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  • Governor candidates shelled out record dough

    OLYMPIA – Even without the final spending tallied, this year’s Washington governor’s race was the most expensive in state history, and outside independent groups spent record amounts trying to persuade …

  • Inslee captures governor’s race

    Former U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, who promised to help solve Washington’s budget woes and boost its economy by trimming government and targeting industries of the future, will be the state’s …

  • McKenna aides still confident of victory

    OLYMPIA – Republican Rob McKenna’s campaign insisted Thursday he would overtake Democrat Jay Inslee “next week or the week after” as ballot counting continued in Washington’s close gubernatorial race. But …

  • Same-sex marriage backers celebrate

    With ballot counts continuing around Washington, supporters of same-sex marriage claimed victory Wednesday, saying their projections convince them Referendum 74 will pass. While they collected congratulations from the measure’s chief …

  • Inslee out front as count goes on

    Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna will continue their battle for the job of Washington’s chief executive for at least another day. Ballots tallied Tuesday night gave Inslee a …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • Inslee campaign cleared by state panel

    OLYMPIA – The state’s campaign watchdog rejected complaints about contributions and spending by Democrat Jay Inslee while a small-business group tried to boost Republican Rob McKenna’s chances for governor Monday. …

  • Inslee, McKenna differ on economic fixes, challenge anti-tax claims

    To turn the governor’s office Republican for the first time in a generation, Attorney General Rob McKenna seems intent on keeping the race focused on local issues and state politics. …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • Gregoire: Two’s enough

    OLYMPIA – Chris Gregoire, who became governor of Washington in the midst of controversy and managed the state during some of its greatest economic adversity, said Monday she won’t seek …

  • Rossi sees desperation in lawsuit

    GOP candidate Dino Rossi today accused his opponent and other Democrats of being “desperate” with an effort to challenge the designation he would carry on the ballot.

  • Medal time is over: Bring on Gregoire and Rossi

    The 2008 Olympics ended Sunday with glorious bursts of digitally enhanced fireworks, lip-synced warbling and Chinese drummers floating through the air for no apparent reason. Thank God it’s over.

  • Lesser-known names fill out gubernatorial ballot

    OLYMPIA – In addition to Gov. Chris Gregoire and Dino Rossi, there are eight lesser-known candidates running for governor this year. Some are perennial also-rans wanting to get their names …



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