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

November 25, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Viet Shelton will be Seattle mayor’s new communications director

Viet Shelton will be Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s new communications director, he says. Starting Feb. 2, the 33-year-old University of Washington graduate will replace Jeff Reading, who announced last week he would be resigning Dec. 12 to take a job in the private sector. Shelton has worked with Murray before and is currently a spokesman in Washington,…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, State government, State Legislature, Washington state Democratic Party | Topics: Jeff Reading, Rosalind Brazell, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

November 25, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Seattle mayor says ‘murder of Mr. Brown’ quote was a misstatement

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says he didn’t mean to refer to the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., as “murder.” During a news conference Monday, after the announcement that a Missouri grand jury wouldn’t bring criminal charges against the officer who shot Michael Brown in August, Murray used the…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Ferguson, Michael Brown, police reform

November 24, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Sawant says she’s voting “no” on Seattle budget

There will be a rare “no” vote Monday when the Seattle City Council adopts the city’s new budget for 2015 and 2016. Despite getting her way with several amendments earlier this month, Councilmember Kshama Sawant will dissent, she says. Because of the amendments, the council’s budget will include money to investigate a “millionaires tax,” fast track city…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: budget, seattle city council, Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant

November 22, 2014 at 11:59 AM

New gigs, lobbyists, immigration, anarchists: your political week in review

The elections are over, Thanksgiving looms, and politics persist. Here’s what happened this past week: 1. Local Congress members praise, blast Obama’s immigration move to protect millions of the undocumented from deportation. 2. Former Seattle Mayor McGinn gets new gig, says he has no plans to seek return to elected office. 3. As Didier finally concedes, Republican…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races | Topics: mike mcginn, week in review

November 20, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Local Congress members praise, blast Obama’s immigration move

Members of Congress began reacting to President Obama’s speech on immigration Thursday afternoon even before it was delivered. We’ll post statements from members of the Washington state congressional delegation as they arrive. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Medina: “Everyone agrees that our immigration system is broken, but after more than a year of refusing to act on immigration reform legislation,…

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Comments | More in Congress | Topics: immigration, president obama

November 20, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Former Seattle Mayor McGinn takes new job, says no plans to seek return to elected office

Information in this article has been corrected. Mike McGinn lives just inside the border of the Seattle City Council’s 6th District. A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that he lived in the 5th District. Nearly a year after leaving City Hall, former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has settled on a next act. And it’s not in…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: mike mcginn

November 19, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Didier concedes to Newhouse in 4th District Congressional race

Yakima Herald-Republic Republican Clint Didier has formally conceded the race to Dan Newhouse for Washington’s 4th Congressional District seat. Newhouse, also a Republican, was projected to win the race since Nov. 7, but Didier, a tea party ally, said early last week the campaign was still counting ballots and hoping for a recount. Since then, Newhouse has…

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Comments | More in Congressional races, Politics Northwest, Washington state Republican Party | Topics: 4th District, Clint Didier, Dan Newhouse

November 19, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Maria Cantwell: Net neutrality should be “law of the land”

UPDATED AT 11:09 A.M. WITH EXCERPTS  of CANTWELL’S SPEECH: WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, one of  most vocal advocates in Congress for an open Internet, on Wednesday called on Congress to ensure that “net neutrality is the law of the land.” The Washington Democrat’s remarks on the Senate floor came after President Obama earlier this month waded into the…

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Comments | More in Congress, U.S. Senate | Topics: Maria Cantwell, net neutrality

November 18, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Little movement as state House Democrats elect their leadership

Going in to the 2015 legislative session, there looks to be no major shakeups in Washington state House Democrats’ leadership. Democrats once again selected Rep. Frank Chopp of Seattle to be their choice for House speaker, the most powerful position in the chamber, according to a release Tuesday afternoon from the party. Other senior leaders stayed in their posts,…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Eric Pettigrew, frank chopp, Kevin Van De Wege

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