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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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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

October 30, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Reichert says he’ll consider run for governor or Senate in ’16

Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert says he’ll consider a 2016 challenge to Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, or maybe even a U.S. Senate bid. In an interview Wednesday, Reichert gently fanned the rumors about his future political plans, saying “I have to keep my options open – that’s something I’ve done for my entire career.” A big caveat…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: 2016 governor's race, gov. jay inslee, U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert

October 29, 2014 at 3:42 PM

NYT probes lobbying ties of AG Bob Ferguson and former AG Rob McKenna

Update: In an interview, Ferguson says the NYT piece contained critical omissions. In particular, Ferguson said it failed to mention that he was one of the attorneys general who did file a lawsuit against 5-Hour Energy. He said the NYT also failed to mention he’d returned the campaign contribution referred to in the story,…


Comments | More in Attorney General, State government | Topics: Attorney General Bob Ferguson, former Attorney General Rob McKenna, lobbyists

October 21, 2014 at 8:30 AM

PAC backed by Slade Gorton attacks Clint Didier

Voters in Central Washington get to decide the state’s marquee congressional contest this fall: the battle between tea party candidate Clint Didier and his establishment GOP rival, Dan Newhouse. Now the Republican establishment is working to tilt the 4th Congressional District contest in Newhouse’s favor. A PAC backed by former Republican U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Clint Didier, Dan Newhouse, Fourth Congressional District race

October 15, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Celis and DelBene spar on Hobby Lobby, government spending

Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene and her Republican challenger Pedro Celis returned to their former employer Wednesday for a televised debate at Microsoft’s Redmond campus. Both candidates for the 1st Congressional District seat are Microsoft alums – Celis a top database software engineer and DelBene a marketing vice president. While both largely stuck…


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

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