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Category: 2014 elections
October 30, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Bar association admonishes judicial candidate Sarah Hayne

The King County Bar Association formally rebuked attorney Sarah Hayne on Thursday, saying she has made misleading statements about her legal experience during a contentious campaign for an Eastside district court seat against incumbent Judge Ketu Shah. Hayne’s campaign materials say she worked for the past 22 years as a pro tem judge, a prosecutor, and…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: Citizens for Judicial Excellence, Ketu Shah, Sarah Hayne

October 30, 2014 at 4:17 PM

‘Pray Your Gay Away’? Celis says Democrats distort his views

Mailers showing up in the 1st Congressional District attack Republican congressional candidate Pedro Celis over his past statements on abortion and gay marriage. But Celis’ campaign says the pieces, sent by the state Democratic Party in support of U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, are over the top and distort his views. The pieces say Celis’ views on marriage…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, Politics Northwest | Topics: 1st Congressional District, Pedro Celis, U.S. Rep. Suzan

October 29, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Officials honor Federal Way House member who died Wednesday

Reactions have started hitting our inbox Wednesday afternoon regarding the death earlier in the day of Rep. Roger Freeman, D-Federal Way. Freeman was diagnosed with cancer in early 2013; you can read more about his death in Jordan Schrader’s piece for the Tacoma News Tribune. Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement praising Freeman’s work with vulnerable populations. “Roger came…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: Jay Inslee, Roger Freeman, Tacey Eide

October 28, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Gun rights equal to gay rights? “No on I-594″ fliers try to appeal to Seattle voters

Opponents of Initiative 594, the measure on the November ballot to expand background checks to private sales and transfers, are getting novel in their attempt to appeal to Seattle voters. Flyers posted around the city, like the one above, essentially argue that being against guns is like being against people who are gay….

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative | Topics: i-591, i-594

October 28, 2014 at 11:33 AM

GOP cries foul over mailers targeting state Sen. Andy Hill

The Republican Senate Campaign Committee is disputing an assertion made in mailers opposing state Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond. Hill is facing Democrat Matt Isenhower in a race that could decide which party controls the Senate after election day. Brent Ludeman, executive director for the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, says a mailer by Washington Conservation…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, State legislative races | Topics: andy hill, Washington Conservation Voters

October 27, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Voters in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties taking their sweet time to vote

About one in 10 people who have received a ballot in the mail this fall has returned it so far, according to the Washington Secretary of State’s office. That means about 420,000 ballots of about 3.9 million mailed out have been returned. But that number varies widely by county. More than 20 percent of voters in Columbia…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Secretary of State | Topics: 2014 elections

October 25, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Didier drama, Seattle poll numbers, the secrets of a first lady: your week in review

If you need something to to take your mind off the Marysville school shootings, there’s always the drama of politics. So, here’s what happened this week: 1. DelBene, Celis give 1st District a clear choice for Congress 2. U.S. Congres candidate Clint Didier drops suit against Newhouse campaign volunteer ; PAC backed by Slade Gorton attacks Clint Didier  3….

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative, Seattle City Council | Topics: week in review

October 20, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Ethics board clears state Sen. Pam Roach in free trip abroad

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — A recent opinion by a legislative ethics board clears Republican state Sen. Pam Roach of ethics violations for all-expenses-paid trips in 2013 to Turkey and Azerbaijan. The board’s ruling, released Sunday, appears to give lawmakers more leeway to accept free trips, the News Tribune of Tacoma reported Monday. State law allows officials…

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October 17, 2014 at 4:55 PM

NRA not making its fundraising disclosures on time in I-594 campaign

This spring, the National Rifle Association (NRA) set up an independent spending committee here in Washington to persuade voters to reject Initiative 594, which would expand gun purchase background checks to private sales and transfers. Gun rights advocates, including the NRA, have argued that if the proposal became law it could criminalize ordinary gun owners. But in its quest, the…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative | Topics: i-594, national rifle association, Public Disclosure Commission

October 15, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Celis and DelBene spar on Hobby Lobby, government spending

Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene and her Republican challenger Pedro Celis returned to their former employer Wednesday for a televised debate at Microsoft’s Redmond campus. Both candidates for the 1st Congressional District seat are Microsoft alums – Celis a top database software engineer and DelBene a marketing vice president. While both largely stuck…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, Politics Northwest | Topics: 1st Congressional District, Pedro Celis, Rep. Suzan DelBene

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