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King County Council Chair Joe McDermott is running for Congress

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 21:17:11 +0000

King County Council Chair Joe McDermott on Wednesday announced that he will run for the 7th District seat in Congress being vacated with the retirement of 14-term Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash. McDermott, no kin to the incumbent, is a 15-year legislator and council member from West Seattle. About 25 percent of voters in the 7th

Alaska police handcuffed ‘uncooperative, belligerent and evasive’ Palin son

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 19:37:11 +0000

As ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin flew to Iowa for her Donald Trump endorsement, a very different scenario was unfolding Monday night at the Wasilla, Alaska, home of the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee. Track Palin, here 26-year-old son who lives with his parents, was being arrested. He faces charges of domestic violence assault, interfering with

Illegal delivery services undermine legal marijuana: Murray, Holmes

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 04:13:50 +0000

Online, illegal marijuana home delivery services are undercutting Washington’s voter-approved legal marijuana market, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and City Attorney Pete Holmes said in a statement late Tuesday. “Businesses that currently deliver marijuana undermine our efforts to demonstrate that there is a regulatory alternative to marijuana prohibition,” Holmes said.  “All current delivery services are engaged

Back from Iraq, ex-Foreign Service officer to challenge U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 02:26:16 +0000

David Kay organized evacuations and rescues as a U.S. Foreign Service officer during three assignments in Baghdad, most recently last summer, but now is embarking on a mission in Eastern Washington that puts him in harm’s way. Kay, 59, is running against an entrenched member of the U.S. Congress.  He announced on Tuesday that he

Judge will rule Thursday on Tim Eyman’s ‘gun to the head’ initiative

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:29:27 +0000

After hearing arguments Tuesday and spending a weekend studying briefs, King County Superior Court Judge William Downing will rule Thursday on the legality of Tim Eyman’s “gun to the head” initiative, which would slash a penny from the state sales tax in April if the Washington Legislature doesn’t put an Eyman-backed constitutional amendment on the

Sarah Palin endorses Donald Trump: Bristol Palin blasts Ted Cruz as a ‘typical politician’

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 22:39:38 +0000

Ex-Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has endorsed Donald Trump for President, becoming the highest ranking Republican officeholder or ex-officeholder to support the Republican presidential frontrunner. “She is a friend and a high quality person I have great respect for: I am proud to have her support,” Trump said in a statement. He described the

The nation’s largest gay rights lobby endorses Clinton, catches flak from Sanders campaign

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 19:39:38 +0000

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s most influential lobby for gay and lesbian rights, on Tuesday endorsed ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for President. The HRC’s ties with the “other” HRC are longstanding. Clinton’s national campaign manager Robby Mook told “HRC-HRC jokes when he spoke to a Human Rights Campaign dinner in Seattle last fall.

Ex-Sec. of Defense Gates on Republican candidates: ‘They don’t know what they’re talking about’

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 18:54:20 +0000

Ex-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, a Republican, cut loose on the GOP field of presidential candidates Tuesday morning during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “First of all, they don’t know what they’re talking about,” said Gates, a bestselling author who now lives and writes in Washington’s Skagit County. Gates was reacting to pronouncements on

Two big environmental groups back Sen. Murray’s reelection: In lockstep with the Democrats?

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 03:15:58 +0000

Two big, established environmental lobbies — the Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters Action Fund — are backing Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray’s bid for a fifth term. The endorsements signal that “big green” groups that once endorsed candidates of both parties have become a virtual functioning arm of the Democratic Party, in Washington

Anti-feminist, anti-sex education, anti-gay Eagle Forum leaders endorse Ted Cruz

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:37:21 +0000

Top leaders of the Eagle Forum, a group self-described as “the alternative to women’s liberation,” on Monday endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for the Republican presidential nomination. The endorsement gives Cruz a link with a long-ago GOP candidate from the Republican right to which he is often compared, 1964 Republican nominee Sen. Barry Goldwater. The

Britain’s parliament on Trump: ‘Buffoon,’ ‘demagogue’. joke but don’t ban him

Mon, 18 Jan 2016 21:21:52 +0000

The lawmakers in Britain’s House of Commons have a low opinion of Donald Trump, but a three-hour debate at Westminster produce no great support for banning the Republican presidential candidate from the United Kingdom. In response to a ban-The-Donald on-line petition that drew 575,000 signatures, MP’s showered the billionaire real estate mogul with ridicule: Trump

Trump promises to ‘protect Christianity,’ bring back Merry Christmas, but botches Bible reference

Mon, 18 Jan 2016 19:25:27 +0000

Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump is not known for piety or humility, but the Republican presidential candidate sought to ingratiate himself Monday with Christian students at Virginia’s Liberty University. He botched a reference to the Good Book. “We’re going to protect Christianity,” The Donald declared. “I can say that. I don’t have to be politically correct. Two

US needs more polar icebreakers: Cantwell, Murkowski

Sat, 16 Jan 2016 02:02:23 +0000

As a nation with a state partly in the Arctic, and research stations in the Antarctic, the United States urgently needs more icebreakers and is falling far behind Russia in its ability to navigate ice-choked waters, U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, argued in Seattle on Friday. Cantwell and Murkowski staged an

Listed: 77 Washington clergy implicated in sexual abuse of minors

Sat, 16 Jan 2016 00:16:53 +0000

The Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle, on its website, has published the names of 77 clergy for whom allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have been “admitted, established or determined to be credible,” in the words of Archbishop J. Peter Sartain. The list covers conduct from the late 1930s to the 21st century, involving priests

Obama administration halts new coal leases on federal lands: Another blow to Big Coal

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 22:48:08 +0000

The federal government will stop issuing new coal leases on federal lands, mainly in Wyoming and Montana, as the Obama administration reviews coal’s impact on climate change as well as the price that big coal companies are paying America’s taxpayers. Announced by U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, the move is another blow to Big Coal. Four