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Category: State government
October 29, 2014 at 3:42 PM

NYT probes lobbying ties of AG Bob Ferguson and former AG Rob McKenna

Update: In an interview, Ferguson says the NYT piece contained critical omissions. In particular, Ferguson said it failed to mention that he was one of the attorneys general who did file a lawsuit against 5-Hour Energy. He said the NYT also failed to mention he’d returned the campaign contribution referred to in the story,…

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Comments | More in Attorney General, State government | Topics: Attorney General Bob Ferguson, former Attorney General Rob McKenna, lobbyists

October 29, 2014 at 3:19 PM

State Rep. Roger Freeman, D-Federal Way, dies at 48

TACOMA — Rep. Roger Freeman has died at age 48 after battling cancer for the past year. The News Tribune of Tacoma reports that Freeman, a Democrat from Federal Way, died Wednesday. The Franciscan Health System confirmed to the newspaper that Freeman died at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way. Freeman, who was diagnosed with colon cancer…

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Comments | More in State government, State Legislature | Topics: Rep. Roger Freeman

October 27, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Voters in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties taking their sweet time to vote

About one in 10 people who have received a ballot in the mail this fall has returned it so far, according to the Washington Secretary of State’s office. That means about 420,000 ballots of about 3.9 million mailed out have been returned. But that number varies widely by county. More than 20 percent of voters in Columbia…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Secretary of State | Topics: 2014 elections

October 23, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Didier drops suit against Newhouse campaign volunteer

The Associated Press SPOKANE — Republican U.S. House candidate Clint Didier has dropped his federal lawsuit against a volunteer for his opponent’s campaign over an alleged misuse of state resources. Didier had originally sued opponent Dan Newhouse, also a Republican seeking the House seat from central Washington, plus Newhouse’s campaign and volunteer Christopher Voigt, who is the…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington state Republican Party

October 20, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Ethics board clears state Sen. Pam Roach in free trip abroad

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — A recent opinion by a legislative ethics board clears Republican state Sen. Pam Roach of ethics violations for all-expenses-paid trips in 2013 to Turkey and Azerbaijan. The board’s ruling, released Sunday, appears to give lawmakers more leeway to accept free trips, the News Tribune of Tacoma reported Monday. State law allows officials…

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October 14, 2014 at 6:20 PM

How a California billionaire gets his money into a Washington Senate campaign

In late September, political reporter Jim Brunner wrote about how California billionaire and climate activist Tom Steyer had decided to drop $1 million into Washington state’s elections to help Democrats regain control of the state Senate. One of ways the Steyer money is being used is to try to unseat Republican Sen. Andy Hill in the 45th…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, State legislative races, State Legislature | Topics: 2014 elections, andy hill, Matt Isenhower

October 3, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Inslee and Attorney General Ferguson call for judge to amend Hanford agreement

Friday afternoon’s news dump has brought a new page in the never-ending Hanford nuclear reservation drama. Gov. Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson are now calling on a federal judge to amend the state’s 2010 agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy to set new requirements for treating and retrieving tank waste and the building of new double-shelled tanks at  Hanford. Doing so would try and…

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Comments | More in Federal government, Governor, Politics Northwest | Topics: Bob Ferguson, hanford, Jay Inslee

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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Comments | More in State government | Topics: latino, voting, Yakima

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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