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

April 4, 2014 at 11:50 AM

State Sen. Maralyn Chase targeted by fellow Democrat

Shoreline Deputy Mayor Chris Eggen will challenge longtime Democratic state Sen. Maralyn Chase, setting up a rare intraparty battle in the liberal 32nd Legislative District. Eggen, who’s been on the Shoreline City Council since 2007, criticized Chase for only passing a small number of bills during her 14 years in Olympia. “Watching only 4% of the bills…

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April 2, 2014 at 1:40 PM

PDC: Court’s campaign finance decision won’t affect state races

Wednesday’s major U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding political donations will almost certainly not affect races governed by Washington state law, according to a spokeswoman for the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC). The 5-4 ruling struck down a federal cap of the total amount an individual can contribute to political candidates, parties and committees in an election cycle,…

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0 Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: pdc, political donations, U.S. Supreme Court

April 1, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Cathy Dahlquist to challenge Pam Roach for state Senate

Update | 3 p.m. Democrat Jonathon Dunn, who had been challenging Roach, announced Wednesday afternoon he will instead run for the state House seat being vacated by Dahlquist. Original post State Rep. Cathy Dahlquist announced Tuesday night she will challenge fellow Republican state Sen. Pam Roach this fall, setting up a rare battle between two lawmakers of the…

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0 Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Cathy Dahlquist, Pam Roach

April 1, 2014 at 5:40 AM

Inslee signs bills to add state developmental-disability services

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed legislation to start to reduce a massive backlog of developmentally-disabled residents waiting for state help. Senate Bill 6387, sponsored by Redmond Republican Andy Hill, and House Bill 2746, sponsored by Lakewood Democrat Tami Green, are expected to together give services to some 5,000 families through a new program…

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0 Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: andy hill, developmental disabilities, Jay Inslee

March 27, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Adam Smith calls for halt to Republican “witch hunt” over Benghazi

WASHINGTON — The political spectacle over the Benghazi investigations has cost the Pentagons millions of dollars — and the tab shows no sign of ending soon. All 17 Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday demanded that its chairman, Darrell Issa, R-Calif., finally pull the plug on his probe into…

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0 Comments | More in Congress, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Benghazi, Hillary Clinton, House Armed Services Committe

March 27, 2014 at 7:12 AM

Dave Reichert breaks ranks with GOP on national monuments bill

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Wednesday passed a bill to curtail presidential powers to designate national monuments, a legislation conservation groups condemned as shortsighted and which they urged the Senate to reject. Rep. Dave Reichert of Auburn broke from the GOP majority to vote against it, one of just 10 Republicans to do so. The measure…

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0 Comments | More in Congress | Topics: Dave Reichert, Doc Hastings, national monuments

March 25, 2014 at 7:58 AM

Seattle activists rally for Supreme Court contraceptive cases

WASHINGTON — Dozens of reproductive-rights advocates from Seattle and around the nation converged on U.S. Supreme Court steps Tuesday morning, as the justices prepared to hear oral arguments on a pair of cases concerning the right of private corporations to refuse to provide mandatory insurance coverage for contraceptives based on religious objections. Elaine Rose, chief executive of…

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0 Comments | More in United States Supreme Court | Topics: Affordable Care Act, contraceptive coverage, Hobby Lobby

March 21, 2014 at 3:32 PM

State Sen. Don Benton considers $150,000 “litter fee” for The Columbian

State Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, has come under intense scrutiny from his local newspaper, The Columbian, especially since he landed a six-figure job as head of Clark County’s environmental services department. The paper has reported aggressively on Benton’s business background, his questionable job qualifications and recently revealed he was being paid for…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State government, State Legislature | Topics: State Sen. Don Benton, The Columbian

March 21, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Maria Cantwell introduces bill to refurbish aged Polar Sea icebreaker

WASHINGTON — More than a year after she rescued it from the scrap heap, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell is trying to get the Polar Sea icebreaker refurbished and returned to service. Cantwell and fellow Democrat, Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska, on Friday said they are introducing a bill to authorize the U.S. Coast Guard to…

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0 Comments | More in Congress | Topics: icebreaker, Maria Cantwell, Mark Begich

March 21, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Doc Hastings’ district got top money from stimulus he opposed

UPDATED AT 1:12  P.M. WITH COMMENT FROM HASTINGS’ SPOKESMAN: WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings’ Central Washington district received the most federal money from the 2009 stimulus act, snagging more than 500 times as much per resident than the bottom-ranked district of former Congressman Anthony Weiner of New York. That’s the conclusion by three economists

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0 Comments | More in Congress | Topics: Brookings Institution, Doc Hastings, stimulus

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