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

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 18, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Seattle mayor losing his communications director

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is losing his communications director, Jeff Reading, after less than a year in office. Reading, resigning effective Dec. 12, has been an important aide for the new mayor, accompanying Murray in public and mediating between his boss, who has a reputation for losing his cool, and the press corps. “It’s the oldest cliché in politics,…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest | Topics: Jeff Reading, Rosalind Brazel, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

November 17, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Patty Murray urges Obama to stay firm on immigration action

WASHINGTON — Sen. Patty Murray and her fellow Democratic leaders on Monday urged President Obama to stick to his resolve to act unilaterally on immigration reform, which has incensed conservatives and triggered threats of another government shutdown. In a letter to Obama, the lawmakers say immigrant communities have waited long enough for House Republicans…

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Comments | More in U.S. Senate | Topics: immigration reform, Obama, patty murray

November 15, 2014 at 2:49 PM

I-594 protesters, low turnout, and lots of birthday candles: your political week in review

Spice your weekend up with some of this: 1. Washington mid-term election turnout lowest since disco era. 2. Patty Murray readies for new role in Senate minority, has eye on tea party. 3. State Patrol won’t arrest anti-I-594 protesters for exchanging guns at rally. 4. One congested Seattle City Council race now includes …  a…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative, Seattle City Council | Topics: week in review

November 14, 2014 at 10:57 AM

State Patrol: We won’t arrest people at anti-I-594 rally for exchanging guns

We wrote Tuesday about a planned rally in Olympia to demonstrate against the freshly-passed Initiative 594, which will expand gun-purchase background checks to private sales and transfers. Demonstrators plan to bring their firearms to the state Capitol on Dec. 13 and exchange them in what they say will be a violation of I-594, which they…

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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 11, 2014 at 4:11 PM

I-594 opponents bringing their guns to Olympia rally next month

Opponents of Initiative 594, the measure to expand gun-purchase background checks that voters approved this election cycle, have insisted it is so strict it would criminalize law-abiding gun owners who hand each other firearms, like at a gun-safety course. Now, such opponents are going to test their understanding of the measure during a rally next month in Olympia, where…

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Comments | More in Gun initiative, Politics Northwest | Topics: i-591, i-594

November 11, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Sending a message? Some Washington counties voted for both gun initiatives

UPDATE 3:38 p.m.:  In the original version of this post, we neglected Skagit County, which also voted yes on both measures. Sorry, Skagit. We’ve updated the numbers below to reflect its inclusion, too. In the months leading up to the November ballot, people wondered what would happen if both gun-related initatives on the ballot, I-591 and I-594,…

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

November 10, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Those three toss-up House races? All are now out of recount range

Last week, we wrote about gains the GOP was making in statehouse races this election cycle. At the time, three state House races were so close that it looked like they’d go to recount. It doesn’t look that way anymore. In votes counted as of late Monday afternoon, all three races have moved out of the recount…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest, State legislative races | Topics: 2014 elections

November 10, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Washington midterm turnout lowest since disco era

Washington voter turnout in the midterms looks like it will set its lowest mark since the Bee Gees ruled the charts and Jimmy Carter sat in the White House. Despite our state’s easy-peasy vote-by-mail setup, just 53 percent of registered voters bothered, according to Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s office. That’s the latest…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest | Topics: 2014 elections, turnout

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