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Category: Politics
December 21, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Background check blocks gun sale to wanted man

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — The organizer of a Spokane County gun show says Washington’s new law requiring expanded background checks for firearms transfers blocked the sale of a rifle to a wanted man. The Northwest News Network reports that the man attempted to buy the weapon at the Lewis Clark Trader Gun Show at the Spokane…

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Comments | More in General news, Politics | Topics: background check, initiative 594

December 19, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Veronica Alicea Galván named to King Co. Superior Court bench

Gov. Jay Inslee announced Friday the appointment of Veronica Alicea Galván to the King County Superior Court bench. Galván is a former Assistant City Attorney for the city of Seattle who currently presides over the Des Moines Municipal Court and operates a dual-language courtroom that allows cases to be heard in Spanish. She earned her law…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Politics | Topics: appointment, Des Moines, Inslee

December 16, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Obama rules out oil-drilling in Alaska’s Bristol Bay

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska — President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he’s removing more than 52,000 square miles of waters off Alaska’s coast from consideration for oil and gas exploration or drilling. The president said in a video announcement that Bristol Bay and nearby waters, covering an area roughly the size of Florida, would be…

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Comments | More in Environment, General news, Government, Politics | Topics: Bristol Bay, President Obama, sockeye salmon

December 16, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Seattle Housing Authority puts rent change on hold

The Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) has shelved its controversial plan to raise rents for thousands of tenants. There will be no rent policy change until 2016 and the SHA may scrap the plan altogether. “We have decided to put consideration of the Stepping Forward proposal on hold,” SHA Executive Director Andrew Lofton wrote Monday in a letter…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Politics | Topics: Andrew Lofton, rent, Seattle Housing Authority

December 9, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Metropolitan King County Council allows tent encampments for 10 more years

The Metropolitan King County Council has approved legislation allowing tent encampments to operate in the county’s unincorporated areas for another 10 years. The county has permitted the homeless encampments since adopting a Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness more than nine years ago. Homelessness has hardly ended in that time, with almost 10,000 households turning to the county…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Politics | Topics: homeless encampments, homelessness, Metropolitan King County Council

December 8, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Murray thanks SPD for handling of protests, but complaints under review

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray gave police a pat on the back Monday, thanking them in an email for their work during weekend street protests over police brutality. In an email to all Seattle Police Department (SPD) officers, Murray wrote, “I’m writing to express my thanks for your professionalism and restraint as you helped facilitate protests over…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Politics, The Blotter | Topics: Ferguson, Lisa Daugaard, Public Defenders Association

November 24, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Oregon vote on GMO labeling goes to recount

The Associated Press PORTLAND — Tallies of the last remaining ballots show an Oregon measure that would require labeling of genetically modified foods lost by only 809 votes and is headed for an automatic recount. Officials released the full statewide count Monday. It shows Measure 92 was defeated by a margin of only 0.06 percentage point. That’s well…

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November 20, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Sawant spends five hours in jail and continues $15 wage push

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant said Thursday that even though she spent five hours in jail the previous night, after a protest outside Alaska Airlines headquarters in SeaTac, her push to raise the minimum wage for airport workers to $15 will continue. Speaking from her office, Sawant said “last night’s action was really inspiring for everybody.” “We have to keep up the…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: $15 minimum wage, Alaska Airlines, Kshama Sawant

November 5, 2014 at 6:45 AM

City of Blaine still plain old Blaine

The Associated Press BLAINE — The city of Blaine is still plain old Blaine. Voters rejected a proposal to change the name to Blaine Harbor. The Bellingham Herald reports it’s the second time since 2000 residents have rejected the idea. Supporters thought drawing attention to the border town’s water would attract more visitors as they crossed to and from…

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Comments | More in General news, Politics | Topics: Blaine, election

November 4, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Seattle City Council may add minimum-wage investigators, funding to mayor’s budget

Seattle’s much-heralded new minimum wage is scheduled to take effect on April 1, but Mayor Ed Murray’s proposed 2015-2016 budget includes just one additional staff member next year to investigate businesses that may be breaking the city’s labor laws. That’s not nearly enough, says City Council President Tim Burgess, who’s asking his colleagues this…

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Comments | Topics: Mike O'Brien, minimum wage, paid sick leave

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