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April 21, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Joan McBride defers to Cyrus Habib for state Senate run

Former Kirkland Mayor Joan McBride is stepping aside to allow freshman state Rep. Cyrus Habib to run for the state Senate. Instead, McBride said Monday morning she’ll run for Habib’s House seat in the Democratic-leaning 48th Legislative District, which includes parts of Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond. The move, essentially a swap of the two Democrats on the…

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Comments | More in State legislative races | Topics: Cyrus Habib, Joan McBride, rodney tom

April 14, 2014 at 12:06 PM

State Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom drops re-election bid

State Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, a Medina Democrat who joined with Republicans to give them control of that chamber, told colleagues Monday morning that he is dropping his bid for re-election. Tom, 50, a polarizing figure who started his career as a Republican before becoming a Democrat and then switching his caucus allegiances, cited health…

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February 19, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Rodney Tom hires state GOP spokesman as campaign manager

OLYMPIA — State Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom has hired the spokesman of the state Republican Party as his campaign manager for what is expected to be a tough re-election fight. Tom said Wednesday evening he plans to run as a Democrat despite the fact that he now caucuses with Republicans and the new campaign manager, Keith…

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Comments | More in State legislative races | Topics: campaign manger, Joan McBride, Keith Schipper

February 12, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Conservative senators removing names from majority caucus website

OLYMPIA — A handful of conservative Republican state senators are removing their names from the website of the GOP-led Majority Coalition Caucus to protest recent decisions by its more moderate leaders. Sen. Janéa Holmquist Newbry has already removed her name from the website’s roster page, while Sens. Pam Roach and Don Benton said they and another member…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Don Benton, Janea Holmquist-Newbry, Joe Fain

February 7, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Gun-violence victims complain about treatment at hearing

OLYMPIA — A group of gun-violence victims delivered a letter to state Senate leaders Friday, complaining they were disrespected at a committee hearing last week. The eight victims, a mix of survivors and family members of people who died in shootings, wrote that the structure of a Senate Law & Justice Committee hearing on gun-sale…

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Comments | More in Gun initiative, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: Brian Judy, Jeannie Darneille, Mike Padden

December 10, 2013 at 3:57 PM

State Senate majority plans to pick up where it left off last session

The state Senate majority caucus congratulated itself Tuesday for surviving a year and vowed to pursue legislation that did not pass last session, including changes to K-12 education and workers compensation. The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus was born a year ago when Democratic Sens. Rodney Tom, of Medina, and Tim Sheldon, of Potlatch, announced…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State government, State Legislature | Topics: Majority Coalition Caucus, rodney tom, Tim Sheldon

November 22, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Senate Democrats raise concerns GOP getting rid of non-partisan staff

Senate Democrats raised concerns Friday that the GOP-led majority in Senate is getting rid of top non-partisan committee staff managers. Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson, D-Maury Island, said it was her understanding there was pressure from the GOP-led majority caucus to “hire some political-type individuals into the non-partisan staff. Interviews were done. Those individuals were not…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: Karen Fraser, rodney tom, Sharon Nelson

July 24, 2013 at 6:55 AM

‘Where’s The (transit) Funding’ rally planned Saturday in Seattle

A month after a transportation plan crashed in the Legislature, the Seattle Transit Riders Union will hold what it calls the “WTF, Olympia?” rally, seeking new taxes to prevent bus-service cuts. The event is to be held in the park just south of the King County Courthouse, at Third Avenue and Yesler Way. King County Metro Transit has said…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: rodney tom, Seattle. King County Metro Transit, Where the Funding

April 11, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Senate Democrats apologize to LaHood – for Republicans

State Senate Democrats sent a letter of apology to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood for what they viewed as a rude reception on Wednesday by the GOP-led majority caucus – a charge Republicans dispute. “It was appalling to see the tenor of the reception he received from Sen. (Don) Benton and the Republican majority,…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: governor, Jay Inslee, legislature

April 1, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Key lawmaker: Abortion-insurance bill won’t get a vote in the Senate

OLYMPIA — One of the most contentious social issues of the 2013 legislative session won’t get a vote in the state Senate Health Care Committee, the chairwoman announced Monday afternoon. The so-called Reproductive Parity Act, which narrowly passed the Democrat-controlled state House on a party-line vote in February, would require health-insurance plans to cover abortions. Supporters…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Randi Becker, Reproductive Parity Act, rodney tom

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