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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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August 6, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Seattle Park District widens lead in Wednesday vote count

A proposal to create a Seattle Park District to fund city parks and community centers widened its lead in Wednesday’s vote count. The measure was leading 53 percent to 47 percent Wednesday, with nearly 114,000 ballots counted. About 52 percent of voters supported the proposal in Tuesday’s count of the first 100,000 ballots. Opponents would need…


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March 19, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Medical examiner confirms Jim Compton died of heart attack

The King County medical examiner has confirmed former Seattle City Councilmember and TV journalist Jim Compton died of a heart attack. Compton, 72, was found in his car in North Seattle Tuesday morning. He’d been out for dinner with friends the night before and never arrived at home. His death was widely reported Tuesday as due to…


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March 18, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Former TV journalist and City Councilmember Jim Compton dies

Jim Compton, 2004 Former Seattle City Councilmember Jim Compton, who was better known for his long career as a prominent Seattle television journalist, was found dead in his car this morning, said his wife, Carol Arnold. Compton, 72, apparently died of a heart attack or other natural causes after returning from a dinner with friends Monday…


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March 18, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Washington State Ferries chief David Moseley to resign

The head of Washington’s ferry system is stepping down effective April 15. David Moseley, assistant secretary for the Washington State Department of Transportation, announced his resignation in a statement Tuesday, saying he’d left the ferry system in a stronger position than it was when he took the job six years ago. He cited progress on…


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March 3, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Seattle won’t bid for 2016 Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Committee recently invited Seattle and dozens of other cities to bid on hosting the 2016 Democratic National Convention. But Seattle has taken a pass. “Short of their changing their requirements I don’t see that we would even qualify,” said Jeff Reading, a spokesman for Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. He confirmed the city decided…


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February 28, 2014 at 9:35 AM

State Senate panel approves gun-control bill

A state Senate committee this morning overwhelmingly approved this legislative session’s lone politically feasible gun-control bill, clearing the proposal for its final — and most difficult — test. House Bill 1840 now must be approved by the full Senate, a Republican-controlled chamber that has proven unfriendly to new gun restrictions. The proposal would require some gun owners…


Comments | More in homepage, State Legislature | Topics: gun control, House Bill 1840, Mike Padden

February 27, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Whoops! Mayor Ed Murray mourns death of former city official, who is alive

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray sent out a statement to the media this afternoon mourning the death of Jim Diers, the popular former director of the city’s Department of Neighborhoods. Trouble is, Diers is alive, as the mayor’s office acknowledged, sending out an embarrassing retraction. Murray’s office mixed up Diers with Joe Dear, a former top state…


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February 13, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Doc Hastings to retire from Congress after ten terms

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings said today he would leave his House seat at the end of this Congress, ending two decades of representing central Washington’s 4th District. Hastings, a Republican from Pasco, is the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee and frequent target of conservationists and environmentalists. He also is a strong fiscal…


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October 9, 2013 at 4:41 PM

McGinn vs. Murray — first televised debate tonight

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and state Sen. Ed Murray went after each others’ records and effectiveness in their first televised debate before a studio audience this afternoon. The debate will air tonight on KING-TV at 7 p.m. and The Seattle Times will host a live chat with readers during the airing. Murray criticized McGinn’s leadership…


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