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

October 28, 2014 at 11:33 AM

GOP cries foul over mailers targeting state Sen. Andy Hill

The Republican Senate Campaign Committee is disputing an assertion made in mailers opposing state Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond. Hill is facing Democrat Matt Isenhower in a race that could decide which party controls the Senate after election day. Brent Ludeman, executive director for the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, says a mailer by Washington Conservation…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, State legislative races | Topics: andy hill, Washington Conservation Voters

October 27, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Voters in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties taking their sweet time to vote

About one in 10 people who have received a ballot in the mail this fall has returned it so far, according to the Washington Secretary of State’s office. That means about 420,000 ballots of about 3.9 million mailed out have been returned. But that number varies widely by county. More than 20 percent of voters in Columbia…

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October 25, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Didier drama, Seattle poll numbers, the secrets of a first lady: your week in review

If you need something to to take your mind off the Marysville school shootings, there’s always the drama of politics. So, here’s what happened this week: 1. DelBene, Celis give 1st District a clear choice for Congress 2. U.S. Congres candidate Clint Didier drops suit against Newhouse campaign volunteer ; PAC backed by Slade Gorton attacks Clint Didier  3….

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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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October 21, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Seattle mayor, councilmembers receive favorable ratings in new poll

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is the city’s most popular elected official by a wide margin and two liberal members of the City Council aren’t doing too shabby either, according to a memo based on a new poll. When asked about the mayor, 70 percent of respondents said they had a favorable impression of Murray, who…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, EMC Research, seattle city council

October 21, 2014 at 8:30 AM

PAC backed by Slade Gorton attacks Clint Didier

Voters in Central Washington get to decide the state’s marquee congressional contest this fall: the battle between tea party candidate Clint Didier and his establishment GOP rival, Dan Newhouse. Now the Republican establishment is working to tilt the 4th Congressional District contest in Newhouse’s favor. A PAC backed by former Republican U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Clint Didier, Dan Newhouse, Fourth Congressional District race

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 18, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Fresh polls, election bits, Seattle rages: your week in review

If you missed the week, here’s what you missed: 1. Hanauer rages at County Executive Constantine over police militarization 2. Class-size initiative 1351 has hefty lead  3. Speaking of polls, this one says I-594 is still passing and I-591 still failing 4. Congressional candidates Celis and DelBene spar on Hobby Lobby, government spending  5. Seattle mayor’s ex-press secretary seeks…

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October 17, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Democratic activist who pushed for Seattle Park District will run for City Council

Michael Maddux spent the better part of a year mulling whether to pursue a seat on Seattle’s City Council. The agonizing started last November, when voters approved a ballot measure moving the council to representation based on geographic districts for its 2015 election, says Maddux, who made up his mind this week. He’ll give it a shot. “There was a lot of hemming…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council, Washington state Democratic Party | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, 43rd District Democrats, Eastlake

October 17, 2014 at 4:55 PM

NRA not making its fundraising disclosures on time in I-594 campaign

This spring, the National Rifle Association (NRA) set up an independent spending committee here in Washington to persuade voters to reject Initiative 594, which would expand gun purchase background checks to private sales and transfers. Gun rights advocates, including the NRA, have argued that if the proposal became law it could criminalize ordinary gun owners. But in its quest, the…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative | Topics: i-594, national rifle association, Public Disclosure Commission

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