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

February 12, 2015 at 12:49 PM

Patty Murray resurrects bill for paid sick days

WASHINGTON — Sen. Patty Murray on Thursday reintroduced a Democratic bill that would require employers to provide up to seven days of paid sick time annually. Murray cosponsored the “Healthy Families Act” with U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, a leading liberal in Congress who has introduced the bill six times since 2004. Estimated 43 million American workers get no paid…


Comments | More in Congress | Topics: paid sick days, patty murray

February 12, 2015 at 10:14 AM

It’s Wild West Seattle as 3 more City Council hopefuls announce

West Seattle is becoming the Wild West of Seattle politics. Three additional Seattle City Council hopefuls announced 1st District bids Wednesday, upping the total number of candidates in the race to seven. The new entrants are Brianna Thomas, Shannon Braddock and Lisa Herbold. The 1st District includes West Seattle’s, with all of its various neighborhoods, Delridge and…


Comments | More in Local government, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, Brianna Thomas, Delridge

February 11, 2015 at 7:32 PM

Navy crew that rushed to Oso landslide honored in Olympia

OLYMPIA – A crew of Navy helicopter pilots and firefighters were honored Wednesday at the Capitol for saving lives in a search-and-rescue effort in the immediate aftermath of the Oso landslide that killed 43 people last March. Backed by a Navy musical ensemble in the Capitol’s rotunda, Gov. Jay Inslee, former Secretary of State Ralph Munro and current…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Dan Kristiansen, gov. jay inslee, navy

February 11, 2015 at 6:29 PM

Senate bill would ban money for tunnel cost overruns

A bill would forbid lawmakers from adding money to cover any Highway 99 cost overruns in a forthcoming state transportation plan. It would also reinforce the earlier spending limit of $2.4 billion in state funds, approved in 2009 when the Legislature chose a deep-bore tunnel to replace the fragile Alaskan Way Viaduct. Any day now, the Senate is…


Comments | More in Transportation, Washington state Republican Party | Topics: bertha, Highway 99 tunnel

February 11, 2015 at 7:00 AM

GOP lawmaker denies global warming as Inslee climate bill advances

Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposal to cap state carbon emissions and impose $1 billion a year in new charges on oil refineries, aluminum smelters and other top polluters passed its first legislative hurdle Tuesday, clearing the state House Environment Committee on a party-line vote. Much of the debate centered on GOP amendments that sought to soften the…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State government, State Legislature | Topics: cap and trade, global warming, gov. jay inslee

February 10, 2015 at 5:11 PM

Gun regulation activists lobby for new legislation in Olympia

Activists hoping to repeal or amend Initiative 594 requiring background checks for private gun sales and transfers have been visible this year in Olympia, but supporters for further gun regulations packed a news conference Tuesday to support legislation that would build on the initiative. Jane Weiss, aunt of Veronika Weiss, who was murdered in a…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: gun regulations, Initiative 594

February 10, 2015 at 3:46 PM

Guns, money and marijuana: things Republicans said Tuesday

By this post’s title, you’d think we were in a sordid film. But really we were in the House Republican Caucus room for the GOP’s weekly media availability. Notable highlights: 1. Several bills to change the gun purchase background-check expansion, the recently passed Initiative 594, were heard Monday in committee hearings. But Rep. Shelly Short, R-Addy, said they aren’t likely to…


Comments | More in Marijuana, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: 2015 legislative session, Jeanne Kohl-Welles, judy warnick

February 10, 2015 at 3:15 PM

WSU to lawmakers: medical school won’t face religious limits

Washington State University has offered written assurances to state lawmakers that training at its proposed medical school won’t be limited by partnerships with religiously affiliated hospitals. Such concerns, raised by Rep. Gerry Pollet, D-Seattle, had briefly delayed a committee vote on a bill authorizing the medical school. Pollet said he worried WSU’s proposed school model, which will…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State government, State Legislature | Topics: Rep. Gerry Pollet, reproductive health care, WSU Medical School

February 10, 2015 at 11:21 AM

Tenants Union leader will take on Burgess or Clark in Seattle City Council campaign

Jonathan Grant wants to be the new Nick Licata. Grant, executive director of the Tenants Union of Washington State, announced his Seattle City Council candidacy Tuesday with a tip of his hat to the longtime, lefty council member. Licata said last month he won’t pursue re-election. “With Nick Licata announcing he will not run again, I decided to…


Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, Brighton, Jonathan Grant

February 9, 2015 at 3:40 PM

Lawmakers air their own beefs with ethics investigations

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen took his grievances with the state’s ethics-investigations process to a Senate panel Monday, where he got a sympathetic hearing from some state senators who’ve faced their own ethics complaints. As we wrote for Monday’s paper, Owen remains steamed at a $15,000 fine he received last year as part of a settlement with the…


Comments | More in Attorney General, Politics Northwest, State government, State Legislature | Topics: Executive Ethics Board, Lt. Governor Brad Owen, State Sen. Don Benton

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