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December 16  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled a 12-year, $12 billion transportation proposal Tuesday that would be paid for with an array of fees and a new carbon pollution charge rather than a higher gas tax.

Of the total, $5.9 million is earmarked for highway projects, according to materials released by the governor’s office.



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December 15  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday said he wants to give public schools and colleges a $2.3 billion boost in the next budget.



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December 15  |  By Jerry Cornfield
The state Auditor’s Office revealed Monday that professional hackers breached security defenses of state agencies several times earlier this year and put loads of sensitive data potentially at risk.

Fortunately, Auditor Troy Kelley ordered the cyber attacks and taxpayers financed them. And, most importantly nothing was lost.



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December 8  |  By Jerry Cornfield
House Democratic leaders have unveiled a new committee structure for the 2015 session that creates a panel to oversee marijuana and gambling matters and axes those dealing with school and health care spending bills.



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December 2  |  Jerry Cornfield
He presided over the legal challenge of the historic 2004 gubernatorial election.

She led the statewide campaign to preserve Washington's gay marriage law in 2012.

Now John Bridges and Anne Levinson will put their legal acumen and political knowledge to work enforcing the state's labyrinth of campaign spending laws as members of the Public Disclosure Commission.



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December 1  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Gov. Jay Inslee is inviting leaders of the House and Senate transportation committees to weigh in on the multi-billion dollar transportation package he's drafting before its public release.



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November 14  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Melinda McCrady, communications and policy director for the House Democratic Caucus and a confidante of powerful House Speaker Frank Chopp, is stepping down.



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October 24  |  By Jerry Cornfield
The biggest spenders in a race for an open state House seat in Snohomish County are not the candidates but two political committees funded largely by labor groups.



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October 23  |  By Jerry Cornfield
One Everett law enforcement group is getting its name erased from a television ad supporting Initiative 591 -- and a second might soon seek to do the same.



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October 14  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Washington lawmakers now have a limit on how often they can eat and drink on the dime of lobbyists and others trying to influence them.

They will be able to accept no more than 12 free meals from lobbyists each year under new rules adopted Tuesday by a legislative ethics panel.



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October 1  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Communities throughout Washington need more resources and their emergency responders require more training to be ready to deal with accidents involving oil trains.

That's the message of a draft report released Wednesday by Gov. Jay Inslee.



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September 11  |  By Jerry Cornfield
The state Supreme Court on Thursday found the state Legislature in contempt for not producing a detailed plan for funding public schools but won’t immediately punish lawmakers.



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September 5  |  By Jerry Cornfield
An alliance of tribes is rejecting Gov. Jay Inslee’s approach to revising the state's water quality standards and will ask the Environmental Protection Agency to enact new rules for Washington.



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September 3  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Republican Pedro Celis needs a spark for his congressional campaign and hopes it will come from two men who helped a Tea Party-backed candidate unseat House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.



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August 29  |  By Jerry Cornfield
A coalition of gun control groups funded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has given $1 million to a campaign to expand Washington’s law governing background checks on gun sales.



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August 26  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Nick Harper, the Everett Democrat who quit the state Senate in 2013, has given away the last batch of money in his campaign coffers.



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August 26  |  
The campaign behind Initiative 594 to expand background checks on gun sales is ramping up for the fall election with financial aid from billionaires Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer and Nick Hanauer



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August 4  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Legal briefs filed Monday implore the state Supreme Court to keep the pressure on lawmakers to fully fund public schools but differ on exactly how much and where the pressure should be applied.

State schools chief Randy Dorn, for example, argues lawmakers and the governor should be given a chance in 2015 to make substantial progress as they’ve pledged to do.



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July 15  |  Jerry Cornfield
A November ballot initiative to expand the state’s law on background checks on gun sales continues to enjoy broad support among voters while a competing measure is losing ground among the electorate.



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July 7  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Rail shipments of large quantities of Bakken crude oil through Snohomish County went up slightly last month while declining in other areas of the state, according to information released today by the state.



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July 7  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Two entrepreneurs in Island County and one in Snohomish County are among the state’s first batch of applicants awarded licenses to operate retail stores where marijuana will be legally sold.

Snohomish County’s first marijuana retailer may be opening in Smokey Point while Island County may get its initial stores in Langley and Camano Island.



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July 3  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Tim Eyman announced today that his latest tax-limiting measure failed to garner enough support to make the November ballot.



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July 2  |  By Jerry Cornfield
The Snohomish County Republican Party has failed to disclose how much money it’s raised and spent this year though the chairwoman vowed the information will be turned in soon.

Each month the party is required to file reports detailing contributions and expenditures with the state Public Disclosure Commission. It has not filed any in 2014.



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July 1  |  By Jerry Cornfield
A new study released today found Washington teachers spend about three-quarters of the school day teaching and the rest handling administrative duties including parent meetings and professional development.



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June 27  |  By Jerry Cornfield
A New York company has been awarded a $250,000 contract to help assess the risks to public safety and environment of transporting oil by rail and marine tanker in Washington.



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