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  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Spin Control: Value of debate debate debatable

    A sign that Washington’s campaign season remains in the doldrums despite the fact that ballots are in voters’ hands – or at least languishing under a pile of junk mail …


  • Spin Control: Social media leads to inane politics

    It’s not clear yet whether this year’s campaign staffs are hell-bent on testing Marshall McLuhan’s theorem that “the medium is the message” or are so enamored with high tech that …


  • McKenna raises more than Inslee

    OLYMPIA – With less than four months to go before Election Day, Republican Rob McKenna holds a $900,000 cash advantage in Washington’s race for governor. New campaign finance reports filed …


  • Gov. Jindal visits Spokane for McKenna fundraiser

    The frontrunner to be the Republican nominee for Washington governor brought a GOP star to Spokane on Wednesday to help raise money for his campaign. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal – …


  • Ruling highlights partisan split

    OLYMPIA – When a divided U.S. Supreme Court settled the question Thursday of whether federal health care reform is constitutional, it turned up the spotlight on the issue for Washington’s …


  • Inslee, McKenna square off at Bing

    The two leading candidates for Washington governor debated for the first time on Tuesday and agreed that new taxes aren’t needed to improve schools. But they disagreed on most other …


  • Spin Control: Both sides fuel up for critical Spokane debate

    Spokane will be in the political limelight Tuesday as Washington’s first gubernatorial debate of the season takes the stage at the Bing Crosby Theater. The Association of Washington Business and …


  • Judge rules against two-thirds tax law

    OLYMPIA – Requiring a supermajority for the Legislature to approve tax increases, as Washington voters have required several times over the past two decades, is unconstitutional, a King County Superior …


  • Inslee, McKenna split on gay marriage

    Gay marriage in Washington state is all but certain to be decided by voters in November, but the state’s gubernatorial candidates will be offsetting each other’s votes on whether to …


  • Spin Control: Video exchange puts McKenna on hot seat

    OLYMPIA – Candidates should act as though cameras are everywhere, because most likely they are. That’s the lesson of a 30-second exchange between Rob McKenna, the state attorney general who …


  • Spin Control: ‘I’m not politicizing, my opponent is’

    OLYMPIA – A week after the Legislature’s overtime session wrapped up, Democrats accused GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna of delaying the final compromise by politicizing the process. Sen. Ed Murray, …


  • Spokane to host Inslee, McKenna for governor debate

    The likely Republican and Democratic candidates for governor will debate this June in Spokane. An on-again, off-again matchup of state Attorney General Rob McKenna and former U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee …


  • Protesters object to state’s role in case

    OLYMPIA – As the U.S. Supreme Court questioned lawyers about the constitutionality of making Americans buy health insurance Tuesday, a liberal group that supports the rule protested outside the offices …


  • Spin Control: GOP should be careful with fix for McKenna bind

    OLYMPIA – Washington Republicans are exercised over a wrinkle in state election laws that restricts some candidates, but not others, from raising money during a legislative session. Their concern is …


  • Teachers union backs Inslee for governor

    SEATTLE – The state’s largest teachers union endorsed U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee for governor after Attorney General Rob McKenna backed out of plans to speak to the organization’s leadership on …


  • McKenna keeps state in health care lawsuit

    OLYMPIA – Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna won’t withdraw from a multistate lawsuit against federal health care reform, even though the other states are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to …


  • Spin Control: We welcome lists when the news ship is listing

    OLYMPIA – Summer is a time of lists. Not just the lists of what to take on vacation or what we need for the picnic, but lists to fill newspapers …


  • High court rulings go for, against McKenna

    OLYMPIA – State Attorney General Rob McKenna did not overstep his legal authority when he joined a lawsuit last year against federal health care reforms pushed by President Barack Obama, …


  • Justices say McKenna can challenge health care law

    Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna legally can challenge the federal health care reforms, but can’t refuse to represent Land Commissioner Peter Goldmark in a separate case.


  • Attorney General launches trafficking initiative

    Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna launched a national initiative to combat human trafficking today, saying now is the time for states to marshal resources to protect the vulnerable.


  • McKenna claims based on questionable math

    OLYMPIA – Rob McKenna launched his campaign for governor recently with a vow to curb the costs of personnel in state government, citing statistics that drew gasps from his audience …


  • Spin Control: 2012 campaigns threaten to overrun ‘11 elections

    Turning on the television Monday evening created a sudden moment of panic. Had I slept, Rip Van Winkle-like, for months and awoke in January 2012? Seven Republican presidential candidates were …


  • 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 …


  • McKenna kicks off run for governor

    BELLEVUE, Wash. – Attorney General Rob McKenna said he is the best person to become Washington’s next governor, vowing to restore fiscal discipline in Olympia. McKenna officially launched his campaign …


  • Two names added to state Law Enforcement Memorial

    OLYMPIA – After the bugler sounded taps, the bagpipers finished “Amazing Grace” and the honor guard was dismissed Friday, Marjorie Petersen and Manuel de Encio went to the state Law …


  • Lawmakers turn to AG for advice on medical marijuana bill

    OLYMPIA – A few days after a Democratic governor vetoed most of a new medical marijuana bill, House Democrats are asking her possible Republican replacement for a little help in …


  • State probe uncovers foreclosure violations

    Some of the foreclosure trustees most active in Washington are violating a requirement they have an office in the state, Attorney General Rob McKenna said Wednesday. His office has been …


  • Caldwell: Consumers cashing in despite cutbacks

    Washington Consumer Resource Centers manned by fewer than one dozen staff members put $4.8 million back in consumer pockets last year. That’s a significant drop from 2009, when almost $7.2 …