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Category: State government
August 27, 2014 at 11:53 PM

With Spokane’s newest City Council member, an Olympia connection

The Spokane City Council this week appointed city worker Karen Stratton to a vacant seat its council. In his story for The Spokesman-Review, friend and former colleague Nick Deshais points out that Stratton has a connection to the Capitol Campus: Her mother was Lois Stratton, a longtime state lawmaker. Appointed to a Spokane state House seat in 1979, according to her official…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Karen Stratton, Lois Stratton, spokane

August 19, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Our dismal primary turnout: 31 percent

tersely-worded tweet Tuesday evening from the Washington Secretary of State’s office announced the numbers. “All WA counties have now certified their Primary returns. 1.22m ballots, 31.14% turnout — low but among highest in nation this mid-term.” When “low but among highest in nation this mid-term” is the best face you can put on it, you know the numbers are grim. In…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Secretary of State | Topics: David Ammons, primary election, voter turnout

August 15, 2014 at 10:24 AM

AG Ferguson goes to bat for immigrant children

Immigrant children crossing the border likely won’t make their way up to Washington state in large numbers anytime soon, where it was briefly thought they might be housed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. But the slowing of unaccompanied minors crossing the border hasn’t stopped  Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson from weighing in on the latest incarnation of our approximately 140-year…

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August 12, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Feds deny aid to those who lost homes in wildfires

Good news came yesterday for Central Washington in the form of federal disaster aid to help repair roads, utilities and other infrastructure damaged this summer in the Carlton complex wildfire. And now comes the tough news: The federal government has denied an emergency aid request to help people who  lost homes and property in the fire,…

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Comments | More in Governor | Topics: carlton complex, disaster assistance, FEMA

August 7, 2014 at 6:37 PM

District 35: Travis Couture concedes as Sen. Sheldon holds onto second

Election results updated Thursday evening gave us new numbers in a some area legislative primaries, and at least one candidate has conceded. Democratic state Sen. Tim Sheldon is holding steady in second place in District 35 behind Democratic challenger Irene Bowling. Bowling leads with 35.2 percent to Sheldon’s 33.4 percent. Republican Travis Couture, in third place with…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, State legislative races, State Legislature | Topics: Cathy Dahlquist, claude burfect, irene bowling

August 6, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Ethics board drops complaint against Inslee over grain inspections

The ethics complaint filed by Sen. Don Benton (R-17) against Gov. Jay Inslee over State Patrol escorts for grain inspectors is officially kaput. The Executive Ethics Board on Wednesday dropped the complaint Benton filed last week alleging Inslee acted unlawfully when he withdrew state patrol escorts of grain inspectors going into the Port of Vancouver. Workers for the International Longshore…

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Comments | More in Governor, State government | Topics: agriculture, Don Benton, Jay Inslee

August 5, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Some quick highlights from Tuesday’s vote count

The first results from Tuesday’s primary have been announced. Remember, the top two vote-getting candidates head to the November general election. Here’s a quick roundup: – Seattle voters are so far approving, 52 percent to 47.5 percent, a city measure to establish a Seattle Park District with taxing authority. – Republican state Sen. Pam Roach of Auburn narrowly leads challenger Republican Rep. Cathy Dahlquist,…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, State legislative races, State Legislature | Topics: Clint Didier, jim mcdermott, John Lovick

August 1, 2014 at 4:02 PM

State senator calls Inslee action in grain labor dispute unlawful

Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, has written a letter to a state ethics board alleging that Gov. Jay Inslee acted improperly when pulling back state troopers last month who were escorting grain inspectors into the Port of Vancouver. The question of trooper escorts has come up in the middle of a protracted contract battle between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) at the…

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Comments | More in Governor, Politics Northwest, State government, Washington state Republican Party | Topics: Don Benton, Jay Inslee

July 31, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Inslee signs letter opposing coastal oil exploration

Gov. Jay Inslee has joined his counterparts in California and Oregon in signing a letter opposing new oil and gas leases in the waters off the West Coast. A letter dated July 30 and released Thursday by Inslee’s office, sums up the governor’s qualms to Sally Jewell, U.S. Interior secretary. “While new technology reduces the risk of a catastrophic event such as…

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Comments | More in Governor, Politics Northwest, State government | Topics: drilling, gov. jay inslee, oil and gas leases

July 31, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Former Gov. Gregoire heading to Harvard

The Associated Press SEATTLE — Former Gov. Chris Gregoire is heading to Harvard. The Ivy League university announced Tuesday that Gregoire will be a resident fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government next fall term. Gregoire served two terms as governor of Washington, clinching her first term in 2004 against former Republican state senator Dino…

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