday, February 15, 2002

Background checks needed at gun shows Monday, January 28, 2002

Getting smarter about some drug offenders Friday, January 25, 2002

Fostering stability for kids at school Tuesday, January 22, 2002

Change is blowing in the wind for child welfare Saturday, May 26, 2001

Smart on crime with drug courts April 03, 2001

Legislators to vote on bills to improve foster-care system March 22, 2001

Fix gun-show glitch Tuesday, January 25, 2000

Lessons of Wenatchee  Friday, March 19, 1999

More training for investigators OK'd Saturday, March 13, 1999

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