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

February 19, 2015 at 5:48 PM

Inslee addresses poison pills, oil trains, e-cigarettes and Bertha’s progress

Gov. Jay Inslee signed the supplement budget Thursday, before taking questions from media. Here are some things he said: 1. Bertha crawls again. “We’re looking forward to continued movement,” Inslee said. “People have to understand, there’s going to have to be a lot of work on this machine to keep it operable … there’s a long ways…


Comments | More in Governor, Politics Northwest | Topics: 2015 legislative session, bertha, e-cigarettes

February 19, 2015 at 5:09 PM

House Democrats say they will wait on transportation package

House Majority Leader Rep. Pat Sullivan, D-Covington, said Thursday that even if the state Senate quickly approves a proposed transportation package fueled by an increase in the gas tax, the measure won’t be heard in the House until lawmakers address education funding. Sullivan said a plan to fund the requirements of the Washington Supreme Court ruling known as…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: 2015 Legislature, contraception, education

February 18, 2015 at 1:33 PM

Seattle mayor’s legal counsel announces bid for City Council

Less than two hours after Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark dropped her re-election bid Wednesday, Mayor Ed Murray’s legal counsel, M. Lorena González, declared for the seat that Clark had been seeking. Seven of the council’s nine spots are moving to representation by geographic district this year. But two will remain citywide seats, including the…


Comments | More in Local government, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, M. Lorena González, Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark

February 18, 2015 at 9:15 AM

Sally Clark won’t run for Seattle City Council re-election

Update: Read the full story here. Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark has decided to not seek re-election this year. On the council since 2006 and its former president, Clark has been registered to run for one of two remaining citywide seats as seven of the council’s positions move to election by geographic district in 2015. But…


Comments | More in Local government, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata, Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark

February 17, 2015 at 6:33 PM

Bill would nix Seattle minimum wage, but raise it statewide more than inflation

OLYMPIA – The debate over raising the statewide minimum wage has largely revolved around dependable partisan arguments: up-by-the-bootstraps Republicans saying it isn’t necessary or that it would kill businesses and Democrats bent on fixing income inequality. Enter Sen. Mark Miloscia, R-Federal Way, a former Democrat, with what he calls a “grand compromise.” Miloscia dropped a bill Tuesday, More

Comments | More in Minimum wage, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: $15 minimum wage, 2015 legislative session, ed murray

February 17, 2015 at 7:11 AM

House committee considers bill to limit vaccine exemptions

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — A House committee held a public hearing on a bill that would remove philosophical opposition as an acceptable reason for parents to not vaccinate their school-age children, drawing at least two dozen opponents to the proposed change. The bill, sponsored by Rep. June Robinson, was heard before the House Health Care &…


Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: measles

February 16, 2015 at 12:55 PM

State House takes on scalpers; OKs bill banning ticket bots

OLYMPIA — The state House has unanimously passed a bill to outlaw ticket bots — computer software that beats humans trying to buy seats online for concerts and sporting events. House Bill 1091 passed the chamber Monday and now heads to the Senate for consideration. The measure, requested by Attorney General Bob Ferguson, makes it a…


Comments | More in State government, State Legislature | Topics: bots, scalpers, Ticketmaster

February 14, 2015 at 11:25 AM

Transportation, climate bill, Oso medals: your political week in review

The big Olympia news this week was that Republicans and Democrats in the state Senate came together on the beginnings for an agreement on a statewide transportation package. That and other doings: 1. State Senate transportation plan includes phasing in new gas tax. 2. Meanwhile, GOP senators introduce bill that would ban money for Bertha tunnel cost overruns. 3. Lawmaker called…


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February 12, 2015 at 1:43 PM

Vaping, transportation and the Pasco shooting: things Inslee said Thursday

Flanked by doctors, lawmakers and education professionals, Gov. Jay Inslee made a brief argument Thursday for regulating electronic cigarettes, also known as vaping devices, before taking his weekly questions from media. Highlights: 1. The Senate will issue a statewide transportation proposal Thursday afternoon — funded by a gas tax (not Inslee’s carbon-polluter proposal). But the governor wasn’t saying much, other…


Comments | More in Governor, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: 2015 legislative session, e-cigarettes, electronic cigarettes

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