November 5, 2013 at 7:30 AM
Seattle Times reporters for months have analyzed the SeaTac minimum wage initiative, fact-checked campaigns in the race for Seattle mayor, and broken down the science behind genetically engineered food for state Initiative 522.
And that’s just the beginning.
In this post, you can relive our live Election Day coverage as we broke the news and discussed the statewide initiatives and races from Whatcom County, Bellevue, Seattle and everywhere in between.
August 6, 2013 at 6:30 PM
The Seattle Times will bring you live updates on the 2013 primary election. Join the conversation and share your thoughts below.
April 24, 2013 at 7:18 PM
How can Washington state reduce drunken driving?
The Legislature is weighing that question now in the aftermath of two high-profile crashes that killed three people and injured two others.
On Thursday at noon, Seattle Times readers are invited to chat online with a state lawmaker and a DUI defense attorney about various proposals to crack down on drunken driving, from banning DUI offenders from buying alcohol to establishing random sobriety checkpoints.
Here is more information about the participants:
Brad Klippert is the ranking Republican on the state House Public Safety Committee, which is considering a proposal to overhaul Washington’s drunken-driving laws. As a ranking member, Klippert is one of five lawmakers who have been working with Gov. Jay Inslee on the proposal. Klippert represents the 8th District, which includes Kennewick, Richland and West Richland. He has taught at several levels, is a helicopter pilot with the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Army National Guard and is a 19-year law enforcement officer currently working for the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.Here is more information about the participants:
Patricia Fulton is a Seattle criminal defense lawyer with the Law Offices of Geoffrey Burg, LCC and a member of Washington state’s Impaired Driving Working Group, which has worked to overhaul DUI laws since its formation in 2007. Fulton has worked in criminal defense for 14 years; about half of her clients are accused of drunken driving. She serves as co-chair of the legislative committees of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Washington Defenders Association.
Moderator Brian M. Rosenthal is a staff reporter in The Seattle Times Olympia bureau.
January 21, 2013 at 8:30 AM
January 16, 2013 at 10:24 AM
Nothing can galvanize a capital city quite like an inauguration, and incoming Gov. Jay Inslee’s should be no exception. Join us for live video from TVW and a live chat beginning at 10:15 a.m. for the swearing in and back again at 11:30 a.m. for the inaugural speech.
The longtime Democratic congressman will become Washington state’s 23rd governor later this morning as part of a day of ceremonies that will start with a swearing-in in the Capitol and end with a toast at the inaugural ball.
In between, Inslee is scheduled to deliver a speech to lawmakers and play basketball (yes, seriously).
January 9, 2013 at 6:19 AM
Good morning. Happy New Year, all.
Guns, guns, guns: The voices are growing louder. Tuesday, a group of Seattle mayors — one present and a few former — the King County executive and some local businesses joined forces to announce a gun buyback program aimed at offering a small reward for guns people no longer want. Is this the answer to gun control? Few say that it is, but the program is touted as an effort to do something. From former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Vice President Joe Biden, people are talking about some sort of gun control. How much? What steps specifically? That’s all much more complicated.
But today — Wednesday at noon — readers have a chance to join the discussion about gun laws and gun control. Join our live chat with state Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle, Phil Watson of the Second Amendment Foundation and Times reporter Brian M. Rosenthal. Please feel free to submit questions in advance to email@example.com. It should be a lively discussion.
Jostling for position. Newly minted U.S. Rep. Denny Heck — he of Washington’s new 10th Congressional District — has been named to the House Financial Services Committee, which handles all kinds of stuff like banking matters, Wall Street reform and consumer protection. Anyhow, Heck first was tapped for the House Budget Committee, but because financial services is such a broad task, members cannot serve on other committees. Goodbye budget, hello, financial services.
Congress’ less popular than cockroaches: OMG, as the kids say. A new poll shows Congress is really unpopular. You pretty much knew that. But maybe you didn’t know that the public likes a lot of icky things, such as cockroaches and traffic jams, more than Congress.
The Times’ politics team has a new politics Facebook page, and we would like you to like or friend us, if you have a moment.
October 17, 2012 at 4:51 PM
Ballots are in the mail. Many of the statewide initiative campaigns are heating up. And you are invited to join us Thursday at noon for a live chat on charter schools, Initiative 1240. Should we or shouldn’t we allow public charter schools in our state? Many other states allow these schools. But Washington voters have said several times they do not want to allow charters.
Ask questions, comment and be part of the discussion with two experts on the topic.
From the yes on charters campaign, we will have Shannon Campion, a parent and education advocate and executive director of the Washington Chapter of Stand For Children, which is a founding member of the YES on 1240 Coalition, a statewide bi-partisan coalition of teachers, parents, education organizations and other groups.
Also with us Thursday, opposing the initiative is Wayne Au, an assistant professor in the education program at the University of Washington, Bothell. He is an editor for the progressive education magazine, Rethinking Schools. He is the author of numerous books, chapters, and articles, and his research focuses on issues of equality and justice in education.”
October 17, 2012 at 5:22 AM
Still undecided about Initiative 502, the marijuana legalization, regulation and taxation measure on the November ballot?
Join us today, Wednesday, at noon for a live chat on the initiative and its impacts. What happens to law enforcement in our state if the measure passes, how do thing change? What about young people? Does a yes vote on I-502 make young people more or less likely to think it’s OK to smoke pot? Is it a gateway drug? How have our laws worked until now?
Participating in Wednesday’s live chat and discussion on the ballot measure is John McKay who joined the faculty of Seattle University Law School after he resigned along with eight other United States Attorneys in 2007. He teaches and lectures nationally on terrorism, ethics and leadership. A graduate of the University of Washington, he earned his J.D. at Creighton University. He is an original sponsor and supporter of I-502.
Also with us Wednesday at noon, and taking questions from readers, will be Derek Franklin president of the Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention. He has worked in the mental health and substance abuse fields for over 20 years as a child and family therapist, chemical dependency treatment provider and prevention professional. He is opposed to I-502.
Moderators will be Times reporter Jonathan Martin, who is covering the marijuana initiative, and myself. Please join us for a lively discussion. Feel free to send questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
October 15, 2012 at 7:00 AM
Business exec ad is a big deal: The Olympian wrote a piece about an “unprecedented”effort by a large number of Northwest business leaders who announced support for approving Referendum 74 — for same-sex marriage — in a Seattle Times newspaper ad. Click here to see the ad. TV ads are up on both sides of this debate. Ballots start going out Wednesday.
That rockin’ kneeslapper debate: You knew this was coming. Vice President Joe Biden’s giggles in last week’s debate are now captured in a radio ad for Romney-Ryan.
Can a TV ad featuring the Biden smirk-fest be far behind? Debates have the strangest takeaway points. Don’t believe me? Ask Big Bird.
Fighting for Ohio: Bruce Springsteen, balladeer of a generation and a “Rust Belt” mindset, joins former President Bill Clinton in Ohio this week to campaign for President Obama.
Debates, chats, ballots: This is Monday of the busiest week of the busiest month in Election 2012. Check out our election calendar. The biggest night of the week is Tuesday, the doubleheader presidential debate from 6 to 7:30 p.m., followed by the final gubernatorial debate of the season, sponsored by The Seattle Times and KING TV from 8 to 9 p.m. We will be live chatting both events on seattletimes.com with University of Washington political science prof, Mark. A. Smith, along with our crack Times politics team and you, the readers. If you know of any debate-watching parties, send a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We just might cover it.
We have live chats Wednesday at noon on Initiative 502, the marijuana legalization measure, and Thursday at noon, on Initiative 1240, the charter school measure.
October 10, 2012 at 6:00 AM
UPDATED: to include comment from Jay Inslee spokesman Sterling Clifford:
State Rep. Maureen Walsh stars in gay marriage ad: Remember when state Rep. Walsh of Walla Walla gave that poignant speech in the House in favor of gay marriage? The video went viral. It seemed like one day her powerful words would appear in an ad for something. Well, they have. Walsh looks comfortable stating her position in the new ad for the campaign urging voters to approve Referendum 74 to allow gay marriage in Washington state.
Five-way slam: It’s getting very testy out there in the TV ad and video world. The News Tribune of Tacoma reported on a political ad — currently on the web — from the Washington State Republican Party that is unusual in that it hits five Democratic candidates for statewide office in one swoop. I recommend the adjoining articles, too.
Brian M. Rosenthal says Inslee spokesman Clifford emailed Wednesday to note that what is asserted as fact in the web video (below) regarding Inslee is actually just an allegation made by his opponent, Rob McKenna.
Take a look.
Fowl politics: Tuesday the Obama campaign released an ad mocking Mitt Romney’s mention of Big Bird. The Republican candidate’s mention of the popular “Sesame Street” character in the first debate will go down in history as one of the most memorable moments in that event. Obviously, the broader take-home point involved President Obama’s lackluster performance. Bird politics gained new momentum later Tuesday when the production company behind “Sesame Street” promptly asked the Obama camp to refrain from using its characters in campaign ads. Romney, by the by, told a crowd in Iowa that the ad shows Obama is into the small stuff, not helping Americans with their everyday problems.
Here is the Obama ad.
From Brian M. Rosenthal:
Democrats better hope Jay Inslee is a better politician than actor. The News Tribune of Tacoma has dug up a film clip from the 2005 political thriller, “The Deal,” in which the now-gubernatorial hopeful offers two stilted sentences and a firm handshake in a brief cameo as a U.S. senator. The movie was not exactly a box office sensation. Here is a moment or two from Jay Inslee’s brief career in film.
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