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January 23, 2014 at 2:41 PM

McMorris Rodgers to give GOP response to Obama speech

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep.  Cathy McMorris Rodgers will give the Republican response to the  State of the Union address next Tuesday, the first time during President Obama’s term that a woman will deliver the GOP rebuttal. McMorris Rodgers, 44, of Spokane, is a stalwart social and fiscal conservative who chairs the House Republican Conference, making…

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0 Comments | More in Congress | Topics: cathy mcmorris rodgers, president obama, state of the union

October 29, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Obama, members of Congress honor Foley at memorial service

WASHINGTON – Pausing for a rare detente, President Obama and members of Congress  gathered Tuesday for a memorial service for former House Speaker Tom Foley, praising the Spokane Democrat as an ideal embodiment of a public servant whose type of bipartisanship many said was lamentably lacking today. The invitation-only event at Statuary Hall inside the…

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0 Comments | More in Congress, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: memorial service, president obama, Tom Foley

October 29, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Flags at half-staff for Tom Foley memorial service

WASHINGTON — All U.S. flags are flying at half-staff Tuesday as the Capitol prepares for a memorial service for former House Speaker Tom Foley. President Obama ordered the flags lowered Monday in honor of the Spokane Democrat, who died Oct. 18 at 84 from complications from strokes. Obama is scheduled to headline a list of dignitaries who…

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0 Comments | More in Congress, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Bill Clinton, jim mcdermott, memorial service

March 25, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Obama creates San Juan Islands National Monument: read the proclamation

President Obama today designated a national monument in the San Juan Islands, proclaiming the archipelago “a refuge of scientific and historic treasures and a classroom for generations of Americans.” As we reported last week, the designation will offer additional protections for some 1,000 acres of undeveloped federal lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management….

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0 Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: president obama, San Juan Islands National Monument

February 13, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday politics: State of the Union, Pelz told to put on big boy panties, longer wait for divorce

Good morning. State of the Union and the responses. So, what did you think? How did President Obama do? Is he noticeably more relaxed and more in command at the beginning of his second term, as some people say? What did you think of the substance of the speech? Some observers said he was strongest when…

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0 Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: president obama, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Rand Paul

January 29, 2013 at 6:00 AM

GOP lawmakers propose new rules to allocate Electoral College votes

President Obama easily carried Washington state last year with 56 percent of the vote to Mitt Romney’s 41 percent. That granted Obama all of the state’s 12 Electoral College votes. But some Republican state lawmakers want to change the rules in a way that would have peeled off some electoral votes for Romney. The proposal, House Bill 1091, would…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: electoral college, Mitt Romney, president obama

January 28, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Monday politics: New Obama in, Palin out, Don Benton everywhere

Good Morning. New Obama in office: Many political observers are talking about President Obama’s inaugural address and how, in the second term, he may just  let his views  hang out there. He does seem to be developing new ways to maneuver around partisan gridlock. The latest example is gun control. Instead of calling up a bunch…

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0 Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, Port Commission, State Legislature | Topics: assault weapons ban, budget chairwoman, Don Benton

January 21, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Monday politics: Inaugural in D.C., conservatives and the gender gap, legislators to watch

Good Morning. Happy MLK and second inaugural day. President Obama will be sworn in (again) to his second term today. Here is a link to the schedule, the ceremonial swearing in, the festivities, all of it. Question: Is there an excitement/enthusiasm gap between this inauguration and Obama’s first one in 2008? You make the call. Update:…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Cathy McMorris Rodgres, Chris Christie, inaugural

December 26, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday politics: Romney’s enthusiam or lack thereof, presidential vacation photos, gun politics

Good Morning. Romney’s enthusiasm for the job: There was a moment during the presidential campaign that offered an unusual clue to the inner thoughts of Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann. Late in the presidential campaign, Ann Romney told reporters one day that this would be her husband’s last attempt to become president. On Oct. 18,…

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0 Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: ann romney, Hawaii, Mitt Romney

November 6, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Tuesday briefing: hustling campus votes, barring partisan ballot pickup, Christie and “The Boss”

Good Morning. At long last, ’tis Election Day/Week  You have probably heard by now that some Washington state races might be close, so close it could be days before we know some winners in some contests. But you can track your own ballot and make sure your vote got where it was going — and…

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0 Comments | More in homepage, Marijuana, Politics Northwest | Topics: affidavit, election day, election week

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