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Inslee task force to tackle issue of carbon emissions

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee appointed a new task force to find ways for Washington to reduce carbon emissions as part of an executive order to fight climate change. At …


Feds reject state plan for Hanford cleanup

OLYMPIA — Washington rejected the U.S. Energy Department’s latest plan for the cleanup of leaking tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The federal government, in turn, rejected the state’s counteroffer, …


Obama will visit Oso mudslide area

OLYMPIA – President Obama will make a stop in Washington later this month to visit parts of Snohomish County devastated by the March 22 mudslide. Obama will visit on April …


Obama to visit mudslide

OLYMPIA — President Obama will visit the mudslide that wiped out part of Oso, Wash., on April 22.


Washington governor vetoes bill on drones, citing privacy risk

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed a bill that would have regulated the use of drones by government and police, saying it didn’t go far enough to protect privacy rights. …


Washington adds two math, science credits to get high school diploma

OLYMPIA – Washington high school students will need 24 credits to earn a diploma, with an extra credit of math and science, starting in 2019. Gov. Jay Inslee signed a …


Inslee threatens legal action on Hanford

OLYMPIA – Northwest residents need more than vague plans and missed deadlines for the cleanup of nuclear waste at Hanford, Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday. If the federal government doesn’t …


Inslee signs domestic violence-gun law

OLYMPIA – When her ex-husband pointed a gun at her and threatened to blow her head off while she knelt in her Spokane living room, there was a point when …


New laws name state oyster, juvenile rights

OLYMPIA – Children will have to have lawyers before a court can sever their parents’ rights. Juveniles will have more protection against self-incrimination in Washington. Marijuana growers won’t get tax …


Dozens of state bills get Inslee’s signature

OLYMPIA – With strokes of a pen, Gov. Jay Inslee approved statewide suicide prevention training for medical professionals, raised some motor vehicle fees to pay for a new ferry, banned …


Federal Hanford cleanup plan falls short, Gov. Jay Inslee says

OLYMPIA – The federal government’s latest plan to clean up nuclear waste at Hanford is short on details and the state is considering its options to force a better one, …


Washington legislators leave plenty to next year’s session

OLYMPIA – The Legislature closed up shop with seven minutes before its constitutionally mandated midnight stopping time Thursday, ending a short session that was short on expectations and, many would …


Inslee says Legislature left things undone

OLYMPIA — Washington faces reduced maintenance on roads and bridges as well as cuts in mass transit because the Legislature did not pass a major package this year of transportation …


Inslee seeks votes for his key bills

OLYMPIA – With time running out in the legislative session, Gov. Jay Inslee acknowledged “something’s got to break very very soon” to pass a package that would pay for major …


Spin Control: Death penalty ‘pause’ sets lawmakers in motion

OLYMPIA – Whether Washington should execute some people for crimes like aggravated first-degree murder is a good debate to have. Whether the governor or the Legislature has the constitutional authority …


Coal quandary: Avista uses cheap power, but Inslee wary

COLSTRIP, Mont. – On Montana’s eastern plains, there’s a town that was built to burn coal and produce electricity for the Northwest’s largest cities. Smokestacks loom over Colstrip, a company …


Inslee wants broad minimum-wage discussion

OLYMPIA – Conceding it is unlikely the Legislature will heed his call to raise the state’s minimum wage, Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday he wants a public conversation about the …


Shawn Vestal: Killers’ fates shows injustice of death penalty

It is not hard to understand why someone might want Robert Lee Yates Jr. to die. I want him to live, miserably, as long as possible. I want him to …


Inslee announces moratorium on Washington death-row executions

OLYMPIA – Washington will not execute anyone on death row while Jay Inslee is governor. Inslee announced a moratorium Tuesday on capital punishment, saying he will issue a reprieve if …


Spin Control: It was a partisan week at the Legislature – everyone for the Seahawks

OLYMPIA – By this evening, we will know the most important fact for navigating the next two weeks in the Legislature. That is, are the Seattle Seahawks going to the …


West Plains pitched for Boeing factory

OLYMPIA —Low labor costs and short commute times mean Boeing should consider building its newest jetliner on the West Plains if it decides against a Puget Sound location, the state …


Jay Inslee mentions taxes, education in State of the State address

OLYMPIA – Washington should raise its minimum wage, spend more on schools and highways, raise teacher salaries and do something about climate change, Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday. “We have …


Education, transportation top priorities of Washington Legislature

OLYMPIA – The 2014 session of the Washington Legislature may be one of short duration, small tweaks and low expectations. Legislators will continue last year’s struggles over roads and abortion. …


Gov. Jay Inslee honors woman who played baseball during World War II

OLYMPIA – There is, in fact, no crying in baseball. Or so Dorothy Roth, a real-life version of the female baseball players portrayed in the movie “A League of Their …


Inslee makes overture to Boeing rival Airbus

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee personally met with an Airbus executive recently to discuss how the state and the Boeing rival can work together.


Washington transportation package on hold until next session

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee and Washington state legislative leaders say negotiations have failed to produce a new tax package for transportation projects. In a statement released Wednesday evening, Inslee …


Shawn Vestal: It’s time to decide what value we place on parks

Is it too soon to declare our state parks a complete failure and call in the profiteers? Or should we cut their budgets further first? Maybe to zero? We are …


No conclusions on proposal to raise gas tax

OLYMPIA – A proposal to raise the gasoline tax by 11.5 cents over three years and spend $12.3 billion on transportation projects and maintenance of existing structures generated four solid …


Spin Control: Right-to-work weird for Washington

Somewhere in the great beyond, James “Big Jim” Farley is having a good day. The former Tammany Hall boss and political strategist for Franklin Delano Roosevelt may have been pulled …


Boeing tax, permit breaks sail through Washington Legislature

OLYMPIA – The Legislature gave overwhelming approval to bills designed to persuade Boeing to build a new jetliner in Washington, rejecting calls Saturday to spread the benefits of tax breaks …