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The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

Category: State government
November 25, 2014 at 4:27 PM

NRA intends to lobby against new background-check law

Washington state voters this month approved — by a wide margin — the expansion of gun-purchase background checks to private sales and transfers. Now that Initiative 594 has passed, gun-rights supporters are shifting gears from working to defeat a proposal to opposing a new law. Opponents have claimed the law will criminalize law-abiding gun owners for handing each…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative, State Legislature | Topics: i-594, Moms Demand Action, national rifle association

November 25, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Viet Shelton will be Seattle mayor’s new communications director

Viet Shelton will be Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s new communications director, he says. Starting Feb. 2, the 33-year-old University of Washington graduate will replace Jeff Reading, who announced last week he would be resigning Dec. 12 to take a job in the private sector. Shelton has worked with Murray before and is currently a spokesman in Washington,…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, State government, State Legislature, Washington state Democratic Party | Topics: Jeff Reading, Rosalind Brazell, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

November 18, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Little movement as state House Democrats elect their leadership

Going in to the 2015 legislative session, there looks to be no major shakeups in Washington state House Democrats’ leadership. Democrats once again selected Rep. Frank Chopp of Seattle to be their choice for House speaker, the most powerful position in the chamber, according to a release Tuesday afternoon from the party. Other senior leaders stayed in their posts,…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Eric Pettigrew, frank chopp, Kevin Van De Wege

November 12, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Seattle City Council campaign round-up: Who’s running and who isn’t?

West Seattle (1st District) The race for West Seattle’s Seattle City Council seat is becoming more congested than the West Seattle Bridge during rush hour. Including George Capestany, a business consultant (and goat owner) who announced a bid Tuesday, there are now five people seeking the 1st District position as seven of the council’s nine seats move to geographic representation for the 2015 election. West Seattle…

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Comments | More in Local government, Marijuana, Minimum wage, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council, State government | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, Alison Holcomb, George Capestany

November 8, 2014 at 11:28 PM

Elections, elections, elections: your political week in review

You’re going to get lonely without all those politicians keeping you company with their TV ads. So bookmark this page. Here’s what happened this past week: 1. Voters approve I-594, measure to expand checks for gun buyers, and defeat rival I-591. 2. Still a close race for I-1351 to decrease class sizes, though now it leads. 3….

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, Governor, Gun initiative, State legislative races | Topics: week in review

November 5, 2014 at 3:07 PM

I-594 supporters to push for more gun laws in Olympia

The morning after voters approved Initiative 594, the proposal to expand gun-buyer background checks to private sales and transfers, the measure’s supporters declared they’d take their momentum to lawmakers in Olympia. “We are here this morning to announce that we are not packing up our tents, claiming victory and going home,” said Sandy Brown, president of…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative, State Legislature | Topics: i-591, i-594

November 4, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Federal Way state House Rep. Roger Freeman is winning re-election despite dying six days ago

Roger Freeman, a Democratic state representative from Federal Way, appeared headed for victory Tuesday despite dying six days ago. Tuesday’s ballot results put Freeman, a first-term incumbent for the 30th legislative district that spans parts of King and Pierce Counties, ahead by six percentage points over his Republican challenger, Jack Dovey. Freeman’s apparent…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, State Legislature | Topics: Rep. Roger Freeman

November 1, 2014 at 12:24 PM

The hot mess of election eve and a death in the House: your political week in review

It was a busy week in the politics world. Campaigns scrapped with each other and begged, cajoled and harrassed voters to turn in their ballots ahead of next Tuesday’s election deadline. We also had a death, future campaign prospects and an interesting look into lobbying at the state Attorney General’s Office. Here’s how it went: 1. Stoned-driving accusation…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Attorney General, Congressional races, Gun initiative, State legislative races | Topics: week in review

October 31, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Allegations of prejudice in two state Senate campaigns

In a pair of contested state Senate campaigns, allegations are being made over anti-Catholic prejudice and the way one senator has characterized his opponent’s door-belling volunteers. Let’s start with the latter. Fuse Washington released a recording Friday morning that purports to capture Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond, on audio at a King County GOP dinner on Oct. 18 disparaging…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest, State legislative races, State Legislature | Topics: andy hill, mark miloscia

October 29, 2014 at 3:42 PM

NYT probes lobbying ties of AG Bob Ferguson and former AG Rob McKenna

Update: In an interview, Ferguson says the NYT piece contained critical omissions. In particular, Ferguson said it failed to mention that he was one of the attorneys general who did file a lawsuit against 5-Hour Energy. He said the NYT also failed to mention he’d returned the campaign contribution referred to in the story,…

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Comments | More in Attorney General, State government | Topics: Attorney General Bob Ferguson, former Attorney General Rob McKenna, lobbyists

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