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

Category: Congressional races
July 11, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Funny or offensive? Democratic candidate shoots elephant pinata in ad

Update: As of Saturday morning, Beltran’s video has been removed from YouTube. Original post: If you’re a Democrat running in a conservative Republican congressional district, one of the first hurdles you must overcome is getting anyone to pay attention to your long-shot campaign. It also might not hurt to show you can handle a gun. Estakio Beltran, a…

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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 1:07 PM

Cathy McMorris Rodgers: Not interested in moving up in wake of Eric Cantor’s ouster

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said Wednesday she will not seek to move up the House Republican leadership ladder in the wake of Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s swift fall from his No. 2 job. McMorris Rodgers, of Spokane, said in a statement she plans to stay put as the House GOP caucus’s No. 4 leader. After…

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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

May 21, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Rep. Adam Smith among five Democrats named to House Benghazi panel

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith of Bellevue has made no secret of his disdain for the Republican Party’s Benghazi obsession. Smith, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, has called the GOP “out of touch with reality” for continuing to investigate the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. embassy in…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, Politics Northwest | Topics: Benghazi, Rep. Adam Smith

May 12, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Boeing fallout: Larsen snubbed as unions endorse Democrats

The Washington State Labor Council met over the weekend to hand out its endorsements for the fall elections. The list was mostly predictable, as the unions endorsed Democrats in districts across the state. (An exception was the endorsement of Republican State Sen. Pam Roach (R-Auburn) in the 31st Legislative District.) But U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett, was…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races | Topics: Boeing, U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, unions

April 16, 2014 at 9:49 AM

DelBene challenger Celis donates $36,000 to his campaign

Republican Pedro Celis and his wife have kicked in $36,000 to seed his challenge to Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene in the First Congressional District. Celis, a retired Microsoft engineer, raised about $200,000 in about a month since he announced his candidacy in late February, according to a first-quarter fundraising report filed with the Federal…

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March 17, 2014 at 4:36 PM

U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene to go ‘undercover’ to deliver for UPS

WASHINGTON — Some politicians knock on doors for votes. U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene will knock and deliver your UPS package. The freshman Democrat from Medina on Monday announced plans to go “undercover” as a Woman in Brown to make delivery rounds in Redmond Wednesday morning. The reasons? To bring attention to the benefits of higher minimum wage…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, Minimum wage, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Suzan DelBene, UPS

February 19, 2014 at 2:32 PM

State Sen. Janea Holmquist Newbry to run for Hastings’ seat

Moses Lake Republican state Sen. Janea Holmquist Newbry is joining the race to succeed Congressman Doc Hastings representing Washington’s 4th Congressional District. Holmquist Newbry has served in the state Senate since 2006 and was first elected to the state House in 2001. She chairs the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee. Holquist Newbry made headlines earlier this month…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races | Topics: 4th Congressional District, Doc Hastings, Sen. Janea Holmquist-Newbry

February 18, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Murray, DelBene unfazed by predicted job losses from minimum-wage boost

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Suzan DelBene were unfazed by a new Congressional Budget Office report predicting job losses if the federal minimum wage is raised to $10.10 an hour. The nonpartisan CBO estimated Tuesday the boost in the minimum wage would raise the wages of 16.5 million workers and lift 900,000 out of poverty….

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races | Topics: minimum wage, Rep. Suzan DelBene, Sen. Patty Murray