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February 11, 2015 at 7:32 PM

Navy crew that rushed to Oso landslide honored in Olympia

OLYMPIA – A crew of Navy helicopter pilots and firefighters were honored Wednesday at the Capitol for saving lives in a search-and-rescue effort in the immediate aftermath of the Oso landslide that killed 43 people last March. Backed by a Navy musical ensemble in the Capitol’s rotunda, Gov. Jay Inslee, former Secretary of State Ralph Munro and current…

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February 11, 2015 at 7:00 AM

GOP lawmaker denies global warming as Inslee climate bill advances

Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposal to cap state carbon emissions and impose $1 billion a year in new charges on oil refineries, aluminum smelters and other top polluters passed its first legislative hurdle Tuesday, clearing the state House Environment Committee on a party-line vote. Much of the debate centered on GOP amendments that sought to soften the…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State government, State Legislature | Topics: cap and trade, global warming, gov. jay inslee

February 6, 2015 at 10:21 AM

Inslee supports bill to limit vaccine exemptions

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee says he supports a bill that would remove philosophical opposition as an acceptable reason for parents to not vaccinate their school-age children. Inslee said Thursday that the bill introduced in the House this week is an important strategy to improve vaccination rates in Washington state. Currently, Washington state allows school…

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January 29, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Unions, earthlings and Seahawks: things Inslee said Thursday

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee held his weekly news conference with reporters Thursday and answered questions about union contracts, his proposal to curb carbon pollution, and, of course, the Seahawks. Here are some highlights: 1. Inslee said he had a “five corners” breakfast meeting with leaders of all four legislative caucuses Thursday morning and came away optimistic that Republicans and…

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January 27, 2015 at 11:35 AM

Inslee climate bill gets first hearing today

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed cap-and-trade bill will get its first public hearing before state lawmakers Tuesday afternoon. A hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. in the House Environment Committee. The hearing will be live-streamed by TVW. House Bill 1314 seeks to set a statewide cap on carbon emissions and requires most of the largest polluters…

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January 21, 2015 at 1:11 PM

Treasurer: Inslee budget spends too much of rainy-day fund

It’s State Treasurer Jim McIntire’s job to worry about the state’s credit rating and financial health. And McIntire, a Democrat, has concerns about Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed 2015-17 budget proposal, which McIntire says sweeps too much out of the state’s “rainy-day” fund. In a letter to Inslee last week, McIntire said he opposed Inslee’s proposal…

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January 8, 2015 at 11:41 AM

Inslee appoints Federal Way school board member to Legislature

Gov. Jay Inslee has named Federal Way School Board member Carol Gregory to fill the 30th District State House seat vacated by the Oct. 29 death of Rep. Roger Freeman. Gregory, a Democrat, was the first choice of Democratic party groups and was recommended unanimously by the Metropolitan King County Council last month. The 30th District…

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January 6, 2015 at 11:32 AM

Poll: voters open to Inslee’s taxes on carbon and capital gains

With the state Legislature set to convene next week to grapple with a multi-billion-dollar budget shortfall, a new Elway Poll finds voters may be willing to accept tax increases as part of the solution. In a sign the state might finally be shaking off the Great Recession blues, the poll found that — for the first…

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December 12, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Inslee: Cap-and-trade climate plan can fund schools and bridges

In advance of his budget roll-out next week, Gov. Jay Inslee is making the case that the sort of cap-and-trade system he favors to cut carbon pollution can also generate cash for schools, bridges and other needs. Speaking at a Seattle conference hosted by the liberal Washington State Budget and Policy Center, Inslee said his…

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October 30, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Reichert says he’ll consider run for governor or Senate in ’16

Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert says he’ll consider a 2016 challenge to Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, or maybe even a U.S. Senate bid. In an interview Wednesday, Reichert gently fanned the rumors about his future political plans, saying “I have to keep my options open – that’s something I’ve done for my entire career.” A big caveat…

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