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Category: Politics
July 15, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Poll: Strong support for gun background checks

The Associated Press A new poll shows strong support among Washington voters for a ballot initiative that would require background checks on all firearm sales in the state. The Elway Poll found that 70 percent of people were inclined to vote for Initiative 594. The same poll showed that 46 percent of people were inclined to vote…


Comments | More in General news, Government, Politics | Topics: background checks, Elway, guns

June 16, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Deal jettisons driver caps for Seattle ride-service companies

Ride-service providers Lyft, Sidecar and uberX won’t be limited to 150 drivers on the street at a time under new regulations negotiated by the companies and Mayor Ed Murray’s office. The deal also would give hailing rights to taxi companies such as Eastside for Hire, allowing them to better compete. The city also will issue 200…


Comments | More in General news, Politics | Topics: Ed Murray, Lyft, Seattle City Council

June 12, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Pete Holmes apologizes for charter amendment gaffe

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes today apologized for his office’s failure to recognize that a 15 Now charter amendment couldn’t appear on the city ballot until 2015. “I have apologized to our city clients for not spotting the voter-proposed charter amendment issue sooner, and for not concluding our research sooner. I am committed to ensure that the CAO…


Comments | Topics: 15 Now, minimum wage, Pete Holmes

June 4, 2014 at 3:40 PM

U.S. high court refuses to halt same-sex weddings in Oregon

The Associated Press SALEM, Ore.  — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to halt same-sex weddings in Oregon while a federal appeals court considers whether a group opposed to gay marriage can intervene in the case. The order follows an emergency appeal by the National Organization for Marriage, which seeks to overturn U.S. District Judge Michael…


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June 4, 2014 at 2:33 PM

New voter’s guide wording for Seattle Parks District proposal

The Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission Tuesday agreed with opponents of a proposed Seattle Parks District that the wording submitted for the city voter’s guide wasn’t adequate. The commission voted 5-0 to add language that gives the maximum property tax that can be levied and notes that a new parks district can levy taxes above the current…


Comments | Topics: Seattle City Council, Seattle Displacement Coalition, Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission

June 3, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Ex-Kent council member pleads guilty to stealing $300K from mother

A former Kent City council member pleaded guilty today to seven counts of first-degree theft and mortgage fraud for stealing nearly $300,000 from his mother’s bank account to shore up his failing business and fund vacations. Kenneth D. Sharp, 67, could face more than 3 1/2 years in prison when he is sentenced June 20. However, prosecutors…


Comments | More in General news, Politics, The Blotter | Topics: Kent City Council, theft

May 30, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Judge tweaks ballot title for Seattle parks measure

A King County Superior Court judge has changed slightly the ballot title for a measure that would create a Seattle Parks District. After a lawsuit was filed challenging its sufficiency, Judge John Ruhl Friday added to the title the maximum amount of property taxes that could be levied under the measure — up to 75 cents on $1,000…


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May 6, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Seattle Times, City Hall staffers discuss Mayor Murray’s minimum wage proposal

Join Seattle Times staffers and Mayor Ed Murray’s Chief of Staff Chris Gregorich from noon to 1 p.m. today for a live chat about the proposal to raise Seattle’s minimum wage. We’ll answer your questions, and discuss the impacts, at You can join the chat below, and begin submitting questions at 11:45 a.m. See you there!


Comments | Topics: live chat, minimum wage

April 22, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Lake Washington, Everett school-bond issues failing

Voters were rejecting the Lake Washington school district’s school-construction bond issue, which barely cleared 50 percent in  first-day returns Tuesday night, falling short of the 60 percent required for passage. The measure — scaled back from $755 million to $404 million — was one of only a handful of school-district measures on the special-election…


Comments | Topics: Everett School District, Lake Washington School District, Lakewood School District

April 15, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Obama signs legislation to protect Green Mountain Lookout

SEATTLE (AP) — Members of Washington’s congressional delegation say President Obama has signed legislation protecting the popular Green Mountain Lookout in the Glacier Peak Wilderness. A federal judge had ordered the lookout removed after an environmental group sued. U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, as well as Reps. Suzan DelBene and Rick Larsen say the legislation…


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