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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…


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…


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

September 24, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Steyer group will target state Sen. Andy Hill in 45th District race

California billionaire and climate activist Tom Steyer’s political organization has revealed some details of its plans to influence Pacific Northwest legislative contests. NextGen Climate will back Democrats in two key state Senate races in Washington: Matt Isenhower, who is challenging state Sen. Andy Hill of Redmond in the 45th Legislative District, and Tami Green, challenging state…


Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest, State legislative races | Topics: andy hill, Matt Isenhower, NextGen Climate

September 24, 2014 at 11:41 AM

NRA endorses Newhouse; Didier asks ‘who got to them?’

The National Rifle Association is boosting Dan Newhouse in Central Washington’s 4th Congressional District race, endorsing him over fellow Republican Clint Didier. NRA Chairman Chris W. Cox praised Newhouse, a former state legislator, for opposing “all attempts to ban lawfully owned firearms and magazines” and said he “stood strong against President Obama and…


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

September 22, 2014 at 5:25 PM

California billionaire Tom Steyer drops $1 million on WA elections

California billionaire Tom Steyer — a climate activist and political ally of Gov. Jay Inslee — has entered Washington state’s 2014 elections in a big way, sending $1 million here in an expected effort to help Democrats take control of the state Senate. Steyer donated $1 million last week to NextGen Climate Action’s Washington state…


Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest, State legislative races | Topics: 2014 Legislative races, climate change, Jay Inslee

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….


| 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…


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

September 10, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Inslee assails ‘climate agnostics’ in speech at UW conference

Americans who remain neutral or indifferent on the subject of human-caused global warming are just as culpable as climate deniers, Gov. Jay Inslee told a gathering of climate researchers at the University of Washington Wednesday. Citing a parade of studies showing looming climate impacts on oceans, birds and human health, Inslee said…


Comments | More in Governor, State government | Topics: climate agnostics, climate change, global warming

September 8, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Suzan DelBene and Pedro Celis spar in 1st District debate

First term Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene and Republican challenger Pedro Celis sparred gently in their first radio debate aired Monday night — taking generic partisan stands on issues including immigration reform to money in politics. The debate between the rivals for the First Congressional District was prerecorded last Friday, but broadcast Monday on More

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