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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….

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| 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…

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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…

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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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September 5, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Realtors group backs state Sen. Andy Hill with $80,000 ad effort

The National Association of Realtors has joined the battle for control of the Washington State Senate with an $80,000 independent expenditure on behalf of state Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond. The money — one of the first big independent expenditures of the general election season — is buying TV ads that praise Hill, the chief…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest, State legislative races | Topics: Matt Isenhower, Realtors, State Sen. Andy Hill

September 5, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Pedro Celis: I’ll only serve 6 terms in Congress

Update: 5:45 p.m. Some of the platform statements released by Republican congressional candidate Pedro Celis on Friday copied lines from two Virginia Republican candidates Celis’ new communications director had previously worked for. For example, as part of his energy policy statement, Celis says he opposes government subsidies for alternative energy: “If there is a new…

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Comments | More in Congressional races, Politics Northwest | Topics: George Nethercutt, Pedro Celis, Suzan DelBene

September 3, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Pedro Celis hires strategists who helped topple Eric Cantor

After a shaky primary-election showing, Republican congressional candidate Pedro Celis has reshuffled his campaign, replacing his campaign manager and hiring a pair of young strategists who helped tea-party challenger Dave Brat beat House Majority Leader Eric Cantor earlier this year. Brat’s campaign manager, Zachary Werrell, is now managing Celis’ campaign, replacing local Republican strategist Don…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races | Topics: David Brat, Eric Cantor, Pedro Celis

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 this 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

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