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Category: State legislative races
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

August 5, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Some quick highlights from Tuesday’s vote count

The first results from Tuesday’s primary have been announced. Remember, the top two vote-getting candidates head to the November general election. Here’s a quick roundup: – Seattle voters are so far approving, 52 percent to 47.5 percent, a city measure to establish a Seattle Park District with taxing authority. – Republican state Sen. Pam Roach of Auburn narrowly leads challenger Republican Rep. Cathy Dahlquist,…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, State legislative races, State Legislature | Topics: Clint Didier, jim mcdermott, John Lovick

August 5, 2014 at 6:47 AM

Your homework for today’s primary election

Even though it’s August and sunny out, we’re sure you’re all sitting inside and concentrating on your civic duties. After all, today is primary election day. And while many of you have already voted, we’re sure plenty of you haven’t, since turnout in primaries tends to be like 40 percent. So get that ballot and pop…

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July 31, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Legislative candidate Jess Spear arrested in oil-train protest

Jess Spear, a socialist running against state House Speaker Frank Chopp, was arrested Thursday during a protest against oil trains running through the city. Spear and two others were arrested for trespassing by BNSF police after the protesters blocked tracks in downtown Seattle. Gus Melonas, a spokesman for BNSF, said the arrests occurred after more than…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, State legislative races | Topics: 43rd Legislative District, Jess Spear

July 30, 2014 at 10:38 PM

More GOP campaign mailer intrigue

On Tuesday, we wrote about a GOP campaign mailer calling a Democrat state Senate candidate too Republican for his district. Today, we’ve got a brand new mailer. This time, the state GOP mailer praises its own candidate, Mark Miloscia, for “standing up to the party bosses and out-of-touch politicians.” Wait, what? Is the state Republican Party developing self-loathing issues? Actually,…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest, State legislative races, State Legislature, Washington state Republican Party | Topics: mark miloscia, Washington State Legislature

July 29, 2014 at 5:50 PM

GOP: Democratic Senate candidate too Republican

Update: Andy Hill Campaign Manager Jess Honcoop tells us they found out about the campaign mailers along with everyone else, after the mail hit voters. Honcoop describes mailings like these as the “nasty underbelly of politics” and says it shows what a high-profile contest the District 45 race is. But, “We’re trying to keep our campaign as positive as possible,”…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, State legislative races | Topics: andy hill, Matt Isenhower

July 26, 2014 at 6:31 PM

State Sen. Pam Roach refunds $4,500 to state for improper mileage charges

State Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, agreed Saturday to pay back more than $4,500 to the state for improperly charging taxpayers for mileage to pick up mail at a post office box where she received both official and campaign mail. Roach agreed to the reimbursement — $4,515.91 — after the improper charges were publicized by her…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, State legislative races | Topics: ethics, refund, State Sen. Pam Roach

May 30, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Inslee lunches with billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer

Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday had a private lunch with a major political ally in his efforts to pass climate-change legislation: California billionaire Tom Steyer. Steyer, a hedge-fund tycoon turned climate activist, has announced he’ll spend $100 million this year to defeat Republicans who deny the reality of human-caused climate change. He has emerged as…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, State legislative races | Topics: climate change, gov. jay inslee, Tom Steyer

May 21, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Pam Roach’s ‘Democratic’ opponent: conservative who’s called for Obama impeachment

Filing week is barely over, and charges of dirty tricks already are flying in the 31st Legislative District, where controversial state Sen. Pam Roach is running for reelection. Roach’s most serious competition comes from a fellow Republican: state Rep. Cathy Dahlquist of Enumclaw, who is channeling long-simmering uneasiness among some Republican leaders with Roach’s volatile…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, State legislative races | Topics: 31st Legislative District, Lynn Messner, State Rep Cathy Dahlquist

April 21, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Joan McBride defers to Cyrus Habib for state Senate run

Former Kirkland Mayor Joan McBride is stepping aside to allow freshman state Rep. Cyrus Habib to run for the state Senate. Instead, McBride said Monday morning she’ll run for Habib’s House seat in the Democratic-leaning 48th Legislative District, which includes parts of Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond. The move, essentially a swap of the two Democrats on the…

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Comments | More in State legislative races | Topics: Cyrus Habib, Joan McBride, rodney tom

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