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November 22, 2014 at 11:59 AM

New gigs, lobbyists, immigration, anarchists: your political week in review

The elections are over, Thanksgiving looms, and politics persist. Here’s what happened this past week: 1. Local Congress members praise, blast Obama’s immigration move to protect millions of the undocumented from deportation. 2. Former Seattle Mayor McGinn gets new gig, says he has no plans to seek return to elected office. 3. As Didier finally concedes, Republican…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races | Topics: mike mcginn, week in review

November 18, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Little movement as state House Democrats elect their leadership

Going in to the 2015 legislative session, there looks to be no major shakeups in Washington state House Democrats’ leadership. Democrats once again selected Rep. Frank Chopp of Seattle to be their choice for House speaker, the most powerful position in the chamber, according to a release Tuesday afternoon from the party. Other senior leaders stayed in their posts,…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Eric Pettigrew, frank chopp, Kevin Van De Wege

November 15, 2014 at 2:49 PM

I-594 protesters, low turnout, and lots of birthday candles: your political week in review

Spice your weekend up with some of this: 1. Washington mid-term election turnout lowest since disco era. 2. Patty Murray readies for new role in Senate minority, has eye on tea party. 3. State Patrol won’t arrest anti-I-594 protesters for exchanging guns at rally. 4. One congested Seattle City Council race now includes …  a…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative, Seattle City Council | Topics: week in review

November 14, 2014 at 10:57 AM

State Patrol: We won’t arrest people at anti-I-594 rally for exchanging guns

We wrote Tuesday about a planned rally in Olympia to demonstrate against the freshly-passed Initiative 594, which will expand gun-purchase background checks to private sales and transfers. Demonstrators plan to bring their firearms to the state Capitol on Dec. 13 and exchange them in what they say will be a violation of I-594, which they…

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Comments | More in Gun initiative | Topics: i-594

November 11, 2014 at 4:11 PM

I-594 opponents bringing their guns to Olympia rally next month

Opponents of Initiative 594, the measure to expand gun-purchase background checks that voters approved this election cycle, have insisted it is so strict it would criminalize law-abiding gun owners who hand each other firearms, like at a gun-safety course. Now, such opponents are going to test their understanding of the measure during a rally next month in Olympia, where…

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Comments | More in Gun initiative, Politics Northwest | Topics: i-591, i-594

November 11, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Sending a message? Some Washington counties voted for both gun initiatives

UPDATE 3:38 p.m.:  In the original version of this post, we neglected Skagit County, which also voted yes on both measures. Sorry, Skagit. We’ve updated the numbers below to reflect its inclusion, too. In the months leading up to the November ballot, people wondered what would happen if both gun-related initatives on the ballot, I-591 and I-594,…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative | Topics: 2014 elections, i-591, i-594

November 10, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Those three toss-up House races? All are now out of recount range

Last week, we wrote about gains the GOP was making in statehouse races this election cycle. At the time, three state House races were so close that it looked like they’d go to recount. It doesn’t look that way anymore. In votes counted as of late Monday afternoon, all three races have moved out of the recount…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest, State legislative races | Topics: 2014 elections

November 8, 2014 at 11:28 PM

Elections, elections, elections: your political week in review

You’re going to get lonely without all those politicians keeping you company with their TV ads. So bookmark this page. Here’s what happened this past week: 1. Voters approve I-594, measure to expand checks for gun buyers, and defeat rival I-591. 2. Still a close race for I-1351 to decrease class sizes, though now it leads. 3….

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, Governor, Gun initiative, State legislative races | Topics: week in review

November 5, 2014 at 3:07 PM

I-594 supporters to push for more gun laws in Olympia

The morning after voters approved Initiative 594, the proposal to expand gun-buyer background checks to private sales and transfers, the measure’s supporters declared they’d take their momentum to lawmakers in Olympia. “We are here this morning to announce that we are not packing up our tents, claiming victory and going home,” said Sandy Brown, president of…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative, State Legislature | Topics: i-591, i-594

November 3, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Poll: On election eve, I-594 to expand gun-purchase background checks still leads

A poll out today by Public Policy Polling has Initiative 594, the statewide measure to expand gun-purchase background checks to private sales and transfers, shows it getting about 60 percent support. Of those polled, 56 percent said they definitely supported I-594; another 3 percent said they probably would support it. That’s pretty much the same number an…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative | Topics: i-591, i-594

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