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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 …


McKenna lays out schools plan

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 …


Otter’s schedule shows fewer hours, less travel

Since his landslide re-election, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is spending significantly less time in the office. Otter, 69, typically doesn’t show up at the office Mondays, instead scheduling “general office …


Locke confirmed as envoy to China

Gary Locke, the former two-term governor of Washington and current U.S. commerce secretary, was confirmed Wednesday as the new U.S. ambassador to China. The Senate unanimously approved the appointment of …


Campaign regulators recommend no action against Rossi

Campaign regulators say the state should not take any legal action against former gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi, in a case alleging that he improperly lined up campaign donations.


Gregoire’s stimulus plan includes local projects

OLYMPIA – Trying to kick-start the state’s lagging economy, Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire on Thursday unveiled a $1.2 billion proposal that includes more than $90 million in buildings at Spokane-area …


Economy dominates debate

BLAINE, Wash. – After a bruising campaign challenge that’s focused heavily on state spending, Gov. Chris Gregoire pledged for the first time Thursday night to not raise taxes during a …


Take two for Rossi, Gregoire – sort of

OLYMPIA – The faces in the governor’s race may be the same, but 2004 this isn’t. Millions of dollars are pouring into the contest that will presumably pit Gov. Chris …


Idaho’s Otter learning tough role of governor

Butch Otter spent many years dreaming about being the governor of this state. But if you ask him whether one of those dreams was to tell Idahoans he needed to …


Lowry Vetoes Majority Of Gop’s Tax Cuts Calls Reductions Danger To State’s Economy, Bond Rating

Gov. Mike Lowry, wading into a political thicket that could further reduce his chances for a second term, Friday vetoed more than half of the $501 million tax-cut package conservatives …


Governors Indicted

Governors recently indicted while in office: Gov. David Walters of Oklahoma, indicted in September 1993 on a misdemeanor campaign law violation. In a plea bargain a month later, he admitted …


Batt Turning His Back On Solution Hardened Position On Nuke Waste May Keep Him From Solving Problem

Still stinging from a political lashing in January, Republican Gov. Phil Batt has so hardened his opposition to more nuclear waste storage that he has essentially turned his back on …


Lowry Vetoes Measure To Shield Contributors Political Discrimination Against Employees Still Illegal

A legislative attempt to wipe out requirements that campaign contributors disclose what they do for a living was vetoed Tuesday by Gov. Mike Lowry. The governor, acting on a measure …