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

December 10, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Lawmakers parse $1.1 trillion spending bill for local impact

WASHINGTON — The $1.1 trillion spending bill filed by House appropriators late Tuesday likely will avert a federal government shutdown after Thursday. But lawmakers (or, more accurately, their staff) were combing through the omnibus legislation Wednesday morning to tally how much money will flow to their states. Sean Coit, spokesman for Sen. Patty Murray, said the…

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Comments | More in Congress | Topics: federal budget, patty murray

December 9, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Jim McDermott: Obama needs debate over war against ISIS

Updated at 1:50 p.m. with comment from Adam Smith: WASHINGTON — Last Thursday, U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott voted against the 2015 defense policy bill to protest expanded deployment of U.S. military forces against the radical group ISIS, which calls itself Islamic State. On Tuesday, the Seattle Democrat followed up in a Capitol Hill newspaper to warn…

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Comments | More in Congress, Politics Northwest | Topics: Adam Smith, ISIS, Islamic State

December 9, 2014 at 7:00 AM

King and Pierce County councils squabble over legislative vacancy

A squabble with possible partisan overtones has erupted between the King and Pierce County councils over the process to fill a vacant legislative seat. Rebuffing a request for a joint meeting with its Republican-controlled Pierce County counterpart, the King County Council voted unanimously Monday to back Federal Way School Board President Carol Gregory for the 30th…

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Comments | More in Metropolitan King County Council, State government | Topics: 30th Legislative District vacancy, Carol Gregory, state Legislature

December 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Budget office signs off on state employee contracts as feasible

Due to the Great Recession, state employees haven’t had a raise in six years. But a move by the Washington Office of Financial Management (OFM) Friday might put workers one step closer to getting a wage hike. The OFM signed off on letters declaring $583 million of negotiated and arbitrated employee contracts as fiscally feasible. The contracts cover…

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Comments | More in Governor, State Legislature | Topics: Jay Inslee, state employees, union contracts

December 4, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Minimum-wage increase in the spotlight — now for the whole state

Calls for increasing the minimum wage spread Thursday beyond Seattle and SeaTac, as demonstrators rallied across the Puget Sound region and sat in on a legislative hearing at the Capitol. Demonstrators gathered at restaurants in Aberdeen, Bellevue and Kent, and were later scheduled to rally at two events in Olympia. Sage Wilson, spokesman for Working Washington, which…

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Comments | More in Minimum wage, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: minimum wage

December 3, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Cantwell raises cash for Landrieu, who bashes her “windmills” focus

Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell sent out a fundraising appeal Wednesday morning for fellow Sen. Mary Landrieu, the embattled Louisiana Democrat fighting to retain her seat in a runoff election. Cantwell’s appeal, part of a national Democratic “moneybomb,” praised Landrieu as “a critical ally over the years… an ally I’m counting on in the years to…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, U.S. Senate | Topics: U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu

December 2, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Former Seattle City Council aide weighing 4th District bid

He recently left his job as aide to Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess, his resume is packed with government work and he shares his views via a self-published Northeast Seattle newsletter called 4 to Explore. But Alex Pedersen hasn’t registered a campaign for Northeast Seattle’s new 4th District seat as the council moves to geographic…

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Comments | More in Local government, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, 4th Seattle City Council District, Michael Maddux

December 1, 2014 at 10:04 PM

GOP state senators elect Mark Schoesler majority leader

GOP state senators Monday elected Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, their new majority leader. Schoesler replaces outgoing Sen. Rodney Tom, a Democrat, who retired this year rather than run for re-election. Tom and Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch, crossed the aisle two years ago to caucus with Republicans and form the GOP-dominated Majority Coalition Caucus. “I’m grateful to…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Bruce Dammeier, Mark Schoesler, Tim Sheldon

December 1, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Sons of former mayor, restaurant owner each launch Seattle City Council bids

Norm Rice was mayor of Seattle, officially. George Lagos was mayor of The Ave, unofficially. Now Rice, mayor from 1990 to 1998, and Lagos, who ran the beloved Continental Greek Restaurant on University Way with his wife from 1974 to 2013, each have a son running for Seattle City Council. Mian Rice has registered a…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, George Lagos, Licton Springs

November 29, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Ferguson protests, electric cars, big pensions: your political week in review

You’d think it would be a slow week for politics, and yet: 1. Seattle City Council OKs budget with added social-services spending, Socialist Kshama Sawant votes against it. 2. Gov. Inslee pushes incentives for electric cars. (Phuong Le/AP) 3. NRA intends to lobby against new background-check law. 4. Viet Shelton will be Seattle mayor’s new…

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Comments | More in Governor, Seattle City Council, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: week in review

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