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December 9, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Jim McDermott: Obama needs debate over war against ISIS

U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, voted against Iraq war authorization in 2002. Updated at 1:50 p.m. with comment from Adam Smith: WASHINGTON — Last Thursday, U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott voted against the 2015 defense policy bill to protest expanded deployment of U.S. military forces against the radical group ISIS, which calls itself Islamic State. On Tuesday, the Seattle…


Comments | More in Congress, Politics Northwest | Topics: Adam Smith, ISIS, Islamic State

August 5, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Some quick highlights from Tuesday’s vote count

The first results from Tuesday’s primary have been announced. Remember, the top two vote-getting candidates head to the November general election. Here’s a quick roundup: – Seattle voters are so far approving, 52 percent to 47.5 percent, a city measure to establish a Seattle Park District with taxing authority. – Republican state Sen. Pam Roach of Auburn narrowly leads challenger Republican Rep. Cathy Dahlquist,…


Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, State legislative races, State Legislature | Topics: Clint Didier, jim mcdermott, John Lovick

January 30, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Reps. Jim McDermott, Doc Hastings unite behind sales-tax deduction

UPDATED AT 5:40 P.M. WITH REICHERT’S COMMENT: WASHINGTON — Another year, another plea for sales-tax deduction. A bipartisan group of 57 congressional lawmakers sent a letter Thursday to the top Republican and Democrat on the House tax-writing committee to urge them to allow residents in eight states without income taxes to deduct their sales taxes instead…


Comments | More in Congress | Topics: Doc Hastings, jim mcdermott, sales tax deduction

January 28, 2014 at 8:11 AM

What your congressperson is (publicly) betting on the Super Bowl

Washington state’s congressional delegation on Monday submitted a strong entry into this year’s political Super Bowl betting sweepstakes, announcing a mass wager with Colorado’s delegation. That means all members of Congress representing Washington and Colorado — 17 in all; 10 from Washington and seven from Colorado — are offering to give something to the other side…


Comments | More in Congress, Politics Northwest, State government, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate | Topics: Adam Smith, Cathy McMorris Rogers, Dave Reichert

October 29, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Flags at half-staff for Tom Foley memorial service

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…


Comments | More in Congress, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Bill Clinton, jim mcdermott, memorial service

September 13, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Rep. Jim McDermott tosses salmon on ‘Colbert Report’

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…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: jim mcdermott, Stephen Colbert

November 6, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Washington Democrats: Obama win should serve as wake up call to GOP

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…


Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest | Topics: Barack Obama, election, jim mcdermott

August 7, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Democratic gov supporters’ low expectations for the primary

Volunteers work the phones to try and get out last minute voters at Democratic headquarters on primary election night (Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times). 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…


Comments | More in Governor, homepage | Topics: Jay Inslee, jim mcdermott, Rob McKenna