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October 29, 2013 at 9:22 AM
WASHINGTON — All U.S. flags are flying at half-staff Tuesday as the Capitol prepares for a memorial service for former House Speaker Tom Foley.
President Obama ordered the flags lowered Monday in honor of the Spokane Democrat, who died Oct. 18 at 84 from complications from strokes.
Obama is scheduled to headline a list of dignitaries who will attend the 3 p.m. service at the Capitol’s Statuary Hall. Former President Clinton will speak.
Others expected to speak include Foley’s close friends, former U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks of Bremerton and Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Seattle. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell plan to attend as well.
Also on the program for the invitation-only service are Speaker John Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
September 13, 2013 at 9:44 AM
Rep. Jim McDermott appeared Thursday night on Comedy Central for the latest installment of comedian Stephen Colbert’s 435-part series, “Better Know a District.”
In typical fashion, Colbert asked a series of wacky questions while the Seattle Democrat played the straight man. McDermott fended off Colbert’s suggestion they make out, and appeared confused by the comedian’s reference to Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.”
Colbert: “Congressman, do you like big butts?”
McDermott: “I’m sorry…?”
Colbert: “You cannot lie, sir.”
No, a perplexed McDermott finally said, he does not like big butts.
The segment ended with an homage to the Pike Place Market, as McDermott flung a salmon to Colbert in the hallway outside his congressional office.
You can watch the full video here.
November 6, 2012 at 9:53 PM
Washington state Democrats predicted that President Obama’s re-election would send a message to Republicans that they need to be more open to compromise.
Obama was narrowly winning the popular vote in early returns, but Democrats gathered for an election night party at The Westin Seattle viewed it as a meaningful sign.
“The American people slapped the Republicans upside the head,” said Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, in an interview after easily winning re-election. “They said, ‘you can’t just be negative. You have to work with him.’
“Their whole attitude for the past four years has been to undermine Obama,” McDermott added, of Republicans. “That is over.”
Maria Cantwell, who was easily winning re-election to the U.S. Senate, said that Obama staying in office and Republicans keeping the U.S. House of Representatives signaled that voters want more bipartisanship.
Other Democrats were more ecstatic.
Rebecca Black, a Seattle software engineer, could not contain her excitement after Obama’s victory was announced at The Westin. She burst into repeated cheers of “Yes! Yes! Yes!”
“Our country is saved,” she said later. “We will continue our path to recovery. I can’t tell you how relieved I am.”
August 7, 2012 at 8:01 PM
Supporters of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee, gathered in the former congressman’s Seattle headquarters, said they aren’t putting much stock in tonight’s primary results.
David Young, one of about 40 volunteers making phone calls urging people to vote for Inslee and other Democrats, predicted the result would be “very, very close” between Inslee and Attorney General Rob McKenna, a Republican.
“All this really means is that the two of them are going to face off in the fall,” the 60-year-old unemployed Seattle resident said.
Naquel Walker, a sophomore at Seattle Central Community College, said finishing first would be nice but volunteers are looking ahead.
Democrats have been stressing all week that the group of people who vote in the primary is smaller and often more conservative than the electorate of the November general election.
Asked how he was feeling, Inslee spokesman Sterling Clifford said, “We’re confident we’ll make it to the general election.”
Volunteers are planning to make calls up until the 8 p.m. ballot drop-off deadline.
Inslee is expected to speak after results are announced. Congressman Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, is also expected to appear, along with King County Councilman Bob Ferguson, who is running for attorney general.
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