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Category: Politics
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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April 8, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Obama to visit Snohomish County mudslide site April 22

Updated at 8:46 a.m. with comments from Gov. Inslee’s office and White House: WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday said he will make a trip to Washington state in late April to assess the damage from the March 22 Snohomish County mudslide. The president made the promise in calls to U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Medina), whose 1st…


0 Comments | More in General news, Politics | Topics: Oso mudslide, President Obama, Suzan DelBene

March 25, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Obama, in Netherlands, asks for prayers for Oso

President Barack Obama, at a news conference  today in the Netherlands, where he is attending the G7 Nuclear Summit, opened his remarks expressing concern for the victims of the Oso mudslide and their community. His comments, as reported in a White House news release: “With your indulgence, before I speak a little bit about this summit, I’d like to say a few words…


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March 17, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Ethics complaint filed against Sawant, political allies

A 50-page ethics complaint filed last week says Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant and her political allies, the Socialist Alternative party and 15 Now, the organization pushing for a hike in the minimum wage in 2015, haven’t registered as lobbyists or campaign organizations and haven’t reported campaign contributions as required by city ethics rules and…


0 Comments | Topics: 15 Now, Elizabeth Campbell, Kshama Sawant

March 14, 2014 at 6:20 AM

Legislature passes bill to allow hash sales

The Associated Press Washington state’s Legislature has passed a bill to allow sales of marijuana concentrates like hash oil at state-licensed pot shops. House Bill 2304 also tweaks Washington’s legal marijuana law to allow marijuana processors to sell to other processors. For example, a processor who specializes in making marijuana extracts could provide those to bakers who…


0 Comments | More in General news, Politics | Topics: hash, Legislature, marijuana

March 7, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Inslee names new judges to King, Pierce Superior Courts

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the appointments of two new Superior Court judges, one for King County and one for Pierce County. Seattle attorney John Ruhl will join the King County Superior Court bench, and Deputy Prosecutor Phil Sorensen the Pierce County Superior Court bench. Both appointments become effective April 1. Ruhl, a past president of the King…


0 Comments | More in Politics | Topics: King County Superior Court, Pierce County Superior Court

March 6, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Ex-SPD Chief Kerlikowske to lead Customs and Border Protection

Former Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske was confirmed by the United States Senate today as head of Customs and Border Protection. Kerlikowske, who most recently worked as the nation’s drug czar, headed Seattle Police Department for more than eight years. He left Seattle in 2009 to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy, a Cabinet-level…


0 Comments | More in Politics, The Blotter | Topics: Gil Kerlikowske, Seattle Police Department, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

February 12, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Kitsap County sheriff says he won’t seek re-election

Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer announced today that he will not seek a fifth term as sheriff, citing recent health concerns. Boyer, 63, served as sheriff for the past 15 years and in law enforcement for more than 42 years, according to a news release. After he developed health problems, professionals ruled out any serious issues,…


0 Comments | More in Politics, The Blotter | Topics: Kitsap County, Washington State Patrol

February 11, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Feds set to unveil solution to pot banking problem

The federal government is set to unveil in the next few days a way for legal pot merchants to use banking services. U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, D-Olympia, said today he expects the federal government’s new guidance for banks and bank regulators will be released “imminently.” That guidance should provide legal marijuana businesses with a “full range of…


0 Comments | More in Government, Politics | Topics: Denny Heck, Eric Holder, I-502

February 10, 2014 at 9:26 PM

King County Council OKs creation of Transportation Benefit District

The Metropolitan King County Council gave its unanimous approval Monday for the formation of a Transportation Benefit District (TBD), which is a separate taxing district that, with voter approval, has the authority to generate revenue for transit, roads and other transportation projects. The TBD’s structure is similar to the King County Ferry District and King County…


0 Comments | More in Politics, Traffic & Transit | Topics: Metropolitan King County Council, Transportation Benefit District

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