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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 8, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Socialist candidate lost to Chopp, looks to Seattle city elections

 A Socialist candidate and Occupy Seattle activist who had more than a quarter of the vote in her race against state House Speaker Frank Chopp has set her sights on next year’s city elections. Kshama Sawant says she is recruiting a slate of Socialist candidates to run for Seattle City Council and mayor next year. Though…

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Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: frank chopp, kshama sawant, The Stranger

August 30, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Socialist candidate wins right to call herself that on the ballot

Kshama Sawant, a socialist candidate running for the state House of Representatives, won a suit in the King County Superior Court to state her party preference — the Socialist Alternative Party — on the ballot in November. The state Secretary of State’s Office had previously stated that Washington’s election rules prevented Sawant from identifying with her…

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Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, Secretary of State, State Legislature | Topics: frank chopp, King County Superior Court, kshama sawant

August 27, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Socialist candidate sues to get party preference on ballot

A socialist candidate running for the Washington State House of Representatives has sued Secretary of State Sam Reed and the King County Elections office to get her party preference — the Socialist Alternative Party — on the ballot in November. The suit comes in the midst of an odd situation. The candidate, Kshama Sawant, had filed…

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Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: frank chopp, kshama sawant, legislature