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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. To hear him tell it, almost everything that’s wrong with Washington, from high unemployment to struggling businesses to underfunded schools, is the fault of Democrats who have controlled the governorship since 1985 and one or both houses of the Legislature since 1998.
The first rule of campaigning in 2012 should be: Think twice before you do something. There’s always a video camera around. This might be something the staff of gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna should write down, have enlarged to second-coming type, and posted around the headquarters after last weekend.
Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna clashed Thursday night over same-sex marriage, Medicaid and the best way to get more money to the state’s public schools. Each accused the other of ignoring the “will of the voters” when it was convenient. Each claimed the ability to forge bipartisan consensus while contending the other was tainted by their recent government service.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SEATTLE — Former President Bill Clinton has helped raise more than $500,000 for Washington’s Democratic candidate for governor, Jay Inslee.
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.