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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 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

February 12, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Conservative senators removing names from majority caucus website

OLYMPIA — A handful of conservative Republican state senators are removing their names from the website of the GOP-led Majority Coalition Caucus to protest recent decisions by its more moderate leaders. Sen. Janéa Holmquist Newbry has already removed her name from the website’s roster page, while Sens. Pam Roach and Don Benton said they and another member…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Don Benton, Janea Holmquist-Newbry, Joe Fain

January 28, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Monday politics: New Obama in, Palin out, Don Benton everywhere

Good Morning. New Obama in office: Many political observers are talking about President Obama’s inaugural address and how, in the second term, he may just  let his views  hang out there. He does seem to be developing new ways to maneuver around partisan gridlock. The latest example is gun control. Instead of calling up a bunch…

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Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, Port Commission, State Legislature | Topics: assault weapons ban, budget chairwoman, Don Benton

November 12, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Benton, Probst neck and neck in state Senate race

State Sen. Don Benton and Rep. Tim Probst are in a virtual dead heat in a battle that will determine whether Democrats maintain their 27-22 Senate majority or see it eroded by one position. Probst, who lost the lead on Thursday, regained it Friday, out-polling Benton by just 16 votes out of nearly 56,000 counted so…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: Don Benton, Tim Probst, washington state senate

September 18, 2012 at 11:58 AM

State Sen. Don Benton threatens to sue challenger for $1 million

Editor’s note: This post was updated at 12:20 p.m. to include comments from state Sen. Don Benton. We’re less than 50 days away from the general election now, which means that campaign attacks and responses are ramping up. But while we’re used to hearing candidates complain that their opponent is distorting their records, it’s not everyday you…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: attendance, campaign attacks, cease and desist