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  • SUNDAY, OCT. 23, 2016

    Spin Control: The 2004 Washington election was not – repeat NOT – rigged

    Suggestions of a “rigged” presidential election this year brings up comments about Washington’s gubernatorial election in 2004. They aren’t remotely comparable.


  • THURSDAY, AUG. 11, 2016, 11:31 A.M.

    Marijuana still has no medical value, DEA says

    DEA says it won’t take marijuana off national list of most dangerous drugs.


  • SUNDAY, JUNE 1, 2014

    Spin Control: 2008 election gone, but in court it lives on

    OLYMPIA – The 2008 governor’s race probably slipped from most voters’ minds long ago. The winner, Democrat Chris Gregoire, retired from office in 2012 and the loser, Dino Rossi, seems …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014, 12:33 P.M.

    Chris Gregoire pushing for $1 cigarette tax hike

    Former Gov. Chris Gregoire is leading an initiative campaign that may ask Washington voters next fall to raise the cigarette tax by $1 a pack to pay for cancer research …


  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 29, 2013

    Editorial: Health care burden should hit state workers too

    Gov. Jay Inslee and a coalition of labor groups are in negotiations over health care benefits for state employees but, as always, the details are sparse and the public is …


  • MONDAY, MAY 6, 2013

    Gregoire a big winner from old pension rules

    OLYMPIA – Former Gov. Chris Gregoire is benefiting from old state pension rules that ended in 1977. Gregoire receives a pension of $159,608, the most of any retiree from state …


  • MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2013

    Signs of state parks’ neglect reflect years of cuts

    SEATTLE – As Washington state’s park system enters its 100th year, budget cuts have begun to take a heavy toll. Many of Washington’s 117 parks, 700 historic buildings and 33 …


  • WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16, 2013

    Gregoire offers parting words

    OLYMPIA – In her last speech to a Legislature with which she sometimes fought, Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire said they accomplished much over the last eight years, but still have …


  • SUNDAY, JAN. 13, 2013

    Budget remains pressing issue in new legislative session

    OLYMPIA – A new year, a new Legislature, a new administration – and maybe some new ideas to solve some old, familiar problems. That may be the best way to …


  • MONDAY, DEC. 31, 2012

    Universities not happy with Gregoire’s tuition plan

    SEATTLE – Gov. Chris Gregoire’s goal of not raising college tuition over the next two years is not sitting well with the leaders of Washington’s universities, who say the proposal …


  • SUNDAY, DEC. 30, 2012

    Inslee wants fresh look at top jobs

    OLYMPIA – Gov.-elect Jay Inslee has hired an Olympia headhunting firm to find the best people to lead Washington’s top agencies in his administration. Inslee has told all of Gov. …


  • SUNDAY, DEC. 23, 2012

    Gregoire says she’s not finished with public service

    OLYMPIA – Chris Gregoire entered the governor’s office under a cloud of suspicion in 2005 and took control of a state starting to feel the winds of a strengthening economy …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012

    Reaction lukewarm to Gregoire’s budget ideas

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed two lame-duck budgets Tuesday for her successor and the next Legislature to consider. One cuts programs to stay within the revenue the state expects …


  • TUESDAY, DEC. 18, 2012, 12:47 P.M.

    Gregoire: School programs will require more taxes

    OLYMPIA — In her last budget proposal as governor, Chris Gregoire offers a budget of cuts and no taxes she labels “simply unacceptable” and another she calls a balanced solution …


  • MONDAY, NOV. 19, 2012, 4:08 P.M.

    Gregoire orders flags at half-staff to honor Spokane’s Matthew Stiltz

    Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has ordered flags at state buildings be flown at half-staff Tuesday to honor a Spokane serviceman killed in Afghanistan last week.


  • THURSDAY, NOV. 15, 2012

    Inslee stands by tax pledge

    OLYMPIA – Washington faces a $900 million budget hole through 2015, a slightly smaller one for the Legislature to fill than previously thought, thanks to a slowly recovering economy. Gov.-elect …


  • WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14, 2012

    State to plan pot licensing, taxing

    OLYMPIA – Washington will be “following the will of the voters and moving ahead” with setting up ways that adults can legally obtain marijuana for recreational use, Gov. Chris Gregoire …


  • TUESDAY, NOV. 13, 2012, 5:35 P.M.

    Gregoire: state will forge ahead on legal pot

    OLYMPIA – Washington will be “following the will of the voters and moving ahead” with setting up ways that adults can legally obtain marijuana for recreational use, Gov. Chris Gregoire …


  • FRIDAY, OCT. 26, 2012

    State eyes system to streamline health care

    OLYMPIA – State officials think they can save $14 million over the next five years and provide better health care to a group of patients who are among the most …


  • FRIDAY, OCT. 26, 2012

    Gregoire says successors’ budget proposals won’t work

    OLYMPIA – Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire served warning Thursday to her two would-be successors that the budget plans they’re pushing on the campaign trail won’t work and they’ll need to …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 25, 2012, 11:46 A.M.

    Gregoire says successor will need to raise taxes

    OLYMPIA — The next governor will have to raise taxes, regardless of what they promise on the campaign trail, Gov. Chris Gregoire predicted today. The budget she proposes for the …


  • SUNDAY, OCT. 21, 2012

    Gregoire gets hands-on look at how small vineyards operate

    WALLA WALLA – Gov. Chris Gregoire stepped out of the car at Tamarack Cellars on Friday prepared for a different kind of winery tour. One where she could get her …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 11, 2012

    Washington potatoes headed to South Korea

    OLYMPIA – As a Washington delegation wrapped up a trade mission in Asia this week, the United States and South Korea worked out a deal on the export of one …


  • SATURDAY, OCT. 6, 2012

    Jubilant promises about 100 Spokane jobs

    India-based Jubilant expects to add about 100 jobs at its Spokane facility in the next few years. Marcelo Morales, chief executive officer of the parent company of the former Hollister …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2012

    Gregoire secures sister state

    OLYMPIA – Washington has a new “sister” state, half a world away. Gov. Chris Gregoire, who is in Asia on a trade mission, announced Wednesday that Andhra Pradesh in southeast …


  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 16, 2012

    Spotlight: Spokane doctor named to state arts commission

    Spokane physician Bassem Bejjani has been appointed to the Washington State Arts Commission. He joins two other Eastern Washington appointees on the 23-member panel – Mark Anderson of Walla Walla …


  • SUNDAY, AUG. 5, 2012

    Spin Control: Protest elicits tangle over Medicaid

    Do Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Gov. Chris Gregoire agree on the best way to fix the nation’s health care system? Not hardly, although that may not be the impression …


  • SUNDAY, JULY 8, 2012

    Spin Control: Letter asking to repeal ACA a waste of paper

    OLYMPIA – In a world of emails and tweets, it’s usually nice to get a real letter. Except, maybe, if it’s a letter telling you to do something that you’ve …


  • SATURDAY, JULY 7, 2012

    Gregoire promotes aerospace during trip

    OLYMPIA – Washington’s aerospace manufacturers are drumming up business this week in Ireland, Wales and England, in some cases with the main competitor to the state’s biggest name in airplanes, …


  • SATURDAY, JULY 7, 2012

    Idaho governor’s mansion unused but still costly

    BOISE – For more than three decades, Idaho has struggled with the issue of a governor’s mansion, ever since then-Gov. Cecil Andrus refused to live in the deteriorating Boise home …


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