Government and Politics

Education Tax
4:05 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Gregoire Will Propose Education Tax Before Leaving Office

Gov. Chris Gregoire says she will propose a new source of funding for public schools before she leaves office in January.
Northwest News Network

Both candidates for Washington governor have said “no” to higher taxes. But, outgoing Gov. Chris Gregoire says she will propose a new source of funding for public schools before she leaves office in January.

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Concerns Over Governor's Appointment
6:07 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Wash. Governor Appointed State Senator Despite Staff Concerns

Washington Republicans have released documents that show Gov. Chris Gregoire appointed a state senator to a $92,000-a-year job, despite concerns that the senator wasn’t qualified for the position. This is just the latest development in a political drama touched off by the appointment.

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Oregon Liquor Chief
4:09 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Oregon Liquor Chief Announces Retirement

Steve Pharo, the director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, announced his retirement.
Northwest News Network

The embattled director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced Tuesday that he'll retire next month. Gov. John Kitzhaber pressured Steve Pharo to step down earlier this year. But the liquor agency head refused until now.

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Political Campaigns
4:05 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Campaigns Know If You’ve Voted -- And That’s Not All

Volunteers all over the country are working the phones to remind likely voters to support their candidates.
Steve Rhodes Flickr

In this era of mail-in balloting, political campaigns have become a bit like Santa Claus: he may know if you’ve been bad or good, but they know whether you’ve voted yet or not - and who you’re likely to support.

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Wash. Governor Candidates
5:03 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

One-On-One With Washington's Candidates For Governor

Democrat Jay Inslee
Christina Salerno TVW

Ballots are arriving in the mail. And a new poll shows the race for Washington governor is a virtual dead heat. Whoever is elected will inherit a budget shortfall along with a court order to spend more on education.

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Gay Marriage Issue Incites Attack
5:11 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Gay Marriage Issue Sparks Alleged Attack In Safeway Parking Lot

The King County Sheriff's Department had to intervene Sunday when emotions over Referendum 74 reached a boiling point. It happened in a Safeway parking lot in Burien, Wash.

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Ore. Coal Export Terminal
4:37 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Commissioners Postpone Coal Vote

Many people object to the environmental impacts of having coal trains traveling through Oregon towns and the possibility of derailments.
Callum Black Wikimedia Commons

The Lane County Board of Commissioners decided not to vote yet on a resolution supporting a proposed coal export terminal in Coos Bay. Still, the board took public comment on the resolution from about two dozen people at their meeting Wednesday.

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Oregon Casino Ballot Measures
5:17 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Casino Backers Figure They Should Fold

The supporters of two Oregon ballot measures that would open the door for non-tribal casinos in the state say they're suspending that campaign. In a statement Tuesday, the casino backers acknowledged the measures appear unlikely to pass.

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Washington Home Builders
4:08 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Once Brash Washington Home Builders Now Behind The Scenes

Before the recession, the Building Industry Association of Washington had a reputation for not pulling any punches.
Steven Lee Flickr

The airwaves in Washington are chock-a-block with campaign ads. But one group’s missing from the fray despite its reputation for not pulling any punches. We’re talking about Washington home builders.

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Governor Candidates On Taxes
5:28 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Wash. Governor Candidates Vow No New Taxes -- With Caveats

Republican candidate for governor Rob McKenna speaks at an NFIB endorsement event near Olympia.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Ballots are about to go out in Washington. In the race for governor, both candidates are pledging to veto tax hikes. But Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee also leave themselves some wiggle room.

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