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Suzan DelBene talking to supporters at the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland.
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Kim Malcolm speaks with Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) about why she took part in a sit-in on the House floor with other Democrats to demand a vote on a measure that would restrict the purchase of a firearm by a person on the terrorist watch list. All of Washington's Democratic Congress members were part of the protest.

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Representative Sander Levin of Michigan called it a "Selma-like moment."

Representative Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts, reading a letter from the wife of a slain Boston doctor, said that after Orlando, she has cried every day.

An extraordinary sit-in on the House floor began on Wednesday morning, with Democrat after Democrat demanding that the House vote on a gun-control bill before going on recess.

A large crowd fills a hall on Bainbridge Island for the Democratic caucuses on Saturday, March 26.
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Washington Democrats complained about problems with the presidential caucuses this year and the state party listened. The party has long used precinct caucuses to pick delegates and choose which candidate they will support.

Washington Democrats are gathering this weekend in Tacoma for their state convention. Just like with the state Republican convention in Pasco last month, Democrats are a party divided. Hillary Clinton is the presumptive nominee. But Bernie Sanders supporters represent the majority of delegates.

The Senate is set to vote on four gun control measures Monday evening — and none of them is expected to pass.

Getting these votes scheduled was the singular goal of a 15-hour talking marathon Senate Democrats mounted on the Senate floor Wednesday. But because the outcome of the votes is already a foregone conclusion, some senators are wondering out loud: "What's the point?"

"This is unfortunately about politics on Monday night, not about finding a solution that will work for our country," said Republican Bob Corker of Tennessee.

Washington state Democrats are confident they will avoid a Nevada-like meltdown at their state convention this weekend. Nevada’s Democratic convention devolved into chaos after Bernie Sanders supporters felt the process was rigged.

U.S. Senator Patty Murray
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Bill Radke speaks with U.S. Senator Patty Murray about her role in a filibuster that lasted nearly 15 hours over Wednesday and early Thursday. U.S. Senate Democrats took over their chamber on Wednesday in an attempt to force action on gun control.

The Democratic Party about to nominate a historic candidate. That candidate's opponent not ready to accept that reality.

Bernie Sanders?

No, Hillary Clinton in 2008.

Hillary Clinton won today's Democratic primary in Puerto Rico, according to the Associated Press.

With about a quarter of precincts reporting, Clinton had about two-thirds of the vote. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders had about one-third.

Senator Patty Murray in the KUOW offices, Jan. 2016.
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Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkeley made headlines this week by becoming the first member of the Senate to officially endorse Bernie Sanders for president. It's a coveted prize for supporters of the candidate, who are hoping more public officials decide to "feel the Bern."

Washington Senator Patty Murray won't be one of them.

Gov. Jay Inslee (center) joins caucus-goers in Bainbridge Island.
KUOW Photo/Bill Buzenberg

Bernie Sanders had a big win in the Washington state caucuses with more than 70 percent of the vote.

But not everyone is feeling the Bern. In fact, most of Washington state's superdelegates are still backing Hillary Clinton.

Precinct volunteers count caucus votes at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Seattle on Saturday, March 26. Democrats turned out across the state to support Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton by a wide margin Saturday in Washington state's Democratic caucuses, according to party results.

Niah, April and Jasmyne Sims pose outside Safeco Field before the Bernie Sanders rally Friday in Seattle.
KUOW photo/John O'Brien

Bernie Sanders hit familiar themes in his ballpark appearance in Seattle Friday.

The presidential candidate spoke to thousands of people at his second Seattle appearance in less than a week. People lined up outside Safeco Field hours ahead of the rally.

State Democratic Party Chair Jaxon Ravens predicts strong caucus turnout, but shy of the record set in 2008.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Washington Democrats are predicting strong turnout at the party caucuses this Saturday. They chalk it up to innovations in getting voters involved and the whirlwind of visits from presidential candidates. 

Actress Susan Sarandon, left, and Jane Sanders, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), at a dinner in Las Vegas, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016.
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Bill Radke speaks with Jane Sanders about why her spouse Bernie Sanders is the right presidential candidate for Washington state voters. 

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke to 15,000 supporters in and outside Key Arena, March 20, 2016.
KUOW Photo/John O'Brien

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders scorched a path across Washington state yesterday in his bid to win the Democratic presidential nomination.

And while his stop in Seattle may not have reached Legion of Boom levels, things got plenty loud in Key Arena.

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Federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland walks with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden from the Oval Office to the Rose Garden to be introduced as Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court at the White House, Wed., March 16, 2016.
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The big news of the day is President Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court. Bill Radke talks about the nomination with Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal, Washington U.S. Senate candidate Chris Vance and current Washington U.S. Senator Patty Murray.

Sen. Bernie Sanders has won the Democratic caucuses in Maine, a victory that means he'll be taking home most of the state's 25 delegates at stake.

With nearly all of the state's precincts reporting, Sanders leads rival Hillary Clinton by double digits, with more than 64 percent of the vote.

 Jaxon Ravens, chairman of the Washington State Democratic Party
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Bill Radke speaks with Jaxon Ravens, chairman of the Washington State Democratic Party, about voters' feelings on the economy as we head into the 2016 election year. He said that middle class incomes have struggled to keep pace, but as a whole the state has been doing very well. 

Bernie Sanders, senator from Vermont and presidential candidate, and Councilmember Kshama Sawant at a rally held at Westlake Center this fall.
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Bill Radke talks to John Nichols, political reporter for The Nation, about presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' speech defining Democratic Socialism and what it means for socialist candidates, including Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant.

Frank Chopp, Washington Speaker of the House, in 2006.
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State Speaker of the House Frank Chopp’s path to politics began in Bremerton, Washington, in a surplus housing unit from the Navy Yard. He started as an activist and hasn’t abandoned that point of view.

“I consider myself still to be a community organizer, I just happen to be speaker of the House,” he said.

Meager beginnings made him passionate about affordable housing, and helping his sister cope with bipolar disorder turned his attention to mental health care.

California billionaire and climate activist Tom Steyer has contributed a significant amount of cash to an environmental political action committee in Washington.

From Ramtha's School of Enlightenment's Facebook page.

Marcie Sillman talks to Seattle Weekly writer Rick Anderson about JZ Knight, a woman from the town of Yelm who claims to be channeling an ancient warrior spirit named Ramtha. Knight is seeking a restraining order against the Evergreen Freedom Foundation in Olympia for circulating a video where Knight is shown making racial slurs.

Midterm Elections: Will Democrats Take Control Of The State Senate?

May 27, 2014

Steve Scher talks to writer and political consultant Chris Vance about key races that might tip the scale in favor of Senate Democrats.

KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

When Brady Walkinshaw was a young child growing up in rural Whatcom County, his parents noticed he had a particular affinity for politics.

By the age of 4 or 5, “I have vivid memories of him organizing books on the floor [about] states and trying to figure out where the capitals were,” his father Charlie said.

Courtesy of Washington State University

Tom Foley, a Spokane Democrat who rose to become speaker of the House in 1989, died Friday morning at his current home in Washington, DC. He was 84. 

His wife Heather Foley  told the Associated Press her husband died of complications from strokes. Foley had been in hospice care in the nation's capital for the past six months.

Foley left Congress in 1994, when Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years. Foley was the first House speaker to be defeated in his home district since the Civil War.

Democrat Concedes Secretary Of State Contest

Nov 13, 2012
Courtesy Citizens for Kim Wyman

Democrat Kathleen Drew has conceded the race for Washington secretary of state.

In a statement Saturday, Drew said of her Republican rival Kim Wyman, "I know that she will carry forward Washington’s tradition of fair and impartial elections, and I am optimistic that she will work on measures to remove barriers and increase voter participation."

Suzan DelBene
Amy Radil

At a post-election lunch for politicians and labor leaders, Democrats were savoring their victories, but also contemplating the tough choices awaiting progressives in Congress this month.

Senator Maria Cantwell waving at a campaign rally.
KUOW/Deborah Wang

As the vote count continues, Washington Republicans are preparing for possible losses in several key state races.

Democratic attorney general hopeful Bob Ferguson leads Republican Reagan Dunn. The two are vying for the seat left open by Republican Rob McKenna, who stepped down to run for governor. McKenna has held the office since 2005.

KUOW/Deborah Wang

Democratic Party activists in the state of Washington were in high gear this weekend conducting a massive get-out-the-vote campaign. Hundreds of volunteers manned phone banks and fanned out across neighborhoods to encourage people who hadn’t voted to turn in their ballots.

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