politics

Gun Background Checks
6:51 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Washington Universal Gun Checks Measure Loses Pivotal Supporter

Rep. Maureen Walsh
Credit Photo courtesy Washington Legislature

The fate of a universal background check measure in the Washington state House could be decided this week. Wednesday is a key cut-off deadline. Recently the gun control measure lost a pivotal “yes” vote. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins explains.

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Oregon Lawmaker
6:53 am
Fri March 8, 2013

New Mom Is Also New State Lawmaker

Shemia Fagan

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 3:43 pm

SALEM, Ore. - Shemia Fagan has a new baby and a new job. Like most working moms she has to balance the pressures of taking care of a newborn with the demands of the workplace. But unlike most new mothers, Fagan also has to consider the needs of her constituents. She’s serving her first term in the Oregon legislature.

The first day of the legislative session is chaos. The Capitol is filled with suits hustling about. Among the legislators sworn in was Democratic State Representative Shemia Fagan. Age 31.

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Business Lobbying
6:52 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Inside The World Of Business Lobbying In Olympia

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 4:27 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – In the world of state legislatures, there’s a powerful breed of players who normally shun the spotlight. They prefer to work behind the scenes to influence policy outcomes. We’re talking about business lobbyists. Inside this often hidden world, you’ll meet two of the most successful corporate contract lobbyists in the Washington state capitol. And learn some of their tricks of the trade.

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Water Pollution
6:47 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Oregon Takes Aggressive Approach To Water Pollution

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is taking a more aggressive approach to stop water pollution from farms. Instead of waiting for complaints to come in from the public, the state is going to begin looking for polluters.

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Oregon Budget
6:59 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Budget Debate Kicks Off In Salem

Ways & Means Co-chairs Representative Peter Buckley (left) and Senator Richard Devlin (right) outline their budget proposal at a state capitol press conference.
Credit Photo by Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

The stage is now set for a protracted battle over the upcoming state spending plan in Oregon. Legislative budget-writers Monday released a proposal that relies on rolling back tax breaks and reducing benefits to retired public workers. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Washington Senate
7:12 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Despite Pledge To Cooperate, Partisan Recriminations in Washington Senate

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 5:29 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Three months ago, 23 Republicans and two breakaway Democrats seized control of the Washington state Senate. At the time, Majority Leader Rodney Tom, one of the Democrats, pledged a new spirit of bipartisanship.

“The public out there is hungry for us to come together, to work together in a collaborative manner and that’s exactly what this coalition is trying to accomplish,” he said.

But as the halfway point of the legislative session approaches, the Washington state Senate has become a hotbed of partisan recriminations.

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Yakima Pot Hearing
6:26 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Yakima, Wash., Pot Hearing Draws Entrepreneurs, Advocates, Mothers

Several hundred people showed up for Washington state’s marijuana forum in Yakima Thursday night.
Credit Photo by Anna King / Northwest News Network

Marijuana advocates, people concerned about the effects of drugs on children and hopeful entrepreneurs filled a huge room at the Yakima Convention Center Thursday night. This hearing is part of a series across Washington on how to implement voter-approved marijuana legalization. Correspondent Anna King brings us our story from Yakima.

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Supermajority Ruling
6:20 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Supermajority Ruling Is Personal Defeat For Fiery Initiative Activist

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 5:00 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the two-thirds requirement for tax hikes is a personal defeat for initiative activist Tim Eyman. Over the years, he sponsored three of the five ballot measures that enacted the supermajority rule.

Outside the Capitol after the ruling, reporters noted that Eyman seemed more subdued than defiant.

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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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