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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. ‚ÄúThis has been…

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

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

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

September 27, 2012 at 10:10 AM

UW analysis finds “racial voting bias” in Gonzalez-Danielson race

There has already been much debate over whether racial bias was partly responsible for the surprising vote totals racked up in the August primary by Bruce Danielson, a little known candidate for the state Supreme Court. Although he raised no money and ran no campaign, Danielson won 30 of Washington’s 39 counties and got…

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0 Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, State Supreme Court | Topics: Bruce Danielson, Latinos, Matt Barreto

August 7, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Supreme Court: Incumbent justices to return to bench

Early returns from King County pushed incumbent Justice Steve Gonzalez over the edge and appear almost certain to allow him to advance unopposed to the general election in November. Gonzalez had been locked in a tight duel with challenger Bruce Danielson, leading 50 percent to 49 percent in early returns. But when King County results were…

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