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Pollution rules delayed after Boeing balks

Entering her final year in office, former Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire found herself in a difficult spot. Indian tribes, powerful supporters of the governor, wanted stricter water pollution rules.


National Guard deploys 2 helicopters to WA fire

WENATCHEE, Wash. — The Washington National Guard deployed two helicopters equipped with water buckets today to help crews battling a wildfire near Wenatchee.


Gregoire’s tax support comes late

The next Washington governor needs to find a way to raise money for schools, says the outgoing governor. There is no way, the outgoing governor says, for the state to …


Budget deal may be near

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire lifted her self-imposed boycott of bill signings Thursday and said legislators could be close to reaching a deal on cuts to the state’s operating budget. …


Measure broadens Washington’s renewable energy law

SEATTLE — Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed a bill that for the first time broadens the definition of renewable energy.


Gov. Gregoire to sign gay marriage bill today

OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire will sign a measure legalizing gay marriage in Washington state into law today.


Shadle students discuss budget with Gregoire

If Chris Gregoire gets tired of being Washington’s governor, she might have a future as a Shadle Park High School economics teacher. She might, anyway, if the state weren’t making …


Gregoire proposes service and pay cuts

OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire released a list of possible cuts to slash $2 billion from the state budget, including an end to the state’s Basic Health Plan which would …


Washington state cancels presidential primary

OLYMPIA — Washington state has canceled its 2012 presidential primary.


New law makes immunization requirements tougher

A new state law is making it more difficult for parents to send their children to school without first getting immunized against diseases. The bill, signed into law by Gov. …


Shawn Vestal: Small, kind acts bring about greatness

Tony Antonucci knows it sounds corny. But he’d like us all to take a moment and do something nice for someone. Something simple. Soup for a neighbor. Help in the …


State employees urge Gregoire to veto pot bill

OLYMPIA — The state employees union joined the fray over the medical marijuana bill, urging Gov. Chris Gregoire in a letter today to veto it.


Interior Secretary Salazar visits Washington state

ANACORTES, Wash. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was in Washington state Wednesday to discuss local efforts to preserve Bureau of Land Management lands in the San Juan Islands.


Shawn Vestal: Pardon would let wayward kids hear Ague’s story

Gov. Chris Gregoire has been fairly tight-fisted with pardons. But Starcia Ague presented a case the governor couldn’t refuse. Ague – a young woman who has spent eight years triumphing …


Baxter tapped to assume McCaslin’s seat

After a daylong interview process, Spokane County commissioners unanimously selected Jeff H. Baxter to replace Bob McCaslin in the state Senate.


McCaslin blasts Shea as possible successor for state Senate seat

Longtime state Sen. Bob McCaslin, who resigned last month, doesn’t think state Rep. Matt Shea should replace him. “I wish to state that under no circumstances would I support Matthew …


Governor, at Spokane City Hall, briefed on bomb investigation

After meeting with investigators and city leaders Friday at Spokane City Hall, Gov. Chris Gregoire commended the three contract workers who spotted the lethal backpack bomb along the Martin Luther …


Gregoire comes to Spokane for bomb briefing

After meeting with investigators and city leaders Friday at Spokane City Hall, Gov. Chris Gregoire commended the three contract workers who spotted the lethal backpack bomb along the Martin Luther …


Gregoire wants new budget process

OLYMPIA — The state needs to change the way it decides how to spend money, and what it spends money on, Gov. Chris Gregoire said today.


Supreme court justice returns to West Valley

Washington State Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens came home last week to visit her high school alma mater. As students from across the district gathered in the gymnasium of West …


Spin Control: Drafting in dark messed up soda tax

OLYMPIA – Not to be a nag about the value of public hearings for important stuff government wants to do to us, but legislators’ penchant for closed-door, back-room discussions of …


Gregoire says her state’s best for business

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire jabbed back at her Idaho counterpart Tuesday over whose state is better for business. Washington got a better rating in Forbes Magazine for being business-friendly …


Governor signs I-960 suspension

OLYMPIA – There was no drama, but plenty of theatrics, as Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a bill Wednesday making it easier for the Legislature to raise taxes. Gregoire signed a …


Spin Control: Focused taxes will fix budget crunch

OLYMPIA – The Legislature is moving toward a fight over taxes that will ultimately come down to which ones to raise. Although Republicans and some Democrats will say “none,” odds …


Budget forecast darkens

OLYMPIA – The state’s projected budget gap grew by about $200 million Friday. Chief economic forecaster Arun Raha said revenue won’t be off that much, but the state is expecting …


Gregoire counting on federal cash

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire said she’s confident the federal government will come up with $435 million for Medicaid reimbursements over the next 18 months, easing somewhat the cuts the …


Gregoire expects more federal support for Medicaid

Gov. Chris Gregoire said she’s confident the federal government will come up with some $435 million in money for Medicaid reimbursements over the next 18 months, easing somewhat the cuts …


Hard to detect crisis by pace of action so far

“They’re working at a fever pitch.” Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, describing legislative activity last Monday


State’s high marks a positive for business

Washingtonians should be blushing – or flushing, depending on how seriously one takes outsider rankings of a state’s desirability as a place to do business. Washington scored a rare three-fer …


All atwitter over the governor’s random thoughts

Word came last week from Gov. Chris Gregoire’s office that she is now on Twitter. In truth, she’s been tweeting for a few weeks. But with the revolution in Iran …