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February 16, 2015 at 12:55 PM

State House takes on scalpers; OKs bill banning ticket bots

OLYMPIA — The state House has unanimously passed a bill to outlaw ticket bots — computer software that beats humans trying to buy seats online for concerts and sporting events. House Bill 1091 passed the chamber Monday and now heads to the Senate for consideration. The measure, requested by Attorney General Bob Ferguson, makes it a…


Comments | More in State government, State Legislature | Topics: bots, scalpers, Ticketmaster

February 6, 2015 at 10:21 AM

Inslee supports bill to limit vaccine exemptions

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee says he supports a bill that would remove philosophical opposition as an acceptable reason for parents to not vaccinate their school-age children. Inslee said Thursday that the bill introduced in the House this week is an important strategy to improve vaccination rates in Washington state. Currently, Washington state allows school…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Disneyland, gov. jay inslee, June Robinson

February 4, 2015 at 1:12 PM

Industrial hemp gets state Senate approval

OLYMPIA — Industrial hemp would be allowed to be grown in Washington state under a measure passed by the Senate. Senate Bill 5012 received unanimous support Wednesday in the Senate and now heads to the House for consideration. The measure authorizes the growing of industrial hemp as an agricultural activity in the state. It also directs…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: industrial hemp, Washington Legislature, Washington State University

January 17, 2015 at 11:57 AM

Clint Didier to start radio show, talk politics on Christian network

By Mike Faulk Yakima Herald-Republic YAKIMA — Former congressional candidate and state tea-party celebrity Clint Didier is getting his own radio show. Didier’s half-hour program will air Tuesdays beginning Feb. 3 on the American Christian Network, which has six affiliates broadcasting in Eastern Washington, including Yakima, and parts of northeast Oregon and North Idaho. The show will air…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: American Christian Network, Clint Didier, radio show

January 10, 2015 at 9:29 PM

Washington Fish and Wildlife gets new director

The Associated Press The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has a new director. Jim Unsworth, 57, will lead the agency of more than 1,600 employees and a two-year operating budget of $376 million. The state Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission announced the appointment of Unsworth, 57, on Saturday. His annual salary will be $146,500. He will replace…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Fish and Wildlife, Jim Unsworth

November 8, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Class-size measure widens lead in weekend vote count

The statewide initiative to reduce K-12 class sizes widened its lead Saturday. As of Saturday evening, I-1351 was passing with 50.5 percent of the vote, a lead of 18,495 votes. The widening margin is due largely to the measure’s popularity in King County, where more votes were counted Saturday and I-1351 has now captured 54.5 percent of…


Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: Initiative 1351; class size, McCleary

November 5, 2014 at 6:00 PM

AP: Voters reject measure to ban state background checks

The Associated Press and The Seattle Times OLYMPIA — A measure seeking to prevent Washington state from expanding gun-sale background checks beyond federal law has been rejected by voters. Votes counted Wednesday for Initiative 591 increased the No campaign’s lead by about 18,000. For the Yes side to catch up, it would need about 56 percent of…


Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: background checks, Initiative 591, Initiative 594

November 4, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Property tax levy for city-subsidized preschool wins big

Mayor Ed Murray talks at the Comet Tavern in Capitol Hill. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times) A Seattle ballot measure enacting a $58 million property-tax levy for city-subsidized preschool won big in Tuesday returns. Seattle Proposition No. 1B will authorize a $58 million property-tax levy to fund a four-year pilot program of city-subsidized…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: levy, pre-K, preschool

November 4, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Lovick far ahead in Snohomish County executive race

Snohomish County Executive John Lovick appeared headed to victory Tuesday, capturing a considerable lead over Sultan Mayor Carolyn Eslick. In Tuesday’s totals, Lovick had 56 percent of the vote to the 44 percent won by Eslick. The contest does not give the winner a full, four-year term. Instead, this race was about who will serve out the remaining…


Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: Carolyn Eslick, John Lovick, Snohomish County

November 4, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Seattle voters saying yes to increased Metro bus service

Alex Hudson, front to back, Hanna Brooks Olsen and Sarah Anne Lloyd, with the Seattlish progressive news site, cheer during the Yes for Seattle Transit election party at the Comet Tavern in Capitol Hill. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times) Metro Transit service in Seattle will get a boost, if Tuesday’s vote trend continues. In…


Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: Metro Transit, Seattle Proposition 1

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