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

April 17, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Hilyer running for Supreme Court

Former King County Superior Court Judge Bruce Hilyer is running for the state Supreme Court seat being vacated by Justice James M. Johnson’s retirement at the end of the month. Johnson announced his retirement last month, citing health concerns. Considered the court’s most conservative member, Johnson was not due up for reelection until 2016. Gov. Jay…

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April 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Newhouse leads fundraising in race to succeed Doc Hastings

Former state agriculture chief Dan Newhouse has emerged as the leading early fundraiser among a pack of Republicans vying to represent Central Washington’s 4th Congressional District. Newhouse raised $162,000 through the first quarter of the year, topping five other Republicans and one Democrat in the race so far, according to reports filed with the Federal…

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0 Comments | More in Congress, Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Clint Didier, Dan Newhouse, Fourth Congressional District race

April 17, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Poll: Voters support taxes for roads, schools, parks

Washington state voters are willing to pay higher taxes to support a variety of community services, including roads and public transportation, according to a public poll released Thursday. The Elway Poll reported that 74 percent of voters surveyed last week said they supported higher local taxes for roads and 60 percent said they supported higher taxes…

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0 Comments | More in Local government | Topics: Elway Poll, Metro, poll

April 16, 2014 at 9:49 AM

DelBene challenger Celis donates $36,000 to his campaign

Republican Pedro Celis and his wife have kicked in $36,000 to seed his challenge to Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene in the First Congressional District. Celis, a retired Microsoft engineer, raised about $200,000 in about a month since he announced his candidacy in late February, according to a first-quarter fundraising report filed with the Federal…

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0 Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, Politics Northwest | Topics: Pedro Celis, Rep. Suzan DelBene

April 15, 2014 at 10:37 AM

New poll: Opposing gun measures both have majority support

Washington state voters support both expanding background checks for gun sales and restricting background checks for gun sales, according to an Elway Poll released Tuesday. The poll, the first public survey of voters to gauge support for the initiatives simultaneously, shows the pro-background check Initiative 594 is starting the campaign in better shape. But the anti-background check…

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0 Comments | More in Gun initiative | Topics: background checks, Elway Poll, gun rights

April 14, 2014 at 12:06 PM

State Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom drops re-election bid

State Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, a Medina Democrat who joined with Republicans to give them control of that chamber, told colleagues Monday morning that he is dropping his bid for re-election. Tom, 50, a polarizing figure who started his career as a Republican before becoming a Democrat and then switching his caucus allegiances, cited health…

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0 Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: rodney tom, Washington Legislature

April 14, 2014 at 10:50 AM

$15 Now files ballot initiative to raise Seattle’s minimum wage

Activists this morning filed a Seattle city charter amendment to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour starting Jan. 1, 2015. The measure calls for a three-year phase-in for small business and non-profit organizations and defines a small business as any with 250 or fewer full-time employees. Backers of the amendment, which includes 15 Now…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: $15 minimum wage, 15 Now, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

April 10, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Businesses push back on minimum-wage demands

A group that includes the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Restaurant Association announced the formation today of a new business coalition, OneSeattle, to counter the minimum-wage demands made by unions and 15 Now activists. The group says it supports both the goal of $15 an hour and the concept of broad prosperity for all….

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: $15 minimum wage, OneSeattle, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

April 10, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Gov. Inslee orders higher heating aid to block food-stamp cuts

WASHINGTON — Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday said Washington will increase monthly heating assistance for low-income families to get around a new federal rule that threatened $70 million in annual food-stamp benefits. Washington joins seven other states that have already tweaked the so-called “heat and eat” formula in response to a Republican-authored provision in the…

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0 Comments | More in Governor, State government | Topics: food stamps, Jay Inslee

April 10, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Shari Song to run for key state Senate seat

Democrats have finally recruited a candidate for the key state Senate race in South King County’s 30th district — Shari Song, a real-estate agent who last year unsuccessfully challenged Metropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn. Song, however, will have to combat carpetbagging charges as she is moving from Bellevue to Federal Way just in time for…

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0 Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: mark miloscia, Shari Song, State Senate

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