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Category: Politics
February 17, 2015 at 6:08 PM

Federal judge selects ACLU plan for new Yakima City Council districts

The Associated Press YAKIMA — A federal judge has adopted a plan by the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington for boosting the voice of Latinos in Yakima elections. U.S. District Judge Thomas Rice ruled last summer that Yakima’s system for city council elections “suffocates” the will of Latino voters. He asked the city and the ACLU…

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February 17, 2015 at 2:05 PM

Murray promises new transportation plan, diverse police force in State of the City address

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is delivering his second annual State of the City address Tuesday afternoon. He’s speaking to a room packed with government insiders and a dozen high-school students who were ushered in early. There were no signs, at least initially, of demonstrators who have visited City Hall recently to protest police misconduct. Murray’s prepared remarks tout…

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February 9, 2015 at 6:09 PM

County Council approves new youth jail in Seattle

Update at 6:30 p.m. The Metropolitan King Council Council voted Monday to approve a contract for the development of a new youth jail and courthouse in Seattle, council spokesman Al Sanders said. The vote was 7 to 0. It was taken after several hours of comments from people opposed to the project. “They took the vote while they were being shouted…

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Comments | Topics: Children and Families Justice Center, incarceration, jail

January 14, 2015 at 12:44 PM

Seattle mayor asks City Council to authorize more tent cities

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray proposed new legislation on homeless encampments Wednesday, asking the City Council to authorize more tent cities — under certain conditions — in response to an uptick in street homelessness and illegal camping. Murray had promised last month to present the council with a bill in January, saying the legislation would “make…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Politics | Topics: homeless encampments, homelessness, Nickelsville

January 12, 2015 at 9:17 PM

It’s ‘sexual exploitation,’ not ‘patronizing a prostitute,’ in Seattle

The Seattle City Council unanimously voted Monday to change the name of the crime “patronizing a prostitute” to “sexual exploitation.” “Words matter,” City Attorney Pete Homes said in explaining why his office asked the City Council to change the name, according to a news release. “Using prostitute as a noun is demeaning and this change also reflects our…

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January 7, 2015 at 6:09 PM

Seattle City Council will revisit city’s police-intelligence ordinance

Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell has asked the council’s legislative staff to revisit the city’s police-intelligence ordinance with the goal of strengthening it, he said Wednesday. Enacted in 1979, the ordinance – in part – restricts how and when Seattle Police Department (SPD) officers can collect information, including photographs and video, about an individual’s participation…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Politics | Topics: David Boerner, Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, Seattle Police Department

December 30, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Suit challenges I-594, expansion of gun-buyer background checks

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — Opponents of a new expanded gun background-check measure in Washington state filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday, asking a federal judge to block parts of the law that involve transfers of firearms. The lawsuit was filed in district court in Tacoma and seeks a permanent injunction against enforcement of parts of Initiative 594…

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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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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

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