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U.S. Representative Jim McDermott announces his retirement from Congress

Wash­ing­ton’s cur­rent longest-serv­ing mem­ber of Con­gress has decid­ed to retire after near­ly three decades of ser­vice to the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Con­gress­man Jim McDer­mott, sev­en­­ty-nine, announced at a press con­fer­ence today in Seat­tle that he won’t seek reelec­tion in 2016, set­ting the stage for what will undoubt­ed­ly be a crowd­ed Top Two elec­tion to […]

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Ready, set, match! Fall congressional contests taking shape thanks to today’s election

Back in May, more than fifty indi­vid­u­als filed paper­work (either in per­son, by mail, or elec­tron­i­cal­ly) to for­mal­ly declare their can­di­da­cies for Unit­ed States House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in one of Wash­ing­ton’s ten con­gres­sion­al dis­tricts. By the time the August win­now­ing elec­tion is cer­ti­fied lat­er this month, only twen­ty will be left, with near­ly half of […]

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Marko Liias exits congressional sweepstakes; other WA-01 candidates stay in

“[I]t’s often said that democ­ra­cy is about vot­ers choos­ing their politi­cians. But in the redis­trict­ing process, it’s politi­cians choos­ing their vot­ers. And in many ways, those deci­sions can be more impor­tant than elec­tions in some con­text.” — Nate Persi­ly, Beek­man Pro­fes­sor of Law and Polit­i­cal Sci­ence at Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty, com­ment­ing on the impor­tance of redistricting […]