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January 13, 2015 at 1:29 PM

Inslee says fund education, transportation, clean energy

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee says Washington state has a moral obligation to address carbon pollution and used his State of the State address Tuesday to tout his recent proposal for a cap-and-trade program that requires the largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release. “We face many challenges, but it is…


Comments | More in Governor, State government, State Legislature | Topics: Jay Inslee, legislature, state of the state

November 20, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Local Congress members praise, blast Obama’s immigration move

Members of Congress began reacting to President Obama’s speech on immigration Thursday afternoon even before it was delivered. We’ll post statements from members of the Washington state congressional delegation as they arrive. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Medina: “Everyone agrees that our immigration system is broken, but after more than a year of refusing to act on immigration reform legislation,…


Comments | More in Congress | Topics: immigration, president obama

November 8, 2013 at 5:26 PM

SeaTac minimum-wage proposal now leads by only 55 votes

The lead continued to narrow Friday for a ballot measure that would create a $15-an-hour minimum wage for airport-related workers in SeaTac. Vote counts released by King County Elections show the measure leading by only 55 votes. It led by 141 votes after Thursday’s counts. More results will be announced at about 8:30 p.m. today. SeaTac Proposition 1…


Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: Proposition 1, SeaTac

June 4, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Elway poll: Most don’t care that Kings deal failed

There was a lot of passion around Chris Hansen’s failed attempt to bring the Sacramento Kings to Seattle, but King County residents apparently have gotten over it. A new Elway Poll found that two thirds of those surveyed either didn’t care (51 percent), had no opinion (4 percent) or were glad (12 percent) that the Kings…


Comments | More in Basketball arena, Politics Northwest | Topics: Chris Hansen, Sacramento Kings, Sonics

March 21, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Play our interactive state budget game

Cut spending? Increase taxes? Some of each? Here’s your chance to take a swing at balancing the state budget. We’ve created an interactive budget game that lets you pick from dozens of potential budget cuts and tax increases to balance the budget and find more money for education. The next two-year state budget faces up to…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State budget | Topics: budget cuts, budget game, legislature

September 10, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Seattle Times launches 2012 Election Guide

The new Seattle Times Election Guide works on all devices. Try it out at Today, The Seattle Times launches its 2012 Election Guide, an online resource of news and information about candidates and measures on the fall ballot. This is our first digital guide that works fluidly on all devices, from desktops to tablets…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: election guide, news applications

July 9, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Vice President Biden attacks Romney at fundraiser for Cantwell

This post is by staff reporter Theodoric Meyer Vice President Joseph Biden sharply criticized Mitt Romney and the Republican Party on Monday at a fundraiser for Sen. Maria Cantwell in Seattle, calling the presidential hopeful “George Bush on steroids” and lampooning the GOP’s foreign policy as “right out of the Cold War.” Biden spent much of his…


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