Washington

Gregoire's Legacy
7:31 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Gregoire’s Legacy: Children’s Health, Navigating Recession, Gay Marriage

Gov. Gregoire announces she won’t seek a third term.
Credit Photo by Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire will leave office January 16th. During her eight years as governor, the Democrat often referred to herself as a “recovering lawyer.” Polls showed the former attorney general struggled to connect with voters. She could come off as a fierce technocrat. But her two-terms in office were marked by challenges that affected her on a deeply personal level. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has this look at the governor’s legacy.

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Offshore Wind Energy
6:23 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Seattle Firm Wins Grant To Build Offshore Wind Platform

Seattle company Principle Power wants to take turbines out to sea. The feds today awarded the company 4 million dollars to design an offshore wind power facility. It would be anchored off the Oregon coast near Coos Bay. Amelia Templeton reports.

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Racial Equity Report
6:40 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Washington Legislature Receives 'D' In Racial Equity Report

A new report gives Washington state lawmakers a “D” grade on their work on racial equity. As Paige Browning explains, the report card is based on policy decisions in the 2011-2012 session that advance or reverse racial and economic equity.

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Marijuana Legalization
6:19 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Marijuana Smokers Celebrate Legalization In Seattle Center

Seattle Center hosted an unofficial mini-Hempfest Thursday as marijuana smokers turned out to celebrate their new freedoms. A hundred or so people gathered around the International Fountain, smoking pot. A few of them spoke to KPLU’s Keith Seinfeld.

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Marijuana Legalization
6:15 am
Thu December 6, 2012

On Eve Of Legalization, Concerns About Pot Law Remain

At the stroke of midnight, adult marijuana users will no longer be lawbreakers in Washington. But lots of legal questions remain about how marijuana commerce will work, where it’s legal to use and how the federal government will respond.

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Northwest News
6:38 am
Thu November 22, 2012

WA Supreme Court Issues New Jury Rulings

The Supreme Court of Washington issued a series of rulings  on jury selection, isssuing opinions on four cases in one day. They all had to do with how courts and judges interact with jurors.

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Wash. Health Exchange
5:37 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Wash. Moves Forward With Health Exchange, But How To Pay For It?

Washington's Health Benefit Exchange is an online market for health plans.
Credit Bluedisk / Wikimedia Commons

Next fall, Washington’s health exchange is expected to be up and running. The exchange is an online market for health plans. Right now the Health Exchange Board is trying to figure out how to pay for itself. On Friday, the Board is considering different options.

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Get Out The Vote
6:20 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Wash. Democrats Make Final Push to Get Out The Vote

Democratic candidates Maria Cantwell, Jay Inslee, Jim McDermott and Sen. Patty Murray at Sunday's get-out- the-vote rally in South Seattle.
Credit Photo by Deborah Wang / Northwest News Network

In the final hours of the election, the state’s main political parties are engaged in massive get out the vote campaigns. They are especially critical this year, with several close statewide races and ballot initiatives. Deborah Wang has more on what the Democrats are up to.

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Get Out The Vote
6:15 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Republicans Chase Ballots With Minivans, Smart Phones

King County Executive Director Lisa Shin shows off a GOP Victory Van.
Credit Photo by Amy Radil / KUOW

If you haven’t returned your ballot yet, you’re probably hearing a lot from political parties and candidates. If you HAVE voted, those calls and mailings might be dying down.

This year campaigns are able to make faster and more nimble use of ballot returns than ever before. Republicans say Democrats had a stronger ‘get-out-the-vote’ effort in Washington in 2010, but this year they’re determined to learn from that example.

Some of their efforts, however, haven’t been well-received by elections officials. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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Super PAC Spending
6:30 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Washington's Biggest Campaign Spenders Aim To Influence 2012 Elections

Private docks line the shore of Cozy Cove in Hunts Point, Wash., home to some of the state's priciest real estate -- and biggest political donors.
Credit Photo by John Ryan / KUOW

Hundreds of millions of dollars have poured into political campaigns in Washington state and nationwide this year. A rising share of those dollars are being funneled through super PACs and other outside groups. KUOW's John Ryan takes a look at just where all the campaign cash is coming from in Washington state.

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