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The Seattle Times covers politics and government in Seattle, the Eastside, Washington state and the Northwest. Topics include lawmaking and policy; the mayor, city and county councils; the state Legislature and Supreme Court; and city, county and state ag

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Woman says she complained about Washington state Rep. Manweller’s conduct this year

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0800

After a dinner in Olympia with state Rep. Matt Manweller, a legislative staff member complained about his conduct. Manweller said he was just being polite and helping the woman find a job.

Rampant inequity is solvable in King County — just ask Dr. David Fleming

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0800

Using lessons learned in other countries, a local project, Global to Local, continues its search for the best ways to improve health through improving communities.

How your U.S. lawmaker voted

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 13:46:52 -0800

Here’s how area members of Congress voted on major issues in the week ending Dec. 8.

The right really was coming after college next

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 19:48:38 -0800

Last summer, polls showed that conservatives had suddenly become widely hostile to the idea of college. Now that animus has shown up in the GOP tax plans.

‘We’re here to say they’re wrong’: Seattle, King County blast Trump administration for threatening sanctuary jurisdictions

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:07:00 -0800

Elected officials from Seattle and King County responded Friday to a U.S. Department of Justice letter threatening to rescind a federal grant if local laws ran afoul of a federal immigration law.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan to issue ‘strong response’ to immigration warnings from Trump’s Justice Department

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:54:30 -0800

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan will "issue a strong response" Friday to the Trump administration last month threatening to withhold criminal-justice funding based on how the city deals with immigration.

Podcast: What Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole’s departure means for reform efforts

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 06:00:29 -0800

Mayor Jenny Durkan will face a choice that has bedeviled previous mayors: whether to look inside — interim chief Carmen Best has said she will seek the permanent job — or outside the department.

Washington Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray appointed to the tax bill conference committee

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:31:59 -0800

The conference committee, where the House and Senate tax bills will be reconciled, is the last chance for Democrats to influence legislation that has moved through Congress at blinding speed.

Seattle’s Jenny Durkan joins other mayors opposing rollback of net neutrality

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:28:15 -0800

Seattle’s new mayor signed a letter from nearly 60 mayors to the Federal Communications Commission, opposing the rule rollback that they say could be detrimental to middle- and working-class families.

NHL says Seattle can apply for franchise, start season-ticket drive

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 15:50:49 -0800

The announcement comes the same week the Seattle City Council approved and Mayor Jenny Durkan signed a $600 million agreement with the Los Angeles-based Oak View Group to renovate KeyArena.

Patty Murray leads women’s push for lasting change in handling sexual harassment on Capitol Hill

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:42:48 -0800

Patty Murray, D-Wash., won a U.S. Senate seat after incumbent Brock Adams’ sexual harassment scandal 25 years ago. Now Murray and other lawmakers are working to see that the Capitol Hill culture actually changes more now than it did then.

Washington state Rep. Matt Manweller has faced sexual misconduct complaints from students

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 21:29:00 -0800

Records from two investigations show former students at Central Washington University complaining about the actions of their professor, Matt Manweller. Manweller is now a state representative.

Here’s how Washington’s U.S. House members voted on resolution to impeach Trump

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 18:12:57 -0800

The House overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to kill the measure, most Democrats joining Republicans in opposing the move.

Domestic workers launch campaign as Seattle looks at new rights for nannies and house cleaners

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:49:18 -0800

Seattle officials are set to take part Thursday in a political campaign with help from the advocacy organization Working Washington to help nannies and house cleaners win new rights.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan signs MOU to renovate KeyArena

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:12:43 -0800

The MOU was approved by the Seattle City Council on Monday. The $600 million renovation is projected to be completed by October 2020. Seattle soon could attract an NHL team and possibly an NBA franchise down the road.

U.S. Sens. Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell and 7 other women in Senate say Al Franken should resign

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 10:07:48 -0800

Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are among nine female Democratic senators to call on Sen. Al Franken to resign after another woman accused him of sexual misconduct.

Delays in Congress threaten health coverage for thousands of Washington children

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0800

The federal Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired Sept. 30 and has not been renewed. While some states are running out of money to provide coverage, Washington has kept the program going — for now.

After all the mass shootings, what’s Congress’ answer? Make gun laws looser

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0800

Congress is responding to our autumn of slaughter mostly by doing nothing, or even pushing to relax our already laid-back gun laws. A group of local lawmakers has a different idea in Olympia.

2 Republicans seek immediate ban on Atlantic net pens, too — and faster

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 19:36:16 -0800

Two Republican lawmakers have filed legislation to ban Atlantic salmon net pens, with emergency legislation to effect immediate shut down.

AG Bob Ferguson sues over EPA ozone rule, his 18th suit against the Trump administration

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 19:26:09 -0800

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit alleging the EPA is unlawfully postponing air-quality standards for ground-level ozone pollution.