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April 23, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Lawmakers decry Seattle Boy Scouts’ action against gay leader

WASHINGTON — Four Democratic members of Congress have expressed concern over  Seattle Boy Scouts of America’s recent decision to kick out a church for hosting a troop led by an openly gay scoutmaster. In identical letters sent last week to Rob McKenna, president of the Boy Scouts’ Chief Seattle Council, and Robert Gates, the…

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Comments | More in Congress | Topics: Adam Smith, Boy Scouts, Rob McKenna

November 21, 2013 at 4:25 PM

On behalf of North Dakota and Montana, McKenna calls Washington coal study unconstitutional

Former Attorney General Rob McKenna has written a letter to Washington state on behalf of Montana and North Dakota that questions the constitutionality of Washington’s Department of Ecology review of a proposed coal-export terminal. “Some of the issues to be evaluated by Ecology transgress the boundaries of the States, infringing on (Montana and North Dakota’s) sovereignty,” McKenna wrote…

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Comments | More in State government | Topics: coal, coal trains, Collin Jergens

June 11, 2013 at 11:22 AM

McKenna solicits support for Bellevue’s Davidson

Veteran Bellevue City Councilmember Don Davidson, sidelined for two months because of health issues, has ramped up his re-election campaign with support from former Attorney General Rob McKenna. In an email to likely Davidson supporters, McKenna asked for contributions, warning, “This year our ‘Dr. Don’ is being targeted for defeat by some of the same Seattle leftist…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Bellevue City Council, Don Davidson, Lynne Robinson

May 31, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Rob McKenna launches new web site and mystery nonprofit

Former Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna has repeatedly said he’s not planning another run for governor in 2016. But McKenna, now a partner in a private law firm, is working to maintain his profile in state politics and public policy — a presence that could come in handy just in case he changes…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Randy Pepple, Reform Alliance, Rob McKenna

March 29, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Democratic tracker still follows Rob McKenna in case of 2016 run

Ever since he lost the gubernatorial race last year, former state Attorney General Rob McKenna has downplayed the likelihood that he’ll run again in four years. But the state Democratic Party is taking no chances. The party’s designated “tracker,” Zach Wurtz, is still shadowing McKenna at public appearances, looking to record him in hopes of capturing…

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Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: Rob McKenna, tracker, Zach Wurtz

February 28, 2013 at 1:13 PM

No more red and blue states, says RNC chair

The chairman of the Republican National Committee said today that a red state/blue state analysis of national politics is a “road to nowhere” for the party’s future. Reince Priebus, in Seattle to listen to party activists and spread his message of growth and renewal, said that no state is permanently blue and the Republicans should not…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Governor, Politics Northwest | Topics: GOP, Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee

January 25, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Friday politics: What’s next for Rob McKenna; attitudes about GOP; slow ballot count

Good Morning. Happy Friday. Rob McKenna getting out more. I had a long chat with Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna the other day. You may have heard some of this already. McKenna plans to work for a law firm here or in Silicon Valley. He is talking to a half dozen law firms…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: GOP base, GOP brand, Jay Inslee

January 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM

McKenna appears to show support for Obamacare during Gregoire speech

Note: This post has been updated with a response from Dan Sytman, a spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office. Outgoing Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna, who joined a lawsuit against President Obama’s healthcare overhaul, appeared to show support for the law during Gov. Chris Gregoire’s farewell speech Tuesday. McKenna’s gesture was small — he stood up, along with…

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Comments | More in Attorney General, Governor | Topics: Chris Gregoire, gay marriage, Medicaid expansion

January 15, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Gregoire reflects on ‘good times and bad’ in farewell speech

Gov. Chris Gregoire reflected on a tumultuous eight years in office during a Tuesday farewell speech before a joint session of the  Legislature. Delivering her final State of the State address as part of an emotional and ceremonial day, Gregoire recapped accomplishments and challenges before concluding that Washington is “the greatest state in…

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Comments | More in Governor, Politics Northwest | Topics: brian sonntag, Chris Gregoire, Jay Inslee

December 21, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Friday politics: McKenna’s reflections, new gun control fans, Steinbrueck’s candidacy

Good Morning. Happy Friday and Happy Holidays: UPDATED:  includes link to NRA Press Conference. Rob McKenna and the GOP: Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna has been out and about talking about the 2012 election. He had some very interesting things to say about re-branding the national Republican Party and how the party must change, as in,…

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Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: assault weapons ban, gun control, national gop

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