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

January 29, 2015 at 5:08 PM

$12 minimum-wage bill advances after fiery debate

OLYMPIA — A bill to boost the state minimum wage to $12-an-hour over four years passed out of a House committee Thursday, but not before an opposed GOP lawmaker ripped minimum-wage activists as entitled in a “kids-these-days” diatribe. Rep. Matt Manweller, R-Ellensburg, the ranking Republican on the House Labor Committee, argued low-wage workers need to…


Comments | More in State government, State Legislature | Topics: minimum wage, Rep. Matt Manweller, Rep. Mike Sells

January 29, 2015 at 3:26 PM

Crotch grabs for charity? Seahawks fines should stay local, says state lawmaker

OLYMPIA — Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has been racking up fines this year for his brevity with the media and on-field gestures. Lynch tallied $20,000 for a crotch-grabbing touchdown celebration in the NFC championship game alone. Typically, fine money goes to football-related charities according to past statements from league representatives. The NFL Player Care Foundation…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: fines, NFL, Rep. Drew MacEwen

January 29, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Unions, earthlings and Seahawks: things Inslee said Thursday

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee held his weekly news conference with reporters Thursday and answered questions about union contracts, his proposal to curb carbon pollution, and, of course, the Seahawks. Here are some highlights: 1. Inslee said he had a “five corners” breakfast meeting with leaders of all four legislative caucuses Thursday morning and came away optimistic that Republicans and…


Comments | More in Governor, Politics Northwest, State government | Topics: gov. jay inslee, seahawks, state

January 28, 2015 at 3:55 PM

Which GOP lawmakers got donations from state-worker unions

UPDATED 8:09 P.M.: A spokesman for Service Employees International Union 775 guided me to a few additional donations that union made, so I updated their chart to include those. ORIGINAL POST: OLYMPIA — We wrote a story for Wednesday about Republican Party lawmakers’ skepticism over state-employee raises legislators will approve, deny or disregard this session, which comes in More

Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: Brian Dansel, Pam Roach, Services Employees International Union

January 28, 2015 at 1:51 PM

Activists, lawmakers rally at Capitol to end homelessness

OLYMPIA — Activists and lawmakers rallied inside the Capitol on Wednesday for legislation to end homelessness. Among the bills and policies the group discussed were Senate Bill 5404, the “Homeless Youth Act,” and working to ensure that the Housing Trust Fund, which helps low-income families and provides transitional housing, is fully funded in the state…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: homelessness

January 28, 2015 at 10:28 AM

Openly carried weapons banned in Capitol public hearings

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — A decision to ban openly carried weapons in the House and Senate public viewing areas at the Washington state Capitol also applies to the public hearing rooms at the nearby legislative office buildings. Officials from both chambers on Wednesday told The Associated Press that that the decision made earlier this month addressing…


Comments | More in State government, State Legislature | Topics: Capitol, legislature, open carry

January 27, 2015 at 2:56 PM

Adam Smith: Republicans have only partisan motives on Benghazi panel

WASHINGTON — He’s called it a “witch hunt” that has already wasted millions of taxpayers’ dollars. And on Tuesday, U. S. Rep. Adam Smith of Bellevue used the third public hearing of the Select Committee on Benghazi to once again excoriate House Republicans for their ongoing investigation into the 2012 attacks at the U.S. diplomatic…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Adam Smith, Benghazi

January 27, 2015 at 11:35 AM

Inslee climate bill gets first hearing today

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed cap-and-trade bill will get its first public hearing before state lawmakers Tuesday afternoon. A hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. in the House Environment Committee. The hearing will be live-streamed by TVW. House Bill 1314 seeks to set a statewide cap on carbon emissions and requires most of the largest polluters…


Comments | More in State government, State Legislature | Topics: cap and trade, climate change, gov. jay inslee

January 26, 2015 at 6:02 PM

GOP senators’ bill to kill Bertha and tunnel project goes nowhere

UPDATE, 12:22 p.m.: Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, Tuesday afternoon announced that the bill to stop the Highway 99 tunnel project and tunnel drill Bertha would not get a hearing in the state Senate. “While I understand my colleagues’ concerns regarding the Seattle tunnel project, a bill to shut down a project of this size is not realistic,” said King, who…


Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: bertha, doug ericksen, Michael Baumgartner

January 26, 2015 at 1:06 PM

Joel’s Law, revenue forecasts, rules and transportation: things Democrats said today

Update, 9:15 p.m.: We told you (below) about the Democrats’ ideas earlier Tuesday for the Senate Rules Committee. Well … the committee will grow from 18 to 21 members, according to a release from the Majority Coalition Caucus. Two positions go to Democrats Tim Sheldon, of Potlatch, (who caucuses with Republicans) and Andy Billig, of Spokane. Sen. Doug…


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