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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

September 12, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Obama visit costs Seattle $40k; Medina bills former Costco CEO

President Obama’s July 22 political fundraising visit cost Seattle taxpayers about $40,000 in police overtime bills, according to the city. Seattle plans to absorb that cost, said Jeff Reading, a spokesman for Mayor Ed Murray. “It’s not been the city’s policy to bill for a presidential visit of any kind,” Reading said in an email….

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| More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Jim Sinegal, Medina, police costs

September 11, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Palin endorses Didier in 4th District race

Former Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin has endorsed Clint Didier in his bid to represent Central Washington’s 4th Congressional District. A post on Palin’s Facebook page says “Clint will fight for farmers, for lower taxes, and less government. He understands hard work and the concerns of everyday Americans because he’s one of us. We need…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, Politics Northwest | Topics: Clint Didier, Sarah Palin

September 11, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Supreme Court finds Legislature in contempt on education funding

The Washington state Supreme Court is holding the Legislature in contempt for not making enough progress toward fully funding public education but, for now, is holding off on sanctions. In an order Thursday in the landmark McCleary school-funding case, the court  said it won’t issue any sanctions until at least the close of the 2015 legislative session. After that,…

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September 10, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Planned Parenthood organizer declares Seattle City Council candidacy

Warning that Seattle’s story is becoming an unequal “tale of two cities,” Planned Parenthood’s lead political organizer in the city declared her intention Wednesday to run for the City Council’s newly-drawn 5th District seat. Halei Watkins, 26, is the first candidate to announce a campaign in the 5th District as the council moves to representation based on geographic districts…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: Halei Watkins, Northgate, seattle city council

September 8, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Suzan DelBene and Pedro Celis spar in 1st District debate

First term Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene and Republican challenger Pedro Celis sparred gently in their first radio debate aired Monday night — taking generic partisan stands on issues including immigration reform to money in politics. The debate between the rivals for the First Congressional District was prerecorded last Friday, but broadcast Monday on More

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September 5, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Realtors group backs state Sen. Andy Hill with $80,000 ad effort

The National Association of Realtors has joined the battle for control of the Washington State Senate with an $80,000 independent expenditure on behalf of state Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond. The money — one of the first big independent expenditures of the general election season — is buying TV ads that praise Hill, the chief…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest, State legislative races | Topics: Matt Isenhower, Realtors, State Sen. Andy Hill

September 5, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Pedro Celis: I’ll only serve 6 terms in Congress

Update: 5:45 p.m. Some of the platform statements released by Republican congressional candidate Pedro Celis on Friday copied lines from two Virginia Republican candidates Celis’ new communications director had previously worked for. For example, as part of his energy policy statement, Celis says he opposes government subsidies for alternative energy: “If there is a new…

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Comments | More in Congressional races, Politics Northwest | Topics: George Nethercutt, Pedro Celis, Suzan DelBene

August 31, 2014 at 6:43 AM

Fife’s pot-store ban, more I-594 money, Inslee nudges Yakima on voting rights: your week in review

Happy Labor Day weekend! Here’s your homework: 1. Judge upholds city of Fife’s ban on pot businesses. 2. Bill Gates and a Michael Bloomberg group donate money to support I-594 background check initiative. 3. Many in Seattle are taking a stand against rise of micro-apartments. 4. Gov. Inslee asks Yakima not to appeal judge’s order to…

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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

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