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Inslee in Spokane Wednesday

Gov. Jay Inslee comes east for a full day today:

  * Press conference at 9:30 a.m

  * Roundtable discussion on transportation at 10:30 a.m. at the downtown library.

  * Shows off the Washington Healthplanfinder’s Mobile Enrollment Tour at 2:45 p.m

  * Speech at the Greater Spokane Inc.’s 5th Annual State of the Green Economy conference at 3:15 p.m.

  * Holds a public hearing for a climate workgroup at 5 p.m. at the Spokane Falls Community College auditorium.


He may be trying to make up for the fact that he didn't make it to Hoopfest, as he promised on his inauguration day, because the Legislature was still in session.

It’s official (if unsurprising): Inslee’s in

U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee officially got into the 2012 governor's race today, making the announcement at a morning press conference in Seattle and following up with another campaign stop in Yakima.

He'll be in Spokane, Vancouver and Tacoma on Tuesday. The Spokane event is scheduled for 4 p.m. at McKinstry, 850 E. Spokane Falls Blvd.

Inslee's entrance has been so well-known and long choreographed that The Spokesman-Review published an “announcement of the announcement” story last week.

Today we'll tell you some of the reaction, although that, too, is unsurprising. Democrats were magnanimous in their praise, Republicans pointed in their criticism. Here's a sampling:

Kirby Wilbur, Washington state Republican Party chairman: “Congressman Inslee has been in public office since the 1980’s, raising taxes and running up government spending,. The voters of Washington state will reject his out-of-touch politics again, just like they did in 1996 when he last ran for governor.”

(Election trivia 1: Inslee finished third among Democrats, and fifth overall in a 15-person primary that year.)

Dwight Pelz, Washington state Democratic Party chairman: “”With his laser focus on growing jobs, and strong base support from representing both sides of the mountain, Jay Inslee is the automatic front-runner for the Democratic nomination.  He has more than what it takes to become our state's next chief executive.”

(Election trivia 2: Inslee was once the representative for Central Washington's 4th Congressional District. He held that position for one term 1993-94, before losing to current occupant Doc Hasting. Inslee won the 1st District seat in 1998.)

Pelz also called Inslee “the automatic front-runner for the Democratic nomination.” At this point, he seems to be the only runner, but perhaps that's being overly pedantic.

To see the full versions of these and other Inslee-related press releases, go inside the blog.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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