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

August 27, 2014 at 11:53 PM

With Spokane’s newest City Council member, an Olympia connection

The Spokane City Council this week appointed city worker Karen Stratton to a vacant seat its council. In his story for The Spokesman-Review, friend and former colleague Nick Deshais points out that Stratton has a connection to the Capitol Campus: Her mother was Lois Stratton, a longtime state lawmaker. Appointed to a Spokane state House seat in 1979, according to her official…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Karen Stratton, Lois Stratton, spokane

August 26, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Port of Vancouver’s 18-month labor fight is officially over

After an 18-month lockout, picket lines around the Port of Vancouver and a political tussle over whether the government should help run the picket lines to inspect grain, longshore workers will head back to work on Wednesday. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) ratified a new union contract with United Grain Corp. (UGC),  according to a press statement by the union. The…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: agriculture, labor support, united grain corporation

August 25, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Bill and Melinda Gates give $1M in support of background checks on gun buyers

Each contribution reads like a Lotto payout: three contributions from mega-wealthy donors amounted to $2 million donated last week to support background checks on gun buyers. The money is flowing to WA Alliance for Gun Responsibility, which is advocating for I-594 in November’s general election vote, which would mandate background checks on gun purchases. Billionaire entrepreneur Nick…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative | Topics: background checks, Bill Gates, i-594

August 23, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Ferry complaints, tribal heritage, big money for I-594 : your week in review

Another week is behind us. Here’s what you may have missed while doing whatever it is you do: 1. Seattle officials want tribal heritage reflected in city waterfront. 2. Lawmakers turn up the heat on troubled ferry system. 3. Paul Allen gives $500K to support gun-sale background…

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August 20, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Franchise group blasts Seattle minimum-wage law in radio ad

The International Franchise Association, which represents franchise owners like those who own most McDonald’s restaurants, is taking to the airwaves to criticize an aspect of Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage law and unions that backed the measure. But proponents of the law say the gambit won’t sway public opinion. The IFA has already sued the city in federal court, arguing…

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Comments | More in Minimum wage, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: Dave Meinert, David Rolf, International Franchise Association

August 20, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Lawmakers: FEMA should reconsider aid denial for Washington wildfire victims

WASHINGTON – Four members of Congress from Washington state are urging the federal government to reverse last week’s decision to deny direct assistance to families affected by wildfires that scorched the state for nearly a month beginning July 14. In a letter to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Democratic Sens. Patty Murray and Maria…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: carlton complex, FEMA, wildfires

August 19, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Our dismal primary turnout: 31 percent

tersely-worded tweet Tuesday evening from the Washington Secretary of State’s office announced the numbers. “All WA counties have now certified their Primary returns. 1.22m ballots, 31.14% turnout — low but among highest in nation this mid-term.” When “low but among highest in nation this mid-term” is the best face you can put on it, you know the numbers are grim. In…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Secretary of State | Topics: David Ammons, primary election, voter turnout

August 18, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Paul Allen gives $500K to support gun-sale background checks

OLYMPIA (AP) — A campaign seeking to expand gun-sale background checks has received a $500,000 donation from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The donation to Initiative 594 posted on the state’s Public Disclosure Commission website Monday afternoon. I-594 would require background checks for all gun sales and transfers in Washington state, including at gun shows and private sales….

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Comments | More in Gun initiative, homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: i-594, Initiative 594, Paul Allen

August 16, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Labor disputes, psychiatric boarding, pro-gun money: your week in review

For those of you “relaxing” this weekend by checking the interwebs every 15 minutes, we present: news and bits you may have missed over the past week. 1. More than 100 patients could be released from hospital emergency rooms later this month as the state scrambles to find long-term beds and funding to abide by a…

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August 15, 2014 at 10:24 AM

AG Ferguson goes to bat for immigrant children

Immigrant children crossing the border likely won’t make their way up to Washington state in large numbers anytime soon, where it was briefly thought they might be housed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. But the slowing of unaccompanied minors crossing the border hasn’t stopped  Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson from weighing in on the latest incarnation of our approximately 140-year…

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