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January 24, 2015 at 1:29 PM

Mascots, pot reform, political retirees: your politics week in review

While you were obsessing over the State of the Union or Deflategate, Washington state politics moved forward. Here’s what you may have missed: 1. Seattle City Councilmembers Nick Licata and Tom Rasmussen to retire 2. Truth Needle: GOP leader is right, Inslee polluter list tags UW, WSU 3. On Muslim Lobby Day, Muslim residents march through…


Comments | More in Attorney General, Marijuana, Minimum wage, State Legislature, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington state Republican Party | Topics: Bob Ferguson, Nick Licata, Susan Hutchison

January 21, 2015 at 9:38 AM

State attorney general proposes to raise smoking age to 21

OLYMPIA – State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday afternoon to announce a bill to raise the smoking age in Washington to 21 from 18. Most states have allow people to buy cigarettes once they reach 18, though in at least two states, Utah and New Jersey, the age is 19, according to Beverly May,…


Comments | More in Attorney General, State Legislature | Topics: Bob Ferguson, cigarettes, smoking

October 3, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Inslee and Attorney General Ferguson call for judge to amend Hanford agreement

Friday afternoon’s news dump has brought a new page in the never-ending Hanford nuclear reservation drama. Gov. Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson are now calling on a federal judge to amend the state’s 2010 agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy to set new requirements for treating and retrieving tank waste and the building of new double-shelled tanks at  Hanford. Doing so would try and…


Comments | More in Federal government, Governor, Politics Northwest | Topics: Bob Ferguson, hanford, Jay Inslee

August 15, 2014 at 10:24 AM

AG Ferguson goes to bat for immigrant children

Immigrant children crossing the border likely won’t make their way up to Washington state in large numbers anytime soon, where it was briefly thought they might be housed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. But the slowing of unaccompanied minors crossing the border hasn’t stopped  Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson from weighing in on the latest incarnation of our approximately 140-year…


Comments | More in Attorney General | Topics: Bob Ferguson, immigration

September 9, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Inslee asks feds to fix banking woes for legal pot

Gov. Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson asked a U.S. Senate committee for a key bit of help in creating a tightly regulated legal pot market. In written testimony submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee for a Tuesday hearing, Inslee and Ferguson stressed that without changes at the federal level, Washington state’s legal pot merchants will…


Comments | More in Attorney General, Governor, Marijuana, Politics Northwest | Topics: Bob Ferguson, I-502, Jay Inslee

August 22, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Pot consultant offers solution to government standoff

Mark Kleiman, the state’s top pot consultant, has suggested a way to end the lingering tension between Washington’s new recreational pot law and the federal government, which considers all marijuana illegal.

And state Attorney General Bob Ferguson did not dismiss Kleiman’s idea. Ferguson said the AG’s office “has done their own examination” of Kleiman’s proposal and “it’s too soon to say” if it has traction with decision-makers.

Ferguson did not want to reveal any more about the state’s discussions with the federal Department of Justice. “I’m not ready to get into more detail about what communication is going on with the feds,” Ferguson said.

In an article published Wednesday in the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis, Kleiman said the DOJ now seems to have three options: cracking down on legalized pot in Washington and Colorado, acquiescing to legalization, or “muddling through”  with its current policy of only saying it continues to review new laws in those two states.

Kleiman sees two better alternatives.


Comments | More in Marijuana, Politics Northwest | Topics: Bob Ferguson, department of justice, marijuana

January 4, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Ryu lease may become issue in King County Council race

State Rep. Cindy Ryu’s lease for her district office in Shoreline may become an issue in the race to replace King County Councilman Bob Ferguson. A Democrat from Shoreline, Ryu is one of five finalists recommended for the job by a citizen panel created by County Executive Dow Constantine. From those five, Constantine will forward three…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Bob Ferguson, Cindy Ryu, Metropolitan King County Council

December 21, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Five recommended for Ferguson seat on King County Council

Five applicants have been recommended by a citizen panel to fill the Metropolitan King County Council seat of Bob Ferguson, who was elected state attorney general in November. Rod Dembowski, Will Hall, Cindy Ryu, Keith Scully and Chuck Sloane are the applicants. They were selected from a field of 13 candidates by a 13-member citizen panel…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Bob Ferguson, dow constantine, Metropolitan King County Council

December 4, 2012 at 1:57 PM

13 apply for Bob Ferguson’s King County Council seat

Thirteen candidates have applied to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Metropolitan King County Council, the county announced Tuesday. The applicants, all North King County residents, are hoping to succeed District 1’s Bob Ferguson, who will be sworn in as the state’s attorney general Jan. 16. An advisory committee appointed by Executive Dow Constantine will narrow…


Comments | More in Attorney General | Topics: Bob Ferguson, Cindy Ryu, dow constantine

November 15, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Constantine sets deadline on replacing Ferguson

King County Executive Dow Constantine laid out more details about the process for replacing Metropolitan King County Council member Bob Ferguson, who was elected the state’s attorney general. Candidates interested in filling the District 1 vacancy should apply by 5 p.m. Dec. 3, for vetting by a citizen advisory committee, according to Constantine. “The people of Council District…


Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: Attorney General, Bob Ferguson, dow constantine

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