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September 22, 2014 at 5:25 PM

California billionaire Tom Steyer drops $1 million on WA elections

California billionaire Tom Steyer — a climate activist and political ally of Gov. Jay Inslee — has entered Washington state’s 2014 elections in a big way, sending $1 million here in an expected effort to help Democrats take control of the state Senate. Steyer donated $1 million last week to NextGen Climate Action’s Washington state…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest, State legislative races | Topics: 2014 Legislative races, climate change, Jay Inslee

August 12, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Feds deny aid to those who lost homes in wildfires

Good news came yesterday for Central Washington in the form of federal disaster aid to help repair roads, utilities and other infrastructure damaged this summer in the Carlton complex wildfire. And now comes the tough news: The federal government has denied an emergency aid request to help people who  lost homes and property in the fire,…

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Comments | More in Governor | Topics: carlton complex, disaster assistance, FEMA

August 11, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Some federal disaster assistance OK’d for wildfires

Washington state will get at least part of the federal disaster assistance it had asked for to help rebuild from this summer’s wildfires. The federal government Monday evening notified Gov. Jay Inslee’s office that Washington qualifies for money to help rebuild roads, utilities and other infrastructure damaged during fires that swept through Okanogan County and the Colville Indian Reservation. The Federal…

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Comments | More in Federal government | Topics: disaster assistance, FEMA, Jay Inslee

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

May 7, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Seattle firm wins $47 million grant for Oregon offshore wind farm

WASHINGTON — Seattle’s Principle Power will receive up to $47 million in federal grants for its proposed floating wind farm in Coos Bay, Ore., pushing it closer to generating the nation’s first utility-scale electricity from West Coast winds. The U.S. Department of Energy on Wednesday named Principle as one of three offshore wind projects chosen to…

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Comments | More in Federal government | Topics: Department of Energy, Jay Inslee, Principle Power

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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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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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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