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Category: Federal government
December 17, 2014 at 7:46 AM

Rajiv Shah resigning as head of USAID after five years

WASHINGTON — After weeks of batting down rumors of his impending resignation, Rajiv Shah announced Wednesday he will step down as head of the U.S. Agency for International Development in February. Shah, a former Gates Foundation official in Seattle, has served as the administrator of the nation’s leading agency for foreign aid and humanitarian…

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Comments | More in Federal government | Topics: Gates Foundation, Rajiv Shah, USAID

October 3, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Inslee and Attorney General Ferguson call for judge to amend Hanford agreement

Friday afternoon’s news dump has brought a new page in the never-ending Hanford nuclear reservation drama. Gov. Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson are now calling on a federal judge to amend the state’s 2010 agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy to set new requirements for treating and retrieving tank waste and the building of new double-shelled tanks at  Hanford. Doing so would try and…

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Comments | More in Federal government, Governor, Politics Northwest | Topics: Bob Ferguson, hanford, Jay Inslee

September 25, 2014 at 5:56 PM

State wins $4.3 million grant to soften blow from defense cuts

With cuts to military and defense spending appearing to become the new normal, Washington state officials are trying to figure out how to soften the blow to the thousands of people who could be affected by the drawdown. The latest step in that came Thursday, when Gov. Jay Inslee’s office announced that the state will receive a $4.3 million federal…

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Comments | More in Federal government, Governor | Topics: department of defense, Jay Inslee, military

September 19, 2014 at 3:10 PM

City Council member asks feds to block Seattle Housing Authority rent change

Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata is asking the feds to stop the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) from immediately implementing a new policy that would raise rents for thousands of poor households across the city. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development should issue new emergency rules for public housing authorities, like SHA, that want to set rents…

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Comments | More in Federal government, Local government, Seattle City Council | Topics: Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata, Seattle Housing Authority, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

August 11, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Some federal disaster assistance OK’d for wildfires

Washington state will get at least part of the federal disaster assistance it had asked for to help rebuild from this summer’s wildfires. The federal government Monday evening notified Gov. Jay Inslee’s office that Washington qualifies for money to help rebuild roads, utilities and other infrastructure damaged during fires that swept through Okanogan County and the Colville Indian Reservation. The Federal…

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Comments | More in Federal government | Topics: disaster assistance, FEMA, Jay Inslee

July 16, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Former Coast Guard commander named to new Arctic post

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday named the Coast Guard’s former top commander to a new, high-level post to help direct the nation’s Arctic strategy, signaling the polar region’s importance in national security and foreign policy matters. Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., who retired this May as the commandant of the Coast Guard, will…

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Comments | More in Federal government | Topics: Coast Guard, icebreakers, Rick Larsen

June 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Initiative to fight big money in politics likely to fall short

An initiative seeking to limit big money in national politics probably will not receive enough signatures to make the November ballot, backers say. Initiative 1329 would put Washington State on the record in favor of a constitutional amendment making it clear “corporations are not persons” and “money is not speech.” The measure is a More

Comments | More in Federal government, Politics Northwest | Topics: Citizens United, constitutional amendment, I-1329

June 13, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Rep. DelBene: Obama should use power to avert more deportations

WASHINGTON — President Obama should use his full legal authority to curb needless deportation and detention of undocumented immigrants, U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene and 57 House Democrats urged in a letter released Thursday. The offices of DelBene, a freshman from Medina, and Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., drafted the letter, which calls on Obama to move more aggressively to…

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Comments | More in Federal government, Politics Northwest | Topics: immigration, Northwest Detention Center, Suzan DelBene

May 30, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Washington’s delegation reacts to Shinseki’s resignation

UPDATED AT 11:41 a.m. with Cantwell’s statement: WASHINGTON — Eric Shinseki’s resignation as secretary of Veterans Affairs Friday was greeted with grim welcome by members of Congress from Washington state, several of whom had recently called for Shinseki’s departure. The lawmakers made clear the resignation by itself does not address the systemic problems within the veterans agency that…

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Comments | More in Federal government | Topics: denny heck, Eric Shinseki, patty murray

May 27, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Jill Biden, Sally Jewell to lead Seattle summit on working families

Updated Wednesday at 5:54 a.m. with RSVP link: WASHINGTON — Second Lady Jill Biden and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will lead a summit in Seattle Thursday on working families, in advance of a national dialogue scheduled for next month on how employers and employees can thrive together. The panel discussion at Seattle’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall will feature…

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Comments | More in Federal government | Topics: Jill Biden, Sally Jewell, White House

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