City: Bainbridge Island, WA
Education: Bachelor’s degree from UW, law degree from Willamette University Law School.
Work experience: Former prosecuting attorney, author.
Political experience: Elected governor in 2012; member of state Legislature, 1989-92; member U.S. House 1993-94; 1999-2012.
Family: Married, three children
Issues: Build a stronger economy through innovation and education, although he opposes charter schools and is not promising to add $1 billion to public schools in 2013-15 to meet the “basic” education mandate from state Supreme Court. Notable: Is the first person elected to two different congressional districts in Washington.
|Jay Inslee (D)||599,135||46.78%|
|Rob McKenna (R)||554,303||43.28%|
|Rob Hill (R)||42,597||3.33%|
|Shahram Hadian (R)||40,118||3.13%|
|James White (I)||12,767||1%|
|Christian Joubert (H)||9,390||0.73%|
|L. Dale Sorgren (I)||8,711||0.68%|
|Max Sampson (R)||8,170||0.64%|
|Javier Lopez (R)||5,691||0.44%|
The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the civil commitment of South Hill rapist Kevin Coe as a sexually violent predator, which means he’s exhausted all legal avenues at the state level to win his freedom. A jury committed Coe in 2008 following a monthlong trial. The state moved to commit Coe in 2006 just before his release after serving 25 years in prison on the only rape conviction that survived appeal. He was suspected in dozens of other attacks during a reign of terror that became a best-selling crime novel and made-for-television movie.
With state unemployment staying stubbornly above 8 percent and the economy on many voters’ minds, economic issues play a major part in the campaigns of Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee for governor. Both candidates don’t just want to stimulate the economy. They need an improving economy to pay for other things they want the state to do without raising taxes, which both candidates say they want to avoid.
SEATTLE — Former President Bill Clinton has helped raise more than $500,000 for Washington’s Democratic candidate for governor, Jay Inslee.
Attorney General Rob McKenna said Thursday he wants to tap Washington’s creativity and use financial incentives to encourage doctors and consumers to save the state money on health care.
Democrat Jay Inslee’s gubernatorial campaign is all aglow today with President Barack Obama’s endorsement of their guy. Wait a minute. Hasn’t Obama been a fan of Inslee’s all along. Didn’t he wish him well last spring in marking Inslee’s departure from Congress to campaign full-time?…
Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will be in the Seattle area later today for two fund-raisers. The Wisconsin Congressman is attending an evening reception, where tickets start at $1,000, followed by a separate dinner, tickets $25,000. Those events aren’t open to the public or…
OLYMPIA — Washington’s gubernatorial candidates are playing the “look who’s endorsing me” game today. Republican Rob McKenna has an afternoon press conference to announce the latest round of “Democrats for McKenna” names at a Seattle cafe. One can only hope it goes smoother than the…
Suppose voters decided that they’ve had it with federal drug rules that make marijuana an illegal substance akin to heroin or cocaine, and they change Washington state law to make marijuana legal. Not in all instances, not for everyone, not at any time. But for adults, in regulated quantities, for limited uses.
VANCOUVER – Washington voters unhappy with their state government won’t see much change unless they stop a 28-year string of Democrats in the governor’s office, the Republican attorney general contended in a debate here Wednesday night. “I’m not the one who’s been in Olympia for…
Why do you think the two-thirds majority is undemocratic when voters have approved it repeatedly Inslee: I believe in democracy. It gives people who vote no more power than people who vote yes. McKenna: Voters are going to have the fourth opportunity, likely to pass…
Where do you stand on coal ports McKenna: The state does not get to stop coal shipments, that’s government by federal law. They need to go through strict environmental standards… People in ports are hurting, they’re desperate for good-paying jobs, they want these…
Would you be brave enough raise taxes for education? McKenna: The voters have been very clear on not supporting higher taxes. Not raising tax rates is not the same as raising tax revenues. Revenues are projected to go up. We need to prioritize. (Democrats) running…
Inslee: I’m glad the lawsuit was rejected by the Supreme Court…Breast cancer survivors can get access to health care. On Medicaid expansion, we know everyone is paying about $1,000 a year to pay for people who don’t have insurance…a hidden tax in our insurance bill….
Inslee: Building the bridge is one of the most direct things we can do. I want to build a working Washington. I want to get up every single morning figuring out how to jump start the economy. I have a plan on the internet. It’s…
VANCOUVER — Do you support the new bridge over the Columbia River and how will you pay for it? Rob McKenna: Everyone agrees the crossing is too important to jeopardize. important for regional and national commerce. … How it’s going to be paid for. The…
VANCOUVER — Waiting for Paul Ryan to finish his speech to the GOP convention before the debate goes live on Portland television.
VANCOUVER — Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna are set to debate at 8 p.m. at the Washington State University campus here. Organizers are checking the lights and sound levels and tossing out practice questions. First question: What will you do about the Columbia River crossing….
Rob McKenna and Jay Inslee have their first post-primary debate tonight in Vancouver, at the Washington State University branch campus there. Word is the auditorium for the one-hour debate is relatively small — about 200 seats — and expected to be full. Vancouver hasn’t been…
An irate reader called this morning to ask what were we smoking last night at The Spokesman-Review that led us to report that Democrat Jay Inslee was ahead of Republican Rob McKenna in the governor’s primary. This is a smoke-free office, so the answer is…
Washington could spend more money on its public schools and colleges by limiting the growth in other state expenses and changing the way some property taxes are collected, a gubernatorial candidate said Tuesday. Republican hopeful Rob McKenna released new details of his plans to increase spending on education, with an extra $1.25 billion for public schools and $437 million for colleges in the first two years of his tenure if he wins the Nov. 6 election.