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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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August 22, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Pot consultant offers solution to government standoff

Mark Kleiman, the state’s top pot consultant, has suggested a way to end the lingering tension between Washington’s new recreational pot law and the federal government, which considers all marijuana illegal.

And state Attorney General Bob Ferguson did not dismiss Kleiman’s idea. Ferguson said the AG’s office “has done their own examination” of Kleiman’s proposal and “it’s too soon to say” if it has traction with decision-makers.

Ferguson did not want to reveal any more about the state’s discussions with the federal Department of Justice. “I’m not ready to get into more detail about what communication is going on with the feds,” Ferguson said.

In an article published Wednesday in the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis, Kleiman said the DOJ now seems to have three options: cracking down on legalized pot in Washington and Colorado, acquiescing to legalization, or “muddling through”  with its current policy of only saying it continues to review new laws in those two states.

Kleiman sees two better alternatives.

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January 4, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Ryu lease may become issue in King County Council race

State Rep. Cindy Ryu’s lease for her district office in Shoreline may become an issue in the race to replace King County Councilman Bob Ferguson. A Democrat from Shoreline, Ryu is one of five finalists recommended for the job by a citizen panel created by County Executive Dow Constantine. From those five, Constantine will forward three…

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December 21, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Five recommended for Ferguson seat on King County Council

Five applicants have been recommended by a citizen panel to fill the Metropolitan King County Council seat of Bob Ferguson, who was elected state attorney general in November. Rod Dembowski, Will Hall, Cindy Ryu, Keith Scully and Chuck Sloane are the applicants. They were selected from a field of 13 candidates by a 13-member citizen panel…

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December 4, 2012 at 1:57 PM

13 apply for Bob Ferguson’s King County Council seat

Thirteen candidates have applied to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Metropolitan King County Council, the county announced Tuesday. The applicants, all North King County residents, are hoping to succeed District 1′s Bob Ferguson, who will be sworn in as the state’s attorney general Jan. 16. An advisory committee appointed by Executive Dow Constantine will narrow…

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November 15, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Constantine sets deadline on replacing Ferguson

King County Executive Dow Constantine laid out more details about the process for replacing Metropolitan King County Council member Bob Ferguson, who was elected the state’s attorney general. Candidates interested in filling the District 1 vacancy should apply by 5 p.m. Dec. 3, for vetting by a citizen advisory committee, according to Constantine. “The people of Council District…

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November 8, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Candidates jostling for Bob Ferguson’s King County Council seat

With Bob Ferguson’s victory in the attorney general’s race, county officials now turn to the process of appointing his successor on the Metropolitan King County Council. That successor would serve next year, and the November 2013 election would determine the winner of a full four-year term for Ferguson’s District 1 seat. District 1 includes northeast Seattle, Shoreline, Lake…

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November 8, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Dunn concedes in AG’s race

Reagan Dunn conceded this morning in the state attorney general’s race. Dunn said he had a “great conversation” with winner Bob Ferguson in which congratulated his fellow Metropolitan King County Council member. Ferguson leads with 53 percent of the vote counted through Wednesday. Here’s his statement: “This morning I congratulated Washington’s next attorney general, Bob Ferguson, on his…

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November 7, 2012 at 7:31 PM

AP: Democrat Bob Ferguson elected state’s next attorney general

The Associated Press has called Washington state’s closely-watched attorney general race for Bob Ferguson, the Democrat. Ferguson, a Metropolitan King County Council member, was beating fellow Councilmember Reagan Dunn, a Republican, by 114,429 votes in updated vote totals released Wednesday evening. Ferguson had 52.8 percent to Dunn’s 47.2 percent, according to the Secretary of State’s office. That’s…

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November 7, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Baby calling Reagan and Paige Dunn

Republican candidate for attorney general Reagan Dunn had quite an election night. His wife, Paige Green Dunn, due to deliver a baby girl any day now, grabbed him while he was doing a TV interview at the Bellevue Hyatt gathering for Republicans Tuesday night. “She was having contractions,” Reagan Dunn said. “If she had more, we would’ve…

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