Washington Ledge

Background Checks
4:52 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Washington And Oregon Lawmakers Eye Universal Background Gun Checks

A Ruger 9mm pistol.
Credit Robert Nelson / Flickr

Democratic lawmakers in both Washington and Oregon are working on measures to require background checks for all gun sales. A universal check proposal was introduced Wednesday in the Washington House. A similar bill is expected in the Oregon Senate soon.

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Anti-Abortion March
4:12 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Anti-Abortion Marchers Support Parental Notification Bill

Alexandra Kocik Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 4:52 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Thousands of anti-abortion protestors gathered at the state capital in Olympia Tuesday. They marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Many carried red roses and handmade signs.

The rally comes as a committee in the Washington Senate says it will consider a parental notification bill. Republican Sen. Mike Padden introduced the measure to require 48-hour notice to a parent or guardian before a girl under 18 receives an abortion.

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Inslee Inaugural Address
5:05 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

New Washington Gov Talks Gun Violence, Climate Change In Address

Jay Inslee was sworn in as Washington’s 23rd governor on Wednesday.
Credit Washington Governor website

In his inaugural address, Washington Governor Jay Inslee talked about gun violence, climate change and school funding. But the new governor’s speech Wednesday offered few specific policy proposals.

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Wash. Governor Inauguration
4:02 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Governor Inslee Delivers Inaugural Address

Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 4:19 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Democrat Jay Inslee took the oath of office as Washington's 23 governor in a first-in-history Capitol Rotunda ceremony Wednesday morning. Inslee, a former Congressman and state lawmaker, was joined by his wife Trudi, his grown children and grandchildren.

In pre-swearing in remarks, Inslee's friend and environmental activist Denis Hayes focused on global climate change and said Inslee is the "first political chief executive in American history to be elected principally on a platform of combating climate disruption."

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Ougoing Wash. Governor
4:18 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Gregoire Urges Funding For Schools, Roads In Final Speech

Office of the Governor

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 4:16 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – In her final state of the state speech, outgoing Washington Governor Chris Gregoire urged lawmakers to fund schools and roads. The two-term Democrat delivered her farewell address Tuesday to a joint session of the legislature.

Gregoire told the assembled legislators they should come up with an additional $1 billion for schools in the next budget to comply with a state Supreme Court ruling.

“There is no free lunch," the governor said. "We cannot cut our way out of this. We cannot save our way out of this.”

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Washinton State Senate
4:39 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Democrats Officially Lose Control Of Washington Senate

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 4:30 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. –A new governing coalition of 23 Republicans and two Democrats is now in control of the Washington state senate. The power shift happened Monday as the legislature convened for a 105-day budget writing session.

The day began as the first day of session always does with plenty of formalities – including an a cappella rendition of the national anthem.

But that harmony wouldn’t last. Soon Democrats lost a vote to lead the Senate as the majority party. That paved the way for the new philosophical majority to introduce its own governing rules.

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