The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

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WA 2011 Archives

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Washington Gubernatorial Headlines 2011 Archives

DECEMBER 2011

Budget woes, Occupy Olympia among 10 biggest stories of ’11 (The Olympian, 12/31/11)
The best shot at holding District 1 seat for the Democrats (PubliCola, 12/30/11)
Politico: Inslee ‘burdened’ by Gregoire  & DC (PubliCola, 12/30/11)
The Year in Jolts (PubliCola, 12/30/11)
McKenna – Slick campaigner, failure as a politician (HorsesAss.org, 12/29/11)
Commentary: Action by lawmakers vital in order to reduce lawsuit payouts by state (The News Tribune, 12/29/11)
9th Circuit strikes down late-donor limit in Wash. campaigns (The Olympian, 12/29/11)
Law that limits big donations to ballot measures unconstitutional (The News Tribune, 12/29/11)
Commentary: Seattle – getting out from liberal group think (Seattle P-I, 12/29/11)
New 10th District favors Dems. Redrawn 1st is a tossup (Seattle Times, 12/29/11)
Committee unveils state redistricting plan (The News Tribune, 12/29/11)
Opinion: State redistricting commission split the spoils (Seattle Times, 12/29/11)
Best of 2011: A Biblical parable for Occupy Seattle – the issue is fairness (Crosscut, 12/28/11)
Washington redistricting plan a small win for Democrats (Politico, 12/28/11)
Proposed Washington State map gives GOP hope (Roll Call, 12/28/11)
Redistricting map could reshape House races (Seattle Times, 12/28/11)
Redistricting commission finally draws the lines (Crosscut, 12/28/11)
Commentary: Playing politics with payouts punishes taxpayers (The Olympian, 12/28/11)
New congressional district to be centered on Olympia (Seattle Times, 12/28/11)
Redistricting sets up political battleground in Snohomish County (Everett Herald, 12/28/11)
New congressional district map proposal to be unveiled today (The News Tribune, 12/28/11)
Marijuana initiative — up, up and away (Seattle P-I, 12/28/11)
Best of 2011: Can Occupy protests galvanize Obama? (Crosscut, 12/28/11)
Radical changes in US House district boundaries (Seattle P-I, 12/28/11)
Rob McKenna and state lawmakers take shotgun approach to controversial gang laws (Seattle Weekly, 12/27/11)
Deal reached on new Washington congressional districts (Seattle Times, 12/27/11)
Booze, taxes and the new symbols of Christmas (The News Tribune, 12/27/11)
Commissioners to unveil congressional redistricting maps (The Olympian, 12/27/11)
Washington year in review: 12 good things that happened the past year (Crosscut, 12/27/11)
Region’s economy shows signs of strength amid the weakness (Seattle Times, 12/27/11)
Tolls on SR 167 HOT lanes finally profitable (The News Tribune, 12/27/11)
520 bridge tolling ready to roll (Seattle Times, 12/26/11)
McKenna rails against sex ads (but doesn’t notice who has them) (Crosscut, 12/26/11)
Gov. Gregoire seeks a sales tax increase to limit education cuts (AP, 12/25/11)
A green group’s anti-McKenna rant (Seattle P-I, 12/23/11)
Video: Why can’t AG Rob McKenna raise campaign funds? (q13fox, 12/23/11)
What’s wrong with ignoring tourism? Just ask Italy (Crosscut, 12/22/11)
Editorial: McKenna saying all the right things (The Daily News, 12/22/11)
No maps expected to day from Redistricting Commission (The News-Tribune, 12/22/11)
Washington history: Boring no more (Crosscut, 12/21/11)
One scene among million Washington residents lacking health insurance (Crosscut, 12/20/11)
PubliCola Q&A with Gov. Gregoire, Pt. 2 (PubliCola, 12/20/11)
Kansans say Boeing poised to do all tanker work here (Seattle Times, 12/19/11)
PubliCola Q&A with Gov. Gregoire, Pt. 1 (PubliCola, 12/19/11)
Opinion: Why the half-cent increase in Washington’s sales tax might be a good deal (Seattle Times, 12/19/11)
Washington state was Gingrich’s ‘Ground Zero’ in 1994 (Seattle P-I, 12/18/11)
Democratic consultants will pay $150,000 for campaign finance violations (Seattle Times, 12/16/11)
Gregoire presents early Christmas present to reformers (Crosscut, 12/16/11)
Governor proposes privatizing state lottery (Seattle Times, 12/15/11)
Legislature adjourns 17-day special session in Olympia (The News Tribune, 12/15/11)
What is the Legislature’s thinking in ending it’s session? (Crosscut, 12/14/11)
Lawmakers reach deal to cut $480M, but avoid controversial proposals (Everett Herald, 12/13/11)
Oregon’s jobless rate decline holds lead lining: More people give up looking (The Oregonian, 12/12/11)
Schools face ‘glass palace’ debt burden of $50M (Seattle Times, 12/12/11)
Budget saves $479M with cuts, transfers, delays (Seattle Times, 12/12/11)
McKenna holds fundraising lead ahead of freeze (The Olympian, 12/12/11)
State parties swap positions on supermajorities (The News Tribune, 12/11/11)
Sunday spin: What’s fair when keeping candidates from cash? (Spokesman-Review, 12/11/11)
Legislature likely to leave some pink slips before holidays (Crosscut, 12/11/11)
Jay Inslee faces challenges in governor’s race (Everett Herald, 12/11/11)
McKenna donors contribute over $1.1M in 27 days (The State Column, 12/10/11)
Occupy action at Seattle port: going ahead without union support (Crosscut, 12/10/11)
Legislators’ plan to aid economy: Revenue bonds (The Olympian, 12/10/11)
Lawmakers push building-trades’ jobs plan (Seattle Times, 12/10/11)
Plan B’s strange politics: While liberal president restricts access, Washington’s Republican AG fights for it (Seattle Weekly, 12/9/11)
One Christmas wish Gregoire won’t get – a revised budget (Seattle Times, 12/8/11)
What would a euro breakup mean for the Pacific Northwest (Crosscut, 12/8/11)
Gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna urges investing in education (The News Tribune, 12/8/11)
A tale of two fundraisers (PubliCola, 12/7/11)
McKenna on Inslee: I’ll play by Washington, DC rules, thank you very much (The State Column, 12/7/11)
Big day at Boeing: Contract flies (Seattle Times, 12/7/11)
Legislature leaning to make cuts next year (Seattle Times, 12/7/11)
Wenatchee rescue bill in big trouble – today may be final day for action (Washington State Wire, 12/7/11)
Maps show support, opposition for tolling, liquor initiatives (Seattle Times, 12/6/11)
How to let our legislators look busy during session (The News Tribune, 12/6/11)
This isn’t the time to be raising concerns about campaign laws (The Olympian, 12/6/11)
Progressives debate sales tax (PubliCola, 12/6/11)
Jay Inslee calls for 6 governor debates with Rob McKenna (Everett Herald, 12/6/11)
Budget chief tells Legislature time’s wastin’ (The Olympian, 12/6/11)
Glimmers of Hope: Past (budget negotiations) as prologue (PubliCola, 12/6/11)
Unions sue to block liquor law (PubliCola, 12/6/11)
State tort payouts surge to $76M under McKenna (Kitsap Sun, 12/6/11)
State lawsuit payouts rise under McKenna’s watch (PubliCola, 12/6/11)
Will Inslee/McKenna play Lincoln and Douglas? (Seattle P-I, 12/5/11)
State budget director urges lawmakers to pare some spending (Everett Herald, 12/5/11)
McKenna campaign responds to Inslee debate plan: The more debates, the better (NW Daily Marker, 12/5/11)
GOP sees expanded gambling as state budget solution (Seattle Times, 12/5/11)
GOP Rep votes against his own bill because of GOP amendment against raising taxes (PubliCola, 12/5/11)
McKenna hangs out with teachers’ union rivals during scheduled endorsement interview (PubliCola, 12/5/11)
Inslee wants 6 gubernatorial debates with McKenna (The Olympian, 12/5/11)
Teachers union endorse Inslee in governor race (The Olympian, 12/4/11)
Regionalism sounds good but the reality is messy (Crosscut, 12/3/11)
Moderate Senators declare not revenue without reforms (Washington State Wire, 12/3/11)
McKenna will skip WEA interview (Everett Herald, 12/2/11)
McKenna backs out of WEA candidate interview (PubliCola, 12/2/11)
Interview with Rob McKenna (Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, 12/2/11)
Legislature slower on budget than Gregoire wants (Seattle Times, 12/2/11)
Washington teachers skeptical of sales tax proposal (The Olympian, 12/1/11)
Latest protest reverberates during Gregoire press conference (PubliCola, 12/1/11)
Boeing, Machinists reach sweeping agreement (Seattle Times, 12/1/11)
Wenatchee default will cost Washington investors at least $6.5 million (Washington State Wire, 12/1/11)

NOVEMBER 2011

State seeks ways to pay for transportation (Crosscut, 11/30/11)
Opinion: Legislature’s priority is balancing the budget, not helping Rob McKenna (The Olympian, 11/30/11)
Gregoire wants DEA to reclassify marijuana (The News Tribune, 11/30/11)
Boeing settles labor case; new 737 going to Renton (Everett Herald, 11/30/11)
Will low approval ratings for Congress mean a shake-up in state’s delegation? (Seattle Times, 11/30/11)
Cutting-edge research is whittled by state (Crosscut, 11/30/11)
Protest offers warm welcome on Legislature’s opening day (Washington State Wire, 11/29/11)
Occupy becomes profane at Capitol (Crosscut, 11/29/11)
Majority in state supports sales-tax hike, poll says (The News Tribune, 11/29/11)
Capitol protests take a big toll (The Olympian, 11/29/11)
Washington as outlier: New report on state finances show most increasing revenue, end to budget cuts (The News Tribune, 11/29/11)
Special session met with protests, arrests (The News Tribune, 11/29/11)
Lawmakers return with a $2 billion problem and no plan to solve it (Washington State Wire, 11/28/11)
Gregoire tax package deserves legislature’s OK (Crosscut, 11/28/11)
Police arrest, tase protesters at state Capitol (Seattle Times, 11/28/11)
WA panel gives early approval of $42M bailout (The News Tribune, 11/28/11)
After day of protest, state budget hearing drags into evening (The News Tribune, 11/28/11)
Special session: All cuts edition (PubliCola, 11/28/11)
Legislature’s special session could get ugly over budget (Everett Herald, 11/27/11)
Trial over Plan B prescriptions begins Monday (Seattle Times, 11/27/11)
Same budget-cut task, changed political tone for this special session (The News Tribune, 11/27/11)
Fundraising freeze called ‘unfair’ (The Olympian, 11/26/11)
Lawmaker wants to extend fundraising freeze to Inslee (Seattle Times, 11/25/11)
Light rail and streetcars could double up on voters next year (Crosscut, 11/24/11)
Washington to other states: ‘We suck less than you do.’ (Crosscut, 11/23/11)
Who is Rob McKenna working for? (fuse, 11/22/11)
Instead of cutting the cities’ revenue share, should WA state trim some special districts? (Crosscut, 11/22/11)
Video: Rob McKenna’s “promises” (Howie in Seattle, 11/22/11)
Democrats attack Republican McKenna for being a big spender (PubliCola, 11/22/11)
How to shake up local politics (Crosscut, 11/22/11)
I can’t think of another clever way to say that Rob McKenna can’t do math (SLOG, 11/22/11)
City issues Occupy permit for Black Friday (PubliCola, 11/22/11)
Voters aside, Seattle is full speed ahead on rail (Crosscut, 11/21/11)
Murray on super committee: I was willing to ‘put some blood on the table’ (Seattle P-I, 11/21/11)
Gregoire wants to ask voters for half-cent sales tax increase (Everett Herald, 11/21/11)
Commentary: A tax break that actually paid off (Seattle Times, 11/19/11)
Bill Gates, Sr. speaks out on Occupy Wall Street (Puget Sound Business Journal, 11/18/11)
Occupy Seattle creates real change in local government (Crosscut, 11/17/11)
State’s latest economic forecast: Things are no worse (Seattle Times, 11/17/11)
Forecast: State revenue slides again (Seattle P-I, 11/17/11)
Forecast: Washington faces nearly $1.4B deficit (Bloomberg Businessweek, 11/17/11)
Coal-export plan survives election cliffhangers (Crosscut, 11/16/11)
Gregoire outlines $9.8M plan to win Boeing 737 MAX (Everett Herald, 11/16/11)
New 737 battle: Gregoire makes a move (Crosscut, 11/16/11)
Everett Herald: GOP budget leader makes case for reform over revenue (PubliCola, 11/14/11)
Effort to make gay marriage legal in Washington begins (The News Tribune, 11/14/11)
GOP lawmaker: How to stretch our dollars (Everett Herald, 11/13/11)
Occupy Seattle disrupts pr0-Occupy Wall Street forum, drives away supporters (SLOG, 11/13/11)
Votes on initiatives raise some new questions (Everett Herald, 11/13/11)
October fundraising totals: Inslee, McKenna still neck and neck (PubliCola, 11/11/11)
Inslee holds cash edge; McKenna faces money freeze (MyNorthwest.com, 11/11/11)
Inslee with big fundraising advantage (PubliCola, 11/10/11)
The catch to McKenna’s plan? State already cut workforce 9% (PubliCola, 11/10/11)
The missing party in our local politics (Crosscut, 11/10/11)
How coal-port voting in Bellingham holds lessons for rest of state (Crosscut, 11/10/11)
Twitter hiccup leads Inslee to follow racy site (Seattle Times, 11/10/11)
Inslee with big fundraising advantage (PubliCola, 11/10/11)
Al Gore in Seattle for Jay Inslee fundraiser (Everett Herald, 11/9/11)
In Microsoft’s shadow, Seattle’s tech scene surges (Reuters, 11/9/11)
Voters reject Eyman’s tolling initiative, I-1125 (Seattle Times, 11/9/11)
Video: Campaign for governor kicks off (NWCN, 11/9/11)
Union rejection to reopen contracts may trigger cuts (The Olympian, 11/9/11)
Earth to Washington state: What’s with your schools? (Crosscut, 11/9/11)
Election 2012 will determine which way the wind blows (Crosscut, 11/9/11)
People voting to shut state liquor stores (The Olympian, 11/9/11)
The thirst of the people (Crosscut, 11/9/11)
What’s the matter with Kittitas? (Crosscut, 11/9/11)
For one night, common sense rules on transportation (Crosscut, 11/9/11)
Rob McKenna pushes ed funding and charter schools (PubliCola, 11/9/11)
DC Appeals Court strikes blow to Rob McKenna (HA Seattle, 11/8/11)
Video: Watch Rob McKenna’s “New Direction” speech (SLOG, 11/8/11)
Rob McKenna’s “New Direction”: Billions more in state spending, and a smaller state government to pay for it all (SLOG, 11/8/11)
Former VP Gore to stump for Inslee (Everett Herald, 11/8/11)
A Seattle election that cements the stalemate (Crosscut, 11/8/11)
Voters show moderation on ballot measures here, nationally (Crosscut, 11/8/11)
State senators seek wide review of proposal for shipping coal to China (Crosscut, 11/8/11)
State approves liquor plan after $22M Costco bet (The Olympian, 11/8/11)
Voters kick state out of liquor business (Seattle Times, 11/8/11)
McKenna kicks off campaign for governor (Seattle Times, 11/8/11)
Judge won’t halt release of Ref. 71 petitions (Seattle Times, 11/8/11)
Tolling initiative trails; King County votes no (Seattle Times, 11/8/11)
Glitch denies ballots to as many as 21,000 voters (The Olympian, 11/7/11)
Redistricting away Seattle’s minority representation (Crosscut, 11/7/11)
Init 1183: Washington state voters to decide fate of privatizing liquor sales (Huffington Post, 11/7/11)
Moment of truth at hand for costly Washington initiative campaigns (The Columbian, 11/7/11)
Costly Wash. initiative campaigns end Tuesday (The Columbian, 11/7/11)
Editorial: How a skeptic warmed to liquor privatization (Seattle Times, 11/6/11)
Many candidates, issues familiar from past ballots (Spokesman-Review, 11/6/11)
State liquor measure drawing to a close (The Olympian, 11/6/11)
Despite ease of voting, older voters tend to dominate low-turnout WA elections (Everett Herald, 11/6/11)
Let’s do more than just make cuts in Olympia (Crosscut, 11/5/11)
Initiative campaigns don’t just spin; they tell lies (The News Tribune, 11/5/11)
Costco pours money into Washington state liquor vote (Reuters, 11/5/11)
Budget won’t get quick boost if initiatives pass (Seattle Times, 11/5/11)
A gloomy autumn for Jay Inslee (Politico, 11/4/11)
AG McKenna takes Costco side on liquor fight (The Olympian, 11/4/11)
McKenna says he supports I-1183 (PubliCola, 11/4/11)
Washington students defeat Eyman’s I-1124, Costco’s I-1183  in mock election (Northwest Progressive Institute, 11/4/11)
McKenna: I’ll vote for I-1183 (Seattle P-I, 11/4/11)
The smarmy faux populism of I-1125 (Crosscut, 11/4/11)
Gregoire asks agencies to scrimp even more (Seattle Times, 11/4/11)
Pro-pot campaign gets big names, deep pockets (Seattle Times, 11/4/11)
An ill wind blows out of Olympia (Crosscut, 11/4/11)
A new proposal for taxing capital gains in Washington state (Crosscut, 11/3/11)
Back-up policy to I-1183 dies (The Olympian, 11/3/11)
A status quo election, except outside Seattle (Crosscut, 11/3/11)
In Issaquah stop, Rob McKenna highlights fight against human trafficking (Issaquah Press, 11/3/11)
Autumn’s gloomy days are McKenna’s springtime (Seattle P-I, 11/3/11)
Seattle think tank floats state capital gains tax (KPLU, 11/3/11)
Occupy Seattle demonstrators rally at Chase bank, hotel (Seattle P-I, 11/2/11)
Audio: State has first new hydro plant in two decades (Crosscut, 11/2/11)
Tax credits for solar in Washington: Connections missed (Crosscut, 11/2/11)
Washington state needs Jobs, Steve Jobs (Crosscut, 11/2/11)
Gregoire’s guts – does she have enough to end Washington’s corporate giveaways? (Seattle Weekly, 11/2/11)
More state cuts: Perhaps it’s time to occupy the legislature (Crosscut, 11/1/11)
What happens to state liquor stores if I-1183 passes? (King5, 11/1/11)
Washington mayors push to keep state liquor profits (The Olympian, 11/1/11)
Washington initiative to legalize pot gets cash boost (Seattle P-I, 11/1/11)
Voters want campaign facts but hate the messengers (The News Tribune, 11/1/11)
More criticism of McKenna’s pending bank deal (PubliCola, 11/1/11)

OCTOBER 2011

The Washington Poll: I-1183 up, I-1125 tied (Seattle P-I, 10/31/11)
Republicans scoff at Gore’s Inslee fundraiser (PubliCola, 10/31/11)
The “Goreacle”: Green Inslee needs greenbacks (Seattle P-I, 10/31/11)
McKenna has slight edge in closely-watched Washington race (National Journal, 10/31/11)
Election 2011: Parsing new Washington Poll results (KUOW, 10/31/11)
Poll: Wash. voters lean in favor of liquor initiative (Seattle P-I, 10/31/11)
Washington Poll take first look at 2012 – McKenna leads Inslee; Obama leads both Perry and Romney (The News Tribune, 10/31/11)
UW Poll: I-1183 up, I-1125 toss-up; yes on taxes (The Olympian, 10/31/11)
New Washington Poll has private liquor initiative leading, Eyman toll measure too close to call (The News Tribune, 10/31/11)
McKenna continues to do well (for a Republican) in King County (PubliCola, 10/31/11)
Challenge of ruling lands McKenna in new beef (Seattle Times, 10/30/11)
Smell test: Pro and con ads for highway tolling are misleading (The News Tribune, 10/29/11)
Commentary: Companies enjoying tax breaks should ‘give three’ percent back (Seattle Times, 10/29/11)
McKenna: Human trafficking a serious issue (KEPR-TV, 10/29/11)
Washington liquor fight features big spending, much debate over whether to end state monopoly on liquor sales (The Oregonian, 10/28/11)
The Families and Education Levy: Worthwhile progress? (Crosscut, 10/28/11)
Video: Jay Inslee interview (KCTS 9, 10/28/11)
Let the debate begin: Gregoire lays out $2B list of state budget cuts (The News Tribune, 10/27/11)
Campaign fizz: Eyman sues, Prince responds (PubliCola, 10/27/11)
Eyman sues state over tolling authority (Bellingham Herald, 10/27/11)
Fighting Eyman’s I-1125 brings opposites together (Seattle P-I, 10/26/11)
The fragile state of Washington’s ferries (Crosscut, 10/26/11)
CR Douglas explains why Initiative 1163 sounds familiar (MyFoxSpokane, 10/26/11)
Gregoire previews budget cuts, wants to reopen union contracts (KUOW, 10/26/11)
Officials brace for Thursday’s ‘Viadoom’ traffic (Seattle Times, 10/26/11)
Commentary: Eyman’s secret war on light rail (Seattle Times, 10/25/11)
Jay Inslee chats about clean energy and coal ports (Grist, 10/25/11)
Opinion: Initiative 1163: Leadership means having the courage to say we can’t afford it (Seattle Times, 10/25/11)
Gov Gregoire defers to State Dept on human rights (KUOW, 10/25/11)
Political smell test: Will Initiative 1183 make us less safe? (The News Tribune, 10/25/11)
Campaign smell test: Taxpayer’s bill if I-1163 wins (The Olympian, 10/25/11)
TV bickering aside, what would 1183 do to price? (The News Tribune, 10/25/11)
Liquor and long-term-care initiatives leading in new poll (Seattle Times, 10/25/11)
Rob McKenna goes rogue. Again. (SLOG, 10/24/11)
Poll shows Eyman’s tolling initiative losing support (Seattle Times, 10/24/11)
Washington’s third dam removal marks a river renaissance (Crosscut, 10/24/11)
The great big air battle over the next ‘Baby Boeing’ (Crosscut, 10/24/11)
Initiative 1163 latest dispute between Services Employees union, legislators (Seattle Times, 10/22/11)
Inslee, McKenna get serious (Seattle P-I, 10/22/11)
Spectrum politics: Inslee, McKenna face-off (Seattle Times, 10/21/11)
Anti-gay rights group appeals R-71 decision; AG McKenna defends release of names (PubliCola, 10/21/11)
Eyman’s I-1125 blocks voters’ will on light rail (Crosscut, 10/21/11)
WA governor hopefuls Inslee and McKenna on tech issues (GeekWire, 10/21/11)
McKenna and gay rights group file brief in response to R-71 appeal (PubliCola, 10/21/11)
PubliCola’s 2011 Election Ratings: I-1163 (PubliCola, 10/20/11)
Washington state loses 18K jobs in Sept, mostly govt (The News Tribune, 10/19/11)
Costco’s $22M for liquor initiative sets record (Seattle Times, 10/19/11)
Should voters place new restrictions on tolls? (PubliCola, 10/19/11)
Eyman: I-1125 closes Legislature’s loophole in tolls (Kitsap Sun, 10/19/11)
Editorial: Initiative 1125, Tim Eyman’s bundle of bad ideas (Seattle Times, 10/19/11)
Tolling initiative opponents raise $1.2M this month (Seattle Times, 10/19/11)
Karl Rove: Bush guru to GOP gunslinger (Seattle P-I, 10/18/11)
New Eyman initiative tells state to stick with old ways of tolling (Bellingham Herald, 10/18/11)
Rove appearance sparks partisan dueling (Seattle Times, 10/18/11)
Inslee announces positions on Initiatives (PubliCola, 10/18/11)
Inslee opposes liquor privatization (Seattle P-I, 10/18/11)
Rove visits, creates diversion (PubliCola, 10/18/11)
Local conservatives dine on John Bolton’s hot talk and Mitch Daniels’ smart math (Crosscut, 10/18/11)
Commentary: I-1183 campaign ads almost made me drive off the road (Seattle Times, 10/18/11)
Inslee supports long-term care initiative, opposes tolling and liquor measures (Seattle Times, 10/18/11)
An initiative skeptic sizes up the ballot measures (Crosscut, 10/18/11)
Local conservatives dine on John Bolton’s hot talk and Mitch Daniels’ smart math (Crosscut, 10/18/11)
Ruling brings release of ref 71 signers’ names (Seattle Times, 10/17/11)
Judge rules petition signatures are public (Seattle Times, 10/17/11)
WA has always trusted an expert commission to set tolls – why change that? (Northwest Progressive Institute Advocate, 10/16/11)
How will Seattle replace its aging bridges? (Seattle P-I, 10/16/11)
Video: What do Rob McKenna and Lyndon Larouche have in common? (SLOG, 10/16/11)
Washington’s “stupidest ‘no’ vote”: Will we see a repeat? (Seattle P-I, 10/16/11)
AG Rob McKenna to vote against ban of rush hour tolls (KIRO, 10/16/11)
Commentary: Washington’s “stupidest ‘No’ vote”: Will we see a repeat? (Seattle P-I, 10/16/11)
Caregiver initiative’s hurdle: state’s budget hole (Seattle Times, 10/16/11)
Commentary: Occupy protesters’ demands won’t solve the problems (Seattle Times, 10/15/11)
McKenna: A quiet ‘No’ on Eyman’s I-1125 (Seattle P-I, 10/14/11)
The Grover Norquist factor in our state politics (Crosscut, 10/14/11)
Redistricting plans for Legislature down to two (Seattle P-I, 10/14/11)
Farm-labor shortage a crisis, Gregoire says (Seattle Times, 10/14/11)
AG Rob McKenna opposes tolling, long-term-care initiatives (Seattle Times, 10/14/11)
A message to Occupy Seattle: Stay put and movement will wither (Seattle P-I, 10/13/11)
Costco is the state’s second-largest donor to an initiative — ever (Seattle Times, 10/13/11)
Labor leaders urge unity with Occupy Seattle (and a No vote on I-1125) (SLOG, 10/13/11)
Labor leaders, Constantine to ‘Occupy Seattle’: ‘Kick some ass’ (Seattle P-I, 10/13/11)
Costco pours another $3M into liquor initiative (Seattle Times, 10/12/11)
Foes of Eyman initiative get financial boost, run TV ad (Seattle Times, 10/12/11)
Commentary: ’99 percent’ protesters’ math doesn’t add up (Seattle Times, 10/12/11)
Washington state expected to gain from trade agreements (Seattle Times, 10/12/11)
Occupy Seattle protest makes mayor perform balancing act (Seattle Times, 10/12/11)
Seattle’s entrepreneurial zest is unstoppable (Crosscut, 10/11/11)
Microsoft vs. Tim Eyman (Seattle P-I, 10/11/11)
McGinn is handling Occupy Seattle dilemma well (Crosscut, 10/11/11)
Poll finds opposition to gay marriage slipping (Seattle Times, 10/11/11)
Two bidders want to control state liquor distribution (The Olympian, 10/10/11)
Ballot measure seeks to clear up voter residency issue (The Olympian, 10/10/11)
Is tolls-focused I-1125 needed? Yes (The Olympian, 10/9/11)
Commentary: Seattle voters: Generous to a fault? (Seattle P-I, 10/9/11)
Impacts of Tim Eyman’s tolling measure, I-1125, debated (Everett Herald, 10/9/11)
Opinion: Initiative 1125 – Formula for more gridlock (Everett Herald, 10/9/11)
State’s liquor-privatization showdown pits big business vs. big business (The News Tribune, 10/8/11)
Liquor distributors feeling bottled up by I-1183 (Seattle Times, 10/8/11)
Big business on both sides of state’s continuing liquor-privatization battle (The Olympian, 10/8/11)
Tim Eyman hits back at Jay Inslee after Inslee urges WA to vote down I-1125 (Northwest Progressive Institute Advocate, 10/8/11)
McKenna, Inslee both at $2 million (PubliCola, 10/8/11)
McKenna gets max contribution from Tea Party star (PubliCola, 10/7/11)
More fuel for the protesters: profiteering on health care (Crosscut, 10/7/11)
Inslee breaks $2M in gov race (Seattle P-I, 10/7/11)
Eyman responds to Inslee’s morning attack (PubliCola, 10/7/11)
Eyman vs. MacDonald: The tolls of November (Seattle P-I, 10/7/11)
McKenna: Another $2M man in gov race (Seattle P-I, 10/7/11)
Inslee picks up enviro backing, rips Eyman (The Olympian, 10/7/11)
If you sign an initiative petition, do you need privacy shield? (The News Tribune, 10/6/11)
Seattle lefties take to the streets again. Only sound and fury? (Crosscut, 10/6/11)
Pelz says McKenna not standing up to banks (PubliCola, 10/5/11)
Big conservation group will back Inslee (Seattle P-I, 10/5/11)
Inslee’s polls must look bad (Sound Politics, 10/5/11)
Hard times bite deep in Washington: Who will step up as the state steps away? (Crosscut, 10/4/11)
An expert eyes the first drafts of state redistricting plan (Crosscut, 10/4/11)
Inslee goes hard negative 13 months to election (Seattle P-I, 10/3/11)
Editorial: Gubernatorial hopeful Jay Inslee should shift gears toward state issues (Seattle Times, 10/3/11)
Comeback time for the flat tax? (Crosscut, 10/2/11)

SEPTEMBER 2011

Opinion: Higher ed budget should not be balanced on backs of state’s college and university students (Seattle Times, 9/30/11)
Opinion: Finding creative ways to plug Washington state’s growing budget hole (Seattle Times, 9/30/11)
Opinion: Spending – Difficult program cuts necessary, beginning with social services (Seattle Times, 9/30/11)
Opinion: Revenue – Current tax rates should be maintained; new revenue sources should be explored (Seattle Times, 9/30/11)
Opinion: State employee compensation and benefits should be a focus of budget cutters (Seattle Times, 9/30/11)
Federal healthcare lawsuit could make McKenna sick (Seattle P-I, 9/30/11)
Doctors sue state over limits on ER visits (Seattle Times, 9/30/11)
Inslee attacks McKenna on health care lawsuit (PubliCola, 9/30/11)
Inslee rips McKenna over latest filing in health-care lawsuit (Seattle Times, 9/30/11)
Education chief defies Gregoire over more school funding cuts (PubliCola, 9/30/11)
McKenna blasted for attacking health-care law (Seattle Times, 9/30/11)
Could young voters be the next surprise for Republicans? (KPLU, 9/30/11)
McKenna: Separate healthcare lawsuit unwise, costly (Seattle P-I, 9/30/11)
Gregoire on liquor privatization: Not right for Washington (Seattle P-I, 9/28/11)
State retirees plan to sue for return of cost-of-living adjustments (The News Tribune, 9/28/11)
Road pain: How federal cuts will hurt Northwest towns, rural areas (Crosscut, 9/27/11)
The Blue State blahs (Crosscut, 9/27/11)
Backpage.com responds to McKenna’s prostitution charges (Seattle P-I, 9/27/11)
State decides what’s not a medical emergency (The News Tribune, 9/26/11)
8 years, billions in incentives: Was the 787 worth it for Washington? (Everett Herald, 9/26/11)
WA state decides what’s not a medical emergency (The News Tribune, 9/25/11)
Tacoma schools, union leaders look back on what prompted strike (The News Tribune, 9/25/11)
Commentary: Microsoft doesn’t need our tax break (Seattle Times, 9/24/11)
Jay Inslee attempts to link Rick Perry to Rob McKenna (State Column, 9/24/11)
McKenna challenges high court ruling on legal aid (Seattle P-I, 9/23/11)
Special session will freeze McKenna fundraising, but not Inslee’s (Seattle Times, 9/23/11)
Tea Party ties to McKenna fundraiser (Seattle P-I, 9/23/11)
Elway Poll shows support for sales tax increase (Seattle Times, 9/23/11)
Special session to deal with billion-dollar deficit to begin Nov. 28 (Seattle P-I, 9/22/11)
State Republican leaders reject Democratic call for revenues (PublicCola, 9/22/11)
Jay Inslee and “The 27-Year Itch” (Seattle P-I, 9/22/11)
Next cost-cutting options: early inmate release, cut $65M from higher ed (Seattle P-I, 9/22/11)
Inslee: Close tax loopholes; McKenna: Look for bipartisan fix (Seattle P-I, 9/22/11)
Gregoire praises Tacoma school deal; teachers vote at noon, could be in class Friday (News Tribune, 9/22/11)
Census: More WA residents sinking into poverty (Seattle Times, 9/21/11)
Governor will call special session to tackle budget gap (Seattle Times, 9/21/11)
State’s jobs picture puzzling, but gloomy (Seattle Times, 9/21/11)
McKenna campaign: Inslee has to ‘run the table’ in King County (Seattle P-I, 9/20/11)
Lawmakers now bargaining chips in redistricting battle (The News Tribune, 9/19/11)
McKenna/Inslee: After all the shouting, it’ll come down to King County (Seattle P-I, 9/19/11)
2012 Poll: Prepare for gubernatorial Armageddon (Seattlest, 9/19/11)
Jay Inslee’s plan for dealing with Washington’s new $1.4B budget shortfall (SLOG, 9/19/11)
Rob McKenna’s plan for dealing with Washington’s new $1.4B budget shortfall (SLOG, 9/19/11)
WA poll: Medical pot should be legal, taxed (Seattle P-I, 9/19/11)
Taxes, education and the McKenna/Inslee race (Seattle P-I, 9/19/11)
State Dems back marijuana-legalization initiative (Seattle Times, 9/19/11)
Booze blues for Costco? Poll shows increasing opposition to privatization (Seattle P-I, 9/19/11)
Poll: McKenna leads Inslee (Seattle P-I, 9/19/11)
Poll: McKenna ahead of Inslee; Obama ahead of Perry, Romney (Spokesman-Review, 9/19/11)
McKenna’s name ID gives him early lead over Inslee (National Journal, 9/19/11)
New cuts impossible, agency heads warn (The Olympian, 9/18/11)
State Dems: Legalize marijuana (Seattle P-I, 9/18/11)
Maps recognized county’s red and blue divide (Everett Herald, 9/18/11)
Redistricting immune from politics? Don’t bet on it (The News Tribune, 9/18/11)
Private group wants to promote WA tourism (The News Tribune, 9/18/11)
Poll: State voters favor Obama, McKenna in 2012 (Seattle Times, 9/18/11)
No more fat to trim, state officials warn (The News Tribune, 9/17/11)
Budget cuts worry state public-safety officials (The Olympian, 9/16/11)
Rob McKenna joins legal battle to block AT&T/T-Mobile deal (TechFlash, 9/16/11)
Microsoft, Boeing boom – why is Washington State sick? (Seattle P-I, 9/15/11)
State’s school districts brace for even more cuts (The Olympian, 9/15/11)
‘Slow, steady progress’ on Washington economy (The News Tribune, 9/15/11)
Special session a near-certainty amid state’s $1.4B budget hole (The News Tribune, 9/15/11)
State budget gap deepens, special session on the horizon? (Seattle Times, 9/15/11)
New WA revenue forecast to bring more bad news (The Olympian, 9/15/11)
Maps would give minorities clout (The News Tribune, 9/14/11)
Lawmakers are unlikely to write a teacher-strike ban into law (The News Tribune, 9/14/11)
McKenna campaign: We’re following the rules, will Inslee? (Seattle P-I, 9/14/11)
Jay Inslee issues $32,000 in campaign donation refunds (Everett Herald, 9/14/11)

Redistricting: The opening bids are laid on the table (Crosscut, 9/14/11)
Norm Dicks: I want to keep Tacoma (The News Tribune, 9/14/11)
McKenna consultant is original local tea party activist and former socialist (PublicCola, 9/14/11)
State sharpens budget knife (The Olympian, 9/13/11)
Koch brothers connection to McKenna (PublicCola, 9/13/11)
Majority-minority congressional district on the table in redistricting (Seattle Times, 9/13/11)
Costco pours another $820K into liquor-privatization fight (Seattle P-I, 9/13/11)
Washington redistricting proposals vary widely (Seattle P-I, 9/13/11)
New minority district -breaking up Seattle’s power? (Seattle P-I, 9/13/11)
McKenna raises %517K in August, continues to spend big (Seattle P-I, 9/13/11)
Panel unveils redistricting maps (Seattle Times, 9/13/11)
New state political maps: Panel unveils proposals (Seattle P-I, 9/13/11)
State auditor Brian Sonntag to hang it up after 20 years (The News Tribune, 9/12/11)
McKenna outspends Inslee in first leg of long race (Seattle P-I, 9/12/11)
Sound familiar? Capitol leaders brace for $1B to $2B shorfall in budget (The News Tribune, 9/11/11)
Five things to watch as state’s political lines are redrawn (Everett Herald, 9/11/11)
Suggested change would boost state’s pension costs in the future (The News Tribune, 9/10/11)
State GOP embraces Eyman anti-toll initiative (Seattle P-I, 9/8/11)
WA GOP lawmaker: A budget supercommittee of our own (PublicCola, 9/8/11)
Neighborhoods sue to stop SR 520 Bridge plan (Seattle P-I, 9/8/11)
Gregoire rules out across-the-board budget cuts (The News Tribune, 9/8/11)
Wholesalers pour millions into fight against Costco booze measure (Seattle P-I, 9/7/11)
Liquor privatization opponents gear up for battle (PublicCola, 9/7/11)
LawNerd: Court rulings show McKenna must represent the state. Why doesn’t Gregoire direct him to? (PublicCola, 9/7/11)
State money for more transit will run dry before tunnel is done (Seattle Times, 9/7/11)
Count of lawmakers taking pay cuts up to 59 (Bellingham Herald, 9/6/11)
Realtors endorse McKenna for governor (The Olympian, 9/6/11)
Starbucks nation (Crosscut, 9/6/11)
Starbuck’s Schultz to hold “Conversation with America” this afternoon (Seattle Times, 9/6/11)
Gregoire’s legal argument against McKenna (PublicCola, 9/6/11)
A kinder, gentler BIAW? With new leadership, it appears so (The News Tribune, 9/6/11)
Viaduct: Next major steps in tunnel construction (Seattle P-I, 9/5/11)
Builders group focuses on mending fences (Seattle Times, 9/5/11)
Opinion: Defining the AG (The Columbian, 9/4/11)
Medicaid cuts target ER visits (Spokesman-Review, 9/3/11)
Inslee names donors who rolled over federal campaign cash (Seattle Times, 9/2/11)
No end in sight to state’s struggling economy (Seattle Times, 9/2/11)
Court splits rulings on McKenna’s power (The News Tribune, 9/2/11)
Seattle City Attorney: ‘McKenna dragged WA state into a Tea Party-inspired lawsuit…” (SLOG, 9/1/11)
Gregoire will not challenge McKenna on health law (Seattle P-I, 9/1/11)
State high court rules McKenna challenge on health care OK (Seattle Times, 9/1/11)
Court says McKenna can’t deny legal aid to agency (The Columbian, 9/1/11)
Supreme inconsistency? McKenna rulings 180% apart (Seattle P-I, 9/1/11)
McKenna wins health-care suit, loses Goldmark case in state Supreme Court (Seattle Times, 9/1/11)
Court’s ruling on McKenna’s health care lawsuit said to sow confusion (KPLU, 9/1/11)
Supreme Court orders Rob McKenna to represent state lands commissioner (The News Tribune, 9/1/11)
McKenna gets Supreme Court win on health-care lawsuit, loss on land-use appeal (Seattle Weekly, 9/1/11)
WA Supreme Court says Rob McKenna is allowed to fight health care reform law in federal court (SLOG, 9/1/11)

AUGUST 2011

McKenna, AGs confront backpage.com on prostitution ads (Seattle News, 8/31/11)
Inslee campaign: Wow the press, give us $$$ (Seattle P-I, 8/30/11)
Politico: McKenna/Inslee #1  gov’s race in USA (Seattle P-I, 8/30/11)
Audio: WA prepares to accept bids to privatize liquor distribution (OPB, 8/30/11)
Redistricting proposals to be unveiled on Sept. 13 (PublicCola, 8/30/11)
SEIU Spokesman: Transportation package ‘misplaced priorities’ (PublicCola, 8/30/11)
Most lawmakers pass on pay cut (Everett Herald, 8/29/11)
Editorial: More public-sector job cuts painful but necessary (Seattle Times, 8/29/11)
Gregoire staff lacks diversity (The News Tribune, 8/29/11)
Giving Cantwell a pass might boost McKenna’s chances (Everett Herald, 8/28/11)
Citizens should update, fund Public Disclosure Commission (The News Tribune, 8/28/11)
Red ink, red ink everywhere (Crosscut, 8/28/11)
Gregoire touts diversity but fails to model it (The News Tribune, 8/28/11)
Gay marriage? State lawmakers wonder if votes are there (Seattle Times, 8/27/11)
Editorial: Time for Washington lawmakers to count the votes for gay marriage (Seattle Times, 8/26/11)
The Coffee Party, local chapter (Crosscut, 8/25/11)
State poll shows voters glum about future (Seattle Times, 8/25/11)
WA Republicans face $6,700 campaign finance fine (The News Tribune, 8/25/11)
Gregoire’s Idaho vacation stretches to 3 weeks (Seattle Times, 8/25/11)
Elway poll shows voter outlook at an all-time low (Seattle Times, 8/25/11)
Washington ballot fights over tolling, liquor sales could be close (The Oregonian, 8/24/11)
Audio: Washington gay marriage proponents eye 2012 (OPB, 8/23/11)
Critics decry McKenna’s donated car as conflict of interest (King5, 8/23/11)
Gregoire campaign took car from auto dealer (Seattle P-I, 8/23/11)
State government has gotten 7% smaller (Seattle Times, 8/23/11)
Commentary: McKenna TV spots — public service or sneaky politics? (Seattle P-I, 8/23/11)
New poll shows voters split on liquor, tolling initiatives (Seattle Times, 8/23/11)
Opinion: Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is wrong to call boycott on campaign donations (Seattle Times, 8/23/11)
Dems slam McKenna car lease that Gregoire got too (Seattle Times, 8/23/11)
New polls shows voters split on liquor, tolling initiatives (Seattle Times, 8/23/11)
Rob McKenna’s Ride Free Area (The Slog, 8/22/11)
Widespread layoffs shrinks state government (Seattle Times, 8/22/11)
Coal ports for Washington: The fight starts in Montana (Crosscut, 8/22/11)
Commentary: McKenna gets free use of car from dealer (Seattle P-I, 8/21/11)
State work force down almost 10% in three years (The Olympian, 8/20/11)
AG McKenna settles with local dealerships over deceptive advertising (KAPP-TV, 8/19/11)
Video: Rob McKenna, Socialist (The Slog, 8/19/11)
Audio: Congressman Jay Inslee, the conversation, part 2 (KUOW, 8/18/11)
Audio: Congressman Jay Inslee, the conversation (KUOW, 8/18/11)
Seattle, after decade of debate, approves tunnel (New York Times, 8/18/11)
McKenna details legal battle against sex trafficking (The Columbian, 8/17/11)
Jay Inslee says he hasn’t lost ties to Eastern Washington (The News Tribune, 8/16/11)

Governor wise to get ahead of expected weakness in budget (The Olympian, 8/16/11)
Pro-tunnel camp brings in $450K, spends big on advertising (Seattle P-I, 8/10/11)
The tunnel vote: The end is near! (Crosscut, 8/10/11)
Editorial: McKenna right to seek fairness in foreclosures (Spokesman-Review, 8/9/11)
Washington state sues BofA over foreclosures (Wall Street Journal, 8/9/11)
Gregoire warns agencies of deeper cuts (The Olympian, 8/9/11)
The elusive tunnel-finance plan has been outed (Seattle Times, 8/8/11)
McKenna poses question: Should government get out of the marriage business? (Crosscut, 8/8/11)
City of Tacoma downgraded by S&P (Puget Sound Business Journal, 8/8/11)
State agencies told to prepare for up to $1.7B in cuts (Seattle Times, 8/8/11)
Gregoire tells state to get ready for more cuts (Seattle Times, 8/8/11)
Debt downgrade: What could the local fallout be? (Seattle P-I, 8/8/11)
State AG turns up the heat on Nuclear Regulatory Commission (The Columbian, 8/8/11)
Commentary: Racial gerrymandering has no place in redistricting (Seattle P-I, 8/7/11)
Inslee campaign says it will follow law (Tacoma News Tribune, 8/7/11)
The 2012 question: Will Latinos make a difference in the McKenna-Inslee race? (Crosscut, 8/5/11)
Why the waterfront tunnel is key to the region’s economy (Crosscut, 8/5/11)
Commentary: Boring in on the tunnel, an improbable meeting of Eyman, McGinn minds (Seattle P-I, 8/4/11)
Opinion: Nuke waste panel report deserves consideration (Spokesman-Review, 8/4/11)
Absent due to debt ceiling crisis, Inslee attends Democrats’ Fish Feast via Skype (Port Townsend Leader, 8/3/11)
The Big Bore and the Big War (Crosscut, 8/2/11)
McKenna speaks out on education, ID theft, drug abuse, health care to local Chamber (Marysville Globe, 8/2/11)
Commentary: Despite flaws, it’s time to tunnel ahead (Seattle Times, 8/2/11)
Farmers fear illegal-labor crackdown (The Columbian, 8/1/11)
Digging into the tunnel measure claims (Seattle Times, 8/1/11)
Lt. Gov Owen also opt to cut own pay (The Columbian, 8/1/11)

JULY 2011

Lawmakers cut state worker pay; few cut own pay (The Olympian, 7/30/11)
Supermajority lawsuit splits lawmakers (The Columbian, 7/30/11)
Four WA legislators voluntarily cut pay (King5, 7/30/11)
Washington files suit on Yucca Mountain consideration (Seattle Times, 7/29/11)
Washington governor’s race goes nuclear (Spokesman-Review, 7/29/11)
SC & WA sue to restart work on Yucca Nuclear Waste site (Wall Street Journal, 7/29/11)
Washington state has 6-8 weeks of cash left in case of federal default (The Olympian, 7/29/11)
The Fix: WA state gov race in nation’s top 5 most competitive (Washington Post, 7/29/11)
McKenna donates ‘million-dollar’ ballot title to pot legalization campaign (SLOG, 7/29/11)
Washington sues NRC over Hanford waste (KEPRTV, 7/29/11)
McKenna taking new step in nuclear waste dispute (Seattle Times, 7/29/11)
Politico keeps WA guber race as nation’s most competitive (Tacoma News Tribune, 7/29/11)
State puts new restrictions on how Jay Inslee handles campaign money (King5, 7/29/11)
State watchdog reconsiders $1M Inslee transfer (Seattle Times, 7/29/11)
Eyman, Costco initiatives get spot on Nov. 8 ballot (The Olympian, 7/28/11)
Inslee-McKenna race ranks top of Politico guber race rankings (Politico, 7/28/11)
Inslee: Fight Tea Party in Congress — make me governor (Seattle P-I, 7/28/11)
Boeing chief: WA state can’t count on new 737 (Seattle Times, 7/27/11)
Gregoire is a firm neutral on the coal port proposal (Crosscut, 7/26/11)
Anti-tax measure heads to court (Spokesman-Review, 7/26/11)
Suit attempts again to kill tax-hike rule (Bellingham Herald, 7/26/11)
Suit targets Eyman tax initiative’s two-thirds vote requirement (Seattle Times, 7/25/11)
Washington state election races cash in (The Olympian, 7/25/11)
Inslee and McKenna camps spar on fund-raising (Everett Herald, 7/25/11)
Dems challenge WA initiative curbing tax increases (Forbes, 7/25/11)
WA state election races cash in (The Olympian, 7/25/11)
Suit challenges supermajority (Seattle P-I, 7/25/11)
Dems, education leaders to sue over WA tax limits (Seattle Times, 7/25/11)
Initiative campaigns each spent $1M to make ballot (Seattle Times, 7/25/11)
Voters to decide tolling initiative (The Columbian, 7/25/11)
GOP criticizes suit to overturn I-1053 tax limits (The Olympian, 7/25/11)
School advocates sue to overturn two-third tax vote rule (The Olympian, 7/25/11)
$1M each for 3 citizen initiatives comes from few sources (The Olympian, 7/24/11)
The coming year bodes ill for Obama, and for big local projects (Crosscut, 7/24/11)
Commentary: Paralyzing Washington — the Eyman jihad (Seattle P-I, 7/24/11)
Finance laws may allow $1M boost to Inslee campaign (Seattle Times, 7/24/11)
Can Republicans take on Cantwell? (National Journal, 7/21/11)
Ore-Wash bridge project overestimated toll money (Seattle Times, 7/21/11)
McKenna tours local business, raises campaign cash (Port Orchard Independent, 7/20/11)
McKenna takes a hike through Kitsap (Kitsap Sun, 7/20/11)
Are tolls the new income tax? (Crosscut, 7/19/11)
Commentary: Washington’s changing political landscape (Federal Way Mirror, 7/18/11)
Despite tech-sector hype, defense spending still butters our croissants (Crosscut, 7/18/11)
Tunnel foes, backers see high stakes in Aug 16 vote (Seattle Times, 7/17/11)
Memo to state officials: It’s the cities, stupid! (Crosscut, 7/17/11)
Commentary: One rich guy’s unending war on light rail (Seattle Times, 7/16/11)
Kucinich tests the waters in Washington state (Cleveland Plain Dealer, 7/16/11)
School districts finding ways to deal with big budget cuts (Seattle Times, 7/16/11)
Untapped potential noted at Latino Civic Alliance forum (Yakima Herald-Republic, 7/16/11)
State steps in to help handle a coal port proposal in Bellingham (Crosscut, 7/15/11)
Inslee unsure about T-Mobile/AT&T merger (Seattle P-I, 7/15/11)
Rep. Inslee worried AT&T merger will kill jobs (National Journal, 7/15/11)
New leaders take the helms of key agencies boosting Washington trade (Crosscut, 7/15/11)
Congress’ decisions on debt and deficit could create havoc locally (Crosscut, 7/13/11)
Three initiatives raise more than $1M each in contributions (Seattle Times, 7/13/11)
Bellevue 911: Pleas for help go unanswered as stalker shoots Rob McKenna video (SLOG, 7/13/11)
McKenna brings in nearly $670K in one month (Seattle P-I, 7/12/11)
WA Gov race: $1 million in 1 month (Spokesman-Review, 7/12/11)
Inslee campaign (sort of) clarifies ‘not there’ comment on marijuana legalization (Seattle Weekly, 7/12/11)
The troubling lack of public will for reform of WA schools (Crosscut, 7/12/11)
Eyman: Kemper Freeman gives $1M to fight tolls (Seattle P-I, 7/12/11)
GOP mocks Inslee contradictions; Dems rip McKenna (Bellingham Herald, 7/11/11)
Unions were big spenders in past legislative session (The Olympian, 7/11/11)
Why OR and WA Republicans find it harder to run for Senate than governor (The Oregonian, 7/11/11)
The elusive face of anarchism in Olympia (The News Tribune, 7/10/11)
Will Sen. Cantwell get a free ride in 2012 re-election bid? (Seattle Times, 7/9/11)
Democrats knock McKenna for asking camera to be turned off (Seattle Times, 7/8/11)
Business made modest, long-overdue gains in the legislature (Crosscut, 7/8/11)
Frightened by a camera, Rob McKenna retreats to the ‘cupcake table’ (HA Seattle, 7/8/11)
McKenna’s speech to the Young Republicans interrupted by young Democrat (Sound Politics, 7/8/11)
Liquor privatization campaign turns in 350,000 signatures (PublicCola, 7/8/11)
Start-ups too risky for state pension fund investment (Tacoma News Tribune, 7/8/11)
Would a new tax break win Boeing’s 737 successor for Washington? (Crosscut, 7/7/11)
UW Poli Sci prof: Gov race a toss-up (Seattle Weekly, 7/6/11)
The Governor’s race: Tough times, solid candidates (Crosscut, 7/6/11)
C’mon pols: Let’s have some primary contests here! (Crosscut, 7/6/11)
Sonntag bow-out spells relief for Democrats and Republicans (Seattle Times, 7/5/11)
Four initiatives likely to meet Friday signature deadline (Seattle Times, 7/5/11)
And in this corner… (Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal, 7/5/11)
Sonntag stays put — Dem won’t run for guv (Seattle P-I, 7/5/11)
Elway Poll: Washington voters favor legalizing pot (Seattle times, 7/5/11)
Opinion: Washington state should not risk pension funds (Seattle Times, 7/4/11)
Sonntag takes a pass at governor’s race (Crosscut, 7/4/11)
McKenna raises  $600K in June (Seattle Times, 7/1/11)
McKenna, Inslee both already over $500 K raised (Seattle P-I, 7/1/11)
Gregoire takes reins of Western governors group (Spokesman-Review, 7/1/11)

JUNE 2011

Inslee won’t rule out tax increases (OPB, 6/30/11)
Judge denies Boeing motion to dismiss labor case (Seattle Times, 6/30/11)
Gregoire launches ‘Get Out West’ push for WGA (Spokesman-Review, 6/30/11)
Starting gun for a marathon governor’s race (Crosscut, 6/30/11)
Labor-board case against Boeing puts Obama on defensive (Seattle Times, 6/29/11)
State auditor questions another Urban League contract with Seattle schools (Seattle Times, 6/29/11)
State board wary of Inslee’s pension idea (Seattle Times, 6/29/11)
Climate hawk Inslee leaves McKenna room to maneuver (Crosscut, 6/29/11)
Inslee says ‘new blood’ needed in Olympia (Spokesman-Review, 6/28/11)
Inslee brings gubernatorial campaign to Vancouver (The Columbian, 6/28/11)
Jay Inslee in Tacoma: It’s all about jobs (Tacoma News-Tribune, 6/28/11)
Inslee touts startup capital in guv run; McKenna disagrees (TechFlash, 6/28/11)
Candidates for governor will use Clinton playbook (Tacoma News-Tribune, 6/28/11)
Opinion: A promising early matchup (Everett Herald, 6/28/11)
Poll: Inslee with slight lead over McKenna (Seattle P-I, 6/28/11)
Inslee pulls i $110,000 in first days of campaign (Seattle P-I, 6/28/11)
AP Analysis: Inslee brings rhetoric without detail (Seattle P-I, 6/28/11)
Inslee reports raising over $100K to start race (Seattle Times, 6/28/11)
Why Republicans should fear Jay Inslee (Seattle P-I, 6/28/11)
Jay Inslee runs with roots on both sides of the Cascades (Seattle P-I, 6/28/11)
The Rob and Jay show stars two familiar guys acting peculiar (Tacoma News Tribune, 6/28/11)
Inslee slams McKenna for ‘false’ figures; is pro-gay marriage, tunnel (Seattle P-I, 6/27/11)
Inslee to run on statewide jobs agenda (Seattle P-I, 6/27/11)
Inslee says he’s tuning to create a ‘new’ Washington (State Column, 6/27/11)
Audio: The race is on – Rob McKenna vs. Jay Inslee (KUOW, 6/27/11)
Inslee’s pension fund as startup seed $ idea rapped (Seattle P-I, 6/27/11)
Inslee running for governor in Washington (The Hill, 6/27/11)
Inslee: He’s running, but what has he run? (Seattle P-I, 6/27/11)
McKenna to Inslee: Don’t risk pension money (Seattle P-I, 6/27/11)
Inslee: Mr. Jobs. McKenna: Mr. Schools. Huh? (Crosscut, 6/27/11)
McKenna ascends to presidency of National Association of Attorneys General (Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal, 6/27/11)
Inslee running for Gov; Constantine cheers him on Facebook (PubliCola, 6/27/11)
Inslee says he’s best choice to create Washington jobs (Seattle P-I, 6/27/11)
It’s official (if unsurprising): Inslee’s in (Spokesman-Review, 6/27/11)
Inslee launching campaign with event in Seattle (Seattle Times, 6/27/11)
2-year budget includes about 1,300 fewer jobs (The Olympian, 6/26/11)
Mainstream GOP may have been hot-dogging Inslee money (Spokesman-Review, 6/25/11)
Human trafficking campaigns launched (KUOW, 6/24/11)
Inslee on gubernatorial race: ‘I’m in’ (Seattle P-I, 6/24/11)
Inslee’s announcement clears way for 1st District contenders (Seattle Times, 6/23/11)
Commentary: Inslee’s environmental policy sadly out of touch (Port Orchard Independent, 6/23/11)
Inslee to jump into governor’s race next week (Seattle Times, 6/23/11)
AG McKenna launches national effort against human trafficking (Seattle Times, 6/23/11)
McKenna launches trafficking initiative (Seattle Times, 6/23/11)
Inslee begins campaign online with formal launch expected next week (Everett Herald, 6/23/11)
Editorial: Let the sniping begin – even before the campaign does (Yakima Herald, 6/22/11)
Mainstream Republicans of Washington stand for Planned Parenthood when convenient (Seattlest, 6/22/11)
Mainstream GOP to Inslee: That money’s tainted (Spokesman-Review, 6/21/11)
McKenna misses the mark on growth speed stats (Tacoma News Tribune, 6/21/11)
Schools’ dilemma: Workers don’t have to accept pay cuts that state passed (Seattle Times, 6/21/11)
Rob McKenna: ‘Defending your freedom against the Obamacare mandate’ since 2010 (Slog, 6/20/11)
Rob McKenna’s new math: Wherein he will cut big government down to the size it already is (Seattle Weekly, 6/20/11)
FACT CHECK: McKenna campaigns with faulty data (Seattle Times, 6/19/11)
McKenna exaggerates personnel spending (The Columbian, 6/19/11)
WA State GOP pressures Inslee over decade-old Weiner donation (Seattlest, 6/18/11)
Rob McKenna says goodbye to his glasses (KOMO, 6/17/11)
Did GOP prompt Inslee to donate $1,000 to Planned Parenthood? (Seattle Times, 6/17/11)
Gov. Gregoire begins trade mission in Europe (Seattle Times, 6/17/11)
State projects another drop in tax collections (Seattle Times, 6/16/11)
McKenna makes visit to Tri-Cities (Tri-City Herald, 6/16/11)
GOP asks, Inslee answers on Weiner donation (Everett Herald, 6/16/11)
Inslee to donate decade-old contribution from Anthony Weiner (Everett Herald, 6/16/11)
Washington’s liquor-store battle is far from over (Crosscut, 6/16/11)
State caught in crossfire on proposed new urban runoff rules (Crosscut, 6/16/11)
Brian Sonntag will decide soon on governor’s race (Crosscut, 6/15/11)
Editorial: Two credible WA gubernatorial candidates promise vigorous contest (Seattle Times, 6/15/11)
Inslee decision still days away (Everett Herald, 6/15/11)
Rob McKenna on gay marriage, part 3 (Slog, 6/15/11)
Opinion: A bad idea from a good candidate – McKenna on gay marriage (Seattle Times, 6/14/11)
HUD’s Ron Sims leaving DC; not running for governor (Seattle Times, 6/14/11)
Rob McKenna is a partisan hack (SLOG, 6/14/11)
Editorial: Gregoire due credit for service to Washington state (Spokesman-Review, 6/14/11)
Are you wondering whether Jay Inslee is running for governor? (Kitsap Caucus, 6/13/11)
Climate hawk Jay Inslee poised to enter Washington governor’s race (Think Progress, 6/13/11)
Auditor Sonntag’s fights for accountability irk fellow Democrats (Crosscut, 6/13/11)
Campaign season – the tooth fairy arrives to rescue public education (Crosscut, 6/13/11)
Recent case highlights the need for strong ethics board (The Olympian, 6/13/11)
Sonntag: I’ll look at governor’s race (Seattle P-I, 6/13/11)
Obama blows Gregoire kisses  - job to follow? (Seattle P-I, 6/13/11)
Local Democrats applaud Gregoire; GOP ready for a change (The Columbian, 6/13/11)
WA Gov Chris Gregoire won’t run again (Reuters, 6/13/11)
Gov. Gregoire of Washington to retire (New York Times, 6/13/11)
Rep. Inslee: I will talk soon about 2012 plans (Seattle P-I, 6/13/11)
Gregoire won’t seek third term (Politico, 6/13/11)
Two terms and out for Gov. Chris Gregoire (Seattle Times, 6/13/11)
Gregoire won’t run for third term (National Journal, 6/13/11)
Gregoire not running for governor; will Inslee seize chance? (Patch, 6/13/11)
Gregoire years: From a disputed win to recession-era budgets (Spokesman-Review, 6/13/11)
Gregoire called Inslee, urged him to run (Spokesman-Review, 6/13/11)
The Gregoire years: victory and regrets (The Olympian, 6/13/11)
Inslee sounds like a candidate at local fundraiser (The Columbian, 6/12/11)
McKenna’s call to boost school funds short on details (Seattle Times, 6/12/11)

Video: Rob McKenna talks state budget, tuition, marijuana and more with KIRO (KIRO-TV, 6/12/11)
2012 races take shape (The Olympian, 6/12/11)
McKenna supports parental consent for abortion (KPLU, 6/10/11)
Mainstream Republicans embrace McKenna (Seattle P-I, 6/10/11)
Moderates for McKenna (Politico, 6/10/11)
Commentary: Workers comp reform is worse than dreaded I-1082 (Crosscut, 6/10/11)
Poll: McKenna’s ‘Obamacare’ lawsuit could hurt him in gov race (Seattle P-I, 6/9/11)
McKenna is no Rossi – and that’s good news for the GOP (Seattle P-I, 6/9/11)
2012 election primer: Your guide to the many Rob McKennas (Seattlest, 6/9/11)
Rob McKenna doesn’t want your vote (Stranger, 6/9/11)
McKenna officially launches campaign to become first GOP governor since 1985 (The Olympian, 6/8/11)
McKenna aims for state’s top job – pushes education agenda (Seattle P-I, 6/8/11)
Gregoire announces push to land 737 replacement (Everett Herald, 6/8/11)
Labor, NARAL take early aim at McKenna (Everett Herald, 6/8/11)
McKenna calls for ‘new direction’ for state (Bellingham Herald, 6/8/11)
Reichert: I’ll support McKenna for governor (Seattle P-I, 6/8/11)
Will Rob McKenna’s anti-gay past come back to haunt him? (Seattle P-I, 6/8/11)
Labor leader: McKenna a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’ (Seattle Times, 6/8/11)
Dems, abortion-rights activists hit McKenna (The Olympian, 6/8/11)
Rob McKenna makes his gubernatorial ambitions official…as if he needed to (Northwest Progressive Institute Advocate, 6/8/11)
WA AG McKenna begins campaign for governor (Seattle Times, 6/8/11)
AG Rob McKenna to announce race for governor (Seattle Times, 6/7/11)
Opinion: Legislature’s workers’ comp reforms were wise policy (Crosscut, 6/7/11)
Gregoire to decide on re-election bid this month (Seattle Times, 6/7/11)
McKenna to announce for governor Wednesday (Politico, 6/7/11)
Why the state keeps giving out foolish tax breaks (Crosscut, 6/7/11)
McKenna announcing for WA Governor (National Journal, 6/7/11)
Commentary: Welcome to the governor’s race, McKenna (Seattle P-I, 6/7/11)
The budget axe slices heritage (Crosscut, 6/3/11)
Gov. Gregoire brags about gains on viaduct (Crosscut, 6/3/11)
Opinion: State’s two-thirds rule on taxes should be retained (Seattle Times, 6/3/11)
Ferry ‘reform’ passes in Olympia, staving off big cuts (for now) (Crosscut, 6/2/11)
Lawmakers give mostly positive reviews of 2011 session (Yakima Herald, 6/2/11)
Gregoire backs court challenge to two-thirds vote requirement (Tacoma News Tribune, 6/1/11)
Obama not taking Washington state for granted (Seattle P-I, 6/1/11)
Democrat lining up to run for Inslee’s seat if he make a guber run (Seattle Times, 6/1/11)
Editorial: Sizing up a rather difficult session (The Daily News, 6/1/11)

MAY 2011

Gregoire to visit Spain, seek promises from deep bore tunnel contractor (Puget Sound Business Journal, 5/31/11)
Progress in Olympia, stalemate in Congress (Crosscut, 5/31/11)
Developers cash in on tax breaks in vogue neighborhoods (Seattle Times, 5/30/11)
Update: Gov. Reichert? Gov. Constantine? (Crosscut, 5/28/11)
Poll: Inslee well-liked, not a shoe-in for governor (Seattle P-I, 5/28/11)
Washington state’s tax-break brawlers can take the fight outside (Crosscut, 5/27/11)
State’s redistricting commission takes public comments on new 10th district (Everett Herald, 5/26/11)
Summary: A look at what passed, failed in Olympia (Seattle P-I, 5/26/11)
WA State’s greens and the gov: A partnership going up in smoke? (Crosscut, 5/26/11)
Will McKenna treat sick and dying people who use medical marijuana differently thann he treats millions of sick and dying Americans without health care? (Slog, 5/25/11)
Seattle’s tunnel vote and the West Coast malaise (Crosscut, 5/25/11)
State reaches debt limit compromise (PublicCola, 5/24/11)
Governor Reichert? (Crosscut, 5/24/11)
State budget OK still in doubt (Seattle Times, 5/23/11)
WA lawmakers reach key deal on workers’ comp changes (Seattle P-I, 5/22/11)
WA-GOV: Inslee trails, but has upside (Daily Kos, 5/18/11)
WA-GOV looks like a toss up (Public Policy Polling, 5/18/11)
Poll: Inslee-McKenna race would start as a tossup (Seattle Times, 5/18/11)
Reichert floats 2016 run against Murray (Roll Call, 5/17/11)
Opinion: Two-thirds requirement just fine, thanks (Kitsap Caucus, 5/17/11)
Redistricting in Washington: Is Kucinich coming to town? (Federal Way Mirror, 5/16/11)
Washington preps for July shutdown as budget talks stall (The Olympian, 5/16/11)
Gregoire to ask voters for more transportation money (Seattle P-I, 5/16/11)
Boeing and the Union Berlin Wall (Wall Street Journal, 5/13/11)
Boeing gives Republicans weapon against labor board (Seattle Times, 5/13/11)
Commentary: A missed opportunity for higher education (The Daily, 5/12/11)
Washington State suspends 2012 presidential primary (WTAQ, 5/12/11)
Democrats take aim at bank tax breaks (The Olympian, 5/12/11)
Jay Inslee for governor? No change there (Sound Politics, 5/12/11)
Republicans accuse NLRB of torturing Boeing with legal costs (Seattle P-I, 5/12/11)
Boeing CEO: Company is pro-growth, not anti-union (Wall Street Journal, 5/11/11)
New Republic: Labor intensive move against Boeing? (NPR, 5/11/11)
Sarah Palin chimes in on NLRB fight (Politico, 5/11/11)
Boeing lashes out at US labor board over complaint (Reuters, 5/11/11)
Lawmaker to McKenna: Why isn’t medical pot a states’ rights issue? (Seattle P-I, 5/10/11)
Boeing flips stand on role of no-strike deal in 787 line (Seattle P-I, 5/10/11)
Gregoire says she’ll sign bill letting schools set tuition (Seattle Times, 5/10/11)
Business, GOP leaders turn to Obama in Boeing dispute (Wall Street Journal, 5/10/11)
Republicans demand Obama halt NLRB’s Boeing complaint (Seattle P-I, 5/10/11)
Boeing’s SC move – Illegal union bashing or just good business? (Christian Science Monitor, 5/10/11)
An environmental scorecard from Olympia (Crosscut, 5/9/11)
Kucinich is coming back to Washington — again! (Seattle P-I, 5/9/11)
Opinion: Boeing shouldn’t blame NLRB for doing its job (Seattle Times, 5/9/11)
McKenna: Don’t ask me about medical pot (Seattle P-I, 5/9/11)
Gregoire signs a bill of major benefit to homeless families (Crosscut, 5/8/11)
Lawmakers agree to let universities set tuition rates (Seattle Times, 5/6/11)
Kucinich: Bye-bye Buckeye State? (Wall Street Journal, 5/6/11)
Editorial: Thanks, Dennis, but no (Seattle Times, 5/6/11)
Kucinich asked WA Dems about redistricting (Politico, 5/5/11)
What a McKenna package of ed reform might look like (Crosscut, 5/5/11)
Supermajority voting is a basic part of Washington State’s democracy (Crosscut, 5/5/11)
Tax amnesty leads to revenue windfall (The Olympian, 5/4/11)
Opinion: Dancing with the Northwest political stars, 2012 (Seattle Times, 5/4/11)
McKenna already traveling in campaign mode (Columbia Basin Herald, 5/4/11)
More details on the Gregoire veto: It’s worse than we thought (Seatlest, 5/4/11)
Dems ask McKenna about medical pot (Seattle P-I, 5/3/11)
New medical-marijuana bill developing in Legislature (Tacoma News Tribune, 5/3/11)
Why Rob McKenna scares Democrats (Seattle P-I, 5/3/11)
Tax loopholes fight on tap this week in Legislature (News-Tribune, 5/3/11)
WA House Democrats ask AG McKenna about Gov. Gregoire’s claim on marijuana bill (Tacoma News Tribune, 5/3/11)
Kucinich weighs run for Congress in WA State (Seattle Times, 5/3/11)
Poll: McKenna beating Dems in ’12 gubernatorial race (Seattle P-I, 5/2/11)
WA-Gov: McKenna (R) leads Inslee in SurveyUSA poll (Tacoma News Tribune, 5/2/11)
Legislators ask McKenna’s opinion on vetoed medical marijuana bill (Kitsap Sun, 5/2/11)
What’s next for medical marijuana in Washington? (Seattle Weekly, 5/2/11)
Governor’s veto deals blow to local medical marijuana dispensaries (Seattle P-I, 5/2/11)
Medical pot law still priority item for Seattle (Seattle P-I, 5/2/11)
Survey USA oll gives early (very early) lead to Rob McKenna with possible (pretty likely) gov matchup with Jay Inslee (Tacoma News Tribune, 5/2/11)
Governor’s veto leaves cities in a haze over medical pot dispensaries (Everett Herald, 5/1/11)

APRIL 2011

Video: Rep. Reichert reveals a possible runn for governor (NWCN, 4/29/11)
Gregoire vetoes medical pot licensing bill (Reuters, 4/29/11)
Gregoire vetoes bill vows to push feds on medical marijuana (Seattle Times, 4/29/11)
Gregoire vetoes portions of medical marijuana bill (Kitsap Sun, 4/29/11)
Special session offers some hope of curbing tax breaks (Crosscut, 4/28/11)
Gregoire considering partial veto of medical marijuana bill (Seattle Times, 4/27/11)
Inslee, McKenna getting out there (Kitsap Sun, 4/26/11)
A few honors for this year’s legislative session (Everett Herald, 4/24/11)
McKenna preaches fiscal responsibility at chamber luncheon (Port Orchard Independent, 4/23/11)
McKenna calls for ‘performance culture’ in state government (Kitsap Sun, 4/21/11)
How much time should legislators take to adopt a budget? (Crosscut, 4/21/11)
Boeing to fight NLRB complaint on 787 South Carolina plant (Seattle Times, 4/20/11)
McKenna holes gubernatorial chops before Seattle crowd (Seattle P-I, 4/20/11)
Local lawmakers expecting a fight over budget in special session (The Columbian, 4/20/11)
WA Senate postpones vote on transportation budget (Seattle P-I, 4/19/11)
Group of Dems unveils workers comp plan (Seattle Times, 4/19/11)
WA Senate approves budget (Spokesman-Review, 4/19/11)
McKenna addresses his base (The Stranger, 4/18/11)
Washington’s governor’s race is going to be a donnybrook (Crosscut, 4/18/11)
Marchers arrive at Washington Capitol as special session looms (KUOW, 4/18/11)
Senate approves ‘bipartisan’ budget (Belllingham Herald, 4/18/11)
Editorial: Short-term cuts to higher education have long term consequences (Crosscut, 4/18/11)
Gregoire’s effort to reform ferry system flounders, minor fixes making their way through legislature (Crosscut, 4/18/11)
Is it that scary and unpopular to get rid of tax loopholes? (Seattle Times, 4/17/11)
McKenna attacks state’s cuts to higher education (Crosscut, 4/16/11)
Why state redistricting will favor GOP (Crosscut, 4/15/11)
McKenna defends healthcare lawsuit at Tea Party rally (Seattle Times, 4/15/11)
Gregoire says special session may be needed to finish budget (Seattle Times, 4/15/11)
Touching bases for ’12 gubernatorial race (Seattle P-I, 4/14/11)
State Senate’s budget – strong process, weak results (Crosscut, 4/14/11)
State worries about what it might lose in federal budget deal (Seattle Times, 4/14/11)
Commentary: Education cuts sabotage state’s future (Seattle P-I, 4/13/11)
State Senate proposes even deeper cuts to education (Seattle Times, 4/12/11)
Closing tax loopholes in Olympia could backfire (Crosscut, 4/11/11)
Rob McKenna on collective bargaining rights for public employees (Sound Politics, 4/11/11)
Ending tax exemptions isn’t as easy as it may seem, lawmakers say (Seattle Times, 4/10/11)
Seattle ponders (yet again) the wisdom of replacing a roadway (New York Times, 4/9/11)
Cash for high-speed rail hightails it to Washington (Crosscut, 4/8/11)
Editorial: City council, state play games to avoid public vote on tunnel (Crosscut, 4/8/11)
League of Education Voters voices surprise opposition to Ed Reform bill (PublicCola, 4/7/11)
Arts facing a wipe-out in Olympia (Crosscut, 4/7/11)
Budget cuts would hit hard in communities of color (Crosscut, 4/7/11)
McKenna says foreclosure trustees are breaking laws (KUOW, 4/7/11)
State probe uncovers foreclosure violations (Spokesman-Review, 4/7/11)
Budget action: Less than three weeks to go and plenty to worry about (Crosscut, 4/6/11)
Protesters spend night inside Washington state Capitol (The Olympian, 4/6/11)
Unfriendly words from “Friends of Rob McKenna” (SLOG, 4/5/11)
Gregoire’s tribal casino deal? Don’t believe the hype (Tacoma News Tribune, 4/5/11)
House Dems outline plan to close $5 billion state budget shortfall (Seattle Times, 4/4/11)
State budget cuts to be felt by illegal immigrants (Seattle Times, 4/3/11)
Gregoire fundraising suggest 3rd term bid unlikely (Seattle Times, 4/1/11)
Is Dow Constantine more powerful than Mike McGinn? (Seattle Magazine, April 2011)

MARCH 2011

Online sales growth is worsening state budget trouble (Crosscut, 3/31/11)
Dems launch smear campaign against McKenna (The Daily Caller, 3/30/11)
Tourism insiders scramble as budget cuts threaten state office (Crosscut, 3/30/11)
Legislature passes new domestic partnership bill (Seattle Times, 3/30/11)
Report: Seattle heading for a double-dip housing recession (Seattle P-I, 3/29/11)
State budget proposals delayed as deficit outlook worsens (Seattle Times, 3/29/11)
Lawmakers eye retiree COLAs as budget fix (Seattle P-I, 3/27/11)
Gregoire should make it official — no third term (Seattle P-I, 3/27/11)
Could Rob McKenna end the longest GOP governorship drought in the nation? (Red State, 3/27/11)
Eminent domain at center of property-rights bill (HeraldNet, 3/25/11)
McKenna says he’s no Scott Walker, but maybe Butch Otter? (Seattle Times, 3/24/11)
Gregoire pops most trial balloons for raising money (Seattle Times, 3/24/11)
McKenna: ‘Collective bargaining is a right’ (Seattle P-I, 3/24/11)
A  thousand ifs on tunnel referendum: It may not be legal (Seattle Times, 3/23/11)
Opinion: Rob McKenna doth protest too much (Crosscut, 3/23/11)
Inslee says “G word” got into donor letter by accident; continues to hit McKenna on health care (Seattle Times, 3/23/11)
Price tag to kill tunnel: More than $1 billion (Seattle P-I, 3/22/11)
Inslee lets donors know he’s eyeing the race for governor (Everett Daily Herald, 3/21/11)
Washington Democrats: Gregoire the union buster? (Seattle P-I, 3/16/11)
State Sen. Zarelli brings bipartisan budgeting back to Olympia (Crosscut, 3/8/11)
House Dems might ‘securitize’ to help state budget (Crosscut, 3/5/11)

Could Washington be the next Wisconsin? (The Stranger, 3/2/11)
Public employees’ pay – What’s missing is context (Crosscut, 3/1/11)

FEBRUARY 2011

Washington state receives high-speed rail money (Crosscut, 2/26/11)
McKenna tells Republicans GOP will take over in 2012 (Peninsula Daily News, 2/26/11)
What does Boeing’s tanker win mean for Washington? (Seattle P-I, 2/25/11)
Why Wisconsin Fever isn’t heading to Washington State (Crosscut, 2/25/11)
Boeing ‘a clear winner’ in tanker contract, Pentagon says (Seattle Times, 2/24/11)
Boeing wins $35B Air Force tanker contract (Puget Sound Business Journal, 2/24/11)
DC budget drama could cost state $1 billion (Seattle P-I, 2/22/11)
Some legislation in Olympia is dead (Yakima Herald-Record, 2/22/11)
Will state debt bring paralyzing protests our way? (Crosscut, 2/21/11)
Bill Bryant to run for governor? (Northwest Progressive Institute Advocate, 2/21/11)
Odds against Boeing in tanker bid (Puget Sound Business Journal, 2/21/11)
State has dueling bills concerning health care (The News-Tribune, 2/15/11)
State health battle brewing (The Daily News, 2/13/11)
McKenna slams individual mandate in health care law (Peninsula Daily News, 2/13/11)
Cap on out-of-pocket health costs is praised (The Columbian, 2/10/11)
Lawmakers’ meetings should be open, actions transparent (The Olympian, 2/9/11)
Small counties are close to the people (Crosscut, 2/8/11)
Opinion: The Legislature should pass Gregoire’s unemployment insurance bill (Seattle Times, 2/8/11)
Analyzing the Washington State elections and the future of Republican politics (Red State, 2/7/11)
Legislators battling over tax breaks in budget battle (The Olympian, 2/6/11)
McKenna to say whether he’ll run for governor by summer (Seattle P-I, 2/4/11)
Senate deal cut on this year’s state budget deficit (Seattle Times, 2/4/11)
Inslee: McKenna should back off health-care lawsuit (Seattle Times, 2/3/11)
Huge debt handcuffs state in bad times (Seattle Times, 2/3/11)
Opinion: State tax breaks for businesses need scrutiny now (Crosscut, 2/2/11)
Lawmaker proposes bill to prohibit state spending on health care reform (Seattle P-I, 2/2/11)
Legislators propose eliminating counties (Crosscut, 2/1/11)

JANUARY 2011

WA Dem chair doesn’t expect Gregoire to run for third term (Tacoma News Tribune, 1/31/11)
Did Republicans ruin Rob McKenna’s chance to become governor? (Federal Way Monitor, 1/31/11)
Judge rules, McKenna applauds, Gregoire scolds (Seattle P-I, 1/31/11)
Gov, AG comment on health-care ruling (The Olympian, 1/31/11)
Will Kirby Wilbur’s election create conflict? (Tacoma News Tribune, 1/30/11)
More on the relationship between McKenna and Wilbur (Tacoma News Tribune, 1/28/11)
Reichert challenger lives in Inslee’s district (Seattle Times, 1/28/11)
How Gregoire can shake up education, restore voter trust (Crosscut, 1/27/11)
Legislature considers shorter school year to save money (Tacoma News Tribune, 1/27/11)
Opinion: New state GOP chairman a conundrum for AG McKenna (Seattle Times, 1/26/11)
What Kirby Wilbur will mean as state GOP chair (Crosscut, 1/25/11)
GOP loses its radio voice as KVI switches to ‘oldies’ music format (Seattle Times, 1/24/11)
Legislators counter Gregoire’s ferry plan with one of their own (Crosscut, 1/24/11)
Quest for open government a noble cause in this state (Bellingham Herald, 1/24/11)
Eerie news for McKenna? (Ridenbaugh Press/Northwest, 1/23/11)
A stunning upset in Washington (American Thinker, 1/23/11)
McKenna for governor? State GOP gums up its chances (Seattle P-I, 1/23/11)
Wilbur unseats Esser to become new head of state GOP (Seattle Times, 1/22/11)
Radio talk-show host becomes new head of WA GOP (Seattle Times, 1/22/11)
McKenna’s ‘low-cost’ open records bill hits turbulence (Bellingham Herald, 1/20/11)
McKenna’s anti-gang bill would make people criminals before they commit crimes (Seattle Weekly, 1/20/11)
Gregoire: ‘We are down, but we are not out’ (LA Times, 1/20/11)
To fix the ferry system, sell those boats (Crosscut, 1/20/11)
WA anti-gang bill meets opposition at hearing (Seattle P-I, 1/19/11)
Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball sees no Chris Gregoire in 2012 governor’s race (News Tribune, 1/18/11)
House Democrats propose alternative budget to Gregoire’s (Seattle Times, 1/18/11)
State lawmakers pressed to act on business tax cut (Seattle Times, 1/17/11)
Twenty-six new faces hit Olympia with sights set on altering status quo (News Tribune, 1/16/11)
Frustrated Gregoire says ‘status quo does not work’ (Seattle Times, 1/15/11)
Gregoire’s education department idea worth considering (The Olympian, 1/14/11)
Opinion: Reform bill addresses Democratic scandal, ignores GOP shenanigans (PubliCola, 1/14/11)
Elway poll shows Gregoire job ratings slipping (Seattle Times, 1/13/11)
61% disapprove of Gregoire (Politico, 1/13/11)
Gregoire’s encouraging push toward a new localism (Crosscut, 1/13/11)
McKenna: Lawmakers should increase government transparency (Seattle Times, 1/12/11)
Gregoire’s optimism met with caution (Spokesman-Review, 1/12/11)
Gregoire has her best week in years (Crosscut, 1/12/11)
In search of rational, productive talk about education (Crosscut, 1/11/11)
Gregoire calls for bold approach to financial crisis (Spokesman-Review, 1/11/11)
Gregoire: Benefit hikes for state workers ‘budget busters’ (Seattle P-I, 1/11/11)
What’s with Gov Gregoire sounding like Tim Eyman? (The Stranger, 1/11/11)
In State of the State, Gregoire shows confidence in Washington’s recovery (Renton Reporter, 1/11/11)
Top 2 primary ruled OK by federal judge (Seattle P-I, 1/11/11)
First day gloom in Olympia as legislature convenes (Seattle Times, 1/10/11)
Washington has hefty agenda, but financial concerns top the list (Spokesman-Review, 1/9/11)
Gregoire’s educational reforms: good luck on that (Crosscut, 1/8/11)
Gregoire’s proposal for WA State ferries faces many obstacles (Kitsap Sun, 1/7/11)
Gregoire announces plan for regional ferry district (Seattle P-I, 1/7/11)
Impressive power moves from Gov. Gregoire (Crosscut, 1/7/11)
Gregoire floats ferry, education reform to near-universal shrug (SunBreak, 1/7/11)
Searching out state ‘waste’ is a fool’s errand (Crosscut, 1/7/11)
Gregoire: Create regional ferry district to manage system (Seattle Times, 1/7/11)
Opinion: It’s the AG’s job to represent the citizens of the state (The Olympian, 1/6/11)
Legislative preview: Gregoire says $4.6 billion needs to be cut from state budget (San Juan Journal, 1/6/11)
Reichert keeping his gubernatorial options open (National Journal, 1/5/11)
Gregoire wants just one state education agency (Seattle Times, 1/5/11)
What’s got into Gov. Gregoire? (Crosscut, 1/5/11)
High-speed rail funds are still hung up, as Congress tightens its belt (Crosscut, 1/5/11)
Opinion: Why are we so hell-bent to privatize public assets? (Seattle Times, 1/4/11)
Opinion: McKenna’s pay-for-service plan makes sense for state (The Olympian, 1/4/11)
Will Washington end up a lot like Arizona on transplants? (Crosscut, 1/4/11)
State task force says colleges, not Legislature, should set tuition (Seattle Times, 1/3/11)
McKenna announces legislative agenda with governor’s mansion in mind (MyNorthwest.com, 1/3/11)
Limiting lawsuit payouts getting review by state Legislature (King5, 1/3/11)
Gregoire calls on legislators to let state universities set higher tuition rates (SLOG, 1/3/11)
How I became an anti-union Democrat (Crosscut, 1/3/11)
Will the state turn to a gambling fix? (Crosscut, 1/3/11)
State needs to carefully consider liability reform (The Olympian, 1/2/11)
Charities not likely to fill the budget gap (Seattle Times, 1/1/11)

DECEMBER 2010

Editorial: McKenna right to push for liability reform (Seattle Times, 12/30/10)
Fearless (and fearful) forecasts for 2011 (Crosscut, 12/29/10)
Year in review: Top 10 most compelling state political stories (The News Tribune, 12/28/10)
Might the new 10th Congressional district go to King County? (Crosscut, 12/27/10)
McKenna to push tort reform laws to reduce state’s liability (The News Tribune, 12/27/10)
Bill targets secret campaign spending (The Columbian, 12/27/10)
End tax breaks, some say (The News Tribune, 12/26/10)
AG Rob McKenna’s 2011 legislative agenda (PubliCola, 12/22/10)
Puget Sound Partnership reaches a crossroads (Crosscut.com, 12/22/10)
Opinion: Washington’s new House seat means more clout for state (Seattle Times, 12/22/10)
Dems vs. GOP: Where will new House seat go? (Seattle P-I, 12/22/10)
8th District likely has to trim by 137,000 (Seattle P-I, 12/22/10)

Census figures bring 10th representative, more clout to Washington state (Everett Herald, 12/21/11)
Washington State gets new House seat; Oregon misses out (Seattle Times, 12/21/10)
Washington one of few Democratic-leaning states to gain congressional seat (Seattle Times, 12/21/10)
Opinion: Initiative backer Eyman’s star rising at a cost (Seattle Times, 12/21/10)
Opinion: Contracting out state services would save money (Seattle Times, 12/21/10)
Opinion: State’s hard-times budget makes hard — and necessary — cuts (Seattle Times, 12/21/10)
Washington picks up 10th US House seat (The Oregonian, 12/21/10)
AG McKenna: Board can’t raise tolls, ferry fares without legislative action (The News Tribune, 12/20/10)
Gregoire ‘open’ to idea of privatized liquor sales (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 12/19/10)
Opinion: Gregoire’s reorganization plan needs to become reality (The Olympian, 12/19/10)
WA’s economy: Best on the Coast, for what that’s worth (Crosscut.com, 12/17/10)
Budget beefs: The Right’s hypocrisy, the Left’s ineptitude (Seattle P-I, 12/17/10)
More groups pan Gregoire budget (Spokesman-Review, 12/16/10)
Heritage gets hammered in Gregoire’s budget (Crosscut.com, 12/16/10)
Gregoire cuts $3B from budget, suspends education initiatives (Seattle P-I, 12/15/10)
Gregoire plans an additional $400 million in spending cuts (Bloomberg, 12/16/10)
Where’s the outrage? Gov proposes not funding the people’s priorities (Northwest Progressive Institute Advocate, 12/15/10)
Opnion: An early look at the state’s 2012 election (Seattle Times, 12/15/10)
Gregoire and unions reach agreement on pay, benefit cuts (Seattle News, 12/14/10)
Editorial: Give community colleges more flexibility to help students, economic recovery (Seattle Times, 12/14/10)
Opinion: Seeking a new paradigm for funding WA’s public higher education (Seattle Times, 12/14/10)
Washington State tries to collect pot sales tax (The Oregonian, 12/14/10)
Gregoire plan: Merge state agencies, eliminate boards (Seattle Times, 12/14/10)
Gregoire wants to cut some public pension benefits, double-dip loophole (Seattle Times, 12/13/10)
Despite special session, state budget still a mess (Seattle P-I, 12/12/10)
Gov 2012: Inslee the Bold, McKenna the Meticulous (Seattle P-I, 12/9/10)
Antsy Republicans – do they have anyone other than McKenna to run statewide? (PublicCola, 12/9/10)
Washington state rolling along on high-speed rail (Crosscut.com, 12/8/10)
Gregoire can bring lawmakers to Olympia, but what will they do? (Crosscut.com, 12/8/10)
Opinion: Weathering the pension-debt storm (Seattle Times, 12/7/10)
Editorial: Gregoire caves to union on health-care premiums (Seattle Times, 12/7/10)
Lawmakers to discuss power of WA attorney general (Seattle Times, 12/6/10)
Gregoire plans to call session on $1.1 billion deficit (Bloomberg, 12/6/10)

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