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August 26, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Port of Vancouver’s 18-month labor fight is officially over

After an 18-month lockout, picket lines around the Port of Vancouver and a political tussle over whether the government should help run the picket lines to inspect grain, longshore workers will head back to work on Wednesday. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) ratified a new union contract with United Grain Corp. (UGC),  according to a press statement by the union. The…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: agriculture, labor support, united grain corporation

August 23, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Ferry complaints, tribal heritage, big money for I-594 : your week in review

Another week is behind us. Here’s what you may have missed while doing whatever it is you do: 1. Seattle officials want tribal heritage reflected in city waterfront. 2. Lawmakers turn up the heat on troubled ferry system. 3. Paul Allen gives $500K to support gun-sale background…

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August 20, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Franchise group blasts Seattle minimum-wage law in radio ad

The International Franchise Association, which represents franchise owners like those who own most McDonald’s restaurants, is taking to the airwaves to criticize an aspect of Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage law and unions that backed the measure. But proponents of the law say the gambit won’t sway public opinion. The IFA has already sued the city in federal court, arguing…

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Comments | More in Minimum wage, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: Dave Meinert, David Rolf, International Franchise Association

August 20, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Lawmakers: FEMA should reconsider aid denial for Washington wildfire victims

WASHINGTON – Four members of Congress from Washington state are urging the federal government to reverse last week’s decision to deny direct assistance to families affected by wildfires that scorched the state for nearly a month beginning July 14. In a letter to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Democratic Sens. Patty Murray and Maria…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: carlton complex, FEMA, wildfires

August 18, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Paul Allen gives $500K to support gun-sale background checks

OLYMPIA (AP) — A campaign seeking to expand gun-sale background checks has received a $500,000 donation from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The donation to Initiative 594 posted on the state’s Public Disclosure Commission website Monday afternoon. I-594 would require background checks for all gun sales and transfers in Washington state, including at gun shows and private sales….

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Comments | More in Gun initiative, homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: i-594, Initiative 594, Paul Allen

August 16, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Labor disputes, psychiatric boarding, pro-gun money: your week in review

For those of you “relaxing” this weekend by checking the interwebs every 15 minutes, we present: news and bits you may have missed over the past week. 1. More than 100 patients could be released from hospital emergency rooms later this month as the state scrambles to find long-term beds and funding to abide by a…

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August 13, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Ballmers add $250,000 to campaign for gun background checks

The WA Alliance for Gun Responsibility continues to pad its war chest. The independent spending group is leading the push to get voters to approve in November I-594, a measure that would require background checks for gun sales. Ex-Microsoft CEO Steven Ballmer (and new LA Clippers owner) and his wife Connie were already big donors to the group, but they kicked in an…

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Comments | More in Gun initiative, Politics Northwest | Topics: i-594, national rifle association, steve ballmer

August 11, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Emails: Mayor’s office angered by Seattle City Light’s Carrasco ‘throwing garbage’

Top aides to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray were incredulous and angry at Seattle City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco’s bungled effort to respond to negative news stories this summer, newly released emails show. First, a little background. Carrasco had attempted an image-repair media tour in June after The Seattle Times published critical stories on him being duped…

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

August 8, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Celis declares victory, looks to fall matchup with DelBene

It wasn’t pretty, but Republican Pedro Celis appears to have secured a spot on the November ballot against Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene in the 1st Congressional District north of Seattle. With a new round of ballots counted Friday, Celis extended his lead over Republican rival Robert Sutherland to 922 votes. “It appears we have won and…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, Politics Northwest | Topics: 1st Congressional District, Pedro Celis, Suzan DelBene

August 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Gun-control group launches TV ads promoting background checks

With Washington voters set to decide on competing gun initiatives this fall, a tax-exempt nonprofit group is launching a major TV ad campaign promoting universal background checks for all gun sales. The Center for Gun Responsibility, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, announced the TV ad campaign Friday. Molly Boyajian, a spokeswoman for the group, said its $1…

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Comments | More in Gun initiative, Politics Northwest | Topics: background checks, Initiative 591, Initiatve 594

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