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

November 20, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Local Congress members praise, blast Obama’s immigration move

Members of Congress began reacting to President Obama’s speech on immigration Thursday afternoon even before it was delivered. We’ll post statements from members of the Washington state congressional delegation as they arrive. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Medina: “Everyone agrees that our immigration system is broken, but after more than a year of refusing to act on immigration reform legislation,…

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Comments | More in Congress | Topics: immigration, president obama

November 20, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Former Seattle Mayor McGinn takes new job, says no plans to seek return to elected office

Information in this article has been corrected. Mike McGinn lives just inside the border of the Seattle City Council’s 6th District. A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that he lived in the 5th District. Nearly a year after leaving City Hall, former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has settled on a next act. And it’s not in…

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November 19, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Didier concedes to Newhouse in 4th District Congressional race

Yakima Herald-Republic Republican Clint Didier has formally conceded the race to Dan Newhouse for Washington’s 4th Congressional District seat. Newhouse, also a Republican, was projected to win the race since Nov. 7, but Didier, a tea party ally, said early last week the campaign was still counting ballots and hoping for a recount. Since then, Newhouse has…

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Comments | More in Congressional races, Politics Northwest, Washington state Republican Party | Topics: 4th District, Clint Didier, Dan Newhouse

November 19, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Maria Cantwell: Net neutrality should be “law of the land”

UPDATED AT 11:09 A.M. WITH EXCERPTS  of CANTWELL’S SPEECH: WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, one of  most vocal advocates in Congress for an open Internet, on Wednesday called on Congress to ensure that “net neutrality is the law of the land.” The Washington Democrat’s remarks on the Senate floor came after President Obama earlier this month waded into the…

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Comments | More in Congress, U.S. Senate | Topics: Maria Cantwell, net neutrality

November 18, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Little movement as state House Democrats elect their leadership

Going in to the 2015 legislative session, there looks to be no major shakeups in Washington state House Democrats’ leadership. Democrats once again selected Rep. Frank Chopp of Seattle to be their choice for House speaker, the most powerful position in the chamber, according to a release Tuesday afternoon from the party. Other senior leaders stayed in their posts,…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Eric Pettigrew, frank chopp, Kevin Van De Wege

November 18, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Seattle mayor losing his communications director

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is losing his communications director, Jeff Reading, after less than a year in office. Reading, resigning effective Dec. 12, has been an important aide for the new mayor, accompanying Murray in public and mediating between his boss, who has a reputation for losing his cool, and the press corps. “It’s the oldest cliché in politics,…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest | Topics: Jeff Reading, Rosalind Brazel, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

November 17, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Patty Murray urges Obama to stay firm on immigration action

WASHINGTON — Sen. Patty Murray and her fellow Democratic leaders on Monday urged President Obama to stick to his resolve to act unilaterally on immigration reform, which has incensed conservatives and triggered threats of another government shutdown. In a letter to Obama, the lawmakers say immigrant communities have waited long enough for House Republicans…

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November 15, 2014 at 2:49 PM

I-594 protesters, low turnout, and lots of birthday candles: your political week in review

Spice your weekend up with some of this: 1. Washington mid-term election turnout lowest since disco era. 2. Patty Murray readies for new role in Senate minority, has eye on tea party. 3. State Patrol won’t arrest anti-I-594 protesters for exchanging guns at rally. 4. One congested Seattle City Council race now includes …  a…

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November 14, 2014 at 10:57 AM

State Patrol: We won’t arrest people at anti-I-594 rally for exchanging guns

We wrote Tuesday about a planned rally in Olympia to demonstrate against the freshly-passed Initiative 594, which will expand gun-purchase background checks to private sales and transfers. Demonstrators plan to bring their firearms to the state Capitol on Dec. 13 and exchange them in what they say will be a violation of I-594, which they…

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