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September 19, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Joe Biden expected in Seattle for Cantwell’s Senate fundraiser

UPDATED AT 3:06 p.m. with comment from Cantwell’s campaign: WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden will attend a fundraiser in Seattle next month to benefit a new joint fundraising committee created by Sen. Maria Cantwell and three other female Democratic senators up for election this year. The Oct. 9 event will support Cantwell for Women…

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Comments | More in Congress, U.S. Senate | Topics: 2014 elections, Joe Biden, Maria Cantwell

September 18, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Cantwell offers bill to strip NFL’s nonprofit status

WASHINGTON — Making good on her threat Tuesday, Sen. Maria Cantwell has introduced a bill to deny tax-exempt status to sports leagues that allow its franchise teams to use the term “redskins.” Thursday’s bill follows the Washington Democrat’s earlier pledge to strip the National Football League of its nonprofit status over Commissioner Roger Goodell’s inaction so far…

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Comments | More in Congress, U.S. Senate | Topics: Maria Cantwell, National Football League, Washington Redskins

September 16, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Maria Cantwell threatens to strip NFL of nonprofit status

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell on Tuesday said she plans to introduce a bill to strip the National Football League of its tax-exempt status over its refusal so far to force the Washington Redskins to change the team’s name. Speaking at a news conference at the Capitol as part of the “Change the…

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Comments | More in Congress, U.S. Senate | Topics: Maria Cantwell, NFL, Washington Redskins

September 8, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Former Cathy McMorris Rodgers aide breaks silence on ethics case

WASHINGTON — The former spokesman for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers who allegedly filed an ethics complaint against her last year broke his silence Monday, alleging the Spokane Republican retaliated against him and claiming her staff may have lied to investigators. In a four-page email sent to The Seattle Times and other media outlets, Todd Winer said he was interviewed…

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Comments | More in Congress, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: cathy mcmorris rodgers, House Ethics Committee

September 3, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Clint Didier slams Doc Hastings’ endorsement of rival for Congress

Updated at 10:32 a.m. with statement from Doc Hastings: WASHINGTON – Clint Didier, the fiery conservative running in a rare open race to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, lashed out at the 10-term Republican incumbent Wednesday for endorsing his rival for Washington’s 4th Congressional District seat. In a statement issued an hour before Hastings was to appear in…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races | Topics: Clint Didier, Dan Newhouse, Doc Hastings

September 2, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Doc Hastings to appear with candidate in 4th Congressional District race

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings will make a campaign appearance Wednesday with one of the two Republicans who hope to succeed him in Washington’s 4th Congressional District. Hastings will make a joint announcement with Dan Newhouse at the Richland Community Center at 10 a.m.  Jim Keough, a spokesman for Newhouse, declined to say whether…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races | Topics: 4th Congressional District, Clint Didier, Dan Newhouse

August 20, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Lawmakers: FEMA should reconsider aid denial for Washington wildfire victims

WASHINGTON – Four members of Congress from Washington state are urging the federal government to reverse last week’s decision to deny direct assistance to families affected by wildfires that scorched the state for nearly a month beginning July 14. In a letter to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Democratic Sens. Patty Murray and Maria…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: carlton complex, FEMA, wildfires

July 16, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Former Coast Guard commander named to new Arctic post

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday named the Coast Guard’s former top commander to a new, high-level post to help direct the nation’s Arctic strategy, signaling the polar region’s importance in national security and foreign policy matters. Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., who retired this May as the commandant of the Coast Guard, will…

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Comments | More in Federal government | Topics: Coast Guard, icebreakers, Rick Larsen

June 26, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Patty Murray urges Obama to flex executive power on immigration

WASHINGTON — U. S. Sen. Patty Murray on Thursday urged President Obama to further flex his executive authority to ease detention and deportation of immigrants here illegally if Republicans remain unwilling to agree on comprehensive immigration reforms. The Washington Democrat spoke on the Senate floor a day after Speaker John Boehner said Republicans will seek…

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Comments | More in Congress | Topics: immigration, patty murray

June 25, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Senate passes Patty Murray-backed jobs-training bill

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Wednesday  reauthorized the nation’s main jobs-training bill, updating the Clinton-era legislation to help Americans — particularly disadvantaged youth and laid-off workers — prepare for an increasingly-skilled labor market. The six-year reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) passed by a 95-3 vote. The legislation expired in 2003 and Congress has been…

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Comments | More in Congress, U.S. Senate | Topics: job training, patty murray

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