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

August 12, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Feds deny aid to those who lost homes in wildfires

Good news came yesterday for Central Washington in the form of federal disaster aid to help repair roads, utilities and other infrastructure damaged this summer in the Carlton complex wildfire. And now comes the tough news: The federal government has denied an emergency aid request to help people who  lost homes and property in the fire,…

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Comments | More in Governor | Topics: carlton complex, disaster assistance, FEMA

August 11, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Some federal disaster assistance OK’d for wildfires

Washington state will get at least part of the federal disaster assistance it had asked for to help rebuild from this summer’s wildfires. The federal government Monday evening notified Gov. Jay Inslee’s office that Washington qualifies for money to help rebuild roads, utilities and other infrastructure damaged during fires that swept through Okanogan County and the Colville Indian Reservation. The Federal…

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Comments | More in Federal government | Topics: disaster assistance, FEMA, Jay Inslee

August 11, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Emails: Mayor’s office angered by Seattle City Light’s Carrasco ‘throwing garbage’

Top aides to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray were incredulous and angry at Seattle City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco’s bungled effort to respond to negative news stories this summer, newly released emails show. First, a little background. Carrasco had attempted an image-repair media tour in June after The Seattle Times published critical stories on him being duped…

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

August 8, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Celis declares victory, looks to fall matchup with DelBene

It wasn’t pretty, but Republican Pedro Celis appears to have secured a spot on the November ballot against Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene in the 1st Congressional District north of Seattle. With a new round of ballots counted Friday, Celis extended his lead over Republican rival Robert Sutherland to 922 votes. “It appears we have won and…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, Politics Northwest | Topics: 1st Congressional District, Pedro Celis, Suzan DelBene

August 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Gun-control group launches TV ads promoting background checks

With Washington voters set to decide on competing gun initiatives this fall, a tax-exempt nonprofit group is launching a major TV ad campaign promoting universal background checks for all gun sales. The Center for Gun Responsibility, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, announced the TV ad campaign Friday. Molly Boyajian, a spokeswoman for the group, said its $1…

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Comments | More in Gun initiative, Politics Northwest | Topics: background checks, Initiative 591, Initiatve 594

August 7, 2014 at 6:37 PM

District 35: Travis Couture concedes as Sen. Sheldon holds onto second

Election results updated Thursday evening gave us new numbers in a some area legislative primaries, and at least one candidate has conceded. Democratic state Sen. Tim Sheldon is holding steady in second place in District 35 behind Democratic challenger Irene Bowling. Bowling leads with 35.2 percent to Sheldon’s 33.4 percent. Republican Travis Couture, in third place with…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, State legislative races, State Legislature | Topics: Cathy Dahlquist, claude burfect, irene bowling

August 7, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Celis pushes ahead of Sutherland in 1st District primary

The latest round of ballot counting on Thursday pushed Republican candidate Pedro Celis into second place in the 1st Congressional District primary, making it more likely the favored candidate of the Republican Party establishment will advance to the November general election. Celis, a former Microsoft engineer, had been in third place in Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s totals,…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races | Topics: 1st District, Pedro Celis, Robert Sutherland

August 7, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Seattle Park District continues trend toward victory

A proposal to create a Seattle Park District to fund city parks and community centers continued to widen its lead in Thursday’s vote count. The measure was leading 53 percent to 47 percent Thursday, with about 132,000 ballots counted. Opponents would need about 70 percent of the remaining votes to defeat the measure. “I want to thank Seattle voters…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Local government | Topics: Seattle Park District

August 6, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Pedro Celis still trails in race to challenge DelBene

With new vote counts released Wednesday, Republican Pedro Celis remained in third place in the 1st Congressional District, leaving the GOP’s anointed 2014 challenger to rookie Democratic Congresswoman Suzan DelBene in danger of not making it to the November ballot. Celis gained some ground, but still trailed fellow Republican Robert Sutherland by 265 votes as…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races | Topics: 1st Congressional District, Pedro Celis, Robert Sutherland

August 6, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Ethics board drops complaint against Inslee over grain inspections

The ethics complaint filed by Sen. Don Benton (R-17) against Gov. Jay Inslee over State Patrol escorts for grain inspectors is officially kaput. The Executive Ethics Board on Wednesday dropped the complaint Benton filed last week alleging Inslee acted unlawfully when he withdrew state patrol escorts of grain inspectors going into the Port of Vancouver. Workers for the International Longshore…

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Comments | More in Governor, State government | Topics: agriculture, Don Benton, Jay Inslee

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