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November 4, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Poll: Voters blame GOP more than Dems for government shutdown

A new poll by Moore Information, out of Portland, found that more Washington voters blame Republicans for the federal government shutdown than President Obama or Democrats in Congress. The survey of 500 likely voters, taken Oct. 23-24, found that 43 percent blame Republicans, while 31 percent blame President Obama and Democrats in Congress….

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October 11, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Another victim of federal shutdown: unemployment statistics

No information will be coming out next Wednesday about how many people are unemployed because the folks who calculate that information are, well, unemployed. The state Employment Security Department sent out an email to that effect Friday, stating “the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics is closed and hasn’t been able to transfer the necessary data to…

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October 9, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Dave Reichert is on record: he backs clean spending bill

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert is on the record: He would vote for a no-strings attached spending bill to end the shutdown. The Auburn Republican made that declaration during an interview Saturday with KIRO Radio host Jason Rantz (The comment is at the 2:10 mark in the interview). Rantz asked Reichert if he was among House…

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October 8, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Dave Reichert backs clean bill to end shutdown — or does he?

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert is among a renegade group of House Republicans willing to vote for a no-strings attached spending bill to reopen the federal government. Or is he? CNN and The Washington Post on Tuesday both counted the Auburn Republican as supporting a “clean” spending bill to fund government — without delaying Obamacare…

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October 8, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Is Howard Schultz blaming Republicans for shutdown?

WASHINGTON — Is Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz blaming the GOP for the government shutdown? In an open letter posted on his company’s website Monday, Schultz called on business leaders to break their “relative silence and impact” regarding the on-going congressional shenanigans. “I find myself utterly disappointed by the level of irresponsibility and dysfunction we are witness…

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October 8, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Veterans Benefits Administration furloughs 7,000 workers

WASHINGTON — The Veterans Benefits Administration furloughed 7,000 workers nationally on Tuesday and closed its regional office in Seattle and in 55 other cities, marking the start of the second week of the federal government shutdown. The actions won’t immediately affect existing benefits claims or new claims. But the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) warned benefits…

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October 8, 2013 at 10:01 AM

State Employment Security furloughs 418 workers

The state Employment Security Department furloughed 418 state employees on Tuesday and reduced hours for another 450 workers because of the federal government shutdown. That represents about half of the 1,669 people employed by the agency. Employment Security, which gets 87 percent of its funding from the federal government, is using state dollars to pay the…

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October 2, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Enough GOP votes to end shutdown? Washington Republicans mum

Update at 2:45 p.m. with Reichert’s response: WASHINGTON — Signs are growing that enough moderate House Republicans may side with Democrats to to end the government shutdown. But so far, none of the four House GOP members from Washington will say if they back a “clean” spending bill stripped of the condition to delay the…

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October 1, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Murray, Cantwell furlough most staff; House Democrats hang on to employees

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens.  Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell on Tuesday furloughed the “overwhelming majority” of their staffs and closed their district offices in Washington state because of the federal government shutdown. Murray’s spokesman Matt McAlvanah said the decision was based on “legal guidance our office has received” about which employees are deemed essential and…

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June 24, 2013 at 2:02 PM

State sends out notices to state workers of potential layoffs

The governor’s office on Monday directed state agencies to begin notifying state workers of potential layoffs if there’s no budget deal by the end of the month. Gov. Jay Inslee sent out a personal note to state employees saying, “I know today will be difficult for many of you. Temporary layoff notices will begin…

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