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The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

January 24, 2015 at 1:29 PM

Mascots, pot reform, political retirees: your politics week in review

While you were obsessing over the State of the Union or Deflategate, Washington state politics moved forward. Here’s what you may have missed: 1. Seattle City Councilmembers Nick Licata and Tom Rasmussen to retire 2. Truth Needle: GOP leader is right, Inslee polluter list tags UW, WSU 3. On Muslim Lobby Day, Muslim residents march through…

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Comments | More in Attorney General, Marijuana, Minimum wage, State Legislature, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington state Republican Party | Topics: Bob Ferguson, Nick Licata, Susan Hutchison

January 23, 2015 at 12:16 PM

Proposal would improve disclosure of legislators’ finances

At the request of the state Public Disclosure Commission (PDC), a bipartisan group of lawmakers has proposed a bill aimed at improving disclosure of personal finances of state legislators and other state officials. Senate Bill 5308 would fix one longstanding flaw in the personal financial disclosure forms (known as F1s) by requiring a more accurate accounting…

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Comments | More in State government, State Legislature | Topics: personal financial disclosures, Public Disclosure Commission

January 23, 2015 at 11:47 AM

Tom Rasmussen won’t run again for Seattle City Council

Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen announced Friday that he would not seek re-election for a third term. Rasmussen, who became the council’s first openly gay member when he was elected in 2003, is the second incumbent this week to announce that he would step down at the end of the year. Councilmember Nick Licata also…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: election, seattle city council, Tom Rasmussen

January 22, 2015 at 5:24 PM

Medical marijuana regulation gets hearing in Olympia

OLYMPIA — A crowded Senate hearing Thursday reviewed controversial legislation proposed by State Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries the same as recreational stores. Growing operations, the Washington CannaBusiness Association, the city of Seattle and others were there in favor of more regulation. Eric Cooper, co-owner of Monkey Grass Farms, a growing and…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: I-502, marijuana, medical marijuana

January 22, 2015 at 12:33 PM

Cathy McMorris Rodgers still supports anti-abortion bill that Republicans yanked

Updated at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 23 with comment from Herrera Beutler: WASHINGTON — The anti-abortion bill yanked from a floor vote in the House Thursday still has the support of the chamber’s highest-ranking Republican woman. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane reiterated her support for the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” which bars terminating pregnancies after…

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Comments | More in Congress, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: abortion, cathy mcmorris rodgers, Jaime Herrera Beutler

January 21, 2015 at 5:26 PM

Bill would allow Seattle mayor to tap two school board members

A state lawmaker has proposed new legislation that would give the mayor of Seattle the power to appoint two members of the Seattle School Board. The bill will likely prove controversial. Under current law, the board has seven members, each elected to represent a different geographic region within Seattle. The legislation introduced Wednesday by state Rep. Eric Pettigrew, D-Seattle, would allow a school board…

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Comments | More in Local government, State government, State Legislature | Topics: education, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle School Board

January 21, 2015 at 1:11 PM

Treasurer: Inslee budget spends too much of rainy-day fund

It’s State Treasurer Jim McIntire’s job to worry about the state’s credit rating and financial health. And McIntire, a Democrat, has concerns about Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed 2015-17 budget proposal, which McIntire says sweeps too much out of the state’s “rainy-day” fund. In a letter to Inslee last week, McIntire said he opposed Inslee’s proposal…

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Comments | More in Governor, Politics Northwest | Topics: budget, gov. jay inslee, rainy-day fund

January 21, 2015 at 11:29 AM

Nick Licata won’t seek Seattle City Council re-election in 2015

Longtime Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata, an ardent progressive who led the council’s ultra-liberal wing for many years, is bowing out. In office since 1998, Licata won’t seek re-election this year, he announced Wednesday at City Hall, saying he wants to continue to work against inequality not only in Seattle but in other cities. “I’ve been lucky to have…

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Comments | More in Local government, Minimum wage, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, mike o'Brien, Nick Licata

January 21, 2015 at 9:38 AM

State attorney general proposes to raise smoking age to 21

OLYMPIA – State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday afternoon to announce a bill to raise the smoking age in Washington to 21 from 18. Most states have allow people to buy cigarettes once they reach 18, though in at least two states, Utah and New Jersey, the age is 19, according to Beverly May,…

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Comments | More in Attorney General, State Legislature | Topics: Bob Ferguson, cigarettes, smoking

January 21, 2015 at 6:11 AM

Want change? Start by filing an initiative: Tim Eyman submits 17

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — The start of the new year is also initiative filing season in Washington. The secretary of state’s office says 37 have been filed so far, led by 17 from initiative activist Tim Eyman. Some of Eyman’s initiatives are called the Taxpayer Protection Act, Tougher on Tolls, Bring Back $30 Car Tabs and Let…

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Comments | More in Secretary of State | Topics: initiatives

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