This November voters in the city of Seattle will have a chance to decide whether or not City Council races should be publicly funded. Proposition 1 would create a program that funnels public money to candidates who decide to opt in to the program. To qualify, prospective candidates have to receive donations of at least $10 from 600 voters. If they do, they will receive six public dollars for every one dollar they raise up to $210,000 dollars.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson has gotten his wish: A list of donors to a political action committee created to fight Initiative 522, which, if passed, would require the labeling of foods containing genetically modified products.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association established its PAC on Thursday, the day after Ferguson filed suit against the association for failing to release its donor list.
For prison’s toughest inmates, the hardest yoga position is simply closing their eyes.
That’s because these men, housed at Monroe Correctional Complex north of Seattle, have been in solitary confinement, unable to communicate with each other. Until recently, they spent 23 hours a day alone in a cell, without books, without TV, without anyone to talk to.
Pierce Murphy is the new civilian director for Seattle Police Department's Office of Professional Accountability. Both SPD and OPA have been under tight scrutiny since a Department of Justice's 2011 investigation found evidence of biased policing and unlawful use of force. Murphy says his first task is restoring credibility for the OPA. Marcie Sillman talks with Murphy.
A Syrian deputy prime minister has said this week that peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition forces could begin next month in Geneva. The United States and Russia have not yet set a date for the talks however, and a spokesman for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon could not confirm the dates reported in Syrian state media.
The partial government shutdown is over and the US avoided debt default this week, but the hard work is just beginning.
Members of both parties are eager to avoid another shutdown, but skepticism remains as to whether or not they can come together to strike a deal. Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan are bringing to the table the budget "wish lists" of both their parties with the hopes that they will be able to find a middle ground plan that will pass the House and Senate.
POLITICO congressional reporter Ginger Gibson explains the what the two parties need to create a long term budget plan.
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.
A relatively small county council election in Washington state’s far northwest corner could play a major role in the future of the US coal industry.
The Whatcom County council could end up casting the deciding votes to permit the controversial dock for the Gateway Pacific Terminal, which would transfer coal from trains onto ships bound for Asia. It would be the largest coal export terminal on the West Coast.
A California billionaire has pumped $400,000 into the race for a single seat in the Washington state senate. Out-of-state businesses and political groups have poured tens of thousands into the election as well.