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Category: Gun initiative
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 13, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Seattle City Council and former GOP governor endorse I-594

It’s been a busy Monday for Initiative 594, the measure on the November ballot to expand gun purchase background checks to private sales and transfers. In the morning we wrote about the new poll suggesting that support for I-594 is down from its summertime high, but still fairly strong. And in the afternoon, the I-594 campaign added more endorsements to its…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative, Seattle City Council | Topics: Alan Gottlieb, dan evans, i-591

October 13, 2014 at 10:54 AM

New poll: Support for gun initiatives slipping, but voters still prefer I-594

Updated at 12:05 p.m. For those who read the political tea leaves, the latest scraps of data give good news and bad news for supporters of expanding background checks for gun purchases. For the third poll in a row, a majority of voters are supporting Initiative 594, the measure on November’s ballot to expand background checks on private…

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

October 9, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Bloomberg’s advocacy group pledges another $1 million to I-594

There seems to be no end in sight for the money train of donations fueling I-594, the proposal on November’s ballot to expand gun-purchase background checks to private sales and transfers. Just on Monday, we wrote about the latest donation of $250,000 by Steve and Connie Ballmer to the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, the independent spending group…

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

October 6, 2014 at 6:19 PM

More money rolls in for gun background-check initiative

The piggy banks of political committees promoting Initiative 594, which would expand gun purchase background checks to private sales and transfers, continue to grow. Steve and Connie Ballmer have contributed another $250,000 between them to Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, a group backing I-594, which is on November’s ballot. The contributions are dated Oct. 2, according to public campaign…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative | Topics: Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Everytown for gun safety, i-594

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 25, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Former pastor will compete for City Council seat in North Seattle

Sanford “Sandy” Brown needs a new pair of hiking boots. The former Methodist pastor, who announced his candidacy Thursday for the Seattle City Council, has walked more than 2,200 miles in Europe since 2008, and he now says he’s going to walk every street in the newly drawn 5th District. Brown, 56, trekked across Italy and Spain…

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Comments | More in Gun initiative, Local government, Politics Northwest, Same-sex marriage, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, 5th district, Halei Watkins

September 25, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Secretary of State predicts 62 percent voter turnout

Washington’s Secretary of State Kim Wyman has given her crystal-ball number for this year’s general election turnout: 62 percent. It’s a lower figure than the actual turnout for the last two mid-terms — 2010 had 71 percent and 2006 had 65 percent, according to a Secretary of State blog on Wyman’s prediction. But both of those years had U.S….

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative, Secretary of State, State legislative races | Topics: 2014 elections, Kim Wyman

September 23, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Nearly half a million dollars reported spent on new I-594 ads

No, the political ads won’t be going away anytime soon. In fact, get ready for more. The Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility is spending another $465,800 on TV ads to support I-594, the initiative to expand gun purchase background checks to private sales. The news comes according to a document filed Monday with the state Public Disclosure Commission. The ad…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative, Local government | Topics: dan satterberg, i-591, i-594

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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