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January 29, 2015 at 3:26 PM

Crotch grabs for charity? Seahawks fines should stay local, says state lawmaker

OLYMPIA — Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has been racking up fines this year for his brevity with the media and on-field gestures. Lynch tallied $20,000 for a crotch-grabbing touchdown celebration in the NFC championship game alone. Typically, fine money goes to football-related charities according to past statements from league representatives. The NFL Player Care Foundation…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: fines, NFL, Rep. Drew MacEwen

January 29, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Unions, earthlings and Seahawks: things Inslee said Thursday

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee held his weekly news conference with reporters Thursday and answered questions about union contracts, his proposal to curb carbon pollution, and, of course, the Seahawks. Here are some highlights: 1. Inslee said he had a “five corners” breakfast meeting with leaders of all four legislative caucuses Thursday morning and came away optimistic that Republicans and…

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Comments | More in Governor, Politics Northwest, State government | Topics: gov. jay inslee, seahawks, state

January 28, 2015 at 3:55 PM

Which GOP lawmakers got donations from state-worker unions

UPDATED 8:09 P.M.: A spokesman for Service Employees International Union 775 guided me to a few additional donations that union made, so I updated their chart to include those. ORIGINAL POST: OLYMPIA — We wrote a story for Wednesday about Republican Party lawmakers’ skepticism over state-employee raises legislators will approve, deny or disregard this session, which comes in More

Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: Brian Dansel, Pam Roach, Services Employees International Union

January 28, 2015 at 1:51 PM

Activists, lawmakers rally at Capitol to end homelessness

OLYMPIA — Activists and lawmakers rallied inside the Capitol on Wednesday for legislation to end homelessness. Among the bills and policies the group discussed were Senate Bill 5404, the “Homeless Youth Act,” and working to ensure that the Housing Trust Fund, which helps low-income families and provides transitional housing, is fully funded in the state…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: homelessness

January 27, 2015 at 2:56 PM

Adam Smith: Republicans have only partisan motives on Benghazi panel

WASHINGTON — He’s called it a “witch hunt” that has already wasted millions of taxpayers’ dollars. And on Tuesday, U. S. Rep. Adam Smith of Bellevue used the third public hearing of the Select Committee on Benghazi to once again excoriate House Republicans for their ongoing investigation into the 2012 attacks at the U.S. diplomatic…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Adam Smith, Benghazi

January 26, 2015 at 1:06 PM

Joel’s Law, revenue forecasts, rules and transportation: things Democrats said today

Update, 9:15 p.m.: We told you (below) about the Democrats’ ideas earlier Tuesday for the Senate Rules Committee. Well … the committee will grow from 18 to 21 members, according to a release from the Majority Coalition Caucus. Two positions go to Democrats Tim Sheldon, of Potlatch, (who caucuses with Republicans) and Andy Billig, of Spokane. Sen. Doug…

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January 26, 2015 at 11:53 AM

Democrats re-elect Jaxon Ravens as state chair

The state Democratic Party has re-elected Jaxon Ravens as party chair for another two years. Ravens, first elected party chair in 2014, was unanimously re-elected at a party central committee meeting Saturday in Olympia, according to a news release. Ravens is a longtime Democratic Party leader, having served as the party’s executive director for nine…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Jaxon Ravens, State Democratic Party

January 26, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien will run for district seat

Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien will seek the council’s 6th District seat in this year’s elections, he said Monday. O’Brien, in office since 2010, considered pursuing one of the council’s two citywide positions. But that would have likely meant campaigning against either Council President Tim Burgess or Councilmember Sally Clark. Councilmember Nick Licata made O’Brien’s decision easier…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, Ballard, coal trains

January 23, 2015 at 11:47 AM

Tom Rasmussen won’t run again for Seattle City Council

Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen announced Friday that he would not seek re-election for a fourth term. Rasmussen, who was elected in 2003, is the second incumbent this week to announce that he would step down at the end of the year. Councilmember Nick Licata also said he wouldn’t seek another term. Rasmussen, 68, said he wanted to…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: election, seattle city council, Tom Rasmussen

January 22, 2015 at 5:24 PM

Medical marijuana regulation gets hearing in Olympia

OLYMPIA — A crowded Senate hearing Thursday reviewed controversial legislation proposed by State Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries the same as recreational stores. Growing operations, the Washington CannaBusiness Association, the city of Seattle and others were there in favor of more regulation. Eric Cooper, co-owner of Monkey Grass Farms, a growing and…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: I-502, marijuana, medical marijuana

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