politics

Supermajority Ruling
6:17 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Education Groups Hail Supermajority Ruling

Education groups led the charge to strike down the two-thirds vote requirement to raise taxes in the Washington state Legislature.

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Proposed Timber Sale
6:27 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Environmentalists Say Proposed Timber Sale Near Crater Lake Includes Old Growth

Environmental groups want the Forest Service to reconsider a proposed timber sale just west of Crater Lake National Park. EarthFix reporter Amelia Templeton has more.

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Klamath Dam Removal
6:24 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Klamath County Deals Political Setback to Dam Removal Plan

An agreement to remove four dams on the Klamath River has suffered a political and symbolic setback. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports Klamath County has voted to pull out of the agreement.

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Sequester Cuts
6:02 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Local Effects Of Automatic Federal Budget Cuts Hazy

Adm. Samuel J. Locklear addresses officers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Friday.
Credit Photo courtesy I Corps, U.S. Army

Northwest military bases, universities, national labs and parks await guidance for how to implement automatic federal budget cuts. The so-called "sequester" is scheduled to take effect at the end of this week. Not much else is certain beyond that including who in the region could feel the pain immediately, if anyone. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Liquor Control Officers
6:36 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Washington Liquor Control Officers Want Full Law Enforcement Powers

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 5:58 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. –Liquor control officers in Washington say they need more authority to combat the black market for booze, cigarettes and, soon, marijuana. State lawmakers on Tuesday will take testimony on a proposal to give full police powers to liquor enforcement officers.

Washington has 56 officers who police the stores and restaurants that sell liquor and tobacco products. Now that private retailers can sell booze, there are nearly three times as many liquor licenses statewide and theft has become a significant problem.

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Sequester Cuts
6:24 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Sequester Could Take Bite Out of Final Aid Payment To Oregon Timber Counties

The federal government’s across-the-board spending cuts could hit soon in western Oregon. Congressman Greg Walden says the feds plan to apply the so called sequester cut this week to a program for timber dependent counties. Amelia Templeton of EarthFix reports.

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Inaugural Ball
6:13 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Inslee Keeps Speech Short At Inaugural Ball

On his first night as Washington Governor, Jay Inslee wore a black suit with a maroon tie and lapels. The area where he stood earlier in the day to take the oath of office was now surrounded by sharply dressed people. Inslee had just a few words for guests at the Inaugural Ball.

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Voting Rights Act
6:32 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Round Two For Washington Voting Rights Act

Do people vote based on race? That’s a question the Washington Legislature will likely tackle this session. Supporters of a state Voting Rights Act plan to push the measure again this year.

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Oregon State of the State
6:29 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Oregon Governor Says State Is On Track, But More To Be Done

Oregon governor John Kitzhaber.
Credit Photo by Cameron Yee / Wikimedia Commons

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber says his state is on the right track after a period of economic turmoil. But he says much remains to be done. The Democrat's comments came Monday during his annual State of the State address. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Washington Legislature
6:28 am
Mon January 14, 2013

New Political Dynamics, Budget Challenges Face Washington’s 2013 Legislature

Washington legislative leader at a pre-session forum for reporters and editors.
Credit Photo by Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington lawmakers convene for the start of the 2013 session. They face a $2 billion budget problem, an unusual political dynamic in the state senate and hot button issues like gun control. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has this preview.

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