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

September 16, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Maria Cantwell threatens to strip NFL of nonprofit status

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell on Tuesday said she plans to introduce a bill to strip the National Football League of its tax-exempt status over its refusal so far to force the Washington Redskins to change the team’s name. Speaking at a news conference at the Capitol as part of the “Change the…

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Comments | More in Congress, U.S. Senate | Topics: Maria Cantwell, NFL, Washington Redskins

September 13, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Hipsters, Sarah Palin, constitutional conflict: your week in review

You’re perfect, so we know you’d never miss any news. But just in case: 1. Obama visit costs Seattle $40k; Medina bills former Costco CEO. 2. State Supreme Court finds state Legislature in contempt on McCleary funding. 3. Lt. Gov. Brad Owen to pay fine for using state resources for his nonprofit. 4. We now have a…

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September 12, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Ethics board fines Lt. Gov. Brad Owen $15,000

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen has reached a settlement with the Washington State Executive Ethics Board that fines him $15,000 for using state resources for his nonprofit organization Strategies For Youth. The settlement, released Friday and which Owen has agreed to, would allow him to pay only $10,000 of the fine if he commits no other ethics violations for…

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September 12, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Obama visit costs Seattle $40k; Medina bills former Costco CEO

President Obama’s July 22 political fundraising visit cost Seattle taxpayers about $40,000 in police overtime bills, according to the city. Seattle plans to absorb that cost, said Jeff Reading, a spokesman for Mayor Ed Murray. “It’s not been the city’s policy to bill for a presidential visit of any kind,” Reading said in an email….

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| More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Jim Sinegal, Medina, police costs

September 11, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Palin endorses Didier in 4th District race

Former Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin has endorsed Clint Didier in his bid to represent Central Washington’s 4th Congressional District. A post on Palin’s Facebook page says “Clint will fight for farmers, for lower taxes, and less government. He understands hard work and the concerns of everyday Americans because he’s one of us. We need…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, Politics Northwest | Topics: Clint Didier, Sarah Palin

September 11, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Supreme Court finds Legislature in contempt on education funding

The Washington state Supreme Court is holding the Legislature in contempt for not making enough progress toward fully funding public education but, for now, is holding off on sanctions. In an order Thursday in the landmark McCleary school-funding case, the court  said it won’t issue any sanctions until at least the close of the 2015 legislative session. After that,…

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September 10, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Inslee assails ‘climate agnostics’ in speech at UW conference

Americans who remain neutral or indifferent on the subject of human-caused global warming are just as culpable as climate deniers, Gov. Jay Inslee told a gathering of climate researchers at the University of Washington Wednesday. Citing a parade of studies showing looming climate impacts on oceans, birds and human health, Inslee said…

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Comments | More in Governor, State government | Topics: climate agnostics, climate change, global warming

September 10, 2014 at 1:27 PM

NRA sends more money to fight I-594

As we’ve tallied the dollars flowing toward the pro-background check independent-expenditure campaign known as Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, we’ve been wondering where the National Rifle Association (NRA) is. The NRA started its own spending committee in June to oppose I-594, a measure on the November ballot that would expand background checks on gun purchases to online sales, gun…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative | Topics: i-594, national rifle association

September 10, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Planned Parenthood organizer declares Seattle City Council candidacy

Warning that Seattle’s story is becoming an unequal “tale of two cities,” Planned Parenthood’s lead political organizer in the city declared her intention Wednesday to run for the City Council’s newly-drawn 5th District seat. Halei Watkins, 26, is the first candidate to announce a campaign in the 5th District as the council moves to representation based on geographic districts…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: Halei Watkins, Northgate, seattle city council

September 9, 2014 at 5:36 PM

The Ballmers give another quarter million to support I-594

Steve Ballmer’s been in the news quite a bit lately: keeping busy with basketball teams (and more basketball teams)  and stepping down from the Microsoft board. And the former Microsoft CEO and his wife are continuing to add to the big-dollar campaign in support of Initiative 594, which would expand background checks on firearms purchasers. Ballmer and wife…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative | Topics: i-594, steve ballmer

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