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

October 1, 2014 at 6:09 AM

Yakima voting-rights plan goes to federal judge

The Associated Press YAKIMA — A federal judge will be asked Friday to choose between different plans for improving Latino voting rights in Yakima. The City Council voted Tuesday for a plan to create five geographic districts and two positions voted on citywide. The American Civil Liberties Union wants a separate district for each of the seven council…

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Comments | More in State government | Topics: latino, voting, Yakima

September 30, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Mayor Ed Murray visits Ireland to drum up business for Seattle

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray met with Ireland’s prime minister for at least a half-hour in Dublin on Monday, he said in a phone interview. He and Prime Minister Enda Kenny discussed “American businesses in Ireland, Irish businesses in Seattle” and Kenny’s visit to Seattle last year to highlight a purchase of Boeing jets by Ryanair, the Irish airline, the mayor…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Same-sex marriage, State government | Topics: business, China, Ireland

September 30, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Newhouse ad flogs Didier for backing Social Security phaseout

Both Republicans vying to be the next member of Congress from Central Washington’s 4th District say they want to cut federal spending. But while tea-party favorite Clint Didier talks of slashing all sorts of federal subsidies — “we have to get back to sacrifice,” he recently told a radio interviewer — GOP establishment pick More

Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, Politics Northwest | Topics: 4th Congressional District, Clint Didier, Dan Newhouse

September 29, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Task force proposing new taxes for state parks

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — A task force appointed by the governor is recommending two new taxes to help fund Washington state parks and the outdoor recreation industry. The final report from the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation recommends a sales tax on bottled water and an excise tax on motor homes and…

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Comments | More in Governor, State government | Topics: governor, parks

September 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Climate activist money, NRA endorsement, new I-594 ads: Your week in review

Some tidbits from the week. To wit: 1. Climate activist fuels fight to switch control of state Senate. 2. Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant tries, fails to flatten the city’s light rates for residents. 3. Nick Hanauer, advocate for $15/hour minimum wage, speaks in Eastern Washington (Addy Hatch/SR). 4. NRA endorses Dan Newhouse in Fourth Congressional District; Didier asks…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, Education, Gun initiative, State legislative races, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: week in review

September 26, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Inslee appoints temporary replacement for Rep. Mike Hope

What does it feel like to be a lawmaker for two months when the Legislature is out of session and the political parties are both out campaigning in advance of an election? Retired Navy Capt. Doug Roulstone is about to find out. Gov. Jay Inslee Friday appointed Roulstone to fill the vacant state House seat from Snohomish County’s 44th Legislative District, according…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Governor, State legislative races | Topics: Jay Inslee, Mike Hope

September 25, 2014 at 5:56 PM

State wins $4.3 million grant to soften blow from defense cuts

With cuts to military and defense spending appearing to become the new normal, Washington state officials are trying to figure out how to soften the blow to the thousands of people who could be affected by the drawdown. The latest step in that came Thursday, when Gov. Jay Inslee’s office announced that the state will receive a $4.3 million federal…

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Comments | More in Federal government, Governor | Topics: department of defense, Jay Inslee, military

September 25, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Challenger admits Reichert’s passed bills, says they’re not ‘particularly relevant’

Jason Ritchie, the Democratic challenger to U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert of Auburn, has claimed on his website that Reichert “has not sponsored one piece of legislation that has been passed into law and is on the opposite side of his constituents on almost every issue.” Whether you think Reichert is on the wrong…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, Politics Northwest | Topics: 8th Congressional District, Dave Reichert, Jason Ritchie

September 25, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Former pastor will compete for City Council seat in North Seattle

Sanford “Sandy” Brown needs a new pair of hiking boots. The former Methodist pastor, who announced his candidacy Thursday for the Seattle City Council, has walked more than 2,200 miles in Europe since 2008, and he now says he’s going to walk every street in the newly drawn 5th District. Brown, 56, trekked across Italy and Spain…

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Comments | More in Gun initiative, Local government, Politics Northwest, Same-sex marriage, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, 5th district, Halei Watkins

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