• The Seattle Times Endorses Congresswoman DelBene in the 2016 Primary

    From the Seattle Times Editorial Board: The boundaries of the 1st Congressional District were redrawn in 2012 to ensure the region had at least one “swing” district equally competitive to both parties. It says quite a bit about U.S. Rep Suzan DelBene that the district appears now to be firmly hers. With a solid legislative record over two terms, and minimal competition this year, DelBene easily earns an endorsement for a […]

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    Farmers Endorse Congresswoman DelBene for Re-Election

    BOTHELL – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene’s re-election campaign announced today a coalition of farmers and leaders from Western Washington’s agriculture community who have come together to endorse DelBene’s re-election bid. “Suzan is an effective, pragmatic lawmaker. She’s exactly the type of person we need representing us in Congress,” said Jim Werkhoven, President of Werkhoven Dairy in Monroe. “Her work on the Farm Bill made me proud to call her my Congresswoman, […]

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    Bellingham Herald: Based on voter turnout analysis, DelBene should win U.S. Congress seat

    From the Bellingham Herald’s political blog: Fellow political reporter Samantha Wohlfeil is covering the races for U.S. Congress in Washington state districts 1 and 2, so I hope she’ll forgive this little post, based on a statistical analysis I came across from RealClearPolitics. A reporter with a better than average working knowledge of statistics took a look at how Democrats and Republicans fared in congressional races, in the WA primary […]

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    Seattle Times And Everett Herald Endorse Suzan DelBene for Re-election

    Both the Seattle Times and the Everett Herald have endorsed Suzan DelBene for re-election. From The Seattle Times Editorial: SO far, none of the challengers to the incumbents in Washington’s 1st and 2nd congressional districts are making a case to turn out either of the incumbents. U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Medina, spent her first term in Congress operating at a level beyond her rookie status. She deserves re-election to continue […]

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    DelBene Campaign raises $457,000 in 2nd quarter

    Campaign reports strongest quarter yet of the campaign cycle as the Primary approaches BOTHELL – Demonstrating the growing momentum for her re-election campaign, 1st Congressional District U.S. House Rep. Suzan DelBene today reported that her campaign raised $457,939 for the 2nd quarter of 2014, the final full quarterly report before August’s primary election. The campaign also reported having $1.1 million cash on hand. “It’s exciting how much support is building […]

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    Privacy groups grade lawmakers on NSA votes | The Hill

    06/27/14 A coalition of privacy groups is ranking lawmakers over their stance on surveillance reform as they press Congress to pass legislation. Twenty-one groups — including the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Reddit and the Sunlight Foundation — released a Congressional Scorecard Friday that assigns lawmakers a grade based on their support for surveillance reform measures. Some of the high scorers include surveillance critics Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Justin Amash (R-Mich.) […]

  • Obama to issue order barring anti-gay discrimination by federal contractors – Strange Bedfellows – Seattle P.I.

    06/16/14 President Obama will fulfill a key goal of the nation’s gay and lesbian community: It was revealed Monday he will issue an executive order prohibiting federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment based on sexual orientation. The order will be formally announced at the White House on June 30. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and other representatives of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual) community will be on […]

  • Rep. DelBene: Obama should use power to avert more deportations | Politics Northwest | The Seattle Times

    06/13/14 WASHINGTON — President Obama should use his full legal authority to curb needless deportation and detention of undocumented immigrants, U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene and 57 House Democrats urged in a letter released Thursday. The offices of DelBene, a freshman from Medina, and Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., drafted the letter, which calls on Obama to move more aggressively to implement his administration’s goal of “humane” immigration enforcement. In May, Obama […]

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    House moves to rein in NSA | – Local news

    05/08/14 WASHINGTON — Key lawmakers in the House are nearing a bipartisan compromise on surveillance legislation that they believe can pass the full chamber and satisfy President Barack Obama’s goal of ending mass collection of Americans’ phone data, aides said this week. The optimism comes as the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted 32-0 to advance an amended bill that would bar the National Security Agency from gathering billions of […]

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    Afternoon Jolt: DelBene Upgrades Surveillance Reforms | Seattle Met

    05/07/14 Today’s Winner: U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA, 1) Washington state’s Microsoft district congresswoman, Rep. DelBene, teamed up with Silicon Valley district U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) today on behalf of tech companies. That might sound creepy, but the digital duo actually pushed the tech industry agenda in the original Google “Don’t be Evil” way by adding an amendment to legislation known as the FREEDOM Act that would allow companies […]

  • Elected officials participate in Women’s Equal Pay forum at Kirkland City Hall – Kirkland Reporter

    04/30/14 Adriana Hutchings spent her college years at Western Washington University like many college students – studying, working part-time, and fairly broke. In 1993, her $4.80 an hour waitressing job coupled with her parents generosity of $155 a month, was all she could rely on as she worked six, seven days a week, ate rice, beans and Top Ramen, and worked toward her education. “I always thought wage discrimination was […]

  • Rep. Suzan DelBene campaign releases 2014 first quarter fundraising totals – Kirkland Reporter

    04/17/14 Starting 2014 with a significant level of momentum and broad support, Rep. Suzan DelBene announced April 15 that she has raised $297,640 in the first quarter of 2014 for her re-election campaign. The campaign also is reporting a cash-on-hand amount of $894,090. “The voters of the 1st Congressional District want a representative who’s working to grow our economy, strengthen the middle class and create jobs. These have been my […]

  • Brad Smith, Rep. Suzan DelBene, and ACLU rep discuss NSA and privacy | Microsoft Pri0 | Seattle Times

    04/15/14 Reining in the National Security Agency, keeping laws and civil rights protections up to date with the digital era, and the tension between national security and personal privacy were among the topics of a panel discussion held this morning at the University of Washington School of Law. U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Medina; Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel; and Gabe Rottman, national office legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties […]

  • Tragedy spurs passage of Green Mountain Lookout legislation | – Local news

    04/10/14 Sometimes it takes a calamity to move anything through Congress. In the case of the Green Mountain Lookout, it took a tragedy for federal lawmakers to keep an iconic structure exactly where it is. A bill sent to President Barack Obama this week will preserve the lookout that’s long been a destination for hikers and a cherished landmark for Darrington residents. This legislation will reach the president stunningly fast, […]

  • Finally, some very good news | – Editorials

    04/08/14 On Monday, the glory of spring brought with it a promise kept to the people of Darrington: Washington’s U.S. House delegation shepherded and passed a Senate bill to preserve the Green Mountain lookout in the Glacier Peak National Wilderness Area. The lookout may not heal hearts or repair a broken landscape. But it is a welcome news for a community in mourning. “This lookout is a local landmark for […]

  • Mountain lookout is saved, cheering Darrington |

    04/07/14 DARRINGTON — It’s a glimmer of hope for the future. That is how most people in Darrington — many affected by the tragic March 22 landslide west of town — viewed the news Monday that federal legislation will allow the historic forest fire lookout atop nearby Green Mountain to remain. The law now goes to the president for his signature. “What a relief,” said Scott Morris, a member of […]

  • Editorial: Congress must act to extend federal unemployment benefits | The Seattle Times

    03/15/14 HIGH unemployment still plagues counties throughout Washington, while a widening skills gap keeps too many from getting hired. Federal and state lawmakers must resort to a mix of new and old strategies to solve these problems. When people don’t work, their health deteriorates. The demand for goods and services is reduced. Communities suffer. One immediate fix is for Congress to renew a financial lifeline it unwisely let expire on […]

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    Rep. Suzan DelBene: We Need More Policymakers Who Understand Technology

    03/09/14 Before Rep. Suzan DelBene went to Washington to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, she worked in the technology sector, spending 12 years at Microsoft, most recently as corporate vice president of the company’s mobile communications business. So she knows first-hand the impact what is needed to pass effective technology policy, the impact technology has on our daily lives, and how important it is that the people forming […]

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    The Seattle Times: Editorial: Preserve the historic Green Mountain fire lookout

    02/23/14 THE historic Green Mountain fire lookout should remain exactly where it was built 81 years ago — atop 6,500-foot Green Mountain, in the Glacier Peak Wilderness east of Darrington, Snohomish County. The big-view lookout, on the National Register of Historic Places, has been a destination for thousands of hikers for decades. It slowly crumbled under the weight of many winters, so the Forest Service rebuilt it in 2009. That […]

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    The Washington Post: Immigration reform as a women’s issue

    02/20/14 While House Republicans have been adamant that immigration reform is all but dead this year, a coalition of women’s groups is hoping to revive the issue, wrapping it into the “war on women” offensive. Arguing that women and children bear the brunt of the burden from a broken system, and that women will be decisive in the 2014 and 2016 elections, organizers said that Republicans should reconsider their approach […]

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    The Daily Reporter: Patty Murray, Suzan DelBene bring minimum wage fight to Seattle’s ‘Main Street’

    02/19/14 U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Suzan DelBene on Tuesday brought their fight to raise the national minimum wage to $10.10 an hour to Seattle, where advocates want to raise it $5 higher. The small-business owner who hosted their news conference thinks the national proposal would be easier to swallow. Molly Neitzel, owner of Molly Moon’s Ice Cream, said she already pays most of her employees more than Washington […]

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    The National Journal: DelBene statement on FCC Open Internet proposals

    02/19/14 Congresswoman Suzan DelBene issued the following statement regarding Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to issue new rules to preserve net neutrality protections that were struck down by the D.C. Circuit Court earlier this year: “Ensuring a free and open internet is essential to innovation and economic growth, which is why I am pleased that Chairman Wheeler is taking action to respond to the recent court ruling […]

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    KCTS: The Delegation, Ep. 2, The Freshmen

    02/18/14 Episode 2: The Freshmen The Freshmen features Representatives Denny Heck, Derek Kilmer, and Susan DelBene discussing the pros and cons of being a rookie in Washington, D.C., what they expected to find, and what really greeted them in their first terms as a U.S. representative.

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    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Minimum wage: A just cause that Democrats are running with

    02/18/14 President Obama is doubling down on a $10.10-an-hour federal minimum wage as a cause that will lift thousands out of poverty, assist millions in reaching the middle class and help Democrats in the 2014 midterm election. He’s getting support back home during the President’s Day recess. “Raising the minimum wage is about bringing back the middle class,” Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., told a Tuesday media event at Molly Moon’s […]

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    The Huffington Post: Democrats introduce bill to restore net neutrality rules

    02/13/14 A group of House and Senate Democrats introduced legislation Monday that would allow the Federal Communications Commission to restore federal net neutrality rules struck down by a federal appeals court last month. Under the Open Internet Preservation Act of 2014, the FCC could enforce net neutrality rules, which require telecom companies to treat all websites equally, until the agency comes up with a permanent solution to last month’s Supreme […]

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    The Skagit Valley Herald: Skagit flood groups prepare next move

    02/13/14 The long-running Skagit River General Investigation Study’s team could choose next month one of the flood control projects it has been studying to receive expanded analysis. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will meet Feb. 24 to select a “tentatively selected plan” to bring to 35 percent design. The study has been considering four alternatives. The meeting to choose an alternative was scheduled to take place in December, but […]

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    The Everett Herald: 500 families won’t lose rent subsidies after all

    02/08/14 The 500 low-income Snohomish County families who received notices last month about federal rent subsidies running out are off the hook — for 2014, at least. The Housing Authority of Snohomish County on Monday mailed a second letter informing those households that their Section 8 vouchers will last through year’s end. That came as a relief for Destinaey Nicholson, 33, a single mother who lives in south Everett. One […]

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    The Bellingham Herald: Op-Ed Suzan DelBene: The Paycheck Fairness Act would lessen gender wages gap, aid families

    02/07/14 In 1963, President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act at a time when women were paid 59 cents for every dollar paid to men. Since then, we have made great progress, and our economy has been transformed by women in the workforce. Yet, even as we see women appointed to the Supreme Court and to executive leadership roles in Fortune 500 companies, the typical woman in Washington state today […]

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    KOMO News: Immigration reform: STEM visa program a ‘broken system’

    02/06/14 Immigration reform is an issue that often includes the emotional debate about undocumented workers, but there’s another piece of the puzzle that’s creating headaches and heartaches for some of the region’s most promising young minds. “I come from Mumbai, India,” Maithili Gupte says. Gupte has a master’s degree in biology, and works as a cancer researcher in Seattle. She spent years learning bio-tech in America, but she may be […]

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    The Everett Herald: U.S. House votes to preserve Green Mountain Lookout

    02/06/14 The U.S. House of Representatives today approved an omnibus public lands bill which includes a provision to preserve Green Mountain Lookout in the Glacier Peak Wilderness. The bill passed by the House on a 220-194 vote contains the Green Mountain Lookout Heritage Protection Act sponsored by Democratic Reps Suzan DelBene and Rick Larsen of Washington. President Barack Obama, who opposes the bill, did endorse the section calling for preservation […]

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    The Skagit Valley Herald: Farm Bill raises funds for Skagit specialty crops

    02/05/14 A significant piece of the federal farm bill for Skagit County agriculture is the increased and permanent funding for specialty crop research and grant programs. The bill is the first to provide long-term investments for the programs and raises funding 50 percent over levels offered in the last farm legislation, providing $80 million per year to the Specialty Crop Research Initiative and $72.5 million per year, to start, for […]

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    Publicola: Morning Fizz: One-Stop-Shop Liberalism

    02/05/14 Go to the 2:25 mark in this video and watch U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA, 1) play hardball with the DOJ on what she sees as a loophole in President Obama’s recent proposal to supposedly scale back the government’s ability to use tech companies for surveillance. (DelBene already went on record two weeks ago criticizing Obama’s plan to rein in spying for being too limited as opposed to the […]

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    The Bellingham Herald: Panelists to discuss unequal pay for women during Bellingham event

    02/04/14 U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, who represents north and east Whatcom County, will be part of a panel on equal pay for women sponsored by the Bellingham branch of the American Association of University Women. The free public event starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Bellingham YWCA, 1026 N. Forest St. Other panelists are Tonna Kutner of AAUW and Shurla Thibou of the women’s studies program at […]

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    The Hill: Rocky Mountain oysters, smoked salmon on the line in politicians’ Super Bowl bets

    02/02/14 Politicians are revved up for the epic battle between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl on Sunday. On hand at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium will be Rep. Diane DeGette (D-Colo.), the deputy Democratic whip, and Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.). DelBene is a mega Seahawks fan and longtime season ticket holder, her office said. She once was a high school football referee and regularly schools […]

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    01/30/14 The House of Representatives’ passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (commonly known as the Farm Bill) clears the way for the Senate to consider the bill, which includes numerous priorities the Organic Trade Association (OTA) has been seeking for more than two years. “We are pleased that the organic industry received strong bipartisan support in the Farm Bill that cleared the House of Representatives,” said Laura Batcha, OTA’s […]

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    Wired: Meet the ex-Microsoft exec on a quest to save Obamacare

    01/29/14 Kurt DelBene’s office is on the sixth floor of the fortress-like Department of Health and Human Services, overlooking the Capitol reflecting pool. With little but a desk, a laptop, and monitor, it looks barren, like someone just moved out. But DelBene, a longtime Microsoft executive, moved in six weeks ago. He came from the other Washington, after President Barack Obama named him’s new fix-it guy — the successor […]

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    The Seattle Times: Nancy Pelosi pays up after losing Super Bowl bet against Seahawks

    01/28/14 No Michael Crabtree-Richard Sherman rivalry here. A smiling House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday afternoon made good on the bounty she promised Washington congressional Democrats if the Seattle Seahawks eliminated the San Francisco 49ers from their Super Bowl march. Nine days after the 49ers’ defeat, Pelosi invited six of her colleagues from Washington state to her office to collect their goody baskets. The baskets varied in style, but […]

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    The Bothell-Kenmore Reporter: Rep. Suzan DelBene makes wager on Seahawks’ game

    01/10/14 With the 2013 NFL playoffs entering the divisional round this weekend, Rep. Suzan DelBene, along with Derek Kilmer and Denny Heck have placed a wager with New Orleans Congressman Cedric Richmond on the upcoming game between the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints. The Washington representatives will be putting up a basket of local Washington state treats that include: Woodinville wine, smoked salmon, Almond Roca candy and Fisher Fair […]

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    The Union-Bulletin: Long-term jobless voice fears as unemployment checks end

    01/03/14 After working for 14 years as a billing specialist, Uzorigwe Alintah has not earned a paycheck for a year. He is among many in the Seattle area and one of 4.1 million nationwide — nearly 40 percent of the 10.9 million jobless — who have been unemployed for more than six months. This week, Alintah joined another unenviable group: He is among the millions who are out of work […]