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February 10, 2015 at 11:21 AM

Tenants Union leader will take on Burgess or Clark in Seattle City Council campaign

Jonathan Grant wants to be the new Nick Licata. Grant, executive director of the Tenants Union of Washington State, announced his Seattle City Council candidacy Tuesday with a tip of his hat to the longtime, lefty council member. Licata said last month he won’t pursue re-election. “With Nick Licata announcing he will not run again, I decided to…


Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, Brighton, Jonathan Grant

February 9, 2015 at 3:40 PM

Lawmakers air their own beefs with ethics investigations

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen took his grievances with the state’s ethics-investigations process to a Senate panel Monday, where he got a sympathetic hearing from some state senators who’ve faced their own ethics complaints. As we wrote for Monday’s paper, Owen remains steamed at a $15,000 fine he received last year as part of a settlement with the…


Comments | More in Attorney General, Politics Northwest, State government, State Legislature | Topics: Executive Ethics Board, Lt. Governor Brad Owen, State Sen. Don Benton

February 9, 2015 at 3:12 PM

Longtime organizer returns to Nickelsville tent city

Residents of Seattle’s Nickelsville homeless encampment voted over the weekend to reinstate longtime organizer Scott Morrow, said Sharon Lee, executive director of the Low Income Housing Institute, a financial backer of the tent city. They also voted to bar residents Anthony Jenkins and Lisa Hooper, who helped oust Morrow last month, Lee said. Lee’s nonprofit and the church that…


Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: homeless encampments, Low Income Housing Institute, Nickelsville

February 7, 2015 at 10:47 AM

Whales, personhood, vaccines: your political week in review

Busy week in the realm of politics, both in Olympia and elsewhere in the state. To recap: 1. Lawmakers heard bills that would: bring back psychiatric boarding, open the Woodland Park Zoo to public-records and open-meetings laws and ban whale captivity. 2. And abortion foes pushed parental notification and personhood bills. 3. Meanwhile, industrial hemp got state…


Comments | More in Marijuana, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: Jay Inslee, mike o'Brien, Pam Roach

February 6, 2015 at 10:21 AM

Inslee supports bill to limit vaccine exemptions

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee says he supports a bill that would remove philosophical opposition as an acceptable reason for parents to not vaccinate their school-age children. Inslee said Thursday that the bill introduced in the House this week is an important strategy to improve vaccination rates in Washington state. Currently, Washington state allows school…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Disneyland, gov. jay inslee, June Robinson

February 6, 2015 at 9:59 AM

In North Seattle, City Council candidate promises doorstep talks

Mercedes Elizalde thinks the race to represent the Seattle City Council’s 5th District will be won or lost on neighborhood doorsteps. Elizalde is the most recent candidate to launch a campaign in the North Seattle district as the council moves to geographic representation this year for seven of its nine seats. The 28-year-old, who rents an…


Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, Halei Watkins, Mercedes Eliazalde

February 5, 2015 at 8:33 PM

Elephant in the room: Lawmakers consider zoo open-records bill

OLYMPIA — The fallout over Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo elephants, and more recently, its decision to shut some protesters and media out of a public meeting, continues. This time, the battle came south, to the halls of the Legislature, where lawmakers Thursday heard testimony on a bill that would make the zoo subject to state…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: seattle aquarium, woodland park zoo

February 5, 2015 at 7:52 PM

Pam Roach offers lessons in winning and government: ‘I won’

OLYMPIA – In an email promoting Thursday’s public hearings on a trio of bills that would change the ballot-initiative process, activist Tim Eyman predicted the hearing would include “fireworks.” Fireworks did ensue — but not from Eyman. After criticizing a panel of spokespeople testifying for one of the bills at the Senate Government Operations and Security Committee, Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, shut…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: ballot initiatives, Don Benton, Marko Liias

February 5, 2015 at 4:15 PM

Results from Seattle mayor’s housing affordability panel

Updating the Seattle City Council’s housing committee Thursday on the progress of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee, city officials presented feedback from three community meetings and early results from an online public survey. The public meetings were held last November and December. There were 2,466 responses to the online survey, which…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: affordable housing, Housing Affordability and Livability Committee, seattle city council

February 4, 2015 at 1:12 PM

Industrial hemp gets state Senate approval

OLYMPIA — Industrial hemp would be allowed to be grown in Washington state under a measure passed by the Senate. Senate Bill 5012 received unanimous support Wednesday in the Senate and now heads to the House for consideration. The measure authorizes the growing of industrial hemp as an agricultural activity in the state. It also directs…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: industrial hemp, Washington Legislature, Washington State University

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