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…More
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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…More
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…More
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…More
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…More
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…More