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September 2, 2014 at 1:11 PM

State agency spent $600,000 on staff workshops

OLYMPIA (AP) — A state agency is being criticized for spending $600,000 on workshops for more than 2,000 state employees. The three two-day events in Tacoma for the Community Services Division of the Department of Social and Health Services ended late last week, The Olympian reported. The workshop invitations went out a day after the head of…


Comments | More in State government | Topics: budge cuts, costs, DSHS

March 1, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Members of congressional delegation ask for tax extension for mudslide victims

Four members of Washington’s congressional delegation representing Snohomish County on Thursday asked the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to extend the tax-filing deadline for victims of the mudslide in Oso. The IRS in the past has granted such reprieve for victims of natural disasters. Most recently, it gave a six-month extension for people affected by September 2013…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate | Topics: Cantwell, IRS, Larsen DelBene

November 6, 2013 at 9:32 AM

2 candidates lead their races despite being dead

The Associated Press Two candidates in separate races in the state are winning in Tuesday’s election despite being dead. In Des Moines, John Rosentangle won 71 percent of the vote over write-in candidates in King County Water District 54. The 63-year-old died in August of an illness. In Aberdeen, John Erak is leading Alan Richrod with 53 percent…


Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: candidate wins, dead, Des Moines

October 25, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Obama to take part in Foley memorial

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama will take part in a memorial service for former House Speaker Tom Foley next Tuesday at the Capitol building. Foley was a 30-year veteran of the House who died last Friday at the age of 84. Obama praised him as a “legend of the United States Congress” whose straightforward approach…


Comments | More in Congress, Federal government, U.S. House of Representatives, White House | Topics: memorial, Obama, Tom Foley

April 26, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Metropolitan King County Council member Julia Patterson not seeking re-election

Metropolitan King County Council member Julia Patterson will not seek re-election, she said today. Patterson is finishing up her third term representing the 5th council district, which is in South King County. Before that, she represented the 33rd legislative district in the House and Senate. Patterson said that after 23 years in elected office, she wants to…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Julia Patterson, Metropolitan King County Council, re-election

April 15, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Urquhart getting ready already for November election

Although it’s six months down the road, King County Sheriff John Urquhart is getting ready for the November election. He’s set to kick off his re-election campaign at a meet and greet Wednesday evening at the House of Hong in the Chinatown-International District. He has lined up some big guns for his election roll out including King County Prosecutor…


Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest | Topics: campaign, John Urquhart, sheriff

January 30, 2013 at 1:58 PM

State Senate delays vote on workers’ compensation

By JONATHAN KAMINSKY The Associated Press OLYMPIA — The Washington state Senate on Wednesday passed its first bills of the 2013 legislative session, but put off a vote on a set of controversial measures intended to save businesses money by changing workers’ compensation rules. Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler of Ritzville said the five bills dealing with workers’…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: ed murray, Washington State Legislature, workers compensation

November 17, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Clark County finds uncounted votes

The Associated Press  VANCOUVER, Wash. — Election officials routinely sorting through ballots in Clark County say they found more than a thousand uncounted votes. The Vancouver Columbian reports the ballots had been scanned but not counted. The discovery nearly doubles the votes that remain to be counted in an election that includes too races in the 17th…


Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest | Topics: Clark County, uncounted votes

November 10, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Charter schools backers claim victory in WA

The Associated Press There are ballots left to be counted, but backers of Washington’s charter school initiative have claimed victory. With about 90 percent of ballots expected counted Saturday, Initiative 1240 was passing with 51 percent of the vote — a 41,689-vote gap. There are about 315,000 ballots received statewide that have not been tallied. The initiative…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: charter schools, initiative, victory

November 10, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Drew concedes, Wyman prevails in race for secretary of state

Democrat Kathleen Drew has conceded in the race for secretary of state to Republican candidate Kim Wyman. Wyman, former Thurston County auditor, had a narrow lead over Drew in the race to replace longtime incumbent Sam Reed, who is retiring as secretary of state. Reed had been in office since 2000. In a statement, Drew said, “Today, I called…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, Secretary of State | Topics: Drew, Secretary of State, Wyman

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