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December 12, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Cliven Bundy’s son to speak at Saturday’s gun-rights rally

One the speakers listed for Saturday’s demonstration in Olympia against the new law expanding gun-purchase background checks is the son of Cliven Bundy. Cliven, you might remember, is the Nevada rancher who pushed back against attempts by the government to take away his cattle and who later suggested black people might be better off as slaves picking cotton. Ammon Bundy is listed…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: ammon bundy, i-594, sandy hook promise

December 11, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Congress passes Alpine Lakes Wilderness — sooner or later

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate voted Thursday to move ahead with the 2015 defense policy bill containing a host of public-lands measures, bringing the expansion of Alpine Lakes Wilderness near Seattle within hours of final passage in Congress. However, retiring Sen. Tom Coburn is vowing to run out the clock with additional 30 hours of debate allowed…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Rep. Dave Reichert, Sen. Patty Murray

December 9, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Jim McDermott: Obama needs debate over war against ISIS

Updated at 1:50 p.m. with comment from Adam Smith: WASHINGTON — Last Thursday, U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott voted against the 2015 defense policy bill to protest expanded deployment of U.S. military forces against the radical group ISIS, which calls itself Islamic State. On Tuesday, the Seattle Democrat followed up in a Capitol Hill newspaper to warn…

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Comments | More in Congress, Politics Northwest | Topics: Adam Smith, ISIS, Islamic State

December 4, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Minimum-wage increase in the spotlight — now for the whole state

Calls for increasing the minimum wage spread Thursday beyond Seattle and SeaTac, as demonstrators rallied across the Puget Sound region and sat in on a legislative hearing at the Capitol. Demonstrators gathered at restaurants in Aberdeen, Bellevue and Kent, and were later scheduled to rally at two events in Olympia. Sage Wilson, spokesman for Working Washington, which…

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Comments | More in Minimum wage, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: minimum wage

December 1, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Sons of former mayor, restaurant owner each launch Seattle City Council bids

Norm Rice was mayor of Seattle, officially. George Lagos was mayor of The Ave, unofficially. Now Rice, mayor from 1990 to 1998, and Lagos, who ran the beloved Continental Greek Restaurant on University Way with his wife from 1974 to 2013, each have a son running for Seattle City Council. Mian Rice has registered a…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, George Lagos, Licton Springs

November 29, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Minimum-wage rally planned for Thursday in Olympia

The group Working Washington, which has been advocating for a higher minimum wage, is planning to bring its message to the state Capitol. But unlike the demonstrators who gathered for recent state Supreme Court hearings on education funding and sex-trafficking, the rally will come after a lower-key event: a State House Labor & Workforce Development committee More

Comments | More in Minimum wage, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: minimum wage, state Legislature

November 25, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Viet Shelton will be Seattle mayor’s new communications director

Viet Shelton will be Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s new communications director, he says. Starting Feb. 2, the 33-year-old University of Washington graduate will replace Jeff Reading, who announced last week he would be resigning Dec. 12 to take a job in the private sector. Shelton has worked with Murray before and is currently a spokesman in Washington,…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, State government, State Legislature, Washington state Democratic Party | Topics: Jeff Reading, Rosalind Brazell, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

November 25, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Seattle mayor says ‘murder of Mr. Brown’ quote was a misstatement

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says he didn’t mean to refer to the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., as “murder.” During a news conference Monday, after the announcement that a Missouri grand jury wouldn’t bring criminal charges against the officer who shot Michael Brown in August, Murray used the…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Ferguson, Michael Brown, police reform

November 24, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Sawant says she’s voting “no” on Seattle budget

There will be a rare “no” vote Monday when the Seattle City Council adopts the city’s new budget for 2015 and 2016. Despite getting her way with several amendments earlier this month, Councilmember Kshama Sawant will dissent, she says. Because of the amendments, the council’s budget will include money to investigate a “millionaires tax,” fast track city…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: budget, seattle city council, Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant

November 20, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Former Seattle Mayor McGinn takes new job, says no plans to seek return to elected office

Information in this article has been corrected. Mike McGinn lives just inside the border of the Seattle City Council’s 6th District. A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that he lived in the 5th District. Nearly a year after leaving City Hall, former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has settled on a next act. And it’s not in…

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