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Updated at 4:20 p.m. ET

Apparent Russian agents began reaching out to Donald Trump's presidential campaign as early as March 2016, the Justice Department established in documents released Monday, with appeals for partnership and offers of help including "dirt" on Trump's opponent, Hillary Clinton.

That case is made in charging documents in the case of then-Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

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The state senate race in Washington’s 45th legislative district is a special election that has generated a lot of interest and record-setting, six-figure donations.

Republican Jinyoung Englund and Democrat Manka Dhingra are vying to fill the seat left vacant by Republican Andy Hill, who died of cancer last October.

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Voters in Shelton are facing a big question this election: Should the city completely change its form of government?

This community on the Olympic Peninsula is the last city in Washington state led by a three-member commission. 

A proposition on the ballot in the Nov. 7 election would expand the local government to a seven-member City Council. 

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Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien is proposing a so-called head tax on large businesses to pay for homeless services.

O'Brien sat down with Seattle Times political reporters Jim Brunner and Dan Beekman to talk about the goals of the tax and why he thinks it's time to pass it. 

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As the federal government weighs whether to increase entrance fees for some national parks, a congressman from Washington state is proposing a different way to address a big maintenance backlog.

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Balancing business development, focusing on environmentally-conscious projects and combating homelessness are just a few of the issues coming up in Tacoma. Voters now have an opportunity to decide who will lead the city into its next phase.

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Homelessness is one of the thorniest local election issues in Western Washington this year, even -- or especially -- in the small Pierce County city of Puyallup. 

This week, Sarah Huckabee Sanders promoted one of the White House's chief selling points about the Republican tax plan. The pitch: American households will get an additional $4,000 as a result of the tax overhaul proposed in September.

The number comes from an estimate produced by the Council of Economic Advisers earlier this month.

From Ashland to Whistler, Northwest cities large and small are grappling with whether and how to regulate short term rentals of accommodations. Concern about rowdy behavior or preserving housing stock for workers motivates regulation.

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This year's election in Burien is about more than local issues like potholes and streetlights.

With Election Day less than a month away, money is pouring into Washington state political action committees. Much of that cash will likely find its way to a special state Senate race on the east side of Lake Washington.

The outcome of that race will determine which party controls the Senate. 


Updated at 12:15 p.m. ET

Less than a week after President Trump said he is cutting off subsidies to health insurance companies, lawmakers announced Tuesday that they had a deal to restore the money and take other actions that could stabilize insurance markets for next year.

Students at Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way talk about politics, the media and more, on Oct. 12, 2017.
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Ballots for the November election go out to registered voters Wednesday. People in communities across western Washington are deciding on mayors, city councils, school boards and other issues.

But if you look at voter turnout numbers, people tend to be less engaged during local election years.  KNKX visited a place where they’re trying to explain how local issues can be just as important as national ones: A high school civics class. 

Voters in one of Oregon’s largest counties will have the chance this November to dramatically reshape their county government. The question before Douglas County residents is whether or not to approve a home rule charter.

President Trump announced on Friday that he will not recertify the Iran nuclear deal.

The president has long promised to withdraw the U.S. from the agreement, which he has called the "worst deal ever." Withdrawing presidential certification to Congress does not take the U.S. out of the deal itself, but it creates an opening for Congress to do so.

Lawmakers could reimpose sanctions on Iran that would break the deal. But key Congressional leaders say they are hesitant to do that or upend the agreement at least for now.

In 2008, Christopher Poulos went to federal prison for dealing cocaine in his home state of Maine. Today, he’s a licensed lawyer who’s been hired to lead Washington’s effort to help prison inmates transition back into society.

A potential Republican candidate for Oregon governor said Tuesday she won’t seek the state’s top office after all. Lori Chavez-DeRemer is the long-time mayor of Happy Valley, a Portland suburb.

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Political organizer Kirsten Harris-Talley is the newest member of the Seattle City Council.

Harris-Talley was appointed Friday to fill in while Tim Burgess is mayor through the end of November. She is currently the program director of Progress Alliance of Washington.

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Last year's presidential election left many people wondering about the future of American politics. Former Washington state Republican Party Chairman Chris Vance is one of them.

An Oregon task force is recommending that future redistricting be done by an independent commission. The task force was created by Republican Secretary of State Dennis Richardson.

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The story of how 5-year-old Gary Blanton came to be placed in his aunt's care near Spokane and his subsequent death have highlighted persistent problems in Washington's child-welfare system.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee is criticizing President Donald Trump for comments on NFL players who protest during the national anthem.

Russian hackers attempted to penetrate Washington and Oregon’s voter registration systems last year. Top elections officials in both states received that confirmation Friday from the Department of Homeland Security.

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Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell was also the city's 54th mayor. At least, he was for a few days.

Harrell took over as mayor directly after Ed Murray resigned amid continued allegations of sexual abuse, which he denies. But about 48 hours after he was sworn in, he declined to remain mayor through the end of the November election.

Updated at 3:36 p.m. ET

President Trump ordered new economic sanctions Thursday against any bank or other company doing business with North Korea, in response to Pyongyang's renegade nuclear program.

The move is designed to tighten the economic screws on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in hopes of halting his development of nuclear warheads and the missiles to deliver them.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said she requested a meeting with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions during his visit to Portland Tuesday. But she says she never got a response from Sessions or his staff.

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City Councilmember Tim Burgess will act as Seattle's mayor for the next couple of months. He was appointed in a 5-1 vote of the City Council on Monday afternoon.

Oregon lawmakers are returning to the Capitol Monday for a three-day flurry of meetings. It’s the first round of “Legislative Days” since the 2017 session adjourned in July.

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Seattle's temporary mayor, appointed after Ed Murray resigned amid sex abuse allegations, spent just 48 hours on the job before announcing Friday he didn't want to keep it

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Updated at 10:41 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, with more details.

Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell was sworn in as the city's 54th mayor Wednesday evening, after former Mayer Ed Murray resigned over sex abuse allegations.

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