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March 10, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Activist Pramila Jayapal to run for state Senate

Activist Pramila Jayapal, who created an organization called Hate Free Zone after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to bring local Muslims and non-Muslims together, has announced plans to run for the 37th Legislative District Senate seat Adam Kline will vacate at the end of the year. For Jayapal, 48, this is her first run for…


Comments | More in 2014 elections, State legislative races | Topics: 37th District, Adam Kline, Pramila Jayapal

November 13, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Redmond high schooler confronts Speaker Boehner on immigration

A 16-year-old immigration activist from Redmond High School was one of two girls who confronted House Speaker John Boehner over the issue of immigration reform as he tried to get breakfast on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning. Jennifer Martinez, who is a U.S. citizen, is active in the OneAmerica Youth Program, which engages high school students across…


Comments | More in Congress, Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Jennifer Martinez, John Boehner, OneAmerica

March 6, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Immigration seeing strong Republican support in Olympia

“Regardless of the past actions that led to undocumented students arriving in our state, we have the opportunity to affect their future and ours. Our state has the ability to change the outcome of their stories and give them the tools they need.” That statement, urging support for legislation in Olympia to allow undocumented immigrant…


Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: Bipartisanship, Financial aid, higher education

November 9, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Free cake at Cupcake Royale to celebrate marriage equality

Cupcake Royale, the Capitol Hill bakeshop that raised more than $7,000 to help get Referendum 74 passed, is offering a free slice of what it’s calling “the World’s Biggest Rainbow Cake in the shape of Washington State” at 3 p.m. today. Same-sex marriage was approved in Washington state this week, something owner Jody Hall…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Capitol Hill, Marriage equality, same-sex marriage

November 7, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Same-sex marriage campaign declares victory

Washington United for Marriage, the campaign seeking to legalize same-sex marriage in our state, has crunched the numbers and is declaring victory in Tuesday night’s election for Referendum 74. With hundreds of thousands of ballots still to be counted, the measure is currently ahead 52 to 48. Meanwhile, the opposing campaign, Preserve Marriage Washington, is More

Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: Election results, preserve marriage washington, same-sex marriage

November 6, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Same-sex marriage has solid lead

Washington voters were saying yes to  the state’s same-sex marriage measure, echoing apparent victories in other states with gay-marriage measures on the ballot. Referendum 74 was leading in initial vote counts Tuesday night 53 percent to 47 percent.  In King County,  it was ahead 65 percent to 35 percent. If the law ultimately passes, it would take effect Dec. 6. Voters in Maine and…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, Same-sex marriage

November 6, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Gay marriage ahead in other states

Very early election results show voters approving same-sex marriage in Maine and Maryland and rejecting a constitutional ban against it in Minnesota. With less than a third of ballots counted in all three states, The Huffington Post and CNN both show election results favoring gay marriage. The states were among four with same-sex ballot measures. Results on Washington’s Referendum…


Comments | More in 2014 elections, homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: Maine, Maryland, Minnesota

November 5, 2012 at 12:48 PM

42 attorneys object to state bar association’s support of Ref. 74

More than 40 members of the Washington State Bar Association have signed a letter asking the organization’s board of governors to publicly revoke its endorsement of Referendum 74, the statewide same-sex marriage ballot measure, saying such support violates the organization’s bylaws. In an Oct. 17 letter, the 42 attorneys also demanded the organization refund or…


Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: referendum 74, same-sex marriage, Washington State Bar Association

October 23, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Appeals court upholds state’s release of Ref. 71 signatures

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected a claim by gay-rights opponents who, three years ago, sought to shield from release the names of those who signed Referendum 71 petitions. Protect Marriage Washington, the campaign seeking at the time to repeal a portion of the state’s domestic partnership law, had argued that releasing the names…


Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: Petition signatures, Referendum 71, Secretary of State

October 23, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Bill and Melinda Gates donate $500K to gay marriage campaign

Bill and Melinda Gates Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, have donated $500,000 to the campaign to legalize gay marriage in Washington state. The contribution – $250,000 from each of the Gateses – comes with two weeks left in the campaign season and is in addition to $100,000 that Bill Gates donated…


Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: Bill and Melinda Gates, campaign donations

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