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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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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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