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Rob McKenna

A candidate for Governor, State of Washington in the 2012 Washington Primary

Party: Republican

Age: 53

City: Bellevue, WA

Occupation: Lawyer

NOTABLE: Currently finishing his second term as Washington’s attorney general; former King County councilman.


On this race:

Issues: Cut government regulations, provide tax relief and lower health care costs to create jobs; improve education with charter schools and additional $1 billion from other state spending redirected to public education. Supports asking voters for tax increase for major road projects in 2013 or 2014. Notable: If he wins, he’d be the second attorney general in a row to become governor.

Election results

CandidateVotesPct
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%

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Competitors

Jay Inslee

Democrat

Rob Hill

Republican

Shahram Hadian

Republican

James White

Independent

Christian Joubert

Holistic Party

L. Dale Sorgren

Independent

Max Sampson

Republican

Javier Lopez

Republican

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McKenna, Inslee differ on energy approach

TACOMA – Climate change may have faded as a national issue, but it remains prominent in the Washington governor’s race. When it comes to incentives and regulations to help green-energy producers, the two main candidates for Washington governor see things differently, the Tacoma News Tribune reported last week.


Spin Control: Governor’s race drawing loads of out-of-state money

OLYMPIA – Close races usually mean big spending, and Washington’s gubernatorial race is no exception. Along with candidates Rob McKenna and Jay Inslee, who have a combined total of $18 million with one month left to raise and spend, outside groups have kicked in another $12 million thus far. The main sources of independent money are the Republican Governors Association and the Democratic Governors Association. These are not, as the casual observer might surmise, subdivisions of the National Governors Association, an organization which arranges regular meetings at which state chief executives can, in the words of Oz, hobnob with their fellow wizards.



Immigration surfaces in McKenna, Inslee debate

Rob McKenna began his opening statement in Spanish. Jay Inslee talked of “bucking hay” and working to pass a levy to build a local high school. And while Washington’s two gubernatorial candidates mostly continued long-running arguments over jobs, health care and school funding, Tuesday night’s debate in Yakima at least gave them a chance to air new disagreements over immigration and driver’s licenses.


McKenna v. Inslee, round 3, in Yakima

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Gov debate Tuesday in Yakima

Gubernatorial candidates Rob McKenna and Jay Inslee debate tomorrow evening in Yakima. The debate is being co-sponsored by the Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, and is happening during their convention. The other co-sponsor is KCTS-TV, the public television station in Seattle. It will be carried live…


Different green energy ideas from McKenna, Inslee

TACOMA — Climate change may have faded as a national issue, but it remains prominent in the Washington governor’s race. When it comes to incentives and regulations to help green—energy producers, the two main candidates for Washington governor see things differently, The News Tribune reported in Sunday’s newspaper.


Kevin Coe deemed a danger to society

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.


Inslee, McKenna propose tax tweaks

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.


McKenna wants to curb state’s health care spending

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.


Gov candidates playing up endorsements

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…


Initiative or no, federal law trumps state on marijuana

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.


Gov debate: Who’ll bring more change?

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…


McKenna to Inslee: two-thirds majority

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…


Gov debate question 4: Coal trains

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…


Gov debate Question 3: Education

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…


Question 3: What will you do about Medicaid

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….


Gov debate question 2: How will you increase jobs in SW Washington

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…


Governor’s debate question 1: Columbia River Crossing

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…


Governor’s debate: Could be a slight delay.

VANCOUVER — Waiting for Paul Ryan to finish his speech to the GOP convention before the debate goes live on Portland television.


Gov debate at 8 p.m.

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….


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