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December 13, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Gun-rights demonstrators bring signs, rifles to Olympia rally

Shouldering rifles and handmade signs decrying government overreach, hundreds of demonstrators gathered Saturday at the Capitol campus in Olympia to oppose Initiative 594. I-594, which voters approved in November  by a 19-point margin, expands gun-purchase background checks to private sales and transfers of firearms. “We stand here on this field to exercise our First Amendment right to exercise…

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

December 12, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Cliven Bundy’s son to speak at Saturday’s gun-rights rally

One the speakers listed for Saturday’s demonstration in Olympia against the new law expanding gun-purchase background checks is the son of Cliven Bundy. Cliven, you might remember, is the Nevada rancher who pushed back against attempts by the government to take away his cattle and who later suggested black people might be better off as slaves picking cotton. Ammon Bundy is listed…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: ammon bundy, i-594, sandy hook promise

December 10, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Senate GOP adds a committee and subtracts some Democrats

Though it still calls itself the Majority Coalition Caucus, Republicans won an outright majority of the state Senate in last month’s election. As such, when the coalition Tuesday evening announced committee chairs for the upcoming legislative session, it did away with the handful of Democrats that had served as committee chairs or co-chairs. The name of one Democrat,…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Majority Coalition Caucus, mark miloscia, Tim Sheldon

December 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Budget office signs off on state employee contracts as feasible

Due to the Great Recession, state employees haven’t had a raise in six years. But a move by the Washington Office of Financial Management (OFM) Friday might put workers one step closer to getting a wage hike. The OFM signed off on letters declaring $583 million of negotiated and arbitrated employee contracts as fiscally feasible. The contracts cover…

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Comments | More in Governor, State Legislature | Topics: Jay Inslee, state employees, union contracts

December 4, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Minimum-wage increase in the spotlight — now for the whole state

Calls for increasing the minimum wage spread Thursday beyond Seattle and SeaTac, as demonstrators rallied across the Puget Sound region and sat in on a legislative hearing at the Capitol. Demonstrators gathered at restaurants in Aberdeen, Bellevue and Kent, and were later scheduled to rally at two events in Olympia. Sage Wilson, spokesman for Working Washington, which…

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December 1, 2014 at 10:04 PM

GOP state senators elect Mark Schoesler majority leader

GOP state senators Monday elected Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, their new majority leader. Schoesler replaces outgoing Sen. Rodney Tom, a Democrat, who retired this year rather than run for re-election. Tom and Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch, crossed the aisle two years ago to caucus with Republicans and form the GOP-dominated Majority Coalition Caucus. “I’m grateful to…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Bruce Dammeier, Mark Schoesler, Tim Sheldon

November 29, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Ferguson protests, electric cars, big pensions: your political week in review

You’d think it would be a slow week for politics, and yet: 1. Seattle City Council OKs budget with added social-services spending, Socialist Kshama Sawant votes against it. 2. Gov. Inslee pushes incentives for electric cars. (Phuong Le/AP) 3. NRA intends to lobby against new background-check law. 4. Viet Shelton will be Seattle mayor’s new…

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Comments | More in Governor, Seattle City Council, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: week in review

November 29, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Minimum-wage rally planned for Thursday in Olympia

The group Working Washington, which has been advocating for a higher minimum wage, is planning to bring its message to the state Capitol. But unlike the demonstrators who gathered for recent state Supreme Court hearings on education funding and sex-trafficking, the rally will come after a lower-key event: a State House Labor & Workforce Development committee More

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November 25, 2014 at 4:27 PM

NRA intends to lobby against new background-check law

Washington state voters this month approved — by a wide margin — the expansion of gun-purchase background checks to private sales and transfers. Now that Initiative 594 has passed, gun-rights supporters are shifting gears from working to defeat a proposal to opposing a new law. Opponents have claimed the law will criminalize law-abiding gun owners for handing each…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative, State Legislature | Topics: i-594, Moms Demand Action, national rifle association

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

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