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Category: 2014 elections
August 29, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Bloomberg gives $1M to background-check campaign

The I-594 advocacy group Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility is getting a $1 million donation from Everytown for Gun Safety, the umbrella organization driven by dollars from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Kate Downen, a spokeswoman for Everytown for Gun Safety, confirmed the donation Friday afternoon. Voters this November will approve or reject I-594, which would require…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative | Topics: gun control, i-594, marilyn strickland

August 28, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Gun-rights advocate challenges Bill Gates to debate I-594

The chairman of a powerful gun-advocacy organization has put a shot across the bow of I-594′s latest big donor. Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA, possibly the most jarring acronym ever), called for Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates to debate him over I-594. Gates and his wife Melinda More

Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative | Topics: Bill Gates, gun control, i-594

August 25, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Bill and Melinda Gates give $1M in support of background checks on gun buyers

Each contribution reads like a Lotto payout: three contributions from mega-wealthy donors amounted to $2 million donated last week to support background checks on gun buyers. The money is flowing to WA Alliance for Gun Responsibility, which is advocating for I-594 in November’s general election vote, which would mandate background checks on gun purchases. Billionaire entrepreneur Nick…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative | Topics: background checks, Bill Gates, i-594

August 23, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Ferry complaints, tribal heritage, big money for I-594 : your week in review

Another week is behind us. Here’s what you may have missed while doing whatever it is you do: 1. Seattle officials want tribal heritage reflected in city waterfront. 2. Lawmakers turn up the heat on troubled ferry system. 3. Paul Allen gives $500K to support gun-sale background…

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August 19, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Our dismal primary turnout: 31 percent

tersely-worded tweet Tuesday evening from the Washington Secretary of State’s office announced the numbers. “All WA counties have now certified their Primary returns. 1.22m ballots, 31.14% turnout — low but among highest in nation this mid-term.” When “low but among highest in nation this mid-term” is the best face you can put on it, you know the numbers are grim. In…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Secretary of State | Topics: David Ammons, primary election, voter turnout

August 18, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Paul Allen gives $500K to support gun-sale background checks

OLYMPIA (AP) — A campaign seeking to expand gun-sale background checks has received a $500,000 donation from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The donation to Initiative 594 posted on the state’s Public Disclosure Commission website Monday afternoon. I-594 would require background checks for all gun sales and transfers in Washington state, including at gun shows and private sales….

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Comments | More in Gun initiative, homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: i-594, Initiative 594, Paul Allen

August 13, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Ballmers add $250,000 to campaign for gun background checks

The WA Alliance for Gun Responsibility continues to pad its war chest. The independent spending group is leading the push to get voters to approve in November I-594, a measure that would require background checks for gun sales. Ex-Microsoft CEO Steven Ballmer (and new LA Clippers owner) and his wife Connie were already big donors to the group, but they kicked in an…

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Comments | More in Gun initiative, Politics Northwest | Topics: i-594, national rifle association, steve ballmer

August 8, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Celis declares victory, looks to fall matchup with DelBene

It wasn’t pretty, but Republican Pedro Celis appears to have secured a spot on the November ballot against Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene in the 1st Congressional District north of Seattle. With a new round of ballots counted Friday, Celis extended his lead over Republican rival Robert Sutherland to 922 votes. “It appears we have won and…

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

August 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Gun-control group launches TV ads promoting background checks

With Washington voters set to decide on competing gun initiatives this fall, a tax-exempt nonprofit group is launching a major TV ad campaign promoting universal background checks for all gun sales. The Center for Gun Responsibility, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, announced the TV ad campaign Friday. Molly Boyajian, a spokeswoman for the group, said its $1…

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Comments | More in Gun initiative, Politics Northwest | Topics: background checks, Initiative 591, Initiatve 594

August 7, 2014 at 6:37 PM

District 35: Travis Couture concedes as Sen. Sheldon holds onto second

Election results updated Thursday evening gave us new numbers in a some area legislative primaries, and at least one candidate has conceded. Democratic state Sen. Tim Sheldon is holding steady in second place in District 35 behind Democratic challenger Irene Bowling. Bowling leads with 35.2 percent to Sheldon’s 33.4 percent. Republican Travis Couture, in third place with…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, State legislative races, State Legislature | Topics: Cathy Dahlquist, claude burfect, irene bowling

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