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February 19, 2013 at 12:27 PM

State House committee approves universal background check for gun sales

Update: This post has been updated with reaction from state Rep. Jamie Pedersen about the bill’s prospects. OLYMPIA — A controversial gun control measure cleared its first major hurdle Tuesday, moving out of the state House Judiciary Committee on a 7-6 vote. One Republican supported the bill — state Rep. Mike Hope, a Seattle police officer who…


Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: gun control, Jamie Pedersen, Jay Rodne

February 13, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Gun-laws hearing draws arguments over the Bible, Second Amendment and safety

OLYMPIA — Amid arguments over the Bible and gun-violence statistics, a state House panel Wednesday morning took up a proposal to eliminate all exceptions to required background checks for firearm sales. The proposal, House Bill 1588, is a central and controversial part of Democrats’ push to enact new restrictions in the wake of the gruesome…


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August 22, 2012 at 6:10 AM

Wednesday briefing: Dems capitalizing on Akin blunder; forget about it, it’s Spokane

Good Morning. Democrats are falling all over themselves with unbounded enthusiasm. Republican Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri and his off-the-wall crack about rape and pregnancy — he said women’s bodies somehow reject pregnancy in cases of  “legitimate rape” — are an irresistible gift for the D’s.  And they accept.  It took U.S. Sen. Patty Murray about…


Comments | More in Education, homepage, Politics Northwest, State Legislature, U.S. Senate | Topics: amy biviano, claire mccaskill, Maria Cantwell