Seattle’s Ed Murray is ditching the Emerald City for the Emerald Isle on his first overseas trip as mayor. Murray, whose grandparents emigrated from Ireland in the early 20th century and who lived in Belfast himself in 1974, jetted off Wednesday. He’s spending $2,020.84 in city funds on travel, with his Irish hosts footing the rest of the bill,…More
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President Obama has tapped one of his top Seattle political fundraisers, former Microsoft executive Suzi LeVine, to be the next ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. With the pick, announced last week, Obama continues a bipartisan tradition of awarding certain ambassadorships as rewards to political patrons. Since 1960, the Switzerland post has gone to career foreign…More
WASHINGTON — Kurt DelBene, former chief of Microsoft’s Office division and husband of U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, was tapped by President Obama on Tuesday to take over the continuing fix for the troubled Affordable Care Act website. Kurt DelBene will assume his new assignment from Jeff Zients, who was brought in temporarily to tackle the…More
WASHINGTON — It won’t ban the kind of secret collection of emails and messages by the National Security Agency that was revealed by the spy agency’s former contractor, Edward Snowden. But a bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett, Thursday would lift the legal gag order on companies on how much and what type of…More
WASHINGTON — Among the biggest news nuggets from this morning’s announcement about the corporate overhaul at Microsoft is the retirement of Kurt DelBene, president of the company’s Office division and husband of Rep. Suzan DelBene, a freshman Democrat from Medina. Might that clear the way for Kurt DelBene to take on a more visible…More