Washington Ledge http://nwpr.org en Washington And Oregon Lawmakers Eye Universal Background Gun Checks http://nwpr.org/post/washington-and-oregon-lawmakers-eye-universal-background-gun-checks-0 <p></p><p>Democratic lawmakers in both Washington and Oregon are working on measures to require background checks for all gun sales. A universal check proposal was introduced Wednesday in the Washington House. A similar bill is expected in the Oregon Senate soon. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:52:05 +0000 Austin Jenkins 21986 at http://nwpr.org Washington And Oregon Lawmakers Eye Universal Background Gun Checks Anti-Abortion Marchers Support Parental Notification Bill http://nwpr.org/post/anti-abortion-marchers-support-parental-notification-bill <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/01/012213AK_March_cc.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – Thousands of anti-abortion protestors gathered at the state capital in Olympia Tuesday. They marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.&#160;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many carried red roses and handmade signs. </span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The rally comes as a committee in the Washington Senate says it will consider a parental notification bill. Republican Sen. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 00:12:53 +0000 21581 at http://nwpr.org Anti-Abortion Marchers Support Parental Notification Bill New Washington Gov Talks Gun Violence, Climate Change In Address http://nwpr.org/post/new-washington-gov-talks-gun-violence-climate-change-address <p></p><p>In his inaugural address, Washington Governor Jay Inslee talked about gun violence, climate change and school funding. But the new governor’s speech Wednesday offered few specific policy proposals. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 01:05:17 +0000 Austin Jenkins 21297 at http://nwpr.org New Washington Gov Talks Gun Violence, Climate Change In Address Governor Inslee Delivers Inaugural Address http://nwpr.org/post/governor-inslee-delivers-inaugural-address OLYMPIA, Wash. - Democrat Jay Inslee took the oath of office as Washington's 23 governor in a first-in-history Capitol Rotunda ceremony Wednesday morning. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 00:02:48 +0000 21292 at http://nwpr.org Governor Inslee Delivers Inaugural Address Gregoire Urges Funding For Schools, Roads In Final Speech http://nwpr.org/post/gregoire-urges-funding-schools-roads-final-speech <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/01/011513AJ_Gregoire_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – In her final state of the state speech, outgoing Washington Governor Chris Gregoire urged lawmakers to fund schools and roads. The two-term Democrat delivered her farewell address Tuesday to a joint session of the legislature.<p>Gregoire told the assembled legislators they should come up with an additional $1 billion for schools in the next budget to comply with a state Supreme Court ruling.<p>“There is no free lunch," the governor said. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 00:18:37 +0000 Austin Jenkins 21238 at http://nwpr.org Gregoire Urges Funding For Schools, Roads In Final Speech Democrats Officially Lose Control Of Washington Senate http://nwpr.org/post/democrats-officially-lose-control-washington-senate <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/01/011413AJ_WAOpeningDay_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. –A new governing coalition of 23 Republicans and two Democrats is now in control of the Washington state senate. The power shift happened Monday as the legislature convened for a 105-day budget writing session.<p>The day began as the first day of session always does with plenty of formalities – including an a cappella rendition of the national anthem.<p>But that harmony wouldn’t last. Soon Democrats lost a vote to lead the Senate as the majority party. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 00:39:30 +0000 Austin Jenkins 21172 at http://nwpr.org Democrats Officially Lose Control Of Washington Senate