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April 23, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Lawmakers decry Seattle Boy Scouts’ action against gay leader

WASHINGTON — Four Democratic members of Congress have expressed concern over  Seattle Boy Scouts of America’s recent decision to kick out a church for hosting a troop led by an openly gay scoutmaster. In identical letters sent last week to Rob McKenna, president of the Boy Scouts’ Chief Seattle Council, and Robert Gates, the…

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0 Comments | More in Congress | Topics: Adam Smith, Boy Scouts, Rob McKenna

April 10, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Gov. Inslee orders higher heating aid to block food-stamp cuts

WASHINGTON — Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday said Washington will increase monthly heating assistance for low-income families to get around a new federal rule that threatened $70 million in annual food-stamp benefits. Washington joins seven other states that have already tweaked the so-called “heat and eat” formula in response to a Republican-authored provision in the…

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0 Comments | More in Governor, State government | Topics: food stamps, Jay Inslee

March 27, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Adam Smith calls for halt to Republican “witch hunt” over Benghazi

WASHINGTON — The political spectacle over the Benghazi investigations has cost the Pentagons millions of dollars — and the tab shows no sign of ending soon. All 17 Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday demanded that its chairman, Darrell Issa, R-Calif., finally pull the plug on his probe into…

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0 Comments | More in Congress, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Benghazi, Hillary Clinton, House Armed Services Committe

March 27, 2014 at 7:12 AM

Dave Reichert breaks ranks with GOP on national monuments bill

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Wednesday passed a bill to curtail presidential powers to designate national monuments, a legislation conservation groups condemned as shortsighted and which they urged the Senate to reject. Rep. Dave Reichert of Auburn broke from the GOP majority to vote against it, one of just 10 Republicans to do so. The measure…

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0 Comments | More in Congress | Topics: Dave Reichert, Doc Hastings, national monuments

March 25, 2014 at 7:58 AM

Seattle activists rally for Supreme Court contraceptive cases

WASHINGTON — Dozens of reproductive-rights advocates from Seattle and around the nation converged on U.S. Supreme Court steps Tuesday morning, as the justices prepared to hear oral arguments on a pair of cases concerning the right of private corporations to refuse to provide mandatory insurance coverage for contraceptives based on religious objections. Elaine Rose, chief executive of…

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0 Comments | More in United States Supreme Court | Topics: Affordable Care Act, contraceptive coverage, Hobby Lobby

March 21, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Maria Cantwell introduces bill to refurbish aged Polar Sea icebreaker

WASHINGTON — More than a year after she rescued it from the scrap heap, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell is trying to get the Polar Sea icebreaker refurbished and returned to service. Cantwell and fellow Democrat, Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska, on Friday said they are introducing a bill to authorize the U.S. Coast Guard to…

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0 Comments | More in Congress | Topics: icebreaker, Maria Cantwell, Mark Begich

March 21, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Doc Hastings’ district got top money from stimulus he opposed

UPDATED AT 1:12  P.M. WITH COMMENT FROM HASTINGS’ SPOKESMAN: WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings’ Central Washington district received the most federal money from the 2009 stimulus act, snagging more than 500 times as much per resident than the bottom-ranked district of former Congressman Anthony Weiner of New York. That’s the conclusion by three economists

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0 Comments | More in Congress | Topics: Brookings Institution, Doc Hastings, stimulus

March 17, 2014 at 4:36 PM

U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene to go ‘undercover’ to deliver for UPS

WASHINGTON — Some politicians knock on doors for votes. U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene will knock and deliver your UPS package. The freshman Democrat from Medina on Monday announced plans to go “undercover” as a Woman in Brown to make delivery rounds in Redmond Wednesday morning. The reasons? To bring attention to the benefits of higher minimum wage…

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0 Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, Minimum wage, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Suzan DelBene, UPS

March 12, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Senate committee considers federal judge nominees for Eastern Washington

WASHINGTON – Salvador Mendoza, Jr., who could become the first Latino federal judge in Eastern Washington, got his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Mendoza’s appearance came just two months after he was nominated by President Obama to U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Washington and four months after Senate Democrats took a…

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0 Comments | More in Congress | Topics: patty murray, Salvador Mendoza, Senate Judiciary Committee

March 10, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Democrats to heat up Senate floor with climate talk-a-thon

Updated at 12:18 p.m. with focus of Cantwell’s speech: WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Democrats are planning a 15-hour talk-a-thon on climate change overnight  – with Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray scheduled for brief oratorical shifts. The two are among 28 Democrats and Independents set to take over the Senate floor starting at 6 o’clock tonight to…

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