Politics

Police
5:19 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Seattle and feds strike a deal on police reform

U. S. Attorney Jenny Durkan and Mayor Mike McGinn butted heads during negotiations, but eventually struck a deal.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

The city of Seattle and the U.S. Department of Justice have struck a deal on how to reform Seattle’s police department. The agreement heads off a threatened civil rights lawsuit against the city.

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Homelessness
11:08 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Seattle wrestles with how to house homeless families with kids

A campaign by Seattle-based Wellspring aimed to raise awareness about homeless children.
melissajonas Flickr

Seattle recently spent a big chunk of money to improve services for homeless families with children, but city officials are at odds over whether it was spent solving the right problems. They grappled with it at a public meeting Wednesday, where homeless mothers told members of the city council that many were without a place to sleep that night.

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Election 2012
8:58 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Register to vote on Facebook? Soon, says Washington

'Like' the voting app and register to do it.

As early as next week, Washington residents will be able to register to vote on Facebook.

The idea started coming to life last fall: Create a web application for voter registration. Secretary of State Sam Reed worked with Facebook and Microsoft Corporation on the app.

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Politics
6:34 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

McKenna campaign staffer apologizes for tweets belittling Asians

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A campaign staffer for Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna has apologized for two tweets she sent months ago making fun of Asians and the elderly.

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Election 2012
4:13 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Initiative deadline arrives in Washington, Oregon

Friday is the deadline in Washington and Oregon for initiative sponsors seeking to qualify for the November ballot. Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins via Flickr

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 3:08 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – “Groundhog Day.” That’s what Washington initiative promoter Tim Eyman says it going to feel like Friday. This will be the third time Eyman has submitted signatures for a ballot measure to require a supermajority vote of the legislature to raise taxes. Friday is the deadline in Washington and Oregon for initiative sponsors seeking to qualify for the November ballot.

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healthcare controversy
12:18 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Survey: Will politics tip the scale in high court's healthcare ruling?

The U.S. Supreme Court
The Associated Press

As potentially millions of people collectively held their breath, again, Monday morning waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide the fate of Obama’s health care reform, one of the many questions lingering in the air is will the justices keep their politics out of the decision? (Update: The court did not issue its ruling Monday and will likely do so on Thursday.)

And, we must also wonder: Will Americans keep their politics out of their assessments of whatever the court decides, when it does? (Warning, this is a “Take our survey” story … see below.)

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Politics
5:00 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Record turnout expected at Pride Parade; Gregoire is grand marshal

Elsie Esq. KPLU

Seattle's 38th annual Pride Parade is coming up this Sunday. The parade usually draws big crowds, but with a referendum on same-sex marriage on the November ballot, parade organizers are expecting a record turnout.

"I think we’re going to see an increase this year, especially with the marriage referendum out there," says Adam Rosencrantz, the board president of Seattle Out and Proud, the group hosting the parade. "People are going to come out and support us and show their excitement."

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Health care reform
1:43 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Washington may attempt an individual mandate, if Supreme Court cuts it

A Supreme Court ruling on President Obama’s health care law could force Washington state lawmakers to shift gears. They want to prevent a repeat of the 1990's, when the insurance market "went over a cliff," says the state Insurance Commissioner.

That could force them to require state residents to have health insurance. But, their first choice to prevent a health-care "disaster," say Democrats, is to rely on federal subsidies to keep insurance affordable.

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NPR Elections
1:23 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Ron Paul Says He Won't Have Enough Delegates To Win GOP Nomination

Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul speaks in this February file photo during an event celebrating Filipino veterans at the Leatherneck Club in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 12:13 pm

Rep. Ron Paul, who is still technically in the hunt for the Republican presidential nomination, seems to have finally accepted his fate.

In an email sent to supporters late last night, the Texas congressman said by the time the Republican National Convention comes around, he won't have sufficient delegates to secure the nomination.

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Washington State Legislature
12:39 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

New Washington laws impact film, teachers, universities

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The film industry is getting incentives reinstated. Teachers are getting a new evaluation system. Universities are getting new rules on how to handle abuse allegations.

Dozens of new laws approved by Washington lawmakers earlier this year took effect on Thursday, though two of the most contentious proposals were not implemented as planned.

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It's All Politics
7:09 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Live Blog: Wisconsin decides governor's fate in recall vote

Supporters of Republican Gov. Scott Walker watch returns as they await the governor's speech at an election night rally on Tuesday in Waukesha, Wis. Walker survived a recall election in the state, defeating his Democratic rival, Tom Barrett.
Brian Kersey UPI/Landov

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 4:40 am

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, just the third governor in U.S. history to face a recall effort, is now the first to successfully defeat such an attempt. The Associated Press projected that Walker would defeat Milwaukee's Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett in what was a rematch of the 2010 gubernatorial election.

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Election 2012
2:59 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

What's with Ron Paul's fans anyway? Romney takes 37 of Wash.'s 43 delegates

A man, in black with a Ron Paul shirt, leaves after interrupting Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., making a pitch for Mitt Romney, at the Veterans Museum & Memorial Center last month in San Diego.
The Associated Press

TACOMA, Wash. — They jeer at the idea of coalescing behind Mitt Romney. They're still scraping for every possible delegate. And they hold out hope that Ron Paul could win the presidency this year.

By just by watching Paul's loyal supporters, you'd never know that the Republican presidential contest is over.

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Washington State Legislature
1:17 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Judge says Supermajority tax rule violates constitution

A judge has ruled the two-thirds majority initiative violates the simple majority provision of the state constitution.

Initiative 1053 was approved by Washington voters in November 2010 and has made it difficult for lawmakers to adopt tax increases since then.

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Election 2012
12:24 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

McKenna faces 2 ethics complaints over county work

A lawyer and a citizen have each filed ethics complaints against Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna.

Kyle Olive and Kimberly Christensen said Thursday they submitted concerns this week to the King County ombudsman, arguing that McKenna violated various parts of the county ethics law during his time on the King County Council.

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Seattle Arena Deal
3:20 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Basketball arena inches toward possible return of the Sonics

Investor Chris Hansen (center) speaks during a press conference Wednesday morning announcing an agreement in the effort to build an arena that could bring professional basketball back to Seattle.
Keith Seinfeld KPLU

How would taxpayers be protected if a new basketball arena gets built in Seattle? The details are in an agreement between the city, King County and the man who wants to bring an NBA team to town.

After three months of meetings and negotiations, there’s now a formal Memorandum of Understanding between investor Chris Hansen and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn along with County Executive Dow Constantine. In the fine print, it describes how Hansen will purchase the land south of Safeco Field, build a new basketball arena on it, and then sell it to the city.

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