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May 22, 2014 at 7:23 AM

Cantwell renews push for NFL ban on Redskins name

WASHINGTON — Seizing the racist flap involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling as an impetus, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington and 48 fellow Senate Democrats are asking the National Football League (NFL) to force a name change for the Washington Redskins. The letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell makes no direct reference to the…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, U.S. Senate | Topics: Maria Cantwell, NBA, NFL

March 21, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Maria Cantwell introduces bill to refurbish aged Polar Sea icebreaker

WASHINGTON — More than a year after she rescued it from the scrap heap, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell is trying to get the Polar Sea icebreaker refurbished and returned to service. Cantwell and fellow Democrat, Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska, on Friday said they are introducing a bill to authorize the U.S. Coast Guard to…


Comments | More in Congress | Topics: icebreaker, Maria Cantwell, Mark Begich

January 8, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell hoist Seahawks flag on Capitol

WASHINGTON — Seattle Seahawks blue and white flew briefly in the nation’s capital Wednesday, as Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray hoisted the “12th Man” flag on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. The Washington Democrats were among fans participating in “Hawkitecture” by displaying the flag in front of various buildings. Murray and Cantwell held up…


Comments | More in Congress | Topics: Maria Cantwell, patty murray, Seattle Seahawks

October 10, 2013 at 7:44 AM

Jack Lew warns of debt-ceiling fallout as Senators bicker

WASHINGTON — Republicans may be inching toward concessions to end the shutdown and to extend the federal borrowing limit. But the ideological chasm between the GOP and the Democratic Party was in full display Thursday during a Senate hearing over the approaching deadline over the debt ceiling. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew pushed back against suggestions by Republican…


Comments | More in Congress | Topics: debt ceiling, Jack Lew, Maria Cantwell

June 10, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Bristol Bay mine would hurt salmon, senators warn Obama

WASHINGTON — Federal approval for an open-pit copper and gold mine near Alaska’s Bristol Bay should weigh how it might endanger the $1.5 billion commercial salmon fishing industry that flows from the pristine watershed 150 miles southwest of Anchorage. That was the message sent Monday by five West Coast Senate Democrats,  including Washington’s Maria Cantwell and…


Comments | More in U.S. Senate | Topics: Bristol Bay, Maria Cantwell, patty murray

February 11, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Monday politics: State of the Union; vote due on Violence Against Women Act; gun control

Good Morning. The State of the Union address. President Obama will spend part of the week practicing his remarks, which, political junkies surely know, will be delivered Tuesday evening. These speeches often have someone referring to them as the most important of  — what? — the year, a term, a presidency.  Here’s one bit of analysis…


Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, U.S. Senate | Topics: 40 percent without background checks, gun control, Maria Cantwell

December 6, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Cantwell continues fight against FCC plan to ease media-concentration rules

WASHINGTON — Maria Cantwell and her fellow Senate Democrats are ramping up their opposition to a pending federal proposal to ease restrictions on cross ownership of newspapers and broadcast outlets in Seattle and other large markets. Cantwell and Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, held a news conference Thursday morning on Capitol Hill…


Comments | More in homepage, U.S. Senate | Topics: Bernie Sanders, Federal Trade Commission, Maria Cantwell

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

November 5, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Maria Cantwell doesn’t think the mailman will lose your ballot. But she thinks you might.

An advertisement in Sunday’s Seattle Times for U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., turned some heads, because it seemed to suggest doubt in the Postal Service. “Your vote is your right,” the full-page advertisement read. “Don’t let it get lost in the mail.” Does Cantwell, a two-term senator, think the mailman is losing ballots en…


Comments | More in Governor, U.S. Senate | Topics: ads, ballots, Kelly Steele

November 1, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Final Washington Poll: Inslee leads narrowly, all initiatives looking good

Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna are still locked in a tight race for governor just days before the election, according to the last Washington Poll of the season. Inslee, a Democrat, led Republican Mckenna 48.7 percent to 45.6 percent among likely voters, a slight improvement for him from his 1-point lead in the poll’s mid-October…


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