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October 3, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Enviros draw green bullseye on state Sen. Doug Ericksen

Updated with comment from Ericksen. Washington’s largest environmental group is leaving no doubt as to their top villain in this year’s legislative elections, drawing a big green bullseye on the back of Ferndale Republican state Sen. Doug Ericksen. At a Washington Conservation Voters breakfast Friday, headlined by Gov. Jay Inslee, environmentalists booed and hissed as Ericksen’s visage…

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September 10, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Inslee assails ‘climate agnostics’ in speech at UW conference

Americans who remain neutral or indifferent on the subject of human-caused global warming are just as culpable as climate deniers, Gov. Jay Inslee told a gathering of climate researchers at the University of Washington Wednesday. Citing a parade of studies showing looming climate impacts on oceans, birds and human health, Inslee said…

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September 9, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Local leaders urge Inslee to support clean-fuel standards

Over 60 local government leaders today sent a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee urging him to find a way forward on adopting clean-fuel standards. The letter was posted by the Washington Coalition for Clean Fuels Jobs and includes some heavy-hitter signatures: King County Executive Dow  Constantine, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and  Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland. The letter,…

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July 31, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Inslee signs letter opposing coastal oil exploration

Gov. Jay Inslee has joined his counterparts in California and Oregon in signing a letter opposing new oil and gas leases in the waters off the West Coast. A letter dated July 30 and released Thursday by Inslee’s office, sums up the governor’s qualms to Sally Jewell, U.S. Interior secretary. “While new technology reduces the risk of a catastrophic event such as…

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June 10, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Inslee to visit England, Finland on trade mission

Gov. Jay Inslee will lead a state trade delegation to England and Finland next month. On July 13, Inslee will attend the Farnborough International Air Show, leading a group of business, economic development and government leaders, including Department of Commerce Director Brian Bonlender. In a news release, Inslee called the air show “an opportunity to showcase…

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May 30, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Inslee lunches with billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer

Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday had a private lunch with a major political ally in his efforts to pass climate-change legislation: California billionaire Tom Steyer. Steyer, a hedge-fund tycoon turned climate activist, has announced he’ll spend $100 million this year to defeat Republicans who deny the reality of human-caused climate change. He has emerged as…

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April 4, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Inslee vetoes drone bill

The Associated Press Gov. Jay Inslee has vetoed a bill that would have placed new regulations on police use of drones in Washington state. The News Tribune reports the governor also announced Friday he will prevent state agencies from buying or using the technology for the next 15 months. Inslee says he chose to veto the bill…

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February 5, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Union members plan to picket Gov. Inslee speech in Lynnwood

Some Boeing Machinists, still angry about the recent contract vote that secured production of the 777X in Washington state, plan to picket an aerospace conference Gov. Jay Inslee will speak to Wednesday night. “Governor Inslee disrespected union members and acted against the labor community who he has promised to protect,” Shannon Ryker, a member of Machinists…

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January 28, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Inslee backs Laurent in race for state Democratic Party chair

Gov. Jay Inslee has weighed in on the race for state Democratic Party chair, endorsing former Planned Parenthood political director Dana Laurent. In a letter to Democratic party activists, Inslee and his wife, Trudi, called Laurent “an authentic grassroots leader” with “a proven track record both a Democratic volunteer and as a successful political strategist.” The endorsement…

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January 17, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Republicans stand by assertions Inslee plans low-carbon fuel standards

GOP Sen. Curtis King on Friday called on Gov. Jay Inslee to “categorically deny” he has plans to unilaterally impose low-carbon fuel standards, and stood by his contention that such a policy would drive up fuel costs. King, in a tit for tat exchange, was responding to an earlier letter sent by…

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