Politics

Washington Charter Schools
6:08 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Wash. Charter School Backers Check In With Plenty Of Signatures

Supporters of creating charter schools in Washington say they have more than enough signatures to get their initiative on the ballot. They turned in their petitions Friday.

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Marijuana Legalization
5:37 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Are Northwest Voters Ready To Legalize Pot?

It looks like voters in both Oregon and Washington will decide this fall whether to legalize recreational marijuana. Backers of an Oregon ballot measure submitted a final batch of petitions Friday to the Secretary of State. In Washington, a pot legalization initiative has already qualified for the ballot. The question now: are Northwest voters ready to say ‘okay’ to getting high? Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Oregon Attorney General
6:48 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Oregon Swears In First Female Attorney General

Oregon has its first female Attorney General. Democrat Ellen Rosenblum was sworn into office Friday. She replaces John Kroger who stepped down earlier this month to become president of Reed College.

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Health Care Decision
7:27 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Northwest Lawmakers Debating How To React To Health Care Ruling

The Supreme Court’s decision on the health care law threw many members of Congress for a loop. Many northwest lawmakers were surprised that the Supreme Court upheld the law’s individual mandate and put limits on the government’s attempt to expand Medicaid. Matt Laslo reports from the nation’s capital.

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Gubernatorial Debate
6:26 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Inslee, McKenna Highlight Their Differences At First Debate In Governor’s Race

The two leading candidates for Washington governor tried to make it clear at their first debate that Washington voters will choose between two contrasts this November. Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee debated each other before a Spokane audience Tuesday. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has this recap.

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Attorney General Debate
6:21 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Candidates For Washington Attorney General Come Out Swinging

The two leading candidates for Attorney General for the state of Washington held their first live debate Tuesday in Spokane. Democrat Bob Ferguson and Republican Reagan Dunn are seeking the seat being vacated by Rob McKenna, who is running for Governor. Deborah Wang reports it was a spirited and sometimes sharp-edged debate.

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Gubernatorial Debate
6:18 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Candidates For Wash. Governor Split On ‘Supermajority’

The two leading candidates for Washington governor weighed in on jobs and the economy at their first debate Tuesday in Spokane. Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inlsee clashed over an issue voters may face again this fall: taxes, and what it takes to raise them. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has more.

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Political Advertising
6:52 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Washingtonians Disappointed By Negative Political Ads

Washington voters find it hard to determine if political campaign ads are accurate, according to a survey by the AARP of Washington. Paige Browning reports, the organization hosted an event in Spokane Thursday to share the results and educate their members.

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Oregon Education Chief
7:07 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Educators Praise Kitzhaber's Selection For Ed Role

A state panel will vote Thursday on Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber’s choice to oversee a dramatic shift in the way the state runs public education. The governor selected Rudy Crew after a nationwide search. Crew is the former head of public school districts in New York, Miami, Tacoma and elsewhere. The head of Oregon's largest teacher's union thinks it's a good choice.

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Cell Phone Tax
6:39 am
Thu May 24, 2012

How A Lobbyist And His iPad Helped Stop A Telephone Tax

Washington's cable industry created a series of ads to appeal to people who get their phone through broadband cable.
Photo by Kevin Mooney Northwest News Network

It’s no secret that interest groups influence state lawmakers. But it’s not often clear how that actually happens. Much of the action occurs behind-the-scenes. So we’re going to give you a rare glimpse inside the influence game -- to see how lobbyists help shape public policies that affect our everyday lives. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reconstructs how a lobbyist and his iPad changed the course of a $1 billion piece of legislation.

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