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October 21, 2014 at 8:30 AM

PAC backed by Slade Gorton attacks Clint Didier

Voters in Central Washington get to decide the state’s marquee congressional contest this fall: the battle between tea party candidate Clint Didier and his establishment GOP rival, Dan Newhouse. Now the Republican establishment is working to tilt the 4th Congressional District contest in Newhouse’s favor. A PAC backed by former Republican U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Clint Didier, Dan Newhouse, Fourth Congressional District race

October 15, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Celis and DelBene spar on Hobby Lobby, government spending

Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene and her Republican challenger Pedro Celis returned to their former employer Wednesday for a televised debate at Microsoft’s Redmond campus. Both candidates for the 1st Congressional District seat are Microsoft alums – Celis a top database software engineer and DelBene a marketing vice president. While both largely stuck…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, Politics Northwest | Topics: 1st Congressional District, Pedro Celis, Rep. Suzan DelBene

October 13, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Hanauer rages at Constantine over police militarization

In early August, Seattle venture capitalist and big-time Democratic political donor Nick Hanauer was driving near his home in Shoreline and came across a scary sight: SWAT officers with full body armor, military-style weapons and an armored vehicle surrounding a house.

Hanauer was angry at the display of force and texted King County Executive Dow Constantine to demand answers.

Over the next several days — as national controversy erupted over the militarized police response to protests in Ferguson, Mo. — Hanauer texted back and forth with Constantine, at one point threatening to politically shame King County Sheriff John Urquhart over the police-militarization issue.

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: King County Executive Dow Constantine, King County Sheriff John Urquhart, Nick Hanauer

October 7, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Memorial Wednesday for former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell

The life and legacy of former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell will be remembered Wednesday during a public memorial at Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle. Schell, a longtime civic visionary who served a single term as mayor from 1998 to 2002, died July 27 at the age of 76. The memorial starts…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: memorial, Seattle Mayor Paul Schell

October 7, 2014 at 11:21 AM

VP Biden to visit Renton Technical College Thursday

Vice President Joe Biden will travel to the Seattle area on Thursday, visiting a community college and headlining a political fundraiser. Biden will speak at Renton Technical College Thursday morning to tout the Obama administration’s job-training efforts, according to the White House. The community college was one of 270 nationwide that received a slice of…

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October 3, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Enviros draw green bullseye on state Sen. Doug Ericksen

Updated with comment from Ericksen. Washington’s largest environmental group is leaving no doubt as to their top villain in this year’s legislative elections, drawing a big green bullseye on the back of Ferndale Republican state Sen. Doug Ericksen. At a Washington Conservation Voters breakfast Friday, headlined by Gov. Jay Inslee, environmentalists booed and hissed as Ericksen’s visage…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest, State legislative races | Topics: climate change, gov. jay inslee, State Sen. Doug Ericksen

October 3, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Pedro Celis mocked by conservative radio hosts for vague answers

What should have been a friendly radio chat flipped into a PR headache on Thursday for Republican congressional candidate Pedro Celis. Celis, who is challenging Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene in the 1st Congressional District, went on KIRO radio yesterday to try to explain his vague answers in a KIRO news story about…

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Comments | More in Congress, Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: 1st Congressional District, Pedro Celis, U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene

September 30, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Newhouse ad flogs Didier for backing Social Security phaseout

Both Republicans vying to be the next member of Congress from Central Washington’s 4th District say they want to cut federal spending. But while tea-party favorite Clint Didier talks of slashing all sorts of federal subsidies — “we have to get back to sacrifice,” he recently told a radio interviewer — GOP establishment pick More

Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, Politics Northwest | Topics: 4th Congressional District, Clint Didier, Dan Newhouse

September 25, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Challenger admits Reichert’s passed bills, says they’re not ‘particularly relevant’

Jason Ritchie, the Democratic challenger to U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert of Auburn, has claimed on his website that Reichert “has not sponsored one piece of legislation that has been passed into law and is on the opposite side of his constituents on almost every issue.” Whether you think Reichert is on the wrong…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, Politics Northwest | Topics: 8th Congressional District, Dave Reichert, Jason Ritchie

September 25, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Reichert’s Democratic challenger blasts lack of debates

In all likelihood, U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert faces an easy path to reelection this fall. The 8th Congressional District was remapped into safer territory for the Auburn Republican in the latest round of redistricting in 2012, and Reichert took 62.5 percent of the vote in the August primary. But does that mean he should get…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congress | Topics: Jason Ritchie, Newt Gingrich, Rep. Dave Reichert

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