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October 10, 2013 at 7:44 AM
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 Sens. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Mike Enzie of Wyoming that there is nothing unprecedented about Congress using the possibility of a default as leverage to reduce deficits.
Lew repeatedly said that in the past, the debt ceiling was attached to budget agreements after the fact, not used as the driver in negotiations.
Lew said the continuing uncertainty over whether the United States will meet its debt obligations poses grave consequences for Americans. The Treasury would be unable to issue Social Security checks or veterans benefits, the dollar would lose value against other currencies and stock markets will be shaken.
“No Congress in 224 years of American history has allowed our country to default, and it is my sincere hope that this Congress will not be the first,” Lew said.
Sen. Maria Cantwell displayed a map to show that U.S. treasuries are held by lenders around the globe. A default would lower the United States’ credit rating, thus raise borrowing costs for everything from mortgages to business loans.
The standoff in Congress ”is almost talking interest rates up,” Cantwell said.
Cantwell noted that the last debacle over the debt ceiling caused the stock markets to drop by 20 percent. It would well happen again, she said.
But Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho and other Republicans argued the nation’s $16 trillion-plus debt is a bigger menace than the approaching debt-ceiling limit. He and others argued cuts to Medicare and other entitlement programs would go in hand with raising the debt limit.
A skeptical Toomey said President Obama must have a contingency plan in case of a default.
Lew said there is one, but “the options are all bad.”
June 10, 2013 at 3:30 PM
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 Patty Murray, to President Obama about the huge Pebble Mine project. The lawmakers — joined by Oregon’s Jeff Merkley and California’s Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer — signed a letter to the administration urging it to protect thousands of jobs along the coast that depend on the fish.
Bristol Bay is home to the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery. But the region also contains large mineral deposits, which a private consortium hopes to tap. The Environmental Protection Agency is finishing a draft assessment about Pebble Mine’s potential impact on fisheries and wildlife.
The letter cites a report from the University of Alaska’s Institute of Social and Economic Research estimating that Bristol Bay salmon fishing and processing is worth $674 million to the three states, responsible for 12,000 seasonal jobs as well as 6,000 full-time jobs.
Pebble Mine’s backers say the project could generate $1 billion in annual economic activity. But the proposal has been controversial among Bristol Bay residents, and faces opposition from Native American groups.
February 11, 2013 at 6:00 AM
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 from The Washington Post that calls Tuesday’s oratory the most important state of the union of Obama’s two terms, because he has an ambitious legislative agenda on everything from gun control legislation to immigration reform.
The Sunday New York Times said the speech will focus on boosting the economic prosperity of the middle class, while mentioning a few initiatives in education, infrastructure, clean energy and manufacturing.
The official Republican response to the president will come from U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, and the less official tea party response will come from U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky.
U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are busy on the Violence Against Women Act. Murray and Cantwell both are involved in the debate over reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, and both are especially vocal about the law as it relates to Native Americans. The matter comes up for a vote Monday. Murray spoke last week on the Senate floor. The first few minutes of the video below give a flavor of what Cantwell has to say.
All this talk of gun control. In the ongoing back and forth on gun control, President Obama recently said, tweeted, to be more precise, that as many as 40 percent of guns are sold by private unlicensed sellers — without background checks. Obama has been challenged for saying that, but here is a pretty interesting take on this angle of the discussion.
PolitiFact says the claim is based on old data from the 1990s and rates it half true
Dennis Kucinich Road Tour.Former Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich is heading out on a speaking tour, discussing his views of his time in Congress and other topics. And, guess what, he’s not coming to the Northwest. That is so last year. Kucinich is going to Santa Barbara and Oakland, Calif., and Madison, Wis.
Tuesday is the last day to mail ballots in the Seattle school levy election. There are two levies, one operating, one capital. King County Elections will announce the first batch of results around 8:15 p.m.Tuesday.
Our relatively new Facebook page is up and running, looking for likes and friends.
December 6, 2012 at 11:00 AM
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 to blast a draft plan by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to drop a 37-year-old rule that has prevented newspaper owners from also operating a television station or a radio station in the same market.
This is the FCC’s third attempt since 2003 to rewrite media cross-ownership rules it says need updating in an era when more people are getting their news on the Internet. Twice before, courts have thrown out the FCC’s decisions for lack of public input.
Cantwell has been sharply critical of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s recent attempt to relax the ban. Specifically, the FCC is preparing to allow the same owner to operate a daily newspaper and a television station or a radio station in the same market.
Some critics say that would accelerate media monopolies by allowing conglomerates like Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., which owns The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, Fox News Channel and more than two dozen local TV stations.
Cantwell also is concerned about shrinking diversity in media ownership. As it is, minorities control just 39, or 2.2 percent, of full-power commercial TV stations in the nation, according to the FCC.
Sen. Patty Murray also has cited “abysmally low levels” of media ownership by women and minorities in calling on the FCC to justify its proposal.
But supporters of lifting the ban, including the Newspaper Association of America, say such action could help the ailing print industry by opening new business opportunities.
The Blethen family, majority owner of The Seattle Times, however, has long opposed easing cross-ownership rules.
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.”
November 5, 2012 at 5:00 PM
“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 masse?
No, according to a campaign spokesman.
But Cantwell is worried that you might lose yours.
“The ad is meant to convey the message that important mail is often lost in the clutter of a bunch of junk,” said Kelly Steele, the spokesman. “And that there’s no more important mail than your ballot, so find it in the stack and get it out the door, so your vote is counted.”
Cantwell is running against state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, in a race that is not expected to be close.
Ballots are due in drop boxes by 8 p.m. Tuesday or postmarked by the same day.
As of Monday morning, King County had already received 622,000 ballots — 53 percent participation. But only about 60 percent of all ballots statewide are expected to be reported on election night.
November 1, 2012 at 10:57 AM
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 sampling. Other recent polling has shown the race about the same or closer.
Inslee led McKenna 54 percent to 42 percent in Puget Sound, but McKenna led Inslee 53 percent to 33 percent among all independent voters.
All four statewide initiatives also appear to be popular with voters: Referendum 74, which would legalize gay marriage, had support from 57.9 percent of likely voters, while Initiative 502 (pot legalization) and 1240 (allowing charter schools) each had about 55 percent support. In both cases, those were increases in support from the mid-October Washington Poll.
Tim Eyman’s Initiative 1185, which would require a two-thirds majority for lawmakers to pass taxes, led 52 percent to 37 percent among likely voters.
Democrat Bob Ferguson led Republican Reagan Dunn 45 to 34 percent in the attorney general’s race, but 21 percent of voters are undecided, according to the poll.
Both President Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell still led comfortably, according to the poll: Obama by 21 points, Cantwell by 28 points. Obama’s lead was a big improvement for him from the mid-October sampling. At that time, the president led by nine points.
The new poll, conducted by KCTS 9 and the University of Washington, included live calls to 722 registered voters, including 632 likely voters, between Oct. 18 and 31. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percent among registered voters and 3.9 percent among likely voters, according to pollster Matt Barreto, a University of Washington political-science professor.
The last Washington Poll was released Oct. 18 after conducting interviews during the earlier part of the month.
The final Washington Poll of the election has had a relatively good reputation recently for predicting the outcome of the race.
In 2008, it showed Gov. Chris Gregoire leading Republican Dino Rossi 51 percent to 45 percent among likely voters; she won 53 percent to 47 percent.
In 2010, it showed U.S. Sen. Patty Murray leading Rossi by the same margin, 51 percent to 45 percent. She won 52 percent to 48 percent.
October 25, 2012 at 4:35 PM
Readers of The Seattle Times print editions Thursday morning were greeted with more full-page political ads for candidates the newspaper’s editorial board has endorsed.
But these new ads — for Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and Republican Attorney General candidate Reagan Dunn — are different from the controversial spots for Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna and Referendum 74 that have led to criticism from journalism experts, as well as reader and news staff protests over the paper becoming a campaign donor.
The Seattle Times Co. paid for the McKenna and Ref. 74 ads as part of what company officials said was a pilot project to demonstrate the power of print advertising and attract more political-ad revenue.
However, Thursday’s full-page ads for Dunn and Cantwell ads were purchased by the state Republican Party and the Cantwell campaign, respectively.
Kelly Steele, a Cantwell campaign spokesperson, said the decision to buy the Cantwell ads was made in late September, well before the Times launched its McKenna and R-74 ad campaigns. The purchase was part of a package deal of ads in newspapers across the state – a deal that charged $100,000 to place five days of ads in newspapers statewide.
“The Cantwell campaign accepted the offer and committed to running print ads via email on September 25th. The commitment was made long before, and with no knowledge of, the Times’ decision to run ads supporting Republican Rob McKenna,” Steele said in an email.
The Dunn campaign also decided months ago to spend some money on newspaper advertising, according to state Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur, though he did not know when contracts were signed.
Times spokesperson Jill Mackie said the newspaper’s own ad campaign was launched separately and without certainty that the Cantwell and Dunn ads were coming.
The Cantwell ads, she said, were part of a statewide newspaper advertising project managed by Allied Daily Newspapers of Washington, the association that represents all 22 daily newspapers in the state.
September 14, 2012 at 10:58 AM
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and her Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner will debate before a live audience on Oct. 12, the first meeting between the candidates in a race that has generated little heat so far.
The debate at KCTS television in Seattle will be moderated by broadcast journalist Enrique Cerna and Kim Abel, co-president of Washington League of Women Voters. It will air on KCTS and affiliated stations throughout the state. The debate format hasn’t been decided.
Baumgartner, a freshman state senator, is badly trailing Cantwell in fundraising and at the polls. Cantwell is running for her third term.
Baumgartner has been eager to debate Cantwell, and has accused her of dodging him. He wasn’t the first Cantwell challenger to make that claim. When Cantwelll made her first run for the Senate in 2000, her Democratic primary rival Deborah Senn, frustrated at Cantwell’s rising poll numbers, launched her first advertising spot around the tagline, “Hello in there! Maria?”
Baumgartner called for additional debates in eastern and southwest Washington. In its statement, Cantwell’s campaign said it continues to review invitations for “additional joint appearances” and community forums.
Baumgartner, who served for a short time as a diplomat in the Middle East, has made foreign policy a central part of his campaign — and is hoping to make it a focus in the debate.
The statement from Cantwell spokes
woman Kelly Steele, however, made it clear Cantwell would rather talk about domestic matters:
“While Senator Cantwell’s focus remains squarely on fighting to pass legislation like the Veterans Job Corps Act and an extension of the sales tax deduction, she looks forward to discussing her record of tireless advocacy for Washington jobs — from apples to aerospace — along with her vision to grow jobs and boost Washington exports in the future.”
August 23, 2012 at 6:08 PM
Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell has received an endorsement from an unusual source — Dale Foreman, the former leader of the Washington State Republican Party.
Foreman, now an attorney, apple grower and chairman of the U.S. Apple Association, said he is supporting the two-term incumbent’s re-election over Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner because of her work in support of the apple industry.
He cited Cantwell’s work on a bill to bring more agricultural workers to the state and another to increase funding for farming research. Both bills are stalled in Congress because of Republican opposition (they oppose the first because it could offer illegal immigrants jobs and the second for funding reasons).
“I support Maria Cantwell because she has done such a good job for the apple industry and that’s a huge part of the Washington state economy,” Foreman said. “I’m happy to be able to support a senator who I think is working for Washington state.”
Foreman served as the House Majority Leader in the state Legislature and nearly earned the Republican nomination for governor in 1996. He represented the GOP and Dino Rossi in a lawsuit challenging Gov. Chris Gregoire’s 2004 election.
He said he has never before voted for a Democrat and still plans to vote for Republican Mitt Romney.
He announced his endorsement at a U.S. Apple Association conference last week. He also co-hosted a fundraiser for Cantwell with other apple growers last month.
Baumgartner, a state senator from Spokane, downplayed the endorsement as a case of an industry group hedging its bets by supporting an incumbent favorite.
He said he strongly supports the Washington state agriculture industry and would be more effective than Cantwell at working in a bipartisan manner.
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