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December 19, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Lawmakers jab Supreme Court: bill would make races partisan

You could call it The “Go Pound Sand” Act of 2015. In a shot at the state Supreme Court, 19 state representatives — including three Democrats — have filed House Bill 1051, which would turn races for the state’s high court into partisan contests. (The court’s nine justices are now elected in nonpartisan races.) The…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, State Legislature, State Supreme Court | Topics: McCleary, Rep. Richard DeBolt, Washington State Supreme Court

December 12, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Inslee: Cap-and-trade climate plan can fund schools and bridges

In advance of his budget roll-out next week, Gov. Jay Inslee is making the case that the sort of cap-and-trade system he favors to cut carbon pollution can also generate cash for schools, bridges and other needs. Speaking at a Seattle conference hosted by the liberal Washington State Budget and Policy Center, Inslee said his…

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Comments | More in Governor, State government, State Legislature | Topics: 2015 Legislature, budget, climate change

December 9, 2014 at 7:00 AM

King and Pierce County councils squabble over legislative vacancy

A squabble with possible partisan overtones has erupted between the King and Pierce County councils over the process to fill a vacant legislative seat. Rebuffing a request for a joint meeting with its Republican-controlled Pierce County counterpart, the King County Council voted unanimously Monday to back Federal Way School Board President Carol Gregory for the 30th…

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Comments | More in Metropolitan King County Council, State government | Topics: 30th Legislative District vacancy, Carol Gregory, state Legislature

December 3, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Cantwell raises cash for Landrieu, who bashes her “windmills” focus

Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell sent out a fundraising appeal Wednesday morning for fellow Sen. Mary Landrieu, the embattled Louisiana Democrat fighting to retain her seat in a runoff election. Cantwell’s appeal, part of a national Democratic “moneybomb,” praised Landrieu as “a critical ally over the years… an ally I’m counting on in the years to…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, U.S. Senate | Topics: U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu

November 10, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Washington midterm turnout lowest since disco era

Washington voter turnout in the midterms looks like it will set its lowest mark since the Bee Gees ruled the charts and Jimmy Carter sat in the White House. Despite our state’s easy-peasy vote-by-mail setup, just 53 percent of registered voters bothered, according to Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s office. That’s the latest…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest | Topics: 2014 elections, turnout

November 6, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Sen. Pam Roach survives again, with some union help

She’s the state’s longest-serving state senator, and at times the most controversial. But Auburn Republican Pam Roach has shown once again she’s a political survivor, winning a seventh term this week by beating back a challenge from a fellow Republican, two-term state Rep. Cathy Dahlquist of Enumclaw. As of Thursday, Roach had 53 percent…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, State legislative races | Topics: 31st Legislative District, Rep. Cathy Dahlquist, State Sen. Pam Roach

November 4, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Congress: DelBene beat Celis in 1st; Newhouse leading Didier in 4th

Republican hopes of flipping Washington’s swing 1st Congressional District faded Tuesday as first term Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene defeated Republican challenger Pedro Celis. DelBene led on election night with about 55 percent of the vote, to 45 percent for Celis. Although hundreds of thousands of votes remain to be counted, Celis said, “it It looks…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races | Topics: Clint Didier, Dan Newhouse, Pedro Celis

November 3, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Record independent expenditures flow to legislative races

Led by deep-pocketed environmentalist and business interests, a record amount of independent spending by Democratic and Republican allies is pouring into Washington’s legislative races. As of Monday, independent political committees had spent more than $7.7 million on 2014 legislative contests — up from $5.9 million in 2012, $3.9 million in 2008, and $2.1 million in…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, State legislative races | Topics: andy hill, independent expenditures, Matt Isenhower

October 30, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Bar association admonishes judicial candidate Sarah Hayne

The King County Bar Association formally rebuked attorney Sarah Hayne on Thursday, saying she has made misleading statements about her legal experience during a contentious campaign for an Eastside district court seat against incumbent Judge Ketu Shah. Hayne’s campaign materials say she worked for the past 22 years as a pro tem judge, a prosecutor, and…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: Citizens for Judicial Excellence, Ketu Shah, Sarah Hayne

October 30, 2014 at 4:17 PM

‘Pray Your Gay Away’? Celis says Democrats distort his views

Mailers showing up in the 1st Congressional District attack Republican congressional candidate Pedro Celis over his past statements on abortion and gay marriage. But Celis’ campaign says the pieces, sent by the state Democratic Party in support of U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, are over the top and distort his views. The pieces say Celis’ views on marriage…

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

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