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Washington Legislature Special Session
5:20 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Wash. Legislature Adjourns; Special Session Starts Monday

Legislators and staff celebrate on the Senate floor after adjournment.
Photo by Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington legislature has adjourned. But not for long. Late Thursday night, Senate Democrats failed to muster the votes for a plan to re-balance the state budget. That means Washington lawmakers will return to the Capitol to finish their work. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Washington Legislature Special Session
5:09 am
Fri March 9, 2012

No Budget Deal; Wash. Governor Calls Special Session

Senator Margarita Prentice, with Lt. Governor Brad Owen at her side, prepares to gavel the 2012 regular session to a close.
Photo by Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington lawmakers are headed into special session after adjourning their 60-day regular session. The final gavels fell just after midnight Thursday night.

“The 2012 regular session of the 62nd legislature is adjourned sine die.”

Despite the celebration, majority Democrats failed to muster the votes for a plan to re-balance the state budget. That means they will return to the Capitol Monday for an extra inning. Our Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins filed this report overnight.

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Idaho Caucuses
6:34 am
Wed March 7, 2012

High Turnout, High Spirits at Idaho’s Largest Caucus

Ron Paul devotees, like Mary White of Rathdrum, Idaho, turned out in strong numbers for the state's presidential caucuses Tuesday night.
Photo by Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

BOISE, Idaho -- Super Tuesday didn’t deliver the string of decisive victories candidate Mitt Romney surely hoped for. But here in Idaho, there was no contest. Romney took more than 60 percent of the vote. He far outpaced Ron Paul, who finished second. Like Romney’s Idaho victory, the state’s first ever Republican caucus appears to have gone off without a hitch. Molly Messick has this view of how the day unfolded at the largest caucus, in Ada County.

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Oregon Candidate Filing
6:28 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Filing Day In Oregon Paints Bleak Picture For GOP

SALEM, Ore. -- Candidate filings are in for Oregon's May primary. As Oregon Public Broadcasting's April Baer reports, Republican candidates will be scarce in some statewide races.

The state Republican party hasn't found candidates to run for State Attorney General or State Treasurer. A Republican surgeon from Bend, Knute Buehler, will run for Secretary of State against incumbent Democrat Kate Brown, who faces a primary challenge from Paul Damian Wells.

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Washington Legislature
6:10 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Tension Lingers After Coup In Washington Senate

Washington legislators still at odds over how to balance state budget..
Photo by Wikimedia User Visitor7 Wikimedia Commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Tension lingers in Olympia as Washington legislators head into what is supposed to be the last week of session. The task of re-balancing the state budget was put into disarray on Friday when Republicans and centrist Democrats took over the state Senate.

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Oregon Foreclosure Bill
6:06 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Oregon Lawmakers Agree On Foreclosure Bill

The Oregon State capitol building.
Photo by M.O. Stevens Wikimedia Commons

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers wrapped up their 2012 legislative session after dark Monday night. One of the last bills they signed off on was a measure to slow the pace of home foreclosures. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Washington Caucuses
6:59 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Robust Turnout, Tense Moments As Republicans Caucus For President

Three times the expected crowd turned out for a multi-precinct caucus gathering in Olympia on Saturday.
Photo by Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington’s Republican caucuses over the weekend gave Mitt Romney a boost going into Super Tuesday. The straw poll was non-binding, but it still attracted robust turnout from Republicans. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has this wrap up from both sides of the Cascades.

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Idaho Wind Power
6:48 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Landowner Caught In Middle Of Wind Moratorium

Wind turbines on Randy Reynold's Mountain Home land.
Photo by Aaron Kunz Northwest News Network

BOISE, Idaho -- Wind energy is facing some tough opposition in one Northwest state. Idaho lawmakers are hearing concerns that utilities and their customers are paying too much for power because of subsidies for wind energy. But on the other side of the argument, there are some who benefit from wind. Aaron Kunz reports.

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Washington Caucuses
6:41 am
Mon March 5, 2012

GOP Caucuses Are Finished, But the Voting Is Not Over

Olympia's Republican caucus on Saturday.
Photo by Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA -- Record numbers of Republicans in Washington turned out to select delegates and cast votes in a non-binding presidential straw poll this weekend. Mitt Romney was the clear winner, followed by Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. But it will be months before the campaigns know exactly how many delegates they can count on from Washington State. Deborah Wang has this look ahead.

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Global Warming Lawsuits
6:36 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Environmentalists Push Climate Change Suits On Behalf Of Kids

Nelson Kanuk, a 16 year old from Kipnuk, Alaska, has a lawsuit against the state of Alaska that aims to force the state to reduce carbon emissions.
Photo courtesy OurChildrensTrust.org

EUGENE, Ore. - Environmental lawyers are trying a new legal tactic, hoping to force the government to take more aggressive steps against global warming. They’re bringing lawsuits on behalf of kids – including young plaintiffs in the Northwest. The cases use a legal theory put forth by a University of Oregon professor. Correspondent Jessica Robinson explains.

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