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November 6, 2012 at 10:17 PM

State Sen. Ed Murray: ‘We celebrate the belief that all familes should be treated fairly’

[do action="brightcove-video" videoid="1952608703001"][/do](Video by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times) During an emotional speech at a party in support of same-sex marriage, which was leading in initial returns, State Sen. Ed Murray, who is openly gay, said the celebration was not a victory of one set of Washingtonians over another. “Instead, we celebrate the belief that all…

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November 6, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Gregoire: Same-sex marriage “the civil rights issue of this generation”

[do action="brightcove-video" videoid="1952628060001"][/do](Video by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times) At a party celebrating the early lead of Ref. 74, more than a thousand people packed a ballroom and hallway. They cheered as Gov. Christine Gregoire credited her daughter and son in law for changing her mind on same-sex marriage. “They told me this was the civil rights…

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November 6, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Volunteers hoping for R-74 victory

Jon Richardson, Steve Rubio and Joe Lessmann, all of Seattle, look happy and exhausted after months of volunteering to help pass R-74. “This means the world to us,” said Rubio, who married his partner of 33 years in California, when marriage was briefly legal there. If the referendum passes, he said he the couple’s marriage will…

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August 7, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Primary night, starring Suzan DelBene

Suzan DelBene, the Democratic establishment choice for the first Congressional district, usually sticks to talking points during debates, so perhaps it’s not surprising that her primary-night party at the Kirkland Performance Center feels a lot like opening night of a regional play. There’s the marquee  announcing the DelBene reception. The stage, set up with a…

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August 2, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Teamsters credit local mayors for helping end trash strike

Exhausted but happy after their week-long garbage strike against Waste Management, Teamsters Local 117 credited local mayors — especially Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn — for bringing Waste Management back to the bargaining table by vowing to collect fines for missed collections. “Behind the scenes, we’re being told that was really instrumental in getting Waste Management back…

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July 19, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Sonntag still not endorsing a candidate for auditor

Retiring State Auditor Brian Sonntag has nice things to say about the men vying to replace him, but he has no intention of endorsing any of them, he said, even if a new television ad makes it look like he already has. State Rep. Troy Kelley, D-Lakewood, recently began airing a television ad that could be construed as an…

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