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August 11, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Emails: Mayor’s office angered by Seattle City Light’s Carrasco ‘throwing garbage’

Top aides to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray were incredulous and angry at Seattle City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco’s bungled effort to respond to negative news stories┬áthis summer, newly released emails show. First, a little background. Carrasco had attempted an image-repair media tour in June after The Seattle Times published critical stories on him being duped…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest | Topics: Seattle City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

August 8, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Celis declares victory, looks to fall matchup with DelBene

It wasn’t pretty, but Republican Pedro Celis appears to have secured a spot on the November ballot against Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene in the 1st Congressional District north of Seattle. With a new round of ballots counted Friday, Celis extended his lead over Republican rival Robert Sutherland to 922 votes. “It appears we have won and…

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

August 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Gun-control group launches TV ads promoting background checks

With Washington voters set to decide on competing gun initiatives this fall, a tax-exempt nonprofit group is launching a major TV ad campaign promoting universal background checks for all gun sales. The Center for Gun Responsibility, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, announced the TV ad campaign Friday. Molly Boyajian, a spokeswoman for the group, said its $1…

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Comments | More in Gun initiative, Politics Northwest | Topics: background checks, Initiative 591, Initiatve 594

August 7, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Celis pushes ahead of Sutherland in 1st District primary

The latest round of ballot counting on Thursday pushed Republican candidate Pedro Celis into second place in the 1st Congressional District primary, making it more likely the favored candidate of the Republican Party establishment will advance to the November general election. Celis, a former Microsoft engineer, had been in third place in Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s totals,…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races | Topics: 1st District, Pedro Celis, Robert Sutherland

August 6, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Pedro Celis still trails in race to challenge DelBene

With new vote counts released Wednesday, Republican Pedro Celis remained in third place in the 1st Congressional District, leaving the GOP’s anointed 2014 challenger to rookie Democratic Congresswoman Suzan DelBene in danger of not making it to the November ballot. Celis gained some ground, but still trailed fellow Republican Robert Sutherland by 265 votes as…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races | Topics: 1st Congressional District, Pedro Celis, Robert Sutherland

July 31, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Legislative candidate Jess Spear arrested in oil-train protest

Jess Spear, a socialist running against state House Speaker Frank Chopp, was arrested Thursday during a protest against oil trains running through the city. Spear and two others were arrested for trespassing by BNSF police after the protesters blocked tracks in downtown Seattle. Gus Melonas, a spokesman for BNSF, said the arrests occurred after more than…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, State legislative races | Topics: 43rd Legislative District, Jess Spear

July 31, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Public memorial for former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell set for Oct. 8

A public memorial for the late Seattle Mayor Paul Schell has been set for 3 p.m. Oct. 8 at Bell Harbor International Conference Center on the Seattle waterfront. Organizers have scheduled the event on what would have been Schell’s 77th birthday. Schell, who served as mayor from 1998 to 2002, died Sunday after undergoing heart…

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

July 26, 2014 at 6:31 PM

State Sen. Pam Roach refunds $4,500 to state for improper mileage charges

State Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, agreed Saturday to pay back more than $4,500 to the state for improperly charging taxpayers for mileage to pick up mail at a post office box where she received both official and campaign mail. Roach agreed to the reimbursement — $4,515.91 — after the improper charges were publicized by her…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, State legislative races | Topics: ethics, refund, State Sen. Pam Roach

July 22, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Report: SEIU halts mandatory fees for some workers

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month striking down mandatory payroll deductions for public-sector unions has started to show some impact in Washington state. The Harris v. Quinn ruling said home-health care workers in Illinois could not be forced to pay fees to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to cover collective bargaining expenses. Conservatives argued the…

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July 21, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Obama to raise money for super PAC at former Costco CEO’s house

Update: Updated to note Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray are remaining in D.C. and will not attend fundraiser. President Obama’s Tuesday fundraising swing through the Seattle area will include a high-priced dinner event benefiting a Democratic super PAC. The event is scheduled at the Hunt’s Point home of former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal and his wife…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest | Topics: 2014 elections, former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal, fundraiser

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