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January 12, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Sunday memo: Mountain snow . . . Next for Seahawks . . . Legislature starts

Snowfall:  An email from the state Department of Transportation that includes mention of “multiple vehicles that are off the roadway and in need of tow trucks for removal” is never a good sign. But that’s the word from the DOT as of 8 a.m. Sunday from I-90 eastbound at milepost 47, near Denny Creek….

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Comments | More in Government, Morning Memo, Sports, Traffic & Transit | Topics: mountain passes, mountain snow, politics

February 9, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Gregoire to sign same-sex marriage bill on Monday

Associated Press Gov. Chris Gregoire will sign a measure legalizing gay marriage in Washington state into law on Monday. The House passed the bill on a 55-43 vote on Wednesday. The Senate approved the measure last week. Gregoire will sign the bill at 11:30 a.m. Monday. The law would take effect 90 days after the session ends next…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: gay marriage, Gov. Chris Gregoire, politics

January 27, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Legislators ask DEA to reclassify marijuana

A bipartisan group of 42 state lawmakers signed a letter asking the DEA to reschedule marijuana to a classification that could allow it be prescribed and sold in pharmacies. The letter and a joint House-Senate resolution introduced yesterday piggy-back on Gov. Chris Gregoire’s existing petition to reschedule marijuana, which is also supported by a…

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Comments | More in Government, The Blotter | Topics: Gov. Chris Gregoire, Legislature, medical marijuana

January 4, 2012 at 10:22 AM

New poll shows voters split on legalizing marijuana

A new statewide poll shows voters evenly divided on the question of legalizing marijuana as the state Legislature takes up the question next week. The Elway Research poll of 411 randomly selected voters found 48 percent in favor and 45 percent opposed to legalization, which is likely headed to the November 2012 ballot in the form…

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Comments | More in Government | Topics: Elway Research, Initiative 502, marijuana

December 20, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Marijuana legalization initiative to turn signatures next week

Promoters of Iniatiative 502 are preparing to turn in at least 100,000 more signatures than required to make the ballot next week, meaning Washingtonians will most likely get a chance to vote up or down on legalizing marijuana in 2012. I-502′s campaign director, Alison Holcomb, said she has on hand about 340,000 signatures, but expects more…

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Comments | More in Government, The Blotter | Topics: marijuana, politics

December 19, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Politics: The topic that drew the most comments in 2011

The legions of regular commenters on seattletimes.com sure found plenty to argue about in 2011, thanks many times to politicians. Here’s the Top-10 list: (By the way, you’ll notice there’s often a difference between the headline on the comment thread and the one on the story. That’s because the comments-thread headline keeps the first…

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Comments | More in 2011 | A look back | Topics: comments, GOP, Gregoire