Government and Politics

Gingrich Criticizes Obama
5:50 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Gingrich Astonished By President Obama's Apology To Afghan Officials

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
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Newt Gingrich told fans in Spokane today he’s astonished President Obama apologized to Afghan authorities for the burning of Muslim Holy Books by U.S. soldiers. Obama expressed remorse this morning that a military base burned copies of the Quran in a garbage pile.

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Grandmother Urges CPS Changes
5:20 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

New Task Force Will Investigate Powell Deaths

Judy Cox (left) with her husband Chuck at the press conference in Olympia.
Photo credit: Azusa Uchikura. Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – It’s been two weeks since Josh Powell allegedly killed himself and his two children in a house fire near Graham, Washington. A new task force announced Thursday will investigate the deaths. Meanwhile, the grandparents of the two Powell boys are pushing for changes in Child Protective Services.

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Governor Pressures Oregon Lawmakers
4:06 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

With Adjournment Looming, Kitzhaber Pushes Lawmakers

Governor John Kitzhaber speaks at a state capitol press conference.
Photo credit: Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

SALEM, Ore. – With less than a week to go in the legislative session, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is stepping up the pressure on lawmakers to act soon on his major policy proposals. At least one of his key initiatives gained final approval Thursday, but three more are stalled.

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Welfare
4:35 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Wash. Lawmakers Urge DSHS To Drive Down ATM Fees

ATM fees drive up welfare costs.
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OLYMPIA, Wash. – A bipartisan group of Washington lawmakers wants JPMorgan Chase to lower the ATM fee it charges cash welfare recipients. Currently these low- income clients pay 85-cents each time they withdraw cash. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports on how the fees add up.

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Washington Budget Cuts
5:45 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Public Health Official: More State Cuts Could Delay Disease Warnings

Washington State Capitol in Olympia, Washington.
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WaOLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington legislature has three weeks to rebalance the state budget. One way House Democrats propose to do that is to eliminate a series of payments that currently go to cities and counties. That proposal emerged Tuesday. Reaction from local governments was swift.

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Free Speech
5:34 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Oregon Lawmakers Stiffen Penalties For Funeral Misconduct

The Oregon State Capitol Building in Salem, Oregon.
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SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers are trying to crack down on bad behavior at funerals. The state House voted Tuesday to increase the penalty to up to a year in jail for disorderly conduct within 200 feet of a funeral service.

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Financial Proposal
5:08 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Wash. House Democrats Roll Out Budget; No General Tax Increase

Washington State Capitol in Olympia, Washington.
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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Majority Democrats in the Washington state House have unveiled a plan to rebalance the state’s budget. The spending blueprint released Tuesday does not call for a general tax increase. But it would delay a massive payment to public schools. It also relies on savings from reduced demand for state services.

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Support For Education
6:46 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Union, School Supporters Rally In Salem

Oregon State capital building.
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Hundreds of school and labor supporters rallied at the Oregon Capitol today Monday to advocate for more state spending on education and social services. Rob Manning reports.

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Republican Rally
6:10 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Romney Campaigns In Boise

Former Governor Mitt Romney.
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BOISE, ID – Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney visited Boise today for a private lunch and public rally. More than twelve hundred people turned out for that rally at a company that makes modular housing projects.

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