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Category: Attorney General
January 24, 2015 at 1:29 PM

Mascots, pot reform, political retirees: your politics week in review

While you were obsessing over the State of the Union or Deflategate, Washington state politics moved forward. Here’s what you may have missed: 1. Seattle City Councilmembers Nick Licata and Tom Rasmussen to retire 2. Truth Needle: GOP leader is right, Inslee polluter list tags UW, WSU 3. On Muslim Lobby Day, Muslim residents march through…

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Comments | More in Attorney General, Marijuana, Minimum wage, State Legislature, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington state Republican Party | Topics: Bob Ferguson, Nick Licata, Susan Hutchison

January 21, 2015 at 9:38 AM

State attorney general proposes to raise smoking age to 21

OLYMPIA – State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday afternoon to announce a bill to raise the smoking age in Washington to 21 from 18. Most states have allow people to buy cigarettes once they reach 18, though in at least two states, Utah and New Jersey, the age is 19, according to Beverly May,…

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Comments | More in Attorney General, State Legislature | Topics: Bob Ferguson, cigarettes, smoking

January 17, 2015 at 4:23 PM

Lawmakers aim to combat patent ‘trolls’ with new bill

OLYMPIA — Homebuilders in Washington say they are being inundated with letters claiming patent infringement for the simple process of using fans and dehumidifiers to dry out a home after it has been framed. Radio stations are being threatened with lawsuits for how they store music on hard drives and then process it for broadcast. Both groups…

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November 1, 2014 at 12:24 PM

The hot mess of election eve and a death in the House: your political week in review

It was a busy week in the politics world. Campaigns scrapped with each other and begged, cajoled and harrassed voters to turn in their ballots ahead of next Tuesday’s election deadline. We also had a death, future campaign prospects and an interesting look into lobbying at the state Attorney General’s Office. Here’s how it went: 1. Stoned-driving accusation…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Attorney General, Congressional races, Gun initiative, State legislative races | Topics: week in review

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

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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Comments | More in Attorney General | Topics: Bob Ferguson, immigration

March 5, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Senate votes to make Medina, Seattle pay bridge cost overruns – and changes mind

The state Senate on Tuesday voted to force Medina property owners and the City of Seattle to pay for any cost overruns associated with construction of the new Highway 520 bridge, and then had second thoughts. The back story? Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, proposed an amendment to the Senate’s transportation budget that would restate existing law…

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September 9, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Inslee asks feds to fix banking woes for legal pot

Gov. Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson asked a U.S. Senate committee for a key bit of help in creating a tightly regulated legal pot market. In written testimony submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee for a Tuesday hearing, Inslee and Ferguson stressed that without changes at the federal level, Washington state’s legal pot merchants will…

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Comments | More in Attorney General, Governor, Marijuana, Politics Northwest | Topics: Bob Ferguson, I-502, Jay Inslee

January 16, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Jay Inslee sworn in as governor of Washington state

Jay Inslee officially became Washington state’s 23rd governor at a swearing-in ceremony Wednesday morning inside the state Capitol building. Breaking with tradition, the new governor took the oath of office in the rotunda of the Capitol, addressing supporters and onlookers in a brief speech afterwards. “Let’s go build a working Washington,” Inslee said to loud applause, before…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Attorney General, Governor, homepage, State budget, State Legislature | Topics: Barbara Madsen, Chris Gregoire, inaugural

January 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM

McKenna appears to show support for Obamacare during Gregoire speech

Note: This post has been updated with a response from Dan Sytman, a spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office. Outgoing Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna, who joined a lawsuit against President Obama’s healthcare overhaul, appeared to show support for the law during Gov. Chris Gregoire’s farewell speech Tuesday. McKenna’s gesture was small — he stood up, along with…

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Comments | More in Attorney General, Governor | Topics: Chris Gregoire, gay marriage, Medicaid expansion

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