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Washington attorney general, legislators pushing for stricter gun control laws

Attorney General Bob Ferguson and a group of Democratic legislators will try for more gun control legislation next year with a push for pending bills that would ban the sale …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Second challenge of order blocking I-976 filed with Supreme Court

A second legal maneuver to allow Initiative 976 to take effect this week and lower the cost of vehicle license tabs was filed Tuesday with the state Supreme Court.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 12, 2019

Seattle judge keeps ban on internet sales of 3D-printed gun plans

Plans for making plastic guns with a 3D printer have to stay off the internet, at least for now, because the Trump administration failed to follow proper procedures for changing …


Ferguson says his office can defend I-976 from legal challenges

Attorney general likely to ignore calls to hire outside lawyers to defend Initiative 976.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Spokane judge becomes second to block Trump administration’s ‘conscience rule’

A federal judge in Spokane became the second in two days to block the Trump administration’s new expanded “conscience rule” that would allow health care workers to refuse care for …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

Spokane judge blocks Trump rule restricting immigration for people who need government help

The Trump administration proposed a tightening of the definition of a public charge that would allow denying the application for permanent residence to anyone who receives public benefits for more …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 1, 2019

Firm told to pay $1 million after funneling money to Eyman

A Thurston County Superior Court judge has ordered a for-profit signature-gathering firm and its principal to collectively pay more than $1 million for deceiving Washington state residents by funneling their …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019

Washington sues Trump over transfer of $89M from Puget Sound Navy base to border wall

Washington sues Trump administration over the transfer of money for Navy construction project.


Spin Control: Friday 13th was bad for Tim Eyman

If initiative entrepreneur Tim Eyman hasn’t previously put any credence in warnings about Friday the 13th, he might want to start.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 13, 2019

Washington attorney general, regulators demand Avista refund customers more than $41 million

In written testimony filed Friday with the state Utilities and Transportation Commission, Ferguson argued that Avista should refund customers for overcharges between January 2016 and April 2018, and urged the …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019

Opioid settlement not big enough or tough enough, Washington attorney general says

Washington is not agreeing to the tentative settlement some other states have reached with Purdue Pharma over the company’s role in the opioid crisis.


Sue Lani Madsen: Initiative didn’t strengthen gun safety, it added stigma, layers of bureaucracy

Initiative 1639 raised the age for buying a rifle to 21 and requires an “enhanced background check.” The results are, by turns, stigmatizing for those with mental health issues, burdensome …


Washington joins lawsuit against proposed changes to detaining immigrant children

Washington joined a group of other states challenging proposed new rules by the Trump administration that state Attorney General Bob Ferguson described Monday as part of “scorched earth immigration policies.”


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019

Gov. Jay Inslee announces re-election bid; AG Bob Ferguson also will seek re-election

Inslee’s pursuit of a third term was not unexpected, and the governor has a little less than $1.2 million left in his presidential campaign that could be transferred to his …


Washington takes lead in 13-state legal challenge to immigration rule

In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Richland on Wednesday, the states contend the Trump administration is attempting a “radical overhaul of federal immigration law” with the final …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 12, 2019

State looking to fight new immigration rules

Washington officials vowed to fight a new federal rule that would disqualify immigrants who use public benefits from obtaining a green card or visa, saying it could affect an estimated …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 2, 2019

Prosecutors challenge Barr’s bid to change immigration rules

Washington state joins challenge of Attorney General William Barr’s bid to give himself more authority in deciding whether to deport immigrants with criminal convictions.


UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019

Political dominoes in Washington waiting on Inslee’s decision

Political dominoes are lining up for Washington’s 2020 elections, waiting on Gov. Jay Inslee’s decision about whether to continue his presidential run before deciding which way they’ll fall.


UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019

Ferguson discusses suing Trump administration, potential run for governor at town hall

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson shared his thoughts Wednesday on a career in public service, running for governor and suing the president of the United States.


Attorney General Bob Ferguson sues Trump administration over water quality standards in Spokane River

The lawsuit alleges violations of federal law in the EPA’s decision last month to lessen standards for pollutants allowed into Washington waterways. The decision, which comes two years after federal …


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019

State files to block federal ‘conscience rule’ on health care

Attorney General Bob Ferguson files a legal challenge to Trump administration’s “conscience rule” that allows health care providers to refuse treatment based on religious beliefs.


Washington state attorney general announces consent rule for tribes

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has announced a new policy requiring consent from tribes that might be affected by projects or initiatives from his office.


UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019

Amazon vows safety reforms after Washington state AG finds toxic lead and cadmium in children’s products

More than 15,000 people bought school supplies and jewelry geared for young children that contained dangerous levels of lead and cadmium on Amazon in 2017 and 2018, according to an …


UPDATED: Mon., April 1, 2019

Rep. Jenny Graham fights to keep death penalty in state law

Spokane Rep. Jenny Graham is vocal in her efforts to fight efforts in the Legislature to abolish the death penalty.


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019

Washington gets $750,000 grant to test backlogged rape kits

The attorney general’s office estimated the Washington State Patrol, which runs the state’s two crime laboratories, will be able to test about 1,150 kits with the grant from the U.S. …


UPDATED: Thu., March 7, 2019

Gun dealers must follow gun control initiative, Inslee and Ferguson warn

Washington gun dealers will be required to conduct enhanced background checks when selling semi-automatic rifles starting July 1, even if they disagree with the initiative that requires them, Gov. Jay …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson talks smoking age, marijuana, guns and Donald Trump in podcast

Ferguson said he’s confident the Washington Legislature will pass a bill this session increasing the legal smoking age to 21 and is eyeing a legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Washington could sue over Trump’s national emergency order

Washington is preparing to sue the federal government over President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to expand the border wall if any state funding is cut, Gov. Jay …


The week that was: Ferguson sidesteps question on running for governor; state of Liberty gets another try

Spokane group has breakfast with Attorney General Bob Ferguson, asks if he’d like to be Gov. Bob Ferguson.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 25, 2019

Washington Attorney General sues LuLaRoe clothing seller as ‘pyramid scheme’

The Washington attorney general filed a lawsuit Friday alleging that clothing marketer LuLaRoe, and its business model which uses “fashion consultants,” is actually a pyramid scheme used to defraud those …