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

July 29, 2014 at 5:50 PM

GOP: Democratic Senate candidate too Republican

Update: Andy Hill Campaign Manager Jess Honcoop tells us they found out about the campaign mailers along with everyone else, after the mail hit voters. Honcoop describes mailings like these as the “nasty underbelly of politics” and says it shows what a high-profile contest the District 45 race is. But, “We’re trying to keep our campaign as positive as possible,”…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, State legislative races | Topics: andy hill, Matt Isenhower

July 26, 2014 at 6:31 PM

State Sen. Pam Roach refunds $4,500 to state for improper mileage charges

State Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, agreed Saturday to pay back more than $4,500 to the state for improperly charging taxpayers for mileage to pick up mail at a post office box where she received both official and campaign mail. Roach agreed to the reimbursement — $4,515.91 — after the improper charges were publicized by her…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, State legislative races | Topics: ethics, refund, State Sen. Pam Roach

July 25, 2014 at 8:19 AM

State Rep. Mike Hope resigns from Legislature

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — State Rep. Mike Hope has resigned following the revelation he’s been registered to vote in two states since last summer. The (Everett) Herald reports that the Mill Creek Republican informed Gov. Jay Inslee of his resignation Thursday. Hope was not running for re-election. A Democratic activist in Snohomish County alerted the chief…

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Comments | More in State government, State Legislature | Topics: Mike Hope, Washington Legislature

July 23, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Boehner praises doctor who saved Herrera Beutler’s baby

The Associated Press A choked-up House Speaker John Boehner has interrupted a series of votes to praise a doctor who helped a congresswoman’s infant survive a rare condition. In a break from his chamber’s often acrid political divisions, the Ohio Republican prompted two bipartisan standing ovations Wednesday by introducing Washington state Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler…

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Comments | More in Congress, Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: baby, Johns Hopkins doctor, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler

July 22, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Report: SEIU halts mandatory fees for some workers

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month striking down mandatory payroll deductions for public-sector unions has started to show some impact in Washington state. The Harris v. Quinn ruling said home-health care workers in Illinois could not be forced to pay fees to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to cover collective bargaining expenses. Conservatives argued the…

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July 22, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Medina says it will send former Costco CEO bill for Obama visit

Big checks have been written to attend a Democratic fundraiser Tuesday headlined by President Obama at the Hunts Point home of former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal. For the privilege, Sinegal may end up writing a big check himself to the City of Medina. The city has decided to charge Sinegal for the full cost of any…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: fundraiser, Jim Sinegal, Medina

July 22, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Obama visits Seattle for two fundraisers

President Obama dropped into Seattle Tuesday afternoon for a quick visit to headline two Democratic fundraisers. Obama touched down at Boeing Field shortly after 3 p.m. and was greeted by officials including Gov. Jay Inslee, who rode with Obama in the presidential motorcade to brief the president on the state’s record-setting wildfires. The Seattle visit…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: Bruce Blume, fundraiser, Jim Sinegal

July 21, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Obama to raise money for super PAC at former Costco CEO’s house

Update: Updated to note Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray are remaining in D.C. and will not attend fundraiser. President Obama’s Tuesday fundraising swing through the Seattle area will include a high-priced dinner event benefiting a Democratic super PAC. The event is scheduled at the Hunt’s Point home of former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal and his wife…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest | Topics: 2014 elections, former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal, fundraiser

July 18, 2014 at 11:57 PM

Obama fundraiser includes familiar hosts, may cross Lake Washington

President Obama’s political fundraising swing through Seattle on Tuesday will include a reception at the waterfront home of Bruce and Anne Blume, according to Democratic sources. The Blumes are major Democratic donors who also hosted Obama in 2012 at their 10,000-square-foot Madrona mansion. And drivers beware — the president’s itinerary may include a second event on…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest | Topics: fundraiser, president obama

July 17, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Seattle in its own minimum-wage bubble

Seattle is the only area in the state with a plurality of voters who believe that a $15 minimum wage would help the economy more than hurt it, according to an Elway poll released today. That puts city voters at odds with those elsewhere, including the rest of King County and all of Eastern Washington, where most voters say…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: $15 minimum wage, Elway Poll

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