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Category: Federal government
March 25, 2014 at 7:58 AM

Seattle activists rally for Supreme Court contraceptive cases

WASHINGTON — Dozens of reproductive-rights advocates from Seattle and around the nation converged on U.S. Supreme Court steps Tuesday morning, as the justices prepared to hear oral arguments on a pair of cases concerning the right of private corporations to refuse to provide mandatory insurance coverage for contraceptives based on religious objections. Elaine Rose, chief executive of…


0 Comments | More in United States Supreme Court | Topics: Affordable Care Act, contraceptive coverage, Hobby Lobby

January 17, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Bill would prohibit state from cooperating in warrantless electronic surveillance

If House Bill 2272 became law, the state of Washington would not cooperate with federal agencies in any warrantless electronic surveillance. Called the Fourth Amendment Protection Act, the bill would establish a state policy to refuse participation in electronic data collection on any person without a warrant and would make it a misdemeanor for state officials…


0 Comments | More in Federal government, Politics Northwest, State Legislature

December 10, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Sen. Patty Murray: Budget deal will restore public trust in Congress

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray says the budget deal she and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan announced Tuesday will “restore trust that had been lost by people across the country that we could function as a Congress and as a democracy.” In an interview with The Seattle Times shortly after a news conference announcing the deal, Murray, the…


0 Comments | More in Congress, Federal government, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate | Topics: budget deal, Rep. Paul Ryan, Sen. Patty Murray

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…


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

October 15, 2013 at 8:08 PM

GOP Rep. Herrera Beutler calls on party ‘to face reality,’ end shutdown

Breaking from some more hard-line conservatives, Republican U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler says it’s time to end the government shutdown and back away from the threat of defaulting on the national debt.

In a statement released Tuesday, Herrera Beutler said she’s avoided public comment before now because she wanted to give Republican leaders leeway to craft a deal.

But she said the time has come for Republicans “to face reality” and made it clear she will not vote for “poison pills” seeking to end the Affordable Care Act, which have no chance of passing the Senate or being signed into law.


0 Comments | More in Congress, Federal government, Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: federal government shutdown, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler

October 11, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Another victim of federal shutdown: unemployment statistics

No information will be coming out next Wednesday about how many people are unemployed because the folks who calculate that information are, well, unemployed. The state Employment Security Department sent out an email to that effect Friday, stating “the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics is closed and hasn’t been able to transfer the necessary data to…


0 Comments | More in Federal government, Politics Northwest | Topics: Employment Security Department, government shutdown

October 6, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Inslee says federal shutdown hurting state

By Phuong Le The Associated Press Gov. Jay Inslee said Sunday that the impacts from a partial federal government shutdown are already being felt across the state. Inslee, a Democrat, squarely blamed House Republicans and told reporters at a news conference Sunday that the problems could be easily fixed if House Speaker John Boehner would bring a clean…


0 Comments | More in Federal government, Governor, Politics Northwest, State government | Topics: Casey Ingels, federal government shutdown, gov. jay inslee

August 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Wisconsin Gov. Walker’s speech in Seattle to exclude reporters

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will be in Seattle next week for a campaign event that reporters will not be allowed to attend, according to his staff. About 2,000 people are expected to see the Republican governor and prominent Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson headline a Washington Policy Center dinner next Thursday. Both speakers have asked that journalists…


0 Comments | More in Federal government, State government | Topics: 2016 presidential election, Ben Carson, closed press

August 22, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Slain soldier’s mother bemoans civilians’ disconnect from the war

WASHINGTON – The mother of the soldier rescued by Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter said Americans are largely indifferent and unaware of the sacrifices of the nation’s combat troops. Vanessa Adelson, whose 21-year-old son, Spc. Stephan Mace of Lovettsville, Va., died in Afghanistan of injuries he suffered during an attack…


0 Comments | More in Federal government, White House | Topics: Afghanistan, Medal of Honor