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Category: State Legislature
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 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

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 3:19 PM

State Rep. Roger Freeman, D-Federal Way, dies at 48

TACOMA — Rep. Roger Freeman has died at age 48 after battling cancer for the past year. The News Tribune of Tacoma reports that Freeman, a Democrat from Federal Way, died Wednesday. The Franciscan Health System confirmed to the newspaper that Freeman died at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way. Freeman, who was diagnosed with colon cancer…

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

October 23, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Didier drops suit against Newhouse campaign volunteer

The Associated Press SPOKANE — Republican U.S. House candidate Clint Didier has dropped his federal lawsuit against a volunteer for his opponent’s campaign over an alleged misuse of state resources. Didier had originally sued opponent Dan Newhouse, also a Republican seeking the House seat from central Washington, plus Newhouse’s campaign and volunteer Christopher Voigt, who is the…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington state Republican Party

October 20, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Ethics board clears state Sen. Pam Roach in free trip abroad

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — A recent opinion by a legislative ethics board clears Republican state Sen. Pam Roach of ethics violations for all-expenses-paid trips in 2013 to Turkey and Azerbaijan. The board’s ruling, released Sunday, appears to give lawmakers more leeway to accept free trips, the News Tribune of Tacoma reported Monday. State law allows officials…

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October 14, 2014 at 6:20 PM

How a California billionaire gets his money into a Washington Senate campaign

In late September, political reporter Jim Brunner wrote about how California billionaire and climate activist Tom Steyer had decided to drop $1 million into Washington state’s elections to help Democrats regain control of the state Senate. One of ways the Steyer money is being used is to try to unseat Republican Sen. Andy Hill in the 45th…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, State legislative races, State Legislature | Topics: 2014 elections, andy hill, Matt Isenhower

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