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December 17, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Former Microsoft exec Kurt DelBene to tackle Obamacare website fix

Kurt DelBene 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…

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November 15, 2013 at 12:13 PM

DelBene bucks Dems in vote for continued sale of canceled policies

Updated at 1:35 p.m. with DelBene’s comments: WASHINGTON — Washington state’s U.S. House delegation voted along party lines — with one exception — on a bill that would allow insurers to keep selling canceled health plans that ran afoul of coverage requirements under the Affordable Care Act. The House voted 261-157 for the GOP-sponsored Keep Your Health…

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October 2, 2013 at 2:40 PM

DelBene pushes new immigration bill to break House stalemate

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene rolled out a new immigration bill Wednesday,  attempting to restart a move toward comprehensive reform that has stalled in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. The bill, called the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, largely mirrors a measure passed by the Senate earlier this year. It would, among other…

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September 19, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Republicans struggling to find challenger for DelBene in 2014

Washington’s 1st Congressional District is supposed to be swing-voter territory, but so far it looks as though Democratic Rep. Suzan DelBene has little reason to fear a major Republican challenge in 2014. While Republicans are well on their way to targeting vulnerable Democratic incumbents in other parts of the country, the GOP has no obvious prospects…

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September 3, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Suzan DelBene remains undecided on possible Syria strike

U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Medina. WASHINGTON — The Washington Post is counting U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene as among 19 House Democrats who are leaning against U.S. military action against Syria. But a spokesman for the Medina freshman said Tuesday DelBene’s position is more accurately “undecided.” “She wants more information from the administration and to…

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July 18, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Oops! NRCC warns DelBene of failing ‘Illinois voters’

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) regularly fires off boilerplate attacks on Democratic members of Congress, including Washington’s rookie U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene. So this was probably bound to happen. On Thursday, the NRCC emailed a news release ripping DelBene for failing to join an anti-Obamacare vote taken by the U.S. House of Representatives. The release warned…

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July 11, 2013 at 11:42 AM

U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene’s husband, Kurt, leaving as Microsoft Office president

Kurt DelBene, center, at his wife Suzan DelBene’s mock swearing in after her election to Congress in November 2012. At left is House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio. 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…

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June 18, 2013 at 5:37 PM

House Republicans pass far-reaching abortion ban

Democrat Suzan DelBene of Medina WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Tuesday approved a nationwide ban on abortions performed after 20 weeks of fertilization, a restriction that abortion rights supporters say violates the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. The measure has no chance of passing the Democratic-majority Senate. The 228-196 vote was the latest effort by conservatives,…

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November 14, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday briefing: GOP govs soul-searching, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, pot prices

Good Morning. Plenty of Republican governors, lots of soul-searching: As Washington s-l-o-w counted ballots in its close governor’s race last week, it was easy to forget–  or ignore — the fact that Republicans did pretty well electing governors in the 2012 election. The total number of GOP governors now stands at 30, highest for either…

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November 9, 2012 at 1:54 PM

State GOP Chairman rips Koster campaign as “horrible”

Kirby Wilbur, chairman of theWashington State Republican Party Post updated at 2:09 p.m. with comment from Koster campaign manager Larry Stickney. Finger pointing has erupted in the Republican Party over John Koster’s loss to Democrat Suzan DelBene in the 1st Congressional District. Trailing 47-53 percent, Koster announced he’d concede the race Friday. But in a…

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