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October 18, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Fresh polls, election bits, Seattle rages: your week in review

If you missed the week, here’s what you missed: 1. Hanauer rages at County Executive Constantine over police militarization 2. Class-size initiative 1351 has hefty lead  3. Speaking of polls, this one says I-594 is still passing and I-591 still failing 4. Congressional candidates Celis and DelBene spar on Hobby Lobby, government spending  5. Seattle mayor’s ex-press secretary seeks…

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October 17, 2014 at 4:55 PM

NRA not making its fundraising disclosures on time in I-594 campaign

This spring, the National Rifle Association (NRA) set up an independent spending committee here in Washington to persuade voters to reject Initiative 594, which would expand gun purchase background checks to private sales and transfers. Gun rights advocates, including the NRA, have argued that if the proposal became law it could criminalize ordinary gun owners. But in its quest, the…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative | Topics: i-594, national rifle association, Public Disclosure Commission

October 14, 2014 at 6:20 PM

How a California billionaire gets his money into a Washington Senate campaign

In late September, political reporter Jim Brunner wrote about how California billionaire and climate activist Tom Steyer had decided to drop $1 million into Washington state’s elections to help Democrats regain control of the state Senate. One of ways the Steyer money is being used is to try to unseat Republican Sen. Andy Hill in the 45th…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, State legislative races, State Legislature | Topics: 2014 elections, andy hill, Matt Isenhower

October 14, 2014 at 10:29 AM

New Poll: Class-size initiative has hefty lead

These are the kind of numbers everyone wants their campaign to have. Initiative 1351, a measure on the November ballot to increase school staffing and decrease class sizes of students, has a 42-point lead in a new Elway Poll released this morning. In the poll, 66 percent of those surveyed said they favored the measure, which would cost the…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Education | Topics: class sizes, education, Elway Poll

October 13, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Seattle City Council and former GOP governor endorse I-594

It’s been a busy Monday for Initiative 594, the measure on the November ballot to expand gun purchase background checks to private sales and transfers. In the morning we wrote about the new poll suggesting that support for I-594 is down from its summertime high, but still fairly strong. And in the afternoon, the I-594 campaign added more endorsements to its…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative, Seattle City Council | Topics: Alan Gottlieb, dan evans, i-591

October 13, 2014 at 10:54 AM

New poll: Support for gun initiatives slipping, but voters still prefer I-594

Updated at 12:05 p.m. For those who read the political tea leaves, the latest scraps of data give good news and bad news for supporters of expanding background checks for gun purchases. For the third poll in a row, a majority of voters are supporting Initiative 594, the measure on November’s ballot to expand background checks on private…

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

October 9, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Bloomberg’s advocacy group pledges another $1 million to I-594

There seems to be no end in sight for the money train of donations fueling I-594, the proposal on November’s ballot to expand gun-purchase background checks to private sales and transfers. Just on Monday, we wrote about the latest donation of $250,000 by Steve and Connie Ballmer to the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, the independent spending group…

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

October 8, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Democrat-turned-Republican touts endorsements — from Democrats

Democrat-turned-Republican Mark Miloscia is touting his new endorsements — from Democrats. Miloscia was a longtime Democratic member of the state House who announced a switch in parties when he began a bid as a Republican for state Senate this year in District 30, which includes parts of King and Pierce counties. Now, Miloscia has made a webpage featuring a slew of endorsements by Democrats. But…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, State legislative races | Topics: brian sonntag, mark miloscia, Shari Song

October 6, 2014 at 6:19 PM

More money rolls in for gun background-check initiative

The piggy banks of political committees promoting Initiative 594, which would expand gun purchase background checks to private sales and transfers, continue to grow. Steve and Connie Ballmer have contributed another $250,000 between them to Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, a group backing I-594, which is on November’s ballot. The contributions are dated Oct. 2, according to public campaign…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative | Topics: Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Everytown for gun safety, i-594

October 3, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Inslee and Attorney General Ferguson call for judge to amend Hanford agreement

Friday afternoon’s news dump has brought a new page in the never-ending Hanford nuclear reservation drama. Gov. Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson are now calling on a federal judge to amend the state’s 2010 agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy to set new requirements for treating and retrieving tank waste and the building of new double-shelled tanks at  Hanford. Doing so would try and…

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Comments | More in Federal government, Governor, Politics Northwest | Topics: Bob Ferguson, hanford, Jay Inslee

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