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February 17, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Baumgartner uses bill to mock state Supreme Court

State Sen. Michael Baumgartner has introduced a bill that borrows language from a recent state Supreme Court ruling to mock the justices he believes have overstepped their constitutional boundaries. Senate Bill 6568 would order the court to increase the number of cases it considers annually by 50 percent by the 2017-2018 calendar and require the…

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January 24, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Sen. Baumgartner: Do community service to get jobless benefits

Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, has introduced a bill that would require people laid off from work to perform community service in order to get unemployment benefits. Senate Bill 6392 specifically requires workers to perform “at least eight hours of community service for every four weeks of unemployment benefits received.” Workers younger than 18 and older…

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March 19, 2013 at 11:44 AM

State Senate leaders pledge $300M more for higher ed; no word yet on funding source

This post was updated at 12:12 p.m. By Mike Baker The Associated Press OLYMPIA — A group of Washington state senators vowed Tuesday to increase funding for higher education by $300 million but declined to say how they would get the money at a time when lawmakers are already struggling to balance the budget. Republican Sen. Michael Baumgartner, who…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: higher education, Michael Baumgartner, Washington Legislature

March 6, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Days after losing state Supreme Court case, Republicans seek to lay off justices

OLYMPIA — Struggling to respond to a state Supreme Court order to put more money into education, some state Senate Republicans on Wednesday came up with a way to save a bit of money: reduce the size of the court. Senate Bill 5867, introduced Wednesday morning, would reduce the court from nine members to five…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: McCleary, Michael Baumgartner, State Supreme Court

October 5, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Baumgartner proposes penny increase in gas tax to benefit veterans

WASHINGTON — For the first time in his campaign, U.S. Senate hopeful Michael Baumgartner has proposes to raise taxes — a penny-a-gallon increase in the 18.4-cent federal gas tax. Baumgartner, a Republican freshman state senator from Spokane who is running against Maria Cantwell, would not use the extra money to shore up the…

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Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, U.S. Senate | Topics: gas tax, Michael Baumgartner, Sen. Maria Cantwell

October 3, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Baumgartner backs marijuana initiative to bring “illicit drug economy out of shadows”

WASHINGTON — Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Michael Baumgartner on Wednesday endorsed Initiative 502 to legalize retail sales of pot, calling the war on the illicit drug a matter of national security. Baumgartner, a freshman state senator who is challenging Democrat Maria Cantwell, once worked for the State Department in Afghanistan to help farmers…

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Comments | More in homepage, Marijuana, Politics Northwest, U.S. Senate | Topics: Michael Baumgartner, Sen. Maria Cantwell

September 14, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Cantwell and Baumgartner will hold first debate before live TV audience

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and her Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner will debate before a live audience on Oct. 12, the first meeting between the candidates in a race that has generated little heat so far. The debate at KCTS television in Seattle will be moderated by broadcast journalist Enrique Cerna and Kim Abel, co-president…

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August 23, 2012 at 7:02 PM

McKenna, Baumgartner, Driscoll disagree with national GOP on immigration

Note: This post has been updated to include the position of Congressional candidate Bill Driscoll. Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob McKenna is drawing another distinction with his national party — this time on immigration. With Republicans preparing for next week’s national convention in Tampa, Fla., the platform committee decided Thursday to adopt a plank calling for the…

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Comments | More in Governor, Politics Northwest, U.S. Senate | Topics: GOP platform, immigration, Michael Baumgartner

August 23, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Former state Republican leader Dale Foreman endorses Sen. Maria Cantwell

Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell has received an endorsement from an unusual source — Dale Foreman, the former leader of the Washington State Republican Party. Foreman, now an attorney, apple grower and chairman of the U.S. Apple Association, said he is supporting the two-term incumbent’s re-election over Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner because of her work in support…

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August 22, 2012 at 6:10 AM

Wednesday briefing: Dems capitalizing on Akin blunder; forget about it, it’s Spokane

Good Morning. Democrats are falling all over themselves with unbounded enthusiasm. Republican Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri and his off-the-wall crack about rape and pregnancy — he said women’s bodies somehow reject pregnancy in cases of  “legitimate rape” — are an irresistible gift for the D’s.  And they accept.  It took U.S. Sen. Patty Murray about…

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Comments | More in Education, homepage, Politics Northwest, State Legislature, U.S. Senate | Topics: amy biviano, claire mccaskill, Maria Cantwell

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