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

January 18, 2013 at 3:50 PM

City Attorney Holmes cited for minor violations

State election watchdogs cited Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes for first-time, inadvertent, minor violations of state law in his campaigning last year for Initiative 502, which created the state’s legal marijuana law. The Public Disclosure Commission also found that Holmes’ assistant Kim Garrett violated the law in the way she scheduled campaign events for her boss…


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January 18, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Senators Murray and Tom trade barbs over GET

State Sen. Ed Murray chastised Sen. Rodney Tom Friday in a strongly-worded letter that questions Tom’s leadership as chair of a committee that wants to shut down the state’s prepaid college tuition program. Tom, who described the Guaranteed Education Tuition program as a “Ponzi scheme” during a phone interview Friday, said it would be “fiscally…


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January 18, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Flurry of bills to start the legislative session

State legislators have no shortage of things to do this session. One week into the session,more than 350 bills have been filed. While some of these bills will never see the light of day, there are a few stand-outs: Legislators from both the House and Senate filed bills regarding “voluntary termination of a pregnancy,” otherwise known…


Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: abortion, healthcare, maternity care