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Eyman charged with misdemeanor theft; attorneys call chair’s removal from store an accident

The anti-tax activist and his attorneys contend the episode was an honest mistake caused partly by Tim Eyman receiving a phone call that distracted him after he returned to the store to pay for merchandise and services.
Tags: Crime, News, Local Politics, Local News, Northwest, Eyman, Tim Eyman

Washington Democratic leaders say their new public-records bill for the Legislature won’t move forward

A legal challenge to the Legislature's long-claimed public-records exemption still awaits the state Supreme Court. Meanwhile, House Republicans say they may introduce a bill that would effectively open up lawmakers' records going forward.
Tags: News, Washington, Local Politics, Local News, Northwest, Legislature, Supreme Court Meanwhile House

WATCH: Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan delivers second State of the City speech

The mayor is expected to announce a new plan to provide low-income residents with free transit passes. Watch it live here.
Tags: News, Local Politics, Seattle, Local News, Jenny Durkan

Oregon to consider plan to lower voting age to 16

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Sixteen-year-olds could vote in Oregon, under a plan unveiled in the Legislature. The Statesman Journal reports that several state lawmakers are introducing a bill that would ask voters to amend the Oregon Constitution to lower the voting age from 18 to 16 years old. If the bill passes, the question would […]
Tags: News, Oregon, Ap, Local Politics, Local News, Northwest, SALEM Ore, Legislature The Statesman Journal

Billions pile up in special district accounts while critics say many should dissolve

California’s most affluent special districts nearly doubled their spending over the course of a decade, while the value of their cash and investments nearly tripled, according to a Southern California News Group analysis of state data. The figures revive the question many good-government advocates have been asking for decades: Do special districts, which operate largely under the public radar, simply have too much money? Critics say they do, and argue that their functions should be absorbed into...
Tags: Hollywood, Taxes, News, California, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Local Politics, Orange County, Sierra Club, Bay Area, Metro, Legislature, Los Angeles County, South Bay

Washington’s last presidential primary was meaningless. The state Legislature might change that.

A bill marching through the Legislature would bump the state's presidential primary two-and-a-half months earlier, to hopefully let voters weigh in before the nominees become fait accompli.
Tags: News, Washington, Local Politics, Local News, Northwest, Legislature

Washington handles runaway foster kids with handcuffs, shackles and jail. Is there a better way?

"I've done nothing wrong," said a 14-year-old after she landed in jail for the fourth time. Many agree, and are trying to stop Washington state from arresting runaway foster kids. The head of the agency responsible says he wants to, but faces a "moral conundrum."
Tags: News, Washington, Local Politics, Local News, Northwest

Amazon puts the smile in federal income taxes — by not paying any

How do you book record profits and still pay no federal taxes? The tax wonk who discovered that Amazon has done this two years in a row worries that "the great disruptor" may be starting to destabilize democracy itself.
Tags: Amazon, News, Local Politics, Local News, Nation & World Politics

Amid measles outbreak, state House panel moves to ban personal vaccine exemptions

The outbreak is centered in Clark County, where non-medical vaccine objections are more than triple the national rate.
Tags: Health, News, House, Local Politics, Local News, Clark County

Podcast: Reporter Hal Bernton on the final, tragic voyage of Seattle-based crab boat, the Destination

Reporter Hal Bernton has covered the Alaska fishing industry for decades. He describes the final voyage of the Destination, and the stories of its lost crew.
Tags: News, Alaska, Local Politics, Seattle, Local News, Hal Bernton

Tim Eyman under investigation in theft of $70 chair from Office Depot

Lacey Police referred the allegation to prosecutors for a possible misdemeanor theft charge after Office Depot employees noticed the chair was missing, reviewed surveillance video, recognized Eyman and called the police.
Tags: Crime, News, Local Politics, Local News, Office Depot, Eyman, Tim Eyman, Lacey Police

Former Eastside lawmaker arrested after drinking with underage relative, police say

Snoqualmie police officers on Sunday arrested former state Rep. Jay Rodne, who according to a police report, said, "you guys are making a huge mistake." Rodne's attorney said his client denies making that comment.
Tags: Crime, News, Local Politics, Local News, Eastside, Rodne, Jay Rodne

Former state Sen. Joe Fain to lead Bellevue Chamber of Commerce

Fain, who served in the Legislature for eight years, lost his bid for re-election in November amid an investigation into an allegation that he raped a woman in 2007. Fain denied the allegations and called for an investigation, which was later suspended.
Tags: News, Local Politics, Local News, Northwest, Puget Sound, Eastside, Legislature, Fain, Sen Joe Fain, Bellevue Chamber of Commerce

Amazon puts cap on growth in Seattle; canceled New York jobs will likely go elsewhere

Amazon said for the first time that it will stop expanding in Seattle after about 2 million square feet of buildings under construction open up in the coming years.
Tags: Amazon, Business, Real Estate, New York, News, Nation, Local Politics, Seattle, Local News, Nation & World

Seattle police in compliance with reform pact, despite reinstating officer who punched handcuffed woman, federal lawyers say

Federal attorneys say an arbitrator's reinstatement of a fired officer and the city of Seattle's recent contract with the Seattle Police Officers Guild doesn't conflict with court-ordered reforms.
Tags: News, Local Politics, Seattle, Local News, Seattle Police Officers Guild

How would you grade the response to Seattle region’s February snowstorms?

Many a political career has been buried by the fluffy white stuff and complaints from constituents who expect leaders to clear their streets and keep their buses running.
Tags: Weather, News, Local Politics, Seattle, Local News, Puget Sound, Traffic Lab

Mike O’Brien is fourth Seattle City Council incumbent who won’t run for re-election

Mike O'Brien was elected to the Seattle City Council in 2009 and represents District 6, which includes Fremont, Ballard and Phinney Ridge.
Tags: News, Local Politics, Local News, Mike O Brien, Seattle City Council, Fremont Ballard

Seattle ethics commission may shine light on political work, City Hall lobbying

The Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission could tweak disclosure rules for campaign consultants who also lobby city officials.
Tags: News, Local Politics, Seattle, Local News, City Hall, Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission

The spy who’s running for Seattle City Council

Naveed Jamali — a former spy, naval intelligence officer and MSNBC analyst — is one of seven candidates seeking a four-year term representing Seattle City Council District 7, replacing Sally Bagshaw.
Tags: News, Life, Local Politics, Local News, Msnbc, Seattle City Council, Seattle City Council District, Naveed Jamali

Seattle Public Schools levies passing by wide margins

Levies to pay for Seattle Public Schools’ daily operations and construction projects were passing in Tuesday night’s vote count. The three-year Educational Programs and Operations levy (Proposition 1) and six-year Building Excellence Capital levy (Proposition 2) could cost property owners up to $2.2 billion. The operations levy was ahead, with 66 percent. The capital levy […]
Tags: News, Education, Local Politics, Local News, Northwest, Education Lab, Puget Sound, Seattle Public Schools, Educational Programs and Operations

Legislative committee to hear Washington lawmakers’ new public-records bill

Citizens on Wednesday will get to voice their thoughts on the latest bill by Washington lawmakers to reset transparency laws at the Legislature. Senate Bill 5784 comes after last year's court ruling that legislative leaders violated state public records law by withholding documents.
Tags: News, Washington, Local Politics, Legislature Senate

It’s Election Day: Here’s where to call if snow disrupts your efforts to vote

If your mail has been disrupted by the recent snowstorms, imperiling your ability to vote, you should call King County Elections at 206-296-VOTE to determine how to get your vote counted.
Tags: Weather, News, Local Politics, Local News

Inmates at one Washington prison staging hunger strike over cold breakfasts, other complaints

The second hunger strike in a year at a Washington prison has raised concerns about continuing unrest and highlighted the fact that the Washington Department of Corrections hasn't fully complied with an executive order on healthy foods.
Tags: Crime, News, Washington, Local Politics, Local News, Washington Department of Corrections

Sheriffs who don’t enforce Washington’s new gun law could be liable, AG Bob Ferguson says

In an open letter to law enforcement, Ferguson wrote that he was confident the wide-ranging law was constitutional and would withstand court challenges, but that he was concerned about threats — mostly from county sheriffs — to not enforce the new law.
Tags: Crime, News, Washington, Local Politics, Ferguson, Local News, Northwest, Bob Ferguson, AG

Seattle mailing out ‘democracy vouchers’ ahead of 2019 City Council elections

This will be only the second time the vouchers have been sent to city residents after the first-in-the-nation program debuted in 2017.
Tags: News, Local Politics, City Council, Seattle, Local News

Washington voters said yes to tough new gun law; at least 13 county sheriffs say no to enforcing it

Sheriffs in Grays Harbor, Pacific, Kittitas, Yakima, Klickitat, Grant, Benton, Franklin, Adams, Lincoln, Ferry and Stevens counties have all said they will not enforce the new law.
Tags: Crime, News, Washington, Local Politics, Local News, Northwest, Stevens

Oregon state senator criticized for linking man’s death to tobacco taxes

The statement at the center of the controversy, issued by the senator’s spokesman, says a tobacco tax was the root cause of why Eric Garner was tackled and put into a chokehold by New York police.
Tags: New York, News, Oregon, Local Politics, Local News, Eric Garner, Northwest

How your U.S. lawmaker voted

Here’s how area members of Congress voted during the legislative week ending Feb. 8.
Tags: News, Congress, Local Politics, Nation & World

How Amazon gets whatever it wants

Two power plays this past week show why it's Amazon's world, and we're just living in it.
Tags: Amazon, Business, News, International Trade, Local Politics, Local News

Should Seattle make trims to neighborhood-upzones plan? City Council wades into debate

Councilmembers Teresa Mosqueda and M. Lorena González, who represent the city at-large, spoke out against attempts by certain district-based council members to scale back upzones proposed for some blocks of single-family houses.
Tags: News, Local Politics, City Council, Seattle, Local News, Lorena Gonzalez, Teresa Mosqueda