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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 is running for governor, and a young woman on a Seattle sidewalk that went from pointed conversation to YouTube video overnight and resuscitated an issue Republicans were probably glad to have killed during the legislative session.
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, D-Seattle, joined members of Democratic governor candidate Jay Inslee’s staff to accuse McKenna of using the budget stalemate “for political purposes” to push reform proposals.
OLYMPIA — The special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee may end up costing Washington $1 million.
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 in front of a major state business group appears on again, for good. The Association of Washington Business announced, and the campaigns confirmed, Inslee and McKenna will debate at the Bing Crosby Theater on June 12 as part of the group’s quarterly meeting, in an event co-sponsored by Greater Spokane Incorporated. As recently as Monday, the Inslee campaign was refusing to debate at that particular time and place, accusing the AWB of bad faith in announcing the event before all details were worked out.
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 of a business group and a state official who oppose it. About 100 demonstrators, including several who drove across the state from Spokane, demonstrated outside the Washington office of the National Federation of Independent Business, then marched through downtown Olympia to the office of Attorney General Rob McKenna.
OLYMPIA – “I’m not going to negotiate in the news media.” Politicians at all levels love to utter that sentence – when it’s to their advantage.
The likely Democratic nominee for Washington governor spent much of a campaign speech Monday unveiling his job creation plan calling for a “culture change” in Olympia. Jay Inslee, a Democratic congressman from Bainbridge Island, said he would focus the state’s job creation efforts on six “key industry clusters” – aerospace, life sciences, military, agriculture, information technology and clean-energy technology.