U.S. Senate

Keystone Pipeline
5:57 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Keystone XL Pipeline: Northwest Senators Vote On Party Lines

The U.S. Senate rejected the Keystone XL pipeline plan on Tuesday.
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Northwest lawmakers voted along party lines as the U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to reject a plan to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Fourteen Democrats voted with all 45 Republicans in the Senate to approve it. But it was one vote shy of the amount needed to send the measure to the President. Washington Democrat Patty Murray told her colleagues she was against the pipeline.

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Oregon U.S. Senate Race
4:30 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Portland Doctor Enters Crowded U.S. Senate Race

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 4:12 pm

Republicans are lining up for the chance to take on Oregon Democratic U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley. Portland doctor Monica Wehby tossed her hat into the ring Tuesday.

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Democratic Budget Plan
4:08 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Murray At Center Stage Guiding Democratic Budget Plan

Senator Patty Murray (D - Wash.) is the new chair of the U.S. Senate’s budget committee.
Credit U.S. Senate

Washington U.S. Senator Patty Murray took center stage in the other Washington Wednesday. She’s the new chair the U.S. Senate’s budget committee. In that role, Murray outlined the Democrats’ 10-year plan to get the nation closer to a balanced budget.

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Marijuana Laws
3:58 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Holder: 'Good Communication' About Marijuana, But No Policy Yet

US Senate

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 3:34 pm

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says he's had what he calls "good communication" with the governors of Washington and Colorado about their states' new marijuana legalization laws. But in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, Holder declined to say how his agency will resolve the conflict with federal law.

"We are in the administration at this point considering what the federal government's response to those new statutes will be. I expect that we will have an ability to announce what our policy will be relatively soon."

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Senator DUI
4:10 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Sen. Crapo Pleads Guilty To DUI, Apologizes

Alexandria Police Dept.

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 3:57 pm

U.S. Senator Mike Crapo apologized profusely Friday after pleading guilty to drunken driving. A judge outside Washington, D.C. ordered the Republican from Idaho to pay a $250 fine and take an alcohol safety class. Crapo will also lose his driver's license for a year.

Crapo was arrested two days before Christmas in Alexandria, Va. In statement after his court appearance, Crapo said politicians should be held to a higher standard.

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Anti-tax Pledge
4:32 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Murray Urges More Republicans To Break Anti-tax Pledge

Sen. Patty Murray
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U.S. Senator Patty Murray is encouraging Republican members of Congress to break campaign pledges to vote against any tax increases. The Washington Democrat made the comments on the floor of the U.S Senate Wednesday.

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Washington's U.S. Senate Race
5:28 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Wash. U.S. Senate Race Overshadowed By Gubernatorial Match-Up

Michael Baumgartner of Spokane will challenge incumbent U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell.
Washington State Senate

This is the week candidates formally file for office in Washington. Republican State Senator Michael Baumgartner made it official Monday: he will challenge incumbent U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, a Democrat. But the race is starting out as a bit of a mismatch.

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