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

September 19, 2014 at 3:10 PM

City Council member asks feds to block Seattle Housing Authority rent change

Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata is asking the feds to stop the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) from immediately implementing a new policy that would raise rents for thousands of poor households across the city. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development should issue new emergency rules for public housing authorities, like SHA, that want to set rents…

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Comments | More in Federal government, Local government, Seattle City Council | Topics: Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata, Seattle Housing Authority, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

September 19, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Joe Biden expected in Seattle for Cantwell’s Senate fundraiser

UPDATED AT 3:06 p.m. with comment from Cantwell’s campaign: WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden will attend a fundraiser in Seattle next month to benefit a new joint fundraising committee created by Sen. Maria Cantwell and three other female Democratic senators up for election this year. The Oct. 9 event will support Cantwell for Women…

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Comments | More in Congress, U.S. Senate | Topics: 2014 elections, Joe Biden, Maria Cantwell

September 18, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Cantwell offers bill to strip NFL’s nonprofit status

WASHINGTON — Making good on her threat Tuesday, Sen. Maria Cantwell has introduced a bill to deny tax-exempt status to sports leagues that allow its franchise teams to use the term “redskins.” Thursday’s bill follows the Washington Democrat’s earlier pledge to strip the National Football League of its nonprofit status over Commissioner Roger Goodell’s inaction so far…

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Comments | More in Congress, U.S. Senate | Topics: Maria Cantwell, National Football League, Washington Redskins

September 18, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Forecast: State revenue grows, but won’t pay all the bills

Lifted by rising tax revenues, projections for the state’s general-fund revenue has nudged up, but it still won’t cover many of the costs lawmakers need to fund in the upcoming session, according to the state Office of Financial Management (OFM). OFM announced Thursday it had upped the forecast of revenue for the current budget cycle (2013-2015) by $169 million over its June…

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Comments | More in State budget, State government, State Legislature | Topics: McCleary decision, psychiatric boarding, revenue

September 17, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Food policy consultant launches Seattle City Council bid

Politics are heating up in South Seattle, where a new City Council candidate is calling her neck of the woods “neglected” in terms of public safety and economic development. Tammy Morales, 45, who runs a food policy consulting business and who lives in Seward Park with her husband and children, announced Wednesday she will run for the…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, Bruce Harrell, education

September 16, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Maria Cantwell threatens to strip NFL of nonprofit status

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell on Tuesday said she plans to introduce a bill to strip the National Football League of its tax-exempt status over its refusal so far to force the Washington Redskins to change the team’s name. Speaking at a news conference at the Capitol as part of the “Change the…

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Comments | More in Congress, U.S. Senate | Topics: Maria Cantwell, NFL, Washington Redskins

September 13, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Hipsters, Sarah Palin, constitutional conflict: your week in review

You’re perfect, so we know you’d never miss any news. But just in case: 1. Obama visit costs Seattle $40k; Medina bills former Costco CEO. 2. State Supreme Court finds state Legislature in contempt on McCleary funding. 3. Lt. Gov. Brad Owen to pay fine for using state resources for his nonprofit. 4. We now have a…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: week in review

September 12, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Ethics board fines Lt. Gov. Brad Owen $15,000

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen has reached a settlement with the Washington State Executive Ethics Board that fines him $15,000 for using state resources for his nonprofit organization Strategies For Youth. The settlement, released Friday and which Owen has agreed to, would allow him to pay only $10,000 of the fine if he commits no other ethics violations for…

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Comments | More in State government | Topics: Brad Owen, ethics complaint

September 12, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Obama visit costs Seattle $40k; Medina bills former Costco CEO

President Obama’s July 22 political fundraising visit cost Seattle taxpayers about $40,000 in police overtime bills, according to the city. Seattle plans to absorb that cost, said Jeff Reading, a spokesman for Mayor Ed Murray. “It’s not been the city’s policy to bill for a presidential visit of any kind,” Reading said in an email….

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| More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Jim Sinegal, Medina, police costs

September 11, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Palin endorses Didier in 4th District race

Former Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin has endorsed Clint Didier in his bid to represent Central Washington’s 4th Congressional District. A post on Palin’s Facebook page says “Clint will fight for farmers, for lower taxes, and less government. He understands hard work and the concerns of everyday Americans because he’s one of us. We need…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, Politics Northwest | Topics: Clint Didier, Sarah Palin

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