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April 10, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Gov. Inslee orders higher heating aid to block food-stamp cuts

WASHINGTON — Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday said Washington will increase monthly heating assistance for low-income families to get around a new federal rule that threatened $70 million in annual food-stamp benefits. Washington joins seven other states that have already tweaked the so-called “heat and eat” formula in response to a Republican-authored provision in the…

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April 1, 2014 at 5:40 AM

Inslee signs bills to add state developmental-disability services

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed legislation to start to reduce a massive backlog of developmentally-disabled residents waiting for state help. Senate Bill 6387, sponsored by Redmond Republican Andy Hill, and House Bill 2746, sponsored by Lakewood Democrat Tami Green, are expected to together give services to some 5,000 families through a new program…

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0 Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: andy hill, developmental disabilities, Jay Inslee

March 17, 2014 at 12:27 PM

State Supreme Court Justice Jim Johnson to retire

James M. Johnson, who is considered the most conservative member of the state Supreme Court, will retire next month due to “recent health concerns,” the justice announced Monday. Johnson, who goes by Jim, was not up for re-election until 2016. Instead, he will leave April 30. He was re-elected without a general-election opponent in 2010. “This has been…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Supreme Court | Topics: Barbara Madsen, Jay Inslee, Justice Jim Johnson

March 6, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Bill that would take guns from domestic abusers goes to Gov. Inslee

OLYMPIA — The state Senate on Thursday afternoon approved a bill to force residents to temporarily surrender their firearms while under restraining and protection orders. The proposal now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee, an enthusiastic supporter. House Bill 1840‘s unanimous Senate approval belied the difficult path the proposal has traveled since being introduced last year in…

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0 Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: gun control, House Bill 1840, Jay Inslee

March 6, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Unanimous support not enough for stalled veteran’s bill

OLYMPIA — Welcome to your state government, where a piece of legislation that has won the support of Gov. Jay Inslee and every single member of the Legislature may nonetheless die this week because of political squabbling. Specifically, it appears the Republican-run Senate and Democrat-led House are each holding up the bill, which would give in-state tuition…

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0 Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: barbara bailey, democrat jay inslee, Jay Inslee

March 1, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Jay Insee seeks “major disaster” status for mudslide

WASHINGTON — Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday requested the federal government to declare the Snohomish County mudslide a “major disaster,” which would qualify for victims for direct federal aid for housing, unemployment and other losses. Inslee’s request to President Obama comes nine days after the devastation that has killed 21 people and 30 missing. In his request…

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February 25, 2014 at 4:06 PM

After meeting with feds, Inslee backs teacher-evaluation change

OLYMPIA — A meeting with America’s top education official has apparently convinced Gov. Jay Inslee that Washington state must act to require public-school teacher evaluations take into account student scores on statewide tests. Inslee spokeswoman Jaime Smith said the governor met Tuesday afternoon with lawmakers from both parties to hammer out a compromise that would make…

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0 Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Andy Billig, Arne Duncan, Jay Inslee

February 21, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Inslee considers raising minimum wage for state workers

WASHINGTON — Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday his administration is reviewing the possibility of raising the minimum wage for state workers and contractors. Inslee spoke outside the White House with a group of Democratic governors after a morning meeting with President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. His statement was the first time Inslee had indicated…

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January 28, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Giffords urges lawmakers to expand gun background checks

OLYMPIA — Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords testified before the Washington State House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday afternoon, symbolically casting her story of surviving a gunshot wound to the head as an argument for lawmakers to adopt expand background-check requirements to cover all gun sales. Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, testified in support of…

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0 Comments | More in Gun initiative | Topics: Alan Gottlieb, Gabrielle Giffords, gun control

January 28, 2014 at 8:11 AM

What your congressperson is (publicly) betting on the Super Bowl

Washington state’s congressional delegation on Monday submitted a strong entry into this year’s political Super Bowl betting sweepstakes, announcing a mass wager with Colorado’s delegation. That means all members of Congress representing Washington and Colorado — 17 in all; 10 from Washington and seven from Colorado — are offering to give something to the other side…

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0 Comments | More in Congress, Politics Northwest, State government, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate | Topics: Adam Smith, Cathy McMorris Rogers, Dave Reichert

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