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The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

Category: 2014 elections
September 13, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Hipsters, Sarah Palin, constitutional conflict: your week in review

You’re perfect, so we know you’d never miss any news. But just in case: 1. Obama visit costs Seattle $40k; Medina bills former Costco CEO. 2. State Supreme Court finds state Legislature in contempt on McCleary funding. 3. Lt. Gov. Brad Owen to pay fine for using state resources for his nonprofit. 4. We now have a…

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September 11, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Palin endorses Didier in 4th District race

Former Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin has endorsed Clint Didier in his bid to represent Central Washington’s 4th Congressional District. A post on Palin’s Facebook page says “Clint will fight for farmers, for lower taxes, and less government. He understands hard work and the concerns of everyday Americans because he’s one of us. We need…

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September 10, 2014 at 1:27 PM

NRA sends more money to fight I-594

As we’ve tallied the dollars flowing toward the pro-background check independent-expenditure campaign known as Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, we’ve been wondering where the National Rifle Association (NRA) is. The NRA started its own spending committee in June to oppose I-594, a measure on the November ballot that would expand background checks on gun purchases to online sales, gun…

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September 9, 2014 at 5:36 PM

The Ballmers give another quarter million to support I-594

Steve Ballmer’s been in the news quite a bit lately: keeping busy with basketball teams (and more basketball teams)  and stepping down from the Microsoft board. And the former Microsoft CEO and his wife are continuing to add to the big-dollar campaign in support of Initiative 594, which would expand background checks on firearms purchasers. Ballmer and wife…

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September 8, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Democrat lawmakers send letter to NRA over lobbyist’s remarks

We wrote in late July about comments made by a National Rifle Association (NRA) lobbyist who compared the proposed background checks initiative to the beginning of Nazi oppression of Jews before World War II. Neither the lobbyist, Brian Judy, nor the NRA have commented on that episode. Now, four Democrat legislators have sent a letter to the NRA demanding that the organization dissociate itself…

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September 5, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Realtors group backs state Sen. Andy Hill with $80,000 ad effort

The National Association of Realtors has joined the battle for control of the Washington State Senate with an $80,000 independent expenditure on behalf of state Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond. The money — one of the first big independent expenditures of the general election season — is buying TV ads that praise Hill, the chief…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest, State legislative races | Topics: Matt Isenhower, Realtors, State Sen. Andy Hill

September 5, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Pedro Celis: I’ll only serve 6 terms in Congress

Update: 5:45 p.m. Some of the platform statements released by Republican congressional candidate Pedro Celis on Friday copied lines from two Virginia Republican candidates Celis’ new communications director had previously worked for. For example, as part of his energy policy statement, Celis says he opposes government subsidies for alternative energy: “If there is a new…

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Comments | More in Congressional races, Politics Northwest | Topics: George Nethercutt, Pedro Celis, Suzan DelBene

September 3, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Pedro Celis hires strategists who helped topple Eric Cantor

After a shaky primary-election showing, Republican congressional candidate Pedro Celis has reshuffled his campaign, replacing his campaign manager and hiring a pair of young strategists who helped tea-party challenger Dave Brat beat House Majority Leader Eric Cantor earlier this year. Brat’s campaign manager, Zachary Werrell, is now managing Celis’ campaign, replacing local Republican strategist Don…

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September 3, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Clint Didier slams Doc Hastings’ endorsement of rival for Congress

Updated at 10:32 a.m. with statement from Doc Hastings: WASHINGTON – Clint Didier, the fiery conservative running in a rare open race to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, lashed out at the 10-term Republican incumbent Wednesday for endorsing his rival for Washington’s 4th Congressional District seat. In a statement issued an hour before Hastings was to appear in…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races | Topics: Clint Didier, Dan Newhouse, Doc Hastings

September 2, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Doc Hastings to appear with candidate in 4th Congressional District race

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings will make a campaign appearance Wednesday with one of the two Republicans who hope to succeed him in Washington’s 4th Congressional District. Hastings will make a joint announcement with Dan Newhouse at the Richland Community Center at 10 a.m.  Jim Keough, a spokesman for Newhouse, declined to say whether…

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