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July 23, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Boehner praises doctor who saved Herrera Beutler’s baby

The Associated Press A choked-up House Speaker John Boehner has interrupted a series of votes to praise a doctor who helped a congresswoman’s infant survive a rare condition. In a break from his chamber’s often acrid political divisions, the Ohio Republican prompted two bipartisan standing ovations Wednesday by introducing Washington state Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler…

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July 22, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Report: SEIU halts mandatory fees for some workers

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month striking down mandatory payroll deductions for public-sector unions has started to show some impact in Washington state. The Harris v. Quinn ruling said home-health care workers in Illinois could not be forced to pay fees to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to cover collective bargaining expenses. Conservatives argued the…

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July 22, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Medina says it will send former Costco CEO bill for Obama visit

Big checks have been written to attend a Democratic fundraiser Tuesday headlined by President Obama at the Hunts Point home of former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal. For the privilege, Sinegal may end up writing a big check himself to the City of Medina. The city has decided to charge Sinegal for the full cost of any…

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July 21, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Obama to raise money for super PAC at former Costco CEO’s house

Update: Updated to note Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray are remaining in D.C. and will not attend fundraiser. President Obama’s Tuesday fundraising swing through the Seattle area will include a high-priced dinner event benefiting a Democratic super PAC. The event is scheduled at the Hunt’s Point home of former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal and his wife…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest | Topics: 2014 elections, former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal, fundraiser

July 18, 2014 at 11:57 PM

Obama fundraiser includes familiar hosts, may cross Lake Washington

President Obama’s political fundraising swing through Seattle on Tuesday will include a reception at the waterfront home of Bruce and Anne Blume, according to Democratic sources. The Blumes are major Democratic donors who also hosted Obama in 2012 at their 10,000-square-foot Madrona mansion. And drivers beware — the president’s itinerary may include a second event on…

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July 17, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Seattle in its own minimum-wage bubble

Seattle is the only area in the state with a plurality of voters who believe that a $15 minimum wage would help the economy more than hurt it, according to an Elway poll released today. That puts city voters at odds with those elsewhere, including the rest of King County and all of Eastern Washington, where most voters say…

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July 16, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Obama travels to Seattle Tuesday for DNC fundraiser

President Obama plans another political visit to the Seattle area next week as part of a West Coast fundraising spree. Obama will travel to Seattle on Tuesday to attend an event for the Democratic National Committee, according to a White House official. Later that day, he’ll fly to San Francisco to spend the night before attending a…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Democratic National Committee, fundraiser, president obama

July 3, 2014 at 3:47 PM

City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco apologizes for recent controversies

Seattle City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco offered public apology Thursday for recent controversies that caused him to lose a $60,000 pay raise. During a hastily called news conference at City Light’s downtown headquarters, Carrasco said he takes “full responsibility” for a copper theft scam and a contract with the online reputation management firm Brand.com. “I am…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Jorge Carrasco, Seattle City Light, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

July 2, 2014 at 12:24 PM

No pay raise for City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says he will not give City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco a pay raise, citing “judgment” issues, including a contract aimed partly at boosting Carrasco’s online image. Murray made the comments at a City Hall news conference Wednesday. The Seattle City Council had authorized a pay increase of up to $119,000 for…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest | Topics: Jorge Carrasco, Seattle City Light

June 30, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Public financing of city elections won’t be on November ballot

The Seattle City Council voted today not to consider a public campaign-financing bill for the November ballot. Seattle voters narrowly defeated a measure that would have levied a property tax to create a public financing system for city council elections last year. Councilmember Mike O’Brien sought to have a similar measure referred to his committee for consideration in time…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: mike o'Brien, seattle city council, Tim Burgess

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