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January 24, 2015 at 1:29 PM

Mascots, pot reform, political retirees: your politics week in review

While you were obsessing over the State of the Union or Deflategate, Washington state politics moved forward. Here’s what you may have missed: 1. Seattle City Councilmembers Nick Licata and Tom Rasmussen to retire 2. Truth Needle: GOP leader is right, Inslee polluter list tags UW, WSU 3. On Muslim Lobby Day, Muslim residents march through…

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Comments | More in Attorney General, Marijuana, Minimum wage, State Legislature, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington state Republican Party | Topics: Bob Ferguson, Nick Licata, Susan Hutchison

January 23, 2015 at 11:47 AM

Tom Rasmussen won’t run again for Seattle City Council

Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen announced Friday that he would not seek re-election for a fourth term. Rasmussen, who was elected in 2003, is the second incumbent this week to announce that he would step down at the end of the year. Councilmember Nick Licata also said he wouldn’t seek another term. Rasmussen, 68, said he wanted to…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: election, seattle city council, Tom Rasmussen

January 7, 2015 at 10:53 AM

Rasmussen says Seattle fears over Bertha tunnel are premature

Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, who chairs the council’s transportation committee and was a key supporter of the plan to dig an Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement tunnel under downtown, was out of town on vacation when The Seattle Times recently sought his perspective on the current state of the project. With the world’s largest tunnel…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Highway 99 tunnel, Tom Rasmussen

August 29, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Murray vows to improve human services if elected as mayor

At a campaign event Thursday, state Sen. Ed Murray pledged to make Seattle a “model for the rest of the nation” in human services if he is elected mayor. It was one of his first major appearances of the general-election campaign, and Murray took the opportunity to blame Mayor Mike McGinn for increasing domestic violence, rents, crime…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: ed murray, mike mcginn, Sally Clark