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February 19, 2015 at 5:48 PM

Inslee addresses poison pills, oil trains, e-cigarettes and Bertha’s progress

Gov. Jay Inslee signed the supplement budget Thursday, before taking questions from media. Here are some things he said: 1. Bertha crawls again. “We’re looking forward to continued movement,” Inslee said. “People have to understand, there’s going to have to be a lot of work on this machine to keep it operable … there’s a long ways…


Comments | More in Governor, Politics Northwest | Topics: 2015 legislative session, bertha, e-cigarettes

February 12, 2015 at 1:43 PM

Vaping, transportation and the Pasco shooting: things Inslee said Thursday

Flanked by doctors, lawmakers and education professionals, Gov. Jay Inslee made a brief argument Thursday for regulating electronic cigarettes, also known as vaping devices, before taking his weekly questions from media. Highlights: 1. The Senate will issue a statewide transportation proposal Thursday afternoon — funded by a gas tax (not Inslee’s carbon-polluter proposal). But the governor wasn’t saying much, other…


Comments | More in Governor, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: 2015 legislative session, e-cigarettes, electronic cigarettes

February 7, 2015 at 10:47 AM

Whales, personhood, vaccines: your political week in review

Busy week in the realm of politics, both in Olympia and elsewhere in the state. To recap: 1. Lawmakers heard bills that would: bring back psychiatric boarding, open the Woodland Park Zoo to public-records and open-meetings laws and ban whale captivity. 2. And abortion foes pushed parental notification and personhood bills. 3. Meanwhile, industrial hemp got state…


Comments | More in Marijuana, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: Jay Inslee, mike o'Brien, Pam Roach

January 17, 2015 at 9:52 PM

Tax fights, subversive acts, State of the State: your week in review

It’s been a head-spinning week keeping up with the tangled-web problems and solutions that lawmakers began fiddling with in Olympia during the 2015 state Legislature’s first week. Here’s what happened: 1. Senate Republicans add big hurdle for new taxes 2. State at critical crossroads, Inslee tells split lawmakers 3. Republican Rep. Manweller on why he dissed Supreme Court at Inslee’s speech 4. Bill…


Comments | More in Governor, Minimum wage, State Legislature | Topics: 2015 legislative session, guns, Jay Inslee

January 16, 2015 at 11:33 AM

Guns, taxes and football: things Inslee said Friday

With the first week of the legislative session in the bag, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee held a news conference Friday morning to give his thoughts on guns, taxes, football and other issues. The highlights: 1. The governor said he supports legislation to provide a one-year “cooling off” period before elected officials and top-level government workers can…


Comments | More in Governor, State Supreme Court | Topics: guns, Jay Inslee, McCleary decision

January 13, 2015 at 1:29 PM

Inslee says fund education, transportation, clean energy

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee says Washington state has a moral obligation to address carbon pollution and used his State of the State address Tuesday to tout his recent proposal for a cap-and-trade program that requires the largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release. “We face many challenges, but it is…


Comments | More in Governor, State government, State Legislature | Topics: Jay Inslee, legislature, state of the state

December 31, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Our top 10 most-read Politics NW posts of 2014

Before we look ahead to 2015, let’s look back at what piqued your interest in the last year. Here be the 10 most-read Politics NW posts of the last year: 10. Former Seattle Mayor McGinn takes new job, says no plans to seek return to elected office 9. Supreme Court finds Legislature in contempt on education funding 8….


Comments | More in 2014 elections, Education, Gun initiative, Seattle City Council, State legislative races, State Supreme Court | Topics: 2014 elections, Barack Obama, Jay Inslee

December 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Budget office signs off on state employee contracts as feasible

Due to the Great Recession, state employees haven’t had a raise in six years. But a move by the Washington Office of Financial Management (OFM) Friday might put workers one step closer to getting a wage hike. The OFM signed off on letters declaring $583 million of negotiated and arbitrated employee contracts as fiscally feasible. The contracts cover…


Comments | More in Governor, State Legislature | Topics: Jay Inslee, state employees, union contracts

October 29, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Officials honor Federal Way House member who died Wednesday

Reactions have started hitting our inbox Wednesday afternoon regarding the death earlier in the day of Rep. Roger Freeman, D-Federal Way. Freeman was diagnosed with cancer in early 2013; you can read more about his death in Jordan Schrader’s piece for the Tacoma News Tribune. Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement praising Freeman’s work with vulnerable populations. “Roger came…


Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: Jay Inslee, Roger Freeman, Tacey Eide

October 3, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Inslee and Attorney General Ferguson call for judge to amend Hanford agreement

Friday afternoon’s news dump has brought a new page in the never-ending Hanford nuclear reservation drama. Gov. Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson are now calling on a federal judge to amend the state’s 2010 agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy to set new requirements for treating and retrieving tank waste and the building of new double-shelled tanks at  Hanford. Doing so would try and…


Comments | More in Federal government, Governor, Politics Northwest | Topics: Bob Ferguson, hanford, Jay Inslee

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