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

July 22, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Medina says it will send former Costco CEO bill for Obama visit

Big checks have been written to attend a Democratic fundraiser Tuesday headlined by President Obama at the Hunts Point home of former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal. For the privilege, Sinegal may end up writing a big check himself to the City of Medina. The city has decided to charge Sinegal for the full cost of any…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: fundraiser, Jim Sinegal, Medina

July 22, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Obama visits Seattle for two fundraisers

President Obama dropped into Seattle Tuesday afternoon for a quick visit to headline two Democratic fundraisers. Obama touched down at Boeing Field shortly after 3 p.m. and was greeted by officials including Gov. Jay Inslee, who rode with Obama in the presidential motorcade to brief the president on the state’s record-setting wildfires. The Seattle visit…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: Bruce Blume, fundraiser, Jim Sinegal

July 21, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Obama to raise money for super PAC at former Costco CEO’s house

Update: Updated to note Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray are remaining in D.C. and will not attend fundraiser. President Obama’s Tuesday fundraising swing through the Seattle area will include a high-priced dinner event benefiting a Democratic super PAC. The event is scheduled at the Hunt’s Point home of former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal and his wife…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest | Topics: 2014 elections, former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal, fundraiser

July 18, 2014 at 11:57 PM

Obama fundraiser includes familiar hosts, may cross Lake Washington

President Obama’s political fundraising swing through Seattle on Tuesday will include a reception at the waterfront home of Bruce and Anne Blume, according to Democratic sources. The Blumes are major Democratic donors who also hosted Obama in 2012 at their 10,000-square-foot Madrona mansion. And drivers beware — the president’s itinerary may include a second event on…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest | Topics: fundraiser, president obama

July 17, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Seattle in its own minimum-wage bubble

Seattle is the only area in the state with a plurality of voters who believe that a $15 minimum wage would help the economy more than hurt it, according to an Elway poll released today. That puts city voters at odds with those elsewhere, including the rest of King County and all of Eastern Washington, where most voters say…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: $15 minimum wage, Elway Poll

July 16, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Former Coast Guard commander named to new Arctic post

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday named the Coast Guard’s former top commander to a new, high-level post to help direct the nation’s Arctic strategy, signaling the polar region’s importance in national security and foreign policy matters. Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., who retired this May as the commandant of the Coast Guard, will…

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Comments | More in Federal government | Topics: Coast Guard, icebreakers, Rick Larsen

July 16, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Obama travels to Seattle Tuesday for DNC fundraiser

President Obama plans another political visit to the Seattle area next week as part of a West Coast fundraising spree. Obama will travel to Seattle on Tuesday to attend an event for the Democratic National Committee, according to a White House official. Later that day, he’ll fly to San Francisco to spend the night before attending a…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Democratic National Committee, fundraiser, president obama

July 16, 2014 at 12:54 PM

ACLU lawyer Alison Holcomb considering a run against Kshama Sawant

Alison Holcomb, criminal justice director for the ACLU of Washington and prime mover behind our state’s legal weed law, said she is “considering very seriously” running for Seattle City Council against incumbent Kshama Sawant. Holcomb has flirted with the idea of working in City Hall before, talking last year about a possible run for mayor or…

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Comments | More in Marijuana, Seattle City Council | Topics: Alison Holcomb, I-502, kshama sawant

July 11, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Funny or offensive? Democratic candidate shoots elephant pinata in ad

Update: As of Saturday morning, Beltran’s video has been removed from YouTube. Original post: If you’re a Democrat running in a conservative Republican congressional district, one of the first hurdles you must overcome is getting anyone to pay attention to your long-shot campaign. It also might not hurt to show you can handle a gun. Estakio Beltran, a…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races | Topics: 4th Congressional District, campaign ads, Estakio Beltran

July 3, 2014 at 3:47 PM

City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco apologizes for recent controversies

Seattle City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco offered public apology Thursday for recent controversies that caused him to lose a $60,000 pay raise. During a hastily called news conference at City Light’s downtown headquarters, Carrasco said he takes “full responsibility” for a copper theft scam and a contract with the online reputation management firm Brand.com. “I am…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Jorge Carrasco, Seattle City Light, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

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