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April 21, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Local Hillary Clinton supporters get early start on 2016

With a mere 932 days to go before Election Day 2016, local supporters of Hillary Clinton’s presidential ambitions are getting organized. They’re throwing a fundraiser Tuesday night at Seattle’s Spitfire bar. The proceeds will go to the Ready For Hillary PAC, the unofficial committee raising cash in hopes of a Clinton 2016 bid. The event, with…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton

April 17, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Hilyer running for Supreme Court

Former King County Superior Court Judge Bruce Hilyer is running for the state Supreme Court seat being vacated by Justice James M. Johnson’s retirement at the end of the month. Johnson announced his retirement last month, citing health concerns. Considered the court’s most conservative member, Johnson was not due up for reelection until 2016. Gov. Jay…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Supreme Court | Topics: Bruce Hilyer

April 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Newhouse leads fundraising in race to succeed Doc Hastings

Former state agriculture chief Dan Newhouse has emerged as the leading early fundraiser among a pack of Republicans vying to represent Central Washington’s 4th Congressional District. Newhouse raised $162,000 through the first quarter of the year, topping five other Republicans and one Democrat in the race so far, according to reports filed with the Federal…

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0 Comments | More in Congress, Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Clint Didier, Dan Newhouse, Fourth Congressional District race

April 16, 2014 at 9:49 AM

DelBene challenger Celis donates $36,000 to his campaign

Republican Pedro Celis and his wife have kicked in $36,000 to seed his challenge to Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene in the First Congressional District. Celis, a retired Microsoft engineer, raised about $200,000 in about a month since he announced his candidacy in late February, according to a first-quarter fundraising report filed with the Federal…

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0 Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, Politics Northwest | Topics: Pedro Celis, Rep. Suzan DelBene

April 14, 2014 at 10:50 AM

$15 Now files ballot initiative to raise Seattle’s minimum wage

Activists this morning filed a Seattle city charter amendment to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour starting Jan. 1, 2015. The measure calls for a three-year phase-in for small business and non-profit organizations and defines a small business as any with 250 or fewer full-time employees. Backers of the amendment, which includes 15 Now…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: $15 minimum wage, 15 Now, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

April 10, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Businesses push back on minimum-wage demands

A group that includes the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Restaurant Association announced the formation today of a new business coalition, OneSeattle, to counter the minimum-wage demands made by unions and 15 Now activists. The group says it supports both the goal of $15 an hour and the concept of broad prosperity for all….

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: $15 minimum wage, OneSeattle, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

March 21, 2014 at 3:32 PM

State Sen. Don Benton considers $150,000 “litter fee” for The Columbian

State Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, has come under intense scrutiny from his local newspaper, The Columbian, especially since he landed a six-figure job as head of Clark County’s environmental services department. The paper has reported aggressively on Benton’s business background, his questionable job qualifications and recently revealed he was being paid for…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State government, State Legislature | Topics: State Sen. Don Benton, The Columbian

March 18, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Former TV journalist and City Councilmember Jim Compton dies

Former Seattle City Councilmember Jim Compton, who was better known for his long career as a prominent Seattle television journalist, was found dead in his car this morning, said his wife, Carol Arnold. Compton, 72, apparently died of a heart attack or other natural causes after returning from a dinner with friends Monday night, Arnold…

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0 Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: Jim Compton

March 18, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Washington State Ferries chief David Moseley to resign

The head of Washington’s ferry system is stepping down effective April 15. David Moseley, assistant secretary for the Washington State Department of Transportation, announced his resignation in a statement Tuesday, saying he’d left the ferry system in a stronger position than it was when he took the job six years ago. He cited progress on…

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0 Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, Transportation | Topics: David Moseley, Washington State Ferries

March 17, 2014 at 12:27 PM

State Supreme Court Justice Jim Johnson to retire

James M. Johnson, who is considered the most conservative member of the state Supreme Court, will retire next month due to “recent health concerns,” the justice announced Monday. Johnson, who goes by Jim, was not up for re-election until 2016. Instead, he will leave April 30. He was re-elected without a general-election opponent in 2010. “This has been…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Supreme Court | Topics: Barbara Madsen, Jay Inslee, Justice Jim Johnson

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