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January 28, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Patty Murray, Democrats join Supreme Court birth-control case

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and 17 other Senate Democrats on Tuesday weighed in on a Supreme Court case that pits a new federal insurance mandate for contraceptive coverage against a private corporation’s refusal on grounds it violates the owners’ religious beliefs. The lawmakers filed an amicus brief in Sebelius…

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Comments | More in Congress | Topics: Affordable Care Act, contraceptive coverage, patty murray

January 27, 2014 at 5:18 PM

House GOP blasts state Supreme Court over contempt threat

More than half of the House Republican caucus sent a letter to the state Supreme Court earlier this month rebuking the justices for threatening to hold lawmakers in contempt if they don’t put more money into education. “The court lacks the authority to hold the Legislature in contempt of its decision and we, the…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State budget, State government, State Legislature, State Supreme Court | Topics: contempt, education funding, Supreme Court

February 27, 2013 at 3:25 PM

State Supreme Court to rule Thursday on 2/3 requirement for tax increases

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Supreme Court is expected to rule Thursday whether requiring a two-thirds majority for lawmakers to raise taxes is constitutional. One way or another, the ruling could affect lawmakers who are now trying to close a roughly $1 billion budget shortfall and deal with the court’s last major decision — last…

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Comments | More in State Legislature, State Supreme Court | Topics: League of Education Voters, Supreme Court, Tim Eyman

June 28, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Gregoire touts court decision, knocks McKenna

 Updated The only thing missing was foam “We’re #1” fingers when Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire and her staff celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court health care ruling at a news conference Thursday. The court largely upheld the national health care law approved by Congress in 2010.  Gregoire relished knocking Republican state Attorney General…

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Comments | More in Governor, homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Attorney General Rob McKenna, Gov. Chris Gregoire

June 28, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Inslee opines about the U. S. Supreme Court’s vote

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee jumped into the discussion about the U. S. Supreme Court’s vote to uphold the Affordable Care Act. Here are his comments: “Today, in a majority ruling by Justices appointed by Presidents of both parties, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. What this means for Washingtonians is that insurance companies can…

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Comments | More in Governor, Politics Northwest | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Former Congressman Jay Inslee, health care

June 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Applause mixes with worries about what happens next on health care

Reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act continues to roll in from Washington, D.C.,  Seattle and Olympia.  Rounds of applause mix with worries about the mandate as a euphemism for a new tax. Here is a sample of the many comments we received: Washington Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, obviously thrilled with the…

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Comments | More in Governor, Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Gov. Chris Gregoire, Rep. Dave Reichert

June 28, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Rep. McDermott: Supreme Court ruling “even better” than the day health-care law was signed

WASHINGTON — He didn’t get the 6 to 3 ruling he predicted.  But U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott said the Supreme Court’s opinion upholding the Affordable Care Act made him feel “even better” than the day he watched President Obama sign the law in 2010. The Seattle Democrat, a long champion of universal coverage, said Chief Justice…

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Comments | More in Governor, homepage, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Rep. Doc Hastings, Supreme Court

June 28, 2012 at 9:13 AM

McKenna ‘disappointed’ in ruling, but says ‘thoughtful debate’ benefits country

Attorney General Rob McKenna, who had joined the 26-state health-care lawsuit, issued a low-key statement Thursday saying he was “disappointed” in the Supreme Court decision to uphold the law. But McKenna said he believes the nation benefited from a “thoughtful debate” about the limits of federal power. McKenna’s statement: Today the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: health care, Rob McKenna, Supreme Court

June 28, 2012 at 8:29 AM

No going back on health care, says Rep.Rick Larsen

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen,  D-Lake Stevens, was fast out of the gate with a statement about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding much of the Affordable Care Act. Larsen says there is no going back on health care. Here is part of his reaction to Thursday’s ruling: “Improvements to our health care are taking root right now,…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Rep. Rick Larsen, Supreme Court

June 28, 2012 at 7:38 AM

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler hails Supreme Court ruling

WASHINGTON —  Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler breathed a big sigh of relief and said the state is ready to forge ahead now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the basic tenets of the federal health-care law. Washington state, he said,  is well ahead of other  states in reforming its health care system. Here is part…

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Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Insurance Commissioner, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler