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Category: Gun initiative
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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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