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Category: U.S. House of Representatives
December 16, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Derek Kilmer tries to strip campaign cash provision from spending bill

WASHINGTON — President Obama hasn’t signed it into law yet. But that didn’t stop U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer Tuesday from trying to strip a controversial provision inserted into the 2015 federal spending bill allowing wealthy donors to give vastly larger sums to national political parties. Kilmer, a freshman Democrat from Gig Harbor, jumped on the widespread outrage over new campaign…

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Comments | More in Congress, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: campaign contributions, Citizens United, Derek Kilmer

November 29, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Ferguson protests, electric cars, big pensions: your political week in review

You’d think it would be a slow week for politics, and yet: 1. Seattle City Council OKs budget with added social-services spending, Socialist Kshama Sawant votes against it. 2. Gov. Inslee pushes incentives for electric cars. (Phuong Le/AP) 3. NRA intends to lobby against new background-check law. 4. Viet Shelton will be Seattle mayor’s new…

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October 23, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Didier drops suit against Newhouse campaign volunteer

The Associated Press SPOKANE — Republican U.S. House candidate Clint Didier has dropped his federal lawsuit against a volunteer for his opponent’s campaign over an alleged misuse of state resources. Didier had originally sued opponent Dan Newhouse, also a Republican seeking the House seat from central Washington, plus Newhouse’s campaign and volunteer Christopher Voigt, who is the…

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October 3, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Pedro Celis mocked by conservative radio hosts for vague answers

What should have been a friendly radio chat flipped into a PR headache on Thursday for Republican congressional candidate Pedro Celis. Celis, who is challenging Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene in the 1st Congressional District, went on KIRO radio yesterday to try to explain his vague answers in a KIRO news story about…

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Comments | More in Congress, Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: 1st Congressional District, Pedro Celis, U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene

September 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Climate activist money, NRA endorsement, new I-594 ads: Your week in review

Some tidbits from the week. To wit: 1. Climate activist fuels fight to switch control of state Senate. 2. Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant tries, fails to flatten the city’s light rates for residents. 3. Nick Hanauer, advocate for $15/hour minimum wage, speaks in Eastern Washington (Addy Hatch/SR). 4. NRA endorses Dan Newhouse in Fourth Congressional District; Didier asks…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, Education, Gun initiative, State legislative races, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: week in review

September 8, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Former Cathy McMorris Rodgers aide breaks silence on ethics case

WASHINGTON — The former spokesman for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers who allegedly filed an ethics complaint against her last year broke his silence Monday, alleging the Spokane Republican retaliated against him and claiming her staff may have lied to investigators. In a four-page email sent to The Seattle Times and other media outlets, Todd Winer said he was interviewed…

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Comments | More in Congress, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: cathy mcmorris rodgers, House Ethics Committee

July 23, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Boehner praises doctor who saved Herrera Beutler’s baby

The Associated Press A choked-up House Speaker John Boehner has interrupted a series of votes to praise a doctor who helped a congresswoman’s infant survive a rare condition. In a break from his chamber’s often acrid political divisions, the Ohio Republican prompted two bipartisan standing ovations Wednesday by introducing Washington state Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler…

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Comments | More in Congress, Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: baby, Johns Hopkins doctor, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler

June 20, 2014 at 1:23 PM

DelBene challenger Celis downplays personal views on abortion and gay marriage

Republican Pedro Celis is trying to keep the focus on Obamacare and the economy in his bid to unseat first-term Democratic Rep. Suzan DelBene this year. But at a GOP candidate forum Thursday night at an Everett restaurant, Celis was reminded that some conservative Republicans also care deeply about social issues, including abortion and…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congress, Congressional races, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: 1st Congressional District, abortion, gay marriage

June 11, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Cathy McMorris Rodgers could seek promotion in wake of Eric Cantor’s defeat

Updated at 11:04 a.m. with Cantor’s planned resignation: WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s unanticipated defeat in Tuesday’s Virginia primary election has opened up a chance for promotion for Spokane’s Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers for the second time in two years. McMorris Rodgers, the fourth-ranking House GOP leader as chairwoman of the Republican conference, instantly vaulted to a…

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Comments | More in Congressional races, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: cathy mcmorris rodgers, Eric Cantor, tea party

April 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Newhouse leads fundraising in race to succeed Doc Hastings

Former state agriculture chief Dan Newhouse has emerged as the leading early fundraiser among a pack of Republicans vying to represent Central Washington’s 4th Congressional District. Newhouse raised $162,000 through the first quarter of the year, topping five other Republicans and one Democrat in the race so far, according to reports filed with the Federal…

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Comments | More in Congress, Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Clint Didier, Dan Newhouse, Fourth Congressional District race

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