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October 13, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Hanauer rages at Constantine over police militarization

In early August, Seattle venture capitalist and big-time Democratic political donor Nick Hanauer was driving near his home in Shoreline and came across a scary sight: SWAT officers with full body armor, military-style weapons and an armored vehicle surrounding a house.

Hanauer was angry at the display of force and texted King County Executive Dow Constantine to demand answers.

Over the next several days — as national controversy erupted over the militarized police response to protests in Ferguson, Mo. — Hanauer texted back and forth with Constantine, at one point threatening to politically shame King County Sheriff John Urquhart over the police-militarization issue.

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August 25, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Bill and Melinda Gates give $1M in support of background checks on gun buyers

Each contribution reads like a Lotto payout: three contributions from mega-wealthy donors amounted to $2 million donated last week to support background checks on gun buyers. The money is flowing to WA Alliance for Gun Responsibility, which is advocating for I-594 in November’s general election vote, which would mandate background checks on gun purchases. Billionaire entrepreneur Nick…

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March 13, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Cutoff passes without vote on universal background checks

OLYMPIA — A key deadline came and went here on Wednesday afternoon, taking with it an opportunity many saw as this session’s best chance for expanding background checks for gun sales. House Bill 1588, a much-discussed priority of gun-control advocates, did not come up for a vote in the state House before 5 p.m., the cutoff…

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July 17, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Latest big gift to charter schools initiative: $600,000 from Wal-Mart heiress

Alice Walton, the daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, donated $600,000 last week to an initiative to allow charter schools in Washington state, helping to bring the effort’s fundraising to $3.3 million. Also last week, Seattle venture capitalist Nick Hanauer contributed $250,000, bringing his total investment to $450,000, according to public disclosure documents. And Mike…

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