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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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June 13  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Radio ads began airing this week urging parents to talk with their children about marijuana and the new law allowing its legal use by adults.

The 30-second spots started airing Thursday and will run through the end of the month on stations from Seattle to Spokane and everywhere in between.



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June 13  |  By Jerry Cornfield
State Supreme Court justices are running out of patience with lawmakers for not doing a better job funding public schools.



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June 9  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Democratic state Sen. Marko Liias has landed a job with the city of Mukilteo and the wife of a councilman thinks the lawmaker’s friendship with the mayor helped him get the gig.



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June 3  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Democratic Congressman Rick Larsen today said the decision to free five Taliban prisoners to secure the return of captured soldier Bowe Bergdahl was a "legitimate action" by President Barack Obama.



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June 2  |  By Jerry Cornfield
One side in Washington’s ballot battle on gun rights is flexing its muscle today.

More than 1,000 supporters of Initiative 594 to require universal background checks on firearm sales will gather at noon in a Seattle hotel to formally begin their campaign.



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May 30  |  Jerry Cornfield
The Mainstream Republicans of Washington will hold its annual Cascade Conference in SeaTac starting today and much of the focus will be on crafting a GOP program for social justice and promoting women in the party.



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May 8  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Ted Sturdevant, a senior policy advisor for Gov. Jay Inslee, announced today he will leave the administration June 30.



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May 6  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Terry Thompson, political advisor and campaign strategist for dozens of Democrats in the past three decades, has died. He was 57

Thompson passed away May 1 in Olympia, according to his brother, Pat. He did not disclose the cause of death.



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May 6  |  By Jerry Cornfield
A Granite Falls man who wants to repeal Obamacare and replace the federal income tax with a national consumption tax has launched a campaign to unseat freshman Democratic Congresswoman Suzan DelBene.



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April 30  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson today asked the state Supreme Court to give lawmakers some space as they wrestle with the political and budget challenges surrounding school funding.

Ferguson filed a brief (attached) to accompany a report submitted by lawmakers describing their progress to better fund public schools as required by the court in its 2012 McCleary decision.



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April 30  |  By Jerry Cornfield
There's healthy competition to open a marijuana retail store in five cities in Snohomish County.

But one town is without any eligible applicants for its pledged store.

Lotteries are under way to decide which applicants get the first shot at retail licenses in Everett, Mountlake Terrace, Marysville, Arlington and Lake Stevens. There's also one for those looking to operate a store in an unincorporated area of the...

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April 23  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Former state senator Mary Margaret Haugen of Camano Island is joining the state board which oversees distribution of millions of dollars in loans for public works projects in Washington.

Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday appointed Haugen and Lisa Wellman to the 13-member Public...

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April 17  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Republican Pedro Celis' quest to unseat incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Suzan DelBene is getting more attention from national Republican leaders.

Today, the National Republican Congressional Committee elevated Celis to the status of "Contender," which is the second level of its candidate assistance program known as "Young...

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April 9  |  By Jerry Cornfield
A task force appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee began work today on finding a better way to fund the state parks system and promote Washington's multi-billion dollar outdoor recreation industry.

Inslee also wants the panel to come up with ideas for getting children to spend more time recreating in the outdoors which he hopes will help stem the spread of obesity among the state's youngest...

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April 9  |  By Jerry Cornfield
There's no shortage of legal minds wanting to succeed Supreme Court Justice James Johnson when he retires at the end of this month.

Nearly 20 people from across the spectrum of the legal profession applied for the appointment, according to Nicholas Brown, general counsel to Gov. Jay Inslee. The deadline to apply was April 4.

Brown...

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March 18  |  By Jerry Cornfield
The majority of Washington lawmakers didn't miss a vote in the just-completed 60-day session.

That's according to the Missed Votes Report released today by WashingtonVotes.org, a free online vote-tracking service offered by the Washington Policy Center.

Only three legislators missed more than 50 votes...

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March 17  |  By Jerry Cornfield
The final budget deal approved by lawmakers contains good and bad news, depending on your perspective.

Here are a few nuggets combed from the nearly 300-page document.

-The Secretary of State's Office will be able to spend $813,000 to find additional temporary space for storing historic documents. The Washington State Archives is filled to the...

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March 14  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Washington lawmakers put the wraps on their 2014 session Thursday that may be better remembered for what they did not accomplish than what they did.

They passed a compromise budget on an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote that puts more money into public schools. They approved a historic law allowing undocumented immigrants to receive state aid for college and they froze tuition for a second straight year.

They...

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March 11  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Republican senators are willing to extend a fee for homeless assistance programs for one year as long as a chunk of the money goes to private landlords rather than housing programs run by cities, counties and nonprofits.

But a House Democratic leader said that's an offer his caucus intends to refuse.

On Monday, the GOP majority of the Senate Ways and Means Committee

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