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September 30, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Mayor Ed Murray visits Ireland to drum up business for Seattle

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray met with Ireland’s prime minister for at least a half-hour in Dublin on Monday, he said in a phone interview. He and Prime Minister Enda Kenny discussed “American businesses in Ireland, Irish businesses in Seattle” and Kenny’s visit to Seattle last year to highlight a purchase of Boeing jets by Ryanair, the Irish airline, the mayor…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Same-sex marriage, State government | Topics: business, China, Ireland

September 30, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Newhouse ad flogs Didier for backing Social Security phaseout

Both Republicans vying to be the next member of Congress from Central Washington’s 4th District say they want to cut federal spending. But while tea-party favorite Clint Didier talks of slashing all sorts of federal subsidies — “we have to get back to sacrifice,” he recently told a radio interviewer — GOP establishment pick More

Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, Politics Northwest | Topics: 4th Congressional District, Clint Didier, Dan Newhouse

September 25, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Challenger admits Reichert’s passed bills, says they’re not ‘particularly relevant’

Jason Ritchie, the Democratic challenger to U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert of Auburn, has claimed on his website that Reichert “has not sponsored one piece of legislation that has been passed into law and is on the opposite side of his constituents on almost every issue.” Whether you think Reichert is on the wrong…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, Politics Northwest | Topics: 8th Congressional District, Dave Reichert, Jason Ritchie

September 25, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Former pastor will compete for City Council seat in North Seattle

Sanford “Sandy” Brown needs a new pair of hiking boots. The former Methodist pastor, who announced his candidacy Thursday for the Seattle City Council, has walked more than 2,200 miles in Europe since 2008, and he now says he’s going to walk every street in the newly drawn 5th District. Brown, 56, trekked across Italy and Spain…

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Comments | More in Gun initiative, Local government, Politics Northwest, Same-sex marriage, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, 5th district, Halei Watkins

September 24, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Ireland is destination for Seattle mayor’s first official overseas trip

Seattle’s Ed Murray is ditching the Emerald City for the Emerald Isle on his first overseas trip as mayor. Murray, whose grandparents emigrated from Ireland in the early 20th century and who lived in Belfast himself in 1974, jetted off Wednesday. He’s spending $2,020.84 in city funds on travel, with his Irish hosts footing the rest of the bill,…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Same-sex marriage, Seattle City Council | Topics: Amazon, Boeing, Galway

September 24, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Steyer group will target state Sen. Andy Hill in 45th District race

California billionaire and climate activist Tom Steyer’s political organization has revealed some details of its plans to influence Pacific Northwest legislative contests. NextGen Climate will back Democrats in two key state Senate races in Washington: Matt Isenhower, who is challenging state Sen. Andy Hill of Redmond in the 45th Legislative District, and Tami Green, challenging state…

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

September 24, 2014 at 3:13 PM

It’s lights out for Sawant’s plan to change City Light rates

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s proposal to consider radically changing how City Light charges for electricity went dark Wednesday due to a lack of support from her colleagues. Sawant, who chairs the council’s energy committee, asked the committee to vote on her resolution, which said the council would review City Light’s rate structure next year with…

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Comments | More in Local government, Metropolitan King County Council, Politics Northwest | Topics: City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, City Councilmember Mike O'Brien, City Councilmember Sally Clark

September 22, 2014 at 5:25 PM

California billionaire Tom Steyer drops $1 million on WA elections

California billionaire Tom Steyer — a climate activist and political ally of Gov. Jay Inslee — has entered Washington state’s 2014 elections in a big way, sending $1 million here in an expected effort to help Democrats take control of the state Senate. Steyer donated $1 million last week to NextGen Climate Action’s Washington state…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest, State legislative races | Topics: 2014 Legislative races, climate change, Jay Inslee

September 17, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Food policy consultant launches Seattle City Council bid

Politics are heating up in South Seattle, where a new City Council candidate is calling her neck of the woods “neglected” in terms of public safety and economic development. Tammy Morales, 45, who runs a food policy consulting business and who lives in Seward Park with her husband and children, announced Wednesday she will run for the…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, Bruce Harrell, education

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