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Seattle, WA - by Daniel Schwen

The Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission has raised the limit for contributions given to a candidate for mayor, City Council, or city attorney to $600 per election cycle. This limit only applies to candidates who are not participating in the […]

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Washington State Capitol Building - Cacophony

The Washington Legislature adjourned sine die March 10 after passing a $64.1 billion state budget and a nearly $17 billion transportation package. During the session, both houses passed Senate Bill 5196 and Senate Bill 5855. Senate Bill 5196 allows the […]

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Seattle City Hall - Rootology

I heard the city of Seattle requires reporting and registration for grassroots lobbying? Who is required to register and how do I comply with all reporting requirements? Yes, any person who spends $1,500 or more within three months or $750 […]

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January 6, 2022  •  

Washington Legislature Goes Virtual

Washington State Capitol Building - Cacophony

Washington’s fast-approaching 2022 legislative session has hit a bit of a snag with the rampant Omicron variant. The chief clerk of the House has announced that his chamber will hold its floor sessions remotely for the first two weeks of […]

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December 20, 2021  •  

Senator Ericksen Passes Away

Washington State Capitol Building - Cacophony

Republican Washington State Senator Doug Ericksen has passed away. Ericksen was in El Salvador when he contracted COVID-19 and was flown out to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for treatment. Whatcom County Council will fill the vacancy in the 42nd Legislative District […]

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November 17, 2021  •  

Recall Set for Seattle’s Kshama Sawant

Seattle City Hall - Rootology

A recall has been declared for Kshama Sawant, a Seattle, Washington District 3 City Councilmember. Sawant has been accused of misusing city funds for electioneering purposes, disregarding COVID-19 regulations, and misuse of her official position. Sawant challenged the recall in […]

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November 3, 2021  •  

Harrell Wins Mayoral Race

Bruce Harrell, By: Joe Mabel, CC BY-SA 3.0

Seattle’s mayoral race, a hotly contested race between current and former Seattle City Council presidents, ended in a landslide victory for Bruce Harrell with 65% of the votes. The election, a race between progressive and moderate Democrats, was affected by […]

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May 4, 2021  •  

Washington Legislature adjourns

Washington State Capitol Building - Cacophony

Washington Lawmakers adjourned sine die after the Democratic-led Legislature passed many progressive initiatives during the 105-day session. Police reform, climate change, and a $59 billion two-year spending plan were among the highlights of the session. A bill to require 24-hour […]

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Seattle City Hall - Rootology

City Council approved an ordinance requiring additional transparency and disclosures by paid lobbyists and indirect lobbying campaigns. The vote was 8-1. This new legislation adds the concept of indirect lobbying to the city’s lobbying regulations, which has been part of […]

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Seattle, WA - by Daniel Schwen

The Seattle City Council is scheduled to vote Monday afternoon on a new ordinance. The ordinance’s rules are meant to shine a light on groups spending money to build public pressure on Seattle politicians. Recommended in January by the Seattle […]

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November 4, 2020  •  

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Wins Reelection

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee

Gov. Jay Inslee secured a third term on November 3 in the state of Washington. He won with a total of 1,964,141 to Loren Culp’s 1,338,491. This is the third term for the Democratic Governor.

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United States Supreme Court Building

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge to Seattle’s first-in-the-nation democracy voucher program for public financing of political campaigns. The court denied the challenge brought by two local property owners arguing the program violated the First Amendment by forcing them, […]

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Washington State Capitol Building - Cacophony

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill concerning certification of the level of foreign national ownership for corporations participating in state elections. Senate Bill 6152 requires a certification from each corporation making a contribution to the candidate, political committee, or incidental […]

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Washington State Capitol Building - Cacophony

The 2020 session of the Washington State Legislature adjourned sine die on March 12 after 60 days in session. Lawmakers’ final hours of work were overshadowed by the continued onslaught of COVID-19 news in the state. This prompted passage of […]

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