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Category: State government
October 1, 2014 at 6:09 AM

Yakima voting-rights plan goes to federal judge

The Associated Press YAKIMA — A federal judge will be asked Friday to choose between different plans for improving Latino voting rights in Yakima. The City Council voted Tuesday for a plan to create five geographic districts and two positions voted on citywide. The American Civil Liberties Union wants a separate district for each of the seven council…

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September 30, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Mayor Ed Murray visits Ireland to drum up business for Seattle

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray met with Ireland’s prime minister for at least a half-hour in Dublin on Monday, he said in a phone interview. He and Prime Minister Enda Kenny discussed “American businesses in Ireland, Irish businesses in Seattle” and Kenny’s visit to Seattle last year to highlight a purchase of Boeing jets by Ryanair, the Irish airline, the mayor…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Same-sex marriage, State government | Topics: business, China, Ireland

September 29, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Task force proposing new taxes for state parks

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — A task force appointed by the governor is recommending two new taxes to help fund Washington state parks and the outdoor recreation industry. The final report from the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation recommends a sales tax on bottled water and an excise tax on motor homes and…

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September 26, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Inslee appoints temporary replacement for Rep. Mike Hope

What does it feel like to be a lawmaker for two months when the Legislature is out of session and the political parties are both out campaigning in advance of an election? Retired Navy Capt. Doug Roulstone is about to find out. Gov. Jay Inslee Friday appointed Roulstone to fill the vacant state House seat from Snohomish County’s 44th Legislative District, according…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Governor, State legislative races | Topics: Jay Inslee, Mike Hope

September 25, 2014 at 5:56 PM

State wins $4.3 million grant to soften blow from defense cuts

With cuts to military and defense spending appearing to become the new normal, Washington state officials are trying to figure out how to soften the blow to the thousands of people who could be affected by the drawdown. The latest step in that came Thursday, when Gov. Jay Inslee’s office announced that the state will receive a $4.3 million federal…

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Comments | More in Federal government, Governor | Topics: department of defense, Jay Inslee, military

September 25, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Secretary of State predicts 62 percent voter turnout

Washington’s Secretary of State Kim Wyman has given her crystal-ball number for this year’s general election turnout: 62 percent. It’s a lower figure than the actual turnout for the last two mid-terms — 2010 had 71 percent and 2006 had 65 percent, according to a Secretary of State blog on Wyman’s prediction. But both of those years had U.S….

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative, Secretary of State, State legislative races | Topics: 2014 elections, Kim Wyman

September 24, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Senate Republicans try to blame Democrats for tuition hikes

State Senate Republicans are taking pains this week to try to finger Democrats as the bad guys when it comes to cutting higher education funding and allowing steep college tuition hikes. And the Republican chair of the Senate’s higher education subcommittee has sent Gov. Jay Inslee a letter asking him not to trim higher education at all this biennium. Here’s the background:  Last…

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Comments | More in Education, State government | Topics: higher education, Senate Majority Coalition

September 18, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Forecast: State revenue grows, but won’t pay all the bills

Lifted by rising tax revenues, projections for the state’s general-fund revenue has nudged up, but it still won’t cover many of the costs lawmakers need to fund in the upcoming session, according to the state Office of Financial Management (OFM). OFM announced Thursday it had upped the forecast of revenue for the current budget cycle (2013-2015) by $169 million over its June…

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Comments | More in State budget, State government, State Legislature | Topics: McCleary decision, psychiatric boarding, revenue

September 12, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Ethics board fines Lt. Gov. Brad Owen $15,000

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen has reached a settlement with the Washington State Executive Ethics Board that fines him $15,000 for using state resources for his nonprofit organization Strategies For Youth. The settlement, released Friday and which Owen has agreed to, would allow him to pay only $10,000 of the fine if he commits no other ethics violations for…

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September 10, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Inslee assails ‘climate agnostics’ in speech at UW conference

Americans who remain neutral or indifferent on the subject of human-caused global warming are just as culpable as climate deniers, Gov. Jay Inslee told a gathering of climate researchers at the University of Washington Wednesday. Citing a parade of studies showing looming climate impacts on oceans, birds and human health, Inslee said…

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