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UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

GM workers ratify contract, 40-day strike to end

General Motors workers voted 57.2% in favor of a new contract with the company, bringing an immediate end to a contentious a 40-day strike that paralyzed GM’s U.S. factories.


100 years ago in Spokane: Spokane superintendent suggests vote of public on teacher wage increases

Orville C. Pratt called on teachers to make their case to the public that they deserved a raise, but only if they could prove that doing so would improve “the …


UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019

Denver could make history with vote on ‘magic mushrooms’

Voters could make Denver the first U.S. city to decriminalize the use of psilocybin, the psychoactive substance in “magic mushrooms”


UPDATED: Mon., May 6, 2019

Democrats set contempt vote for Barr over Mueller report

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler on Monday scheduled a vote this week to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, escalating the battle between the Democrat-led House …


In 420-0 vote, House says Mueller report should be public

The House voted unanimously Thursday for a resolution calling for any final report in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation to be made public, a symbolic action designed to pressure …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019

Howard Schultz didn’t vote on latest Seattle school levies

Even after facing public criticism over his spotty voting record, Howard Schultz failed to vote in this month’s Seattle school-levy election.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019

Senate rejects rival Dem, GOP plans for reopening government

A splintered Senate swatted down competing Democratic and Republican plans for ending the 34-day partial government shutdown on Thursday, but the twin setbacks prompted a burst of bipartisan talks aimed …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019

Week 5: House Dems float ‘21st Century’ border security plan

House Democrats are putting forward a new proposal to end the government shutdown, aiming to lure President Donald Trump away from his demand for a border wall by offering billions …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 17, 2018

May says postponed Brexit vote to be held week of Jan 14

Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday that the postponed vote in Parliament on Britain’s Brexit agreement with the European Union will be held the week of Jan. 14 – more …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018

Bitter battle for Florida Senate seat goes to hand recount

Florida’s acrimonious battle for the U.S. Senate headed Thursday to a legally required hand recount after an initial review by ballot-counting machines showed Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. …


Voters in Pacific territory choose to keep ties with France

A majority of voters in the South Pacific territory of New Caledonia chose to remain part of France instead of backing independence Sunday, a watershed moment that led French President …


Cannabis impact part of November ballot

Although Initiative 502 legalized the cultivation and sale of recreational marijuana products in Washington back in 2012, voters are still asked to provide input at the ballot box.


Yakima City Council likely to vote on repeal of pit bull ban

Pit bull terrier friends and foes may soon have a final answer on whether the dogs can live within Yakima city limits.


McConnell withdraws Trump judicial pick minutes before vote

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday abruptly withdrew one of President Donald Trump’s appellate court nominees when it became apparent he did not have enough support to pass.


In symbolic rebuke, Senate votes to seek congressional role in Trump’s tariff decisions

The Senate voted resoundingly Wednesday to seek a congressional role in some of President Donald Trump’s tariff decisions, a symbolic rebuke reflecting growing GOP alarm over the president’s trade war.


Facing ‘criminal justice crisis,’ state board backs $500M prison expansion

Idaho’s state Board of Correction, after much agonizing, voted unanimously Monday to move forward with plans for a $500 million prison expansion, including submitting the proposals to the governor for …


Ryan sets House vote on GOP immigration bill for Wednesday

House Speaker Paul Ryan scheduled a long-awaited showdown vote on a broad Republican immigration bill for Wednesday, but is showing little confidence that the package will survive.


Seattle City Council set to vote on controversial head tax for large employers

The Seattle City Council is scheduled to vote Monday afternoon on a proposal to tax the city’s largest employers to help address homelessness.


UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018

Senate committee OKs bill to safeguard special counsel

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s job, putting the matter in the hands of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has said he won’t let …


UPDATED: Thu., March 22, 2018

Congress OKs $1.3 trillion budget, averting another shutdown

Congress gave final approval Friday to a giant $1.3 trillion spending bill that ends the budget battles for now, but only after late obstacles skirted close to another shutdown as …


Euroskeptic parties surge in Italy vote, but no majority

Two populist and stridently anti-European Union political groups – both fierce rivals – surged in Italy’s parliamentary election at the expense of the country’s traditional powers, but neither gained enough …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018

In pre-dawn vote, Senate passes budget deal; House set to act next

Lawmakers were striving in the pre-dawn hours to reopen the federal government, shuttered since midnight after a rogue Senate Republican blocked a speedy vote on a massive, bipartisan, budget-busting spending …


House votes to overhaul system for reporting harassment

The House passed legislation Tuesday to overhaul how members of Congress and their staffs report sexual harassment on Capitol Hill, a response to reports about the current system’s tangle of …


Michigan State faculty moving ahead with no-confidence vote

Michigan State University faculty are moving ahead with a motion to hold a no-confidence vote on the school’s board of trustees in response to the board’s decision to hire former …


Egypt coalition calls for boycott of March vote

A coalition of eight Egyptian opposition parties and some 150 pro-democracy public figures on Tuesday called for a boycott of the March presidential election, calling it an “absurdity” and comparing …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 22, 2018

Oregonians to vote on Medicaid taxes as costs soar

Oregon aggressively expanded its Medicaid rolls under the Affordable Care Act, adding enough people to leave only 5 percent of its population uninsured – one of America’s lowest rates. Now, …


Russian Orthodox bishop assails Putin, won’t vote for him

A Russian Orthodox bishop has said that he wouldn’t vote for President Vladimir Putin in March’s election – an unprecedented show of dissent by a high-ranking clergyman in the church …


Montana tribe votes to reinstate ousted president

Montana’s Northern Cheyenne Tribe has narrowly voted to re-elect the tribal president who was ousted by the tribal council in October.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 21, 2017

U.N. vote calls U.S. move on Jerusalem ‘null, void’

The U.N. General Assembly has voted 128-9 with 35 abstentions to declare President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void.”


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 21, 2017

Catalan separatists regain majority in regional election

Catalonia’s secessionist parties won enough votes Thursday to regain a slim majority in the regional parliament and give new momentum to their political struggle for independence from Spain.