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Politics
9:22 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Seattle Federal Employees Head to Work, Glad Shutdown Is Over

The federal building in downtown Seattle filled up with workers again after Congress reopened the government
Andy Slabaugh

Relief. That was the main reaction from government workers heading back to their jobs at the federal building in downtown Seattle after a couple weeks of forced time off due to the partial government shutdown. A steady stream of people headed through the revolving doors even before sunrise.

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Spending Cuts
12:46 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

How Washington Chose Not To Be Careful With Spending Cuts

Under sequestration, federal agencies don't have the flexibility to choose to spare popular programs or services by making administrative cuts elsewhere.
Tatiana Popova iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 8:35 am

Inconveniencing the public is part of the plan.

It may never have been intended to play out in quite this way, but the automatic spending cuts set to take effect for most federal programs Friday leave little room for preserving the most visible and popular programs.

"The law basically says the cuts have to be across-the-board by 'project, program and activity,' " says Stan Collender, a federal budget expert with the communications firm Qorvis. "That was specifically written to take away flexibility from the administration."

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Public forum
4:45 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

State considers creating 'majority minority' congressional district

One redistricting proposal offered by the group United for Fair Representation, which is dedicated to "fair redistricting and representation of people of color."

Tonight is your last chance to weigh in on which communities will be included in the state’s congressional districts before commissioners start drafting their proposals. The public is invited to share their thoughts at a forum tonight in South Seattle.

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