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September 29, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Task force proposing new taxes for state parks

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — A task force appointed by the governor is recommending two new taxes to help fund Washington state parks and the outdoor recreation industry. The final report from the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation recommends a sales tax on bottled water and an excise tax on motor homes and…


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April 11, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Senate Democrats apologize to LaHood – for Republicans

State Senate Democrats sent a letter of apology to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood for what they viewed as a rude reception on Wednesday by the GOP-led majority caucus – a charge Republicans dispute. “It was appalling to see the tenor of the reception he received from Sen. (Don) Benton and the Republican majority,…


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November 29, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Gov.-elect Inslee names Renton schools superintendent as chief of staff

Mary Alice Heuschelnew chief of staff for Gov.-elect Jay Inslee Gov.-elect Jay Inslee named Renton Schools Superintendent Mary Alice Heuschel as his chief of staff in a news conference in Seattle on Thursday morning. Heuschel, one of three co-chairs of Inslee’s transition team, has led Renton schools for six and a half years and…


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October 23, 2012 at 1:45 PM

PDC staff recommend complaint against McKenna be dismissed

State Public Disclosure Commission staff has recommended dismissing a complaint filed against Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna by his Democratic challenger. Jay Inslee’s campaign filed a complaint in August alleging, in part, that McKenna under-reported debts and expenses and used money from his attorney general campaign fund to pay for gubernatorial campaign expenses. PDC staff…


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September 26, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Seattle TV stations team up for big Inslee-McKenna debate Oct. 11

Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna have agreed to another debate – an hour-long live event to be shown on all Seattle’s network TV affiliates. The debate, scheduled from 9-10 p.m. on Oct. 11, will be broadcast simultaneously on KING, KIRO, KOMO, KCPQ and Northwest Cable News, according to an announcement by KING. That’s…


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September 26, 2012 at 1:41 PM

McKenna goes negative: TV ad attacks Inslee jobs plan

Update: 4:07 p.m. Added comment from McKenna campaign manager, Randy Pepple. Republican Rob McKenna has launched his first negative TV ads of the gubernatorial race, hitting Democrat Jay Inslee for his proposal to create a new state jobs agency. The 30-second spot starts by criticizing Inslee’s 15 years in Congress, saying he voted for “more government, bigger…


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September 20, 2012 at 6:30 AM

McKenna won’t join Republican opposition to federal consumer bureau

UPDATE: 3:03 p.m. — Post updated to note report of McKenna’s opposition to the creation of the consumer agency in 2010. According to a Bloomberg article, some Republican attorneys general are refusing to cooperate with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the watchdog agency created as part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act regulating Wall Street. Some…


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September 17, 2012 at 6:10 AM

Monday briefing: Republican bench; what’s middle class?; Occupy anniversary

Good Morning: Republican bench: It seems premature, but political analysts are looking at the latest, and, for the moment, Democratic-leaning polls, and wondering if Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna might lose to Democrat Jay Inslee in the governor’s race, if Reagan Dunn, another Republican, may come up short in November compared with Democrat Bob Ferguson, in…


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August 29, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday briefing: Cue up 2013 mayor’s race; Ramtha guru likes the Dems

State Sen. Ed Murray Good morning, All. Seattle City Councilman Tim Burgess Forget all that chit-chat about president, governor and attorney general. That’s so 2012. Let’s talk for a minute about the 2013 Seattle mayor’s race. It is taking shape, quietly, behind the scenes. No announcements, official or otherwise. But I am going out on a…


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