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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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July 18, 2014 at 11:57 PM

Obama fundraiser includes familiar hosts, may cross Lake Washington

President Obama’s political fundraising swing through Seattle on Tuesday will include a reception at the waterfront home of Bruce and Anne Blume, according to Democratic sources. The Blumes are major Democratic donors who also hosted Obama in 2012 at their 10,000-square-foot Madrona mansion. And drivers beware — the president’s itinerary may include a second event on…


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July 16, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Obama travels to Seattle Tuesday for DNC fundraiser

President Obama plans another political visit to the Seattle area next week as part of a West Coast fundraising spree. Obama will travel to Seattle on Tuesday to attend an event for the Democratic National Committee, according to a White House official. Later that day, he’ll fly to San Francisco to spend the night before attending a…


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July 11, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Funny or offensive? Democratic candidate shoots elephant pinata in ad

Update: As of Saturday morning, Beltran’s video has been removed from YouTube. Original post: If you’re a Democrat running in a conservative Republican congressional district, one of the first hurdles you must overcome is getting anyone to pay attention to your long-shot campaign. It also might not hurt to show you can handle a gun. Estakio Beltran, a…


Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races | Topics: 4th Congressional District, campaign ads, Estakio Beltran

July 3, 2014 at 3:47 PM

City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco apologizes for recent controversies

Seattle City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco offered public apology Thursday for recent controversies that caused him to lose a $60,000 pay raise. During a hastily called news conference at City Light’s downtown headquarters, Carrasco said he takes “full responsibility” for a copper theft scam and a contract with the online reputation management firm “I am…


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July 2, 2014 at 12:24 PM

No pay raise for City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says he will not give City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco a pay raise, citing “judgment” issues, including a contract aimed partly at boosting Carrasco’s online image. Murray made the comments at a City Hall news conference Wednesday. The Seattle City Council had authorized a pay increase of up to $119,000 for…


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June 30, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Carrasco admits he sought raise, contrary to earlier statement

Seattle City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco did a round of media interviews last week in an apparent effort to repair public-relations damage from recent controversies — from a copper theft scam to hiring a consulting firm with public money to boost his online image. But it now looks like Carrasco’s media tour backfired, as…


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June 20, 2014 at 1:23 PM

DelBene challenger Celis downplays personal views on abortion and gay marriage

Republican Pedro Celis is trying to keep the focus on Obamacare and the economy in his bid to unseat first-term Democratic Rep. Suzan DelBene this year. But at a GOP candidate forum Thursday night at an Everett restaurant, Celis was reminded that some conservative Republicans also care deeply about social issues, including abortion and…


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June 18, 2014 at 1:58 PM

No vote on cigarette tax increase this year

Voters will not be asked this year to raise the cigarette tax by $1 a pack to fund a new $1 billion cancer-research fund. Despite spending nearly $500,000 on signature gathering and consulting already, backers of Initiative 1356 have decided not to run the initiative this fall. Sandeep Kaushik, spokesman for the I-1356 campaign, said supporters were…


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