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December 16, 2014 at 5:31 PM

U.S. Senate extends state’s sales tax deduction for another year

The U.S. Senate Tuesday night passed a last-minute bill extending dozens of temporary tax breaks, including the one that allows Washington state residents to deduct sales taxes on their federal tax returns. The vote was 76-16. The bill would enable millions of businesses and individuals to claim the tax breaks on their 2014 tax returns. Beyond this…

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Comments | More in Congress, U.S. Senate | Topics: federal taxes, sales tax deduction

October 29, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Yakima drops portion of redistricting proposal

By Mike Faulk / Yakima Herald-Republic YAKIMA — The Yakima City Council has formally dropped what it calls a “nonessential element” from its proposed electoral redistricting plan developed in response to a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union. The city had proposed a plan with five voting districts and two at-large seats, both of which would…

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Comments | More in Local government | Topics: aclu, city council, Yakima

July 22, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Obama visits Seattle for two fundraisers

President Obama, holding 11-month-old Ava Cunnington, greets the crowd at Boeing Field on Tuesday. The president attended two fundraisers in the Puget Sound area. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times) President Obama dropped into Seattle Tuesday afternoon for a quick visit to headline two Democratic fundraisers. Obama touched down at Boeing Field shortly after…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: Bruce Blume, fundraiser, Jim Sinegal

September 12, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Agribusinesses give nearly $8 million to campaign against GMO labeling

By Times staff reporter Melissa Allison Days after Monsanto paid $4.6 million to oppose the labeling of genetically engineered food in Washington, fellow agribusiness DuPont Pioneer contributed $3.2 million, it reported Tuesday. The campaign against Initiative 522, which would require labeling of GMOs at retail, has raised $11.1 million. The campaign for I-522 has raised $3.5 million. A similar…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: DuPont Pioneer, GMO, Monsanto

August 16, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Libertarians try to block Romney from Washington ballot

This story was filed by Mike Baker from The Associated Press. The Libertarian Party in Washington state is trying to block Mitt Romney from the November ballot, arguing that Republicans are no longer a major political party. Officials said Thursday that the party filed a lawsuit in Thurston County Superior Court. The Libertarians contend that the GOP…

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