Government

Marriage Equality Law
6:08 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

'Who Signed' Posts R-71 Petition Signers Online

Who Signed is one of the organizations that posted names of signers of petition R-71.
Photo courtesy of Whosigned.org

MarriAs promised, gay rights activists have posted the names and addresses of more than 100,000 Washington voters in an online searchable database. These voters signed petitions in 2009 to repeal Washington’s “everything but marriage” domestic partnership law.

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Oregon Governor's Proposal
4:50 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Kitzhaber Counters Legislative Budget Deal

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber
Photo credit: Oregon Governors Office Oregon Governors Office

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has a budget counter-offer to state lawmakers. The Democrat he says his plan would prevent a prison closure and some cuts to human services. His proposal Thursday would also tap reserve funds.

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Economic Predictions
4:34 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Wash. Lawmakers Get Slightly Brighter Revenue Forecast

Washington State Capitol Building Olympia, Wash.
Photo credit: Wikimedia User Georgejo2034 Wikimedia Commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Slightly up. That’s the upshot of Thursday’s Washington revenue forecast. This is the quarterly report that tells budget writers how much money they have to work with. Steve Lerch is Washington’s interim economic forecaster. He told a panel of lawmakers they can expect $96 million more than they expected to balance the budget. Lerch said Washington’s recovery continues, but it’s slow.

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Balancing The Budget
5:51 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Wash. Democrats May Find Path To Avoid Sales Tax Measure

If Washington's new revenue forecast is positive, the state may avoid the governor’s proposal to ask voters to approve a half-penny sales tax hike.
Photo credit: Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

BalaOLYMPIA, Wash. – Democrats in the Washington legislature are suddenly hopeful they can rebalance the state budget without asking voters to approve a tax hike. Their optimism comes even before they see the latest revenue forecast out Thursday.

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Education and Teaching
6:23 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Wash. Senate Passes New Teacher Evaluation System

Wash. Gov Chris Gregoire with Democratic Sen. Kevin Ranker following the teacher evaluation vote. Gregoire helped broker a compromise on the bill.
Photo by Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington state senate has approved a new four-tier teacher evaluation system. The bill that passed Tuesday also creates a mechanism for firing under-performing teachers who don’t improve.

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North-Idaho Conservatives
6:17 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Idaho Crowd Cheers Santorum's Pro-Life, Anti-Tax Promises

Rick Santorum speaks to a packed room of supporters in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Photo by Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum drew an enthusiastic crowd at a campaign stop in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Tuesday. Some of the loudest cheers came in response to his socially conservative positions.

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Women's Rights
6:10 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Abortion Bill Clears Washington State House

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia
Photo by Wikimedia User Visitor7 Wikimedia Commons

The Washington State House has passed a bill that requires insurance companies that cover maternity services to also include procedures to terminate pregnancies. Women in Washington State already have access to abortion services. The bill attempts to preserve the status quo.

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Environmental Hazards
4:52 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Quileute Tribe 'Ecstatic' About Move Out Of Tsunami Zone

The Quileute Indian Reservation located on Washington's Pacific coast.
Photo by Wikimedia User User.Nikater Wikimedia Commons

"Ecstatic," "amazed," and "stunned." Those are some of the words being used Tuesday around the tiny Quileute Indian Reservation on the Washington coast. This, after the U.S. Congress slightly shrank Olympic National Park to allow the tribe to move out of a tsunami zone. President Obama is expected to sign the legislation soon.

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Oregon Legislature
6:34 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Oregon Session Nears Halfway Point With Key Votes Looming

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber
Photo credit Oregon Governor's Office

SALEM, Ore. – Halfway into a month-long legislative session in Salem, Governor John Kitzhaber’s key policy proposals face a major test as soon as Tuesday. As Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports, there have been a few bumps along the road.

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same-sex marriage bill signed
6:20 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Wash. Governor Signs Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire after signing legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – In the words of one gay couple: it’s a “pre-Valentine’s Day” gift. Washington Governor Chris Gregoire today signed into law a measure to give same-sex couples the right to marry. The packed and emotional bill-signing took place in a ceremonial room at the statehouse.

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