Pacific County welcomes Washington Governor Jay Inslee to 89th Annual Crab Feed

Washington Governor Jay Inslee will join Washington Democrats at the 89th Annual Crab Feed in Pacific County on Saturday.
Believed to be the oldest continuous fundraiser in the state, the crab feed will begin with a social hour at 5 p.m. at the Willapa Harbor Chamber Building, 916 W. 1st St. in South Bend

Tiffany Turner, Bethany Oszman, Pacific County Democrats' Chair Karen Spackman, Gov. Jay Inslee, and Erin Frasier
Tiffany Turner, Bethany Oszman, Pacific County Democrats’ Chair Karen Spackman, Gov. Jay Inslee, and Erin Frasier

Among other guests scheduled to attend are Congressman Derek Kilmer, State Auditor Troy Kelley, state Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond; and State Reps. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen; and Dean Takko, D-Longview.

According to County Democratic Chair Karen Spackman, “The crab will likely come fresh off the docks in Ilwaco!”

Besides the dinner, there will also be raffles, a silent auction and a live auction hosted by former Democratic state Senator Craig Pridemore of Vancouver, who also served as the auctioneer during last year’s event.

The auction includes stays at local inns, a hand-forged coat rack and even a ride in the family canoe from the leader of the Chinook Nation.

Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and the cost is $30, payable in advance at or at the door.

Washington health exchange ready to launch – regardless of federal government shutdown

SEATTLE (AP) – Politicians and administrators launching Washington’s new health care exchange on Tuesday say nothing will stop the state from signing people up for health insurance.

They’re not concerned about technical glitches or being overwhelmed by consumer phone calls and web traffic. They are prepared to take comments and complaints from the public. And they say the debate in the other Washington won’t affect Washington Healthplanfinder, even if there is a federal government shutdown.

State Sen. Karen Keiser says the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land and nothing that happens in Washington, D.C., this week will change that. She doesn’t expect protests to disrupt the launch. She adds, however, that the first open enrollment period will last six months, so early protests will not stop what she calls this landmark in history.


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Starting today, uninsured residents in Grays Harbor County can enroll in quality, affordable health plans simply by calling or visiting Coverage begins on January 1, 2014.