Politics

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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Washington Santorum Rally
6:41 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Santorum Rally Draws Supporters, Opponents, Undecided

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum
Photo credit Northwest News Network

TACOMA, Wash. – Several hundred people gathered at the Washington Historical Museum in Tacoma Monday to get a glimpse of Rick Santorum on a campaign swing through the Northwest. In the crowd were supporters, opponents and undecided voters. Azusa Uchikura reports from Tacoma.

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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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Washington Charter Schools
4:55 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Charter School Backers Still Want Vote in Wash. Legislature

Dome of the Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia.
Photo by Wikimedia User Jay8g Wikimedia Commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. – 41 states allow charter schools. But not Washington . Opponents in the legislature recently killed a bipartisan proposal to allow a limited number of under-performing schools to convert. But supporter of the idea haven’t given up. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Washington Marijuana Initiative
4:55 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Wash. Lawmakers Likely To Leave Marijuana Initiative To Voters

An outdoor marijuana garden.
Photo by Wikimedia User H.Zell Wikimedia Commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington lawmakers say they won’t likely vote on a proposal to legalize marijuana in advance of a citizen’s initiative on the November ballot. Lawmakers in Olympia met to discuss the issue Thursday.

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Washington Gay Marriage
7:08 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Same-Sex Marriage Decision Personal for Lawmakers

Washington state Rep. Jamie Pedersen speaks on the House floor.
Photo by Azusa Uchikura

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A bill to legalize same-sex marriage is in the hands of Governor Chris Gregoire. It passed the Washington House Wedesday with a 55-43 vote. During the three-hour debate, many lawmakers shared their own personal stories.

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Washington Governor's Race
6:30 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Wash. Governor Candidate Inslee Announces Jobs Plan

Washington gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee
Photo Source: Jay Inslee

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee has laid out his jobs plan for Washington state. It’s the first of several policy proposals Inslee plans to announce in the coming weeks.

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Oregon Senator Lawsuit
6:55 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Lawsuit Alleging Shady Dealings Against Oregon Lawmaker Withdrawn

Oregon State Senator Brian Boquist.
Photo Source: Oregon State Legislature

SALEM, Ore. – Business partners suing Oregon State Senator Brian Boquist asked a judge Friday to dismiss their own lawsuit. They originally accused the Republican lawmaker of fraud. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Oregon Special Election
6:27 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Bonamici Wins OR-1 Special Election

Suzanne Bonamici thanks her supporters after her win in the 1st District.
Emily Taylor Northwest News Network

PORTLAND -- A fast-paced five months of campaigning has come to an end in Northwest Oregon. Democrat Suzanne Bonamici was elected last night the next representative for the First Congressional District. Unofficial results last night showed Bonamici prevailing with a sixteen point lead over Republican Rob Cornilles. She'll replace another Democrat, David Wu. From Oregon Public Broadcasting, April Baer reports.

As a standing-room-only crowd of volunteers and donors clapped and filled a downtown conference room with their shouts, Suzanne Bonamici raised her arms to thank them.

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Oregon Special Election
6:22 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Bonamici Claims Oregon Congressional Seat In Special Election Victory

Suzanne Bonamici thanks her supporters after her win in the 1st District.
Emily Taylor Northwest News Network

PORTLAND – Oregon has a new representative in Congress. Democrat Suzanne Bonamici beat Republican Rob Cornilles Tuesday night for the right to fill the seat vacated by Democrat David Wu, who resigned last summer. Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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