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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Washington Gubernatorial Headlines 2012 Archives


Welcome, 2013: A poetic salute to the times ahead (Crosscut, 12/31/12)
Privatizing liquor hasn’t brought price down (Everett Herald, 12/31/12)
State has work ahead to keep aerospace jobs (Everett Herald, 12/31/12)
State, feds are extending Hanford cleanup deadlines (Crosscut, 12/31/12)
Best of 2012: Why the Republicans keep coming up short for governor (Crosscut, 12/31/12)
Best of 2012: Marriage equality and the conscience of a Catholic senator (Crosscut, 12/31/12)
Washington universities not happy with Gov’s tuition plan (AP, 12/30/12)
Wash. GOP lawmaker wants guns in schools (Seattle P-I, 12/29/12)
Inslee hires headhunters to find WA agency leaders (Seattle Times, 12/29/12)
Democrats will hand their office space over to GOP (Politics Northwest, 12/28/12)
No deal but Lt. Gov. Brad Owen reports ’significant progress’ in Senate transition talks (Political Buzz, 12/28/12)
Lt. Gov. Brad Owen starting peace talks with state Senate leaders on Friday morning (The News Tribune, 12/27/12)
Lawmakers, Inslee ignoring high court’s education mandate (The News Tribune, 12/27/12)
Jolt 2012: Washington Republicans come out ahead? (PubliCola, 12/27/12)
Washington state senators cross aisle and tilt ideological balance (New York Times, 12/26/12)
Best of 2012: NW coal port traffic raises worry about huge marine spill (Crosscut, 12/26/12)
Eyman proposes longer period for gathering initiative signatures (Seattle Times, 12/26/12)
Eyman to turn in signatures for new initiative on Jan. 3 (Politics Northwest, 12/26/12)
Eyman says he is ready to file signatures for I-517, protecting initiative signature gatherers(Political Buzz, 12/26/12)
Best of 2012: Will taxpayers be taken for a ride on new state irrigation plans? (Crosscut, 12/26/12)
Best of 2012: Business support for education: Just big talk? (Crosscut, 12/23/12)
Senate power struggle is similar to 1963 coup, but is less severe (The News Tribune, 12/22/12)
How Newtown is driving Washington state to gun control action (Crosscut, 12/21/12)
Gov-elect Jay Inslee heading to Hawaii (Seattle Times, 12/21/12)
State has 8th largest population gain in US, a third from overseas (Seattle Times, 12/20/12)
Court: WA Legislature failing at education funding (The News Tribune, 12/20/12)
The education of Ed Murray (Seattle Met, 12/19/12)
Gregoire’s budget: Making a list (Crosscut, 12/19/12)
Gregoire on budget: More revenue or deeper recession (Seattle P-I, 12/18/12)
Washington school funding shaping up as partisan tax duel (Crosscut, 12/18/12)
Gregoire’s lame-duck tax increase proposal (Washington Policy Center, 12/18/12)
A surprising transportation tax proposal from Washington’s governor (Transportation Issues Daily, 12/18/12)
Senate Democrats reject GOP offer for new majority coalition (Politics Northwest, 12/17/12)
Growing coal-port opposition creates tough choices for regulators (Crosscut, 12/17/12)
OPINION: Legalized pot – the challenge is to do it right (Crosscut, 12/17/12)
GOP spurns Dems’ counter-offer to split power in state Senate (Seattle Times, 12/17/12)
How gun control effort can get a good start right here (Crosscut, 12/16/12)
Obama won’t go after marijuana use in 2 states (AP, 12/14/12)
Obama won’t go after legal pot users in Washington, Colorado (Seattle Times, 12/14/12)
Transit’s long road to Olympia (Seattle Transit Blog, 12/13/12)
Seattle turns out to oppose proposed coal port (Crosscut, 12/13/12)
OPINION: Coal ports are bad idea for both Washington and China (Crosscut, 12/13/12)
A plan to put politics aside is troubled by politics (The News Tribune, 12/13/12)
Gregoire prepares to push more highways (Seattle Transit Blog, 12/12/12)
AUDIO: Former Wash. Governor Evans: Speaker is not ‘alternate governor’ (NWPR, 12/12/12)
If Tom becomes state Senate majority leader, who exactly would he lead? (Politics Northwest, 12/11/12)
Inslee: The Economics of Clean Energy (PubliCola, 12/11/12)
The Senate GOP power coup? Tim Eyman made them do it (Crosscut, 12/11/12)
Is it a new way of governing or politics as usual? Hard to tell (The News-Tribune, 12/11/12)
Gregoire to propose major transportation package (Seattle P-I, 12/11/12)
COMMENTARY: Election-defection blues for the state’s Democrats (Seattle Times, 12/11/12)
Democratic duo joins with GOP to shake up state Senate (Seattle Times, 12/10/12)
Coalition promises centrist approach (Everett Herald, 12/10/12)
2 Dems join GOP in state Senate coup, say parties will split power (Seattle Times, 12/10/12)
Three big questions raised by the Senate’s new GOP-driven majority (Crosscut, 12/10/12)
2 Dems to work with GOP to control state Senate (AP, 12/10/12)
Plenty of smoke clouds the future of legalized pot in Washington (LA Times, 12/9/12)
Gay marriage, legal pot: Conservatives wonder what’s happening to this state (Seattle Times,12/7/12)
Same-sex marriage backers took small steps to victory (News Tribune, 12/6/12)
Thursday Jolt: A 9-0 anti-Eyman precedent? (PubliCola, 12/6/12)
Republicans defer as Democrats offer school improvement plans (Crosscut, 12/6/12)
Justice to Wash. state: Pot still illegal under federal law (Washington Post, 12/6/12)
VIDEO: Clearing up the new marijuana law: What’s legal? (KING5, 12/5/12)
Marijuana law faces first challenge Friday – and this one doesn’t come from the feds (Washington State Wire, 12/5/12)
Washington’s new ‘driving high’ DUI law for marijuana users stirs fears (The Oregonian, 12/5/12)
Why Inslee should retain the transportation secretary (Crosscut, 12/5/12)
Republican Benton wins state Senate seat by 74 votes (The Columbian, 12/5/12)
Why the Republicans keep coming up short for governor (Crosscut, 12/4/12)
State embraces corporate tax breaks, despite constitution (The News Tribune, 12/4/12)
Coal supporters make their push (Crosscut, 12/3/12)
Officials in Tri-Ciites unconcerned with possibility of more coal trains (Tri-City Herald, 12/2/12)
Marijuana legalization: How strategy and timing translated into lawful pot possession (AP, 12/2/12)
Washington set to legalize marijuana use without Justice Dept. guidance (Washington Post,12/1/12)


Washington state jobs, universities vulnerable to DC’s fiscal cliff (Crosscut, 11/30/12)
Marijuana legalization measure requires 40 staffers and a pot expert (Politics Northwest, 11/30/12)
Renton School Superintendent to leave district for governor’s office position (Renton Patch, 11/29/12)
Inslee picks Renton Schools Superintendent as chief of staff (PubliCola, 11/29/12)
Legislature should suspend unfunded charter schools initiative (PubliCola, 11/28/12)
Gregoire as Interior secretary in Obama’s second term? (Seattle P-I, 11/28/12)
4 things you should know about funding Washington schools (Crosscut, 11/27/12)
How state Democrats overpowered GOP in governor’s race: data and doorbelling (Seattle Times,11/27/12)
Recount to decide WA Senate contest (Seattle Times, 11/27/12)
COMMENTARY: Lecture on patience isn’t the progress high court ordered (The News Tribune,11/27/12)
State unveils ideas on tackling ocean acidification (Crosscut, 11/27/12)
WA Senate Democrats pick nominees for key seats, say GOP is included (The Olympian, 11/27/12)
Past governors’ advice to Inslee: Move quickly (Seattle Times, 11/26/12)
Online sales tax may be Gregoire’s last hurrah (AP, 11/26/12)
Few quick answers to flood of questions over new gay-marriage law (Seattle Times, 11/26/12)
Adequately funding Washington education? Just add taxes (Crosscut, 11/26/12)
Oil boom in center of country resonates on Washington shores (Seattle Times, 11/25/12)
Gregoire works to broker tax agreement affecting online sales (Seattle Times,11/25/12)
Minorities could redraw state’s political landscape (Seattle Times, 11/24/12)
In contrast to Congress, diversity diminishes in Washington Legislature (Seattle Times, 11/24/12)
As charter schools get going here, best-known charter chains may stay away (Seattle Times,11/24/12)
Inslee and Gregoire meet to discuss transition (Seattle Times, 11/21/12)
Scouting out school funding (The Olympian, 11/21/12)
Inside politics: It wasn’t a McKenna crowd that voted (Crosscut, 11/20/12)
VIDEO: An interview with Governor-elect Jay Inslee (KGW, 11/20/12)
Snohomish County again proves a bellwether in governor’s race (Politics Northwest, 11/20/12)
OPINION: Are these high liquor prices what was promised by Initiative 1183? (Seattle Times,11/19/12)
Business support for education: Just big talk? (Crosscut, 11/19/12)
Legislature races show that money can’t buy everything (Seattle Times, 11/18/12)
State Republicans ponder long-term prospects on blue West Coast (Seattle Times, 11/17/12)
Gay marriage  and Eastern Washington: What’s wrong with this picture? (Seattle Times, 11/17/12)
Rodney Tom for Senate Majority Leader? — Speculation abounds as bipartisan takeover from middle becomes thinkable (Washington State Wire, 11/16/12)
Senate Republican leader Mike Hewitt stepping down from leadership post (Washington State Wire, 11/16/12)
EDITORIAL: State revenue report signal cuts, reform (Seattle Times, 11/15/12)
The  budget problem that Jay Inslee and the next Legislature will face (The Olympian, 11/15/12)
Revenue forecast remains grim (AP, 11/15/12)
Could coup install Rodney Tom as state Senate majority leader? (Seattle Times, 11/15/12)
State shortfall officially $900 million, but real problem $3.5 B, Democratic budget-writer says(Washington State Wire, 11/15/12)
The state GOP: Down for the count? (Crosscut, 11/15/12)
Ed Murray elected Majority Leader in Senate — but Democrats Tom and Sheldon to push for bipartisan leadership (Washington State Wire, 11/14/12)
Stranger editor: Governor-elect Inslee has ’screwed himself’ on education funding (Washington State Wire, 11/14/12)
Inslee names transition co-chairs; will be hiring ‘change agents’ (Seattle Times, 11/14/12)
Inslee unshaken on no-new-taxes promise (Crosscut, 11/14/12)
COMMENTARY: The right is left behind by the election (Seattle Times, 11/13/12)
Gregoire says feds undecided about blocking new marijuana law (Politics Northwest, 11/13/12)
Gregoire: State will forge ahead on legal pot (Spokesman-Review, 11/13/12)
Two centrist Democrats breaking party ranks again in leadership election, make power play, demand coalition majority (Washington State Wire, 11/13/12)
Charter schools narrowly win approval in Washington (Seattle Times, 11/12/12)
Tim Sheldon, Rodney Tom hope to force power-sharing arrangement in WA Senate (Political Buzz, 11/12/12)
Epic Northwest battle: Defining how big a deal coal ports are (Crosscut, 11/12/12)
Thurston County Auditor Wyman scores lone GOP state race win (The News Tribune, 11/11/12)
COMMENTARY: It’s the voters that matter – not political insiders (The News Tribune, 11/11/12)
COMMENTARY: Republicans blew this election with insults, immature behavior (Seattle Times,11/10/12)
Now that voters have spoken, what’ll our leaders do? (Crosscut, 11/10/12)
Backers of Initiative I240, the charter schools measure, claim victory with about 10% of votes still out (The News Tribune, 11/10/12)
Kim Wyman defeats Kathleen Drew as lone Republican to win statewide this year (Political Buzz, 11/10/12)
The Daily Troll: Inslee is governor. And WTF, WSF? (Crosscut, 11/9/12)
McKenna concedes; Inslee to be governor (Seattle Times, 11/9/12)
Dems’ analysis: McKenna chances to win gov race down to 1 in 9 (Political Buzz, 11/9/12)
Conference call: McKenna campaign manager talks to reporters (Politics Northwest, 11/9/12)
Rob McKenna concedes gubernatorial race; congratulates Governor-elect Jay Inslee (Northwest Progressive Institute Advocate, 11/9/12)
EDITORIAL: Some advice for Gov. Jay Inslee (Seattle Times, 11/9/12)
Ballot counting drags on in Washington state (AP, 11/9/12)
It seems clear now: Jay Inslee is Washington’s next governor (Seattle Weekly, 11/9/12)
VIDEO: McKenna concedes governor’s race to Inslee (KING5, 11/9/12)
Both state governor candidates predict victory; Inslee has a bigger lead than on election night (The News Tribune, 11/8/12)
The Daily Troll: Washington as marijuana test kitchen (Crosscut, 11/8/12)
VIDEO: New results widen Inslee’s lead over McKenna (NWCN, 11/8/12)
AUDIO: McKenna has time, but not statistics on his side in WA governor’s race (Northwest Public Radio, 11/8/12)
VIDEO: County-by-county results show support for I-502 broke with tradition (KING5, 11/8/12)
Two governor candidates expect victory; Inslee’s lead has grown (The Olympian, 11/8/12)
VIDEO: Increasingly unlikely McKenna can overcome Inslee’s lead (KING5, 11/8/12)
VIDEO: Once again, Washington voters waiting on King County (KING5, 11/8/12)
Governor’s race: It looks like Inslee (Seattle P-I, 11/8/12)
Inslee slightly expands lead over McKenna as more ballots counted (Politics Northwest, 11/8/12)
Gregoire not joining Colorado’s chat with Justice Dept on pot legalization (Politics Northwest, 11/8/12)
Same-sex marriage opponents concede in Washington (Seattle Times, 11/8/12)
EDITORIAL: Long wait for results shows need for election reform in Washington (Seattle Times,11/8/12)
Inslee holding on to lead in governor’s race (Seattle Times, 11/8/12)
Why is ballot counting so slow in Washington state? (Seattle Times, 11/8/12)
A school funding impasse is brewing (Crosscut, 11/8/12)
Election 2012: Winning another Civil War? (Crosscut, 11/7/12)
Little change in governor’s race after more ballots released (Politics Northwest, 11/7/12)
Fear and gloating on the campaign-party trail (Crosscut, 11/7/12)
Inslee still ahead; McKenna not giving up (Seattle Times, 11/7/12)
Inslee to begin assembling transition team (Seattle Times, 11/7/12)
New vote numbers do little to help McKenna (AP, 11/7/12)
Pot legal Dec. 6, ‘jury is out on what happens’ after that (Seattle Times, 11/7/12)
Vancouver won’t pay to visit Dem-happy Oregon (Crosscut, 11/7/12)
VIDEO: Rob McKenna: ‘It’s going the right way’ (KING5, 11/7/12)
The Daily Troll: No blues in a blue state (Crosscut, 11/7/12)
Governor’s race undecided as King County count continues (King5, 11/7/12)
NOM’s sad silver lining (The Stranger, 11/7/12)
Gay marriage, marijuana, Inslee take early leads (Crosscut, 11/6/12)
Close WA governor’s race may take days to decide (AP, 11/6/12)
Costliest election in Washington history goes to voters (AP, 11/6/12)
Inslee: ‘Let’s go do some work. Let’s go lead the state’ (Politics Northwest, 11/6/12)
Democrats confident about Inslee’s chances (Politics Northwest, 11/6/12)
Democrats Derek Kilmer, Denny Heck win Congressional races (The News Tribune, 11/6/12)
Jolt: the biggest bombshells from the weirdest local election season ever (PubliCola, 11/6/12)
Daily troll: Election squabbles, ballot tampering and a break-in (Crosscut, 11/6/12)
Gay-marriage measure passing in initial returns (Seattle Times, 11/6/12)
Inslee takes strong lead, but McKenna won’t concede (Seattle Times, 11/6/12)
Inslee vs. McKenna could drag on (Seattle Times, 11/5/12)
Counting votes in Washington state: What to expect on Tuesday night (KING5, 11/5/12)
No, Washington’s postmarked-by ballot deadline has nothing to do with how slowly we count our ballots (SLOG, 11/5/12)
With ballots due Tuesday, local candidates squeeze in last-minute campaigning (The Columbian,11/5/12)
Opinion: Change ballot deadline (The Columbian, 11/4/12)
Poll Analysis: Three polls in the Washington gubernatorial race (Horses Ass, 11/4/12)
Tuesday: The big races look close (Crosscut, 11/4/12)
Commentary: Independent-minded Washington poised to lead again (Seattle P-I, 11/4/12)
The billionaires initiative process (SLOG, 11/3/12)
Election’s offerings stimulate voters (The Columbian, 11/3/12)
McKenna camp paying people to collect ballots; King Co elections advises voters to send ballots in themselves (PubliCola, 11/2/12)
What Oregon can teach us about mail-in voting (Crosscut, 11/1/12)
Same-sex marriage, marijuana likely to pass, Washington Poll says (Seattle P-I, 11/1/12)

KING 5 poll: Governor’s race down to the wire (Seattle Times, 11/1/12)


Candidates for governor differ in approach on environment (Seattle Times, 10/31/12)
Don’t be charter fooled (The Stranger, 10/31/12)
Can Washington get its life sciences groove back? (Crosscut, 10/30/12)
Another week, another million for charter school initiative (Politics Northwest, 10/30/12)
King County ballots pouring in ahead of schedule (Seattle Times, 10/30/12)
Commentary: All quiet on the same-sex battlefield (Seattle Times, 10/30/12)
Washington gov race brings attention to immigrant driver’s licenses (AP, 10/30/12)
McKenna makes campaign stop in Vancouver (The Columbian, 10/30/12)
McKenna makes last stop in Yakima; political parties prepare for elections (KIMA-TV, 10/30/12)
The ballot measures: How one observer looks at the current crop (Crosscut, 10/30/12)
Inslee scales back expected savings from a centerpiece of his platform (Seattle Times, 10/29/12)
Video: McKenna sees get-out-the-vote as key to election (AP, 10/29/12)
Spending approaches $1M in four state Senate races (Politics Northwest, 10/29/12)
What’s the bee in Frank Blethen’s bonnet? (Crosscut, 10/29/12)
Nearly 300,000 ballots already received by King County (Seattle Times, 10/29/12)
Redistricting panel gave primacy to politics, not law (The News Tribune, 10/28/12)
Coal port debate packs public forum (Bellingham Herald, 10/27/12)
Boeing loses federal labor case in South Carolina (Everett Herald, 10/27/12)
Inslee embraces national issues; McKenna takes different path (The Olympian, 10/27/12)
Ex-lawmaker Inslee claims he’s political outsider in governor’s race (Seattle Times, 10/27/12)
Filings reveal McKenna’s taste for free travel (Seattle Times, 10/27/12)
Redistricting champion halts fight (The Columbian, 10/27/12)
No to charters: We must focus on improving all schools (Crosscut, 10/26/12)
State Democratic Party will donate money from JZ Knight after offensive comments (Politics Northwest, 10/26/12)
Yes to charters: What does Washington have to lose with a choice? (Crosscut, 10/26/12)
Questions for Rob McKenna, Republican (Puget Sound Business Journal, 10/26/12)
Rob McKenna could be the education governor (Stand for Children Washington, 10/26/12)
Gregoire dismisses Inslee, McKenna budget ideas (AP, 10/26/12)
How Rob McKenna plans to spend $1.7B more on K-12 education, without spend a penny more on K-12 education (The Stranger, 10/26/12)
Video: Women who know Rob McKenna (The Stranger, 10/25/12)
The Truth Needle: Details don’t add up in Times Co’s McKenna ads (Seattle Times, 10/25/12)
Obama backs Washington’s same-sex marriage initiative (AP, 10/25/12)
Provocative political ad for state senate seat causes stir (KIMA-TV, 10/25/12)
Meet Rob McKenna: Candidate for governor (Patch, 10/25/12)
Eastside politics: 50 shades of blue? (Crosscut, 10/24/12)
McKenna campaign blog trots out anti-gay rhetoric (PubliCola, 10/24/12)
Seattle Times develops script to respond to angry readers (PubliCola, 10/24/12)
Seattle Times ads: Let’s all take a deep breath (Crosscut, 10/24/12)
NW coal port traffic raises worry about huge marine spill (Crosscut, 10/24/12)
Poll: McKenna edges Inslee in tight Washington race (National Journal, 10/24/12)
New Elway poll shows tight governor’s race, shift among women voters (Politics Northwest, 10/24/12)
Censured but still outspoken: A Republican legislator stands up for marriage equality (Crosscut, 10/23/12)
Governor’s race brings rare climate discussion (Crosscut, 10/23/12)
Crosscut writers’ guide to 2012 election reading (Crosscut, 10/23/12)
Appeals court upholds state’s release of Ref. 71 signatures (Politics Northwest, 10/23/12)
PDC staff recommend complaint against McKenna be dismissed (Politics Northwest, 10/23/12)
National Democratic group strikes in AG’s race (Politics Northwest, 10/23/12)
Trudi Inslee, other Democrats say McKenna bad for women (Politics Northwest, 10/23/12)
Gregoire appointed lawmaker despite staff qualms (Seattle Times, 10/23/12)
Former foe now embraces charter schools, campaigns for I-1240 (Seattle Times, 10/23/12)
Former Seattle Times politics editor cancels subscription (PubliCola, 10/23/12)
Race to the bottom: Dunn, Ferguson up against political sleazefest in AG race (Seattle Times,10/23/12)
Inside politics: 2012 is beginning to look a lot like 2004 (Crosscut, 10/22/12)
New Polling: Gov’s race tied, gay marriage and charters schools ahead, and support for new taxes to fund K-12 (PubliCola, 10/22/12)
Truth Needle: McKenna ad wrong; he’s voted for tax increases (Seattle Times, 10/21/12)
A vow to continue impartial reporting (Seattle Times, 10/20/12)
Editorial: Times Co. ad campaign for McKenna raises concerns (Seattle Times, 10/19/12)
Times news staffers protest its political ads (Seattle Times, 10/18/12)
Seattle Times news staffers protest company’s political-ad campaign (Politics Northwest, 10/18/12)
Times staffers to publisher: Dear Frank — Stop campaigning (Seattle P-I, 10/18/12)
Gay marriage leads but nail biter likely: Wash. Poll (Seattle P-I, 10/18/12)
Inside politics: The governor’s race gets tighter (Crosscut, 10/17/12)
Times Co. criticized for McKenna, gay-marriage ad campaigns (Seattle Times, 10/17/12)
Inslee, McKenna duel in final televised debate (Seattle Times, 10/17/12)
McKenna, Inslee: Deep in budget denial (Crosscut, 10/17/12)
Seattle Times to advertise for McKenna on its own dime (Seattle P-I, 10/17/12)
The Seattle Times will pay for the Rob McKenna and Marriage Equality ads in its own pages (The Stranger, 10/17/12)
Seattle Times runs ads in favor of GOP candidate (Seattle Times, 10/17/12)
Romney, McKenna gain, still trail: KING-5 poll (Seattle P-I, 10/16/12)
Would a Romney win prompt Cascadian secession? (Crosscut, 10/16/12)
Rob McKenna thinks you’re stupid. He thinks all voters in King County are stupid. How stupid? Stupid enough to vote for him (The Stranger, 10/16/12)
Rasmussen Poll: Tight race as poll shows Inslee 47%, McKenna 45% (Rasmussen, 10/16/12)
The Stranger election control board’s endorsements for the November 6, 2012, general election (The Stranger, 10/16/12)
What’s really going on in the governor’s race? (Crosscut, 10/16/12)
McKenna hopes to break streak in bid for governor (AP, 10/15/12)
Washington Senate: Headed for a Republican power shift? (Crosscut, 10/15/12)
Mail-in ballots rob election night of excitement (Everett Herald, 10/14/12)
Where Rob McKenna, Jay Inslee stand on social issues (Seattle Times, 10/14/12)
Commentary: How next governor can keep state competitive (Seattle Times, 10/13/12)
Commentary: Anti-gay marriage campaign: Launched with a false story (Seattle P-I, 10/12/12)
Voter registration rolls in MD and WA are called vulnerable to hackers (New York Times, 10/12/12)
Inslee says he’d veto tax increases (Politics Northwest, 10/12/12)
I-1185: Will the circle be unborken on Eyman tax measures? (Crosscut, 10/12/12)
The McKenna-Inslee debate: Crosscut pundit face off (Crosscut, 10/11/12)
Commentary: Lawmen against the law (New York Times, 10/11/12)
Group opposed to gay marriage releases TV ads (AP, 10/11/12)
State could become first state to OK pot sales (AP, 10/11/12)
20-year effort to fix state schools drives this year’s charter schools initiative (Washington State Wire, 10/11/12)
Inslee’s green-economy bets aren’t a sure thing (Seattle Times, 10/10/12)
A polling bounce likely for Republicans in Washington state races (Crosscut, 10/9/12)
Conservative ties muddy McKenna’s moderate appeal (AP, 10/9/12)
If Koster is too extreme for Boehner, Cantor and Christie, why isn’t he too extreme for the Seattle Times? (The Stranger, 10/8/12)
Washington gubernatorial candidates on the environment (OPB, 10/8/12)
Commentary: A big test of gay marriage (New York Times, 10/8/12)
Race: One problem with electing judges (Crosscut, 10/7/12)
Rob McKenna finds a path to Obama voters (Crosscut, 10/7/12)
Initiative 502: Marijuana at a tipping point (Everett Herald, 10/7/12)
WA’s new First Congressional: It’s big. It’s confusing. And it’s anybody’s race (New York Times,10/7/12)
KING5 poll: Majorities in Washington favor gay marriage, marijuana initiatives (KING5, 10/5/12)
Could a do-gooder bond save Washington’s schools? (Crosscut, 10/5/12)
Nine ways to fix Washington’s tax mess (Crosscut, 10/5/12)
New poll suggests Inslee building clear lead over McKenna in Washington governor race (The Oregonian, 10/5/12)
Audio: WA Supreme Court says toxic cleanup tax is constitutional (OPB, 10/4/12)
OR, WA in Top 10 energy efficient states (OPB, 10/3/12)
McKenna vs. Inslee: A debate with a few twists (Crosscut, 10/3/12)
Olympia: Breaking up with a tax favor is so hard to do (Crosscut, 10/3/12)
McKenna-Inslee: Not blood sport, but a real dogfight (Seattle P-I, 10/2/12)
Sen. Kline: Democrats haven’t wimped out on guns (Crosscut, 10/2/12)
Big bucks fuel negative ads in Governor’s race (Seattle P-I, 10/2/12)
KING 5 poll: Inslee maintains lead over McKenna (KING 5, 10/2/12)
National budget watchdog group takes aim at Columbia River Crossing project (The Oregonian,10/2/12)
Washington pot measure continues powerhouse fundraising, hits $4 million mark (The Oregonian,10/2/12)
LiveSlogging the Inslee-McKenna debate in Yakima (The Slog, 10/2/12)
Washington gubernatorial candidates McKenna, Inslee debate in Yakima (AP, 10/2/12)
Editorial: Voter-approved marriage (New York Times, 10/2/12)
King County sheriff makes the case for pot (Seattle Times, 10/2/12)
High court rejects Washington Top-2 primary appeal (AP, 10/1/12)
$1 million more for marijuana legalization campaign – and support from King County sheriff (Seattle Times, 10/1/12)
Teamsters 117 ratifies ahead of today’s deadline; top 4 state labor contracts are done (Political Buzz, 10/1/12)


Commentary: Voters have final say whether negative ads work (The News Tribune, 9/30/12)
McKenna, Inslee differ on how to spur growth in green energy (AP, 9/30/12)
Who’s paying for governor attack advertising? (The News Tribune, 9/30/12)
McKenna, Inslee take different approaches toward green energy (The News Tribune, 9/29/12)
Gay-marriage foe ready to make media impact here (Seattle Times, 9/29/12)
Washington’s marijuana legalization measure creates strange bedfellows among foes, backers (The News Tribune, 9/29/12)
Governor’s budget leader calls impasse on health-talks with two-dozen unions (Political Buzz, 9/28/12)
Washington state, unions reach impasse over health care (AP, 9/28/12)
Rasmussen Poll: Inslee 46, McKenna 34% (Rasmussen, 9/28/12)
Olympia: So many bills, so little tax reform (Crosscut, 9/28/12)
First report in Wash.’s new school progress system (Seattle Times, 9/27/12)
Industries gear up for the epic fight over NW coal ports (Crosscut, 9/27/12)
Government land swaps: A bad deal for the rest of us? (Crosscut, 9/27/12)
Inslee, McKenna agree to televised debate (Seattle Times, 9/26/12)
Teachers focus on governor’s race, not charter schools (AP, 9/26/12)
Washington State Supreme Court hears arguments about two-thirds tax supermajority (The Oregonian,9/25/12)
The good, the bad, the ugly of McKenna’s health care plan (Crosscut, 9/25/12)
NJ governor to visit Washington for fundraisers (AP, 9/25/12)
A $30 million (and counting) Inslee-McKenna race (Seattle P-I, 9/25/12)
$250,000 to anti-gay marriage campaign (Seattle P-I, 9/25/12)
Voters take prejudice to the polls (The Stranger, 9/25/12)
Seattle, Portland: Posturing on coal ports? (Seattle P-I, 9/24/12)
Inside Politics: McKenna barely bucks a Democratic tide (Crosscut, 9/24/12)
Latest McKenna ad courts female voters (Seattle Times, 9/24/12)
R-74 fight about one word, thousands of details (The News Tribune, 9/23/12)
Suit against supermajority framed as effort to fully fund education (Seattle Times, 9/23/12)
Why Washington’s kids aren’t going to college (Seattle Times, 9/22/12)
Commentary: It’s Tim Eymann vs. the founding fathers (Seattle Times, 9/22/12)
State could be test case in marijuana legalization (Seattle Times, 9/22/12)
Teachers United backs charter school initiative (Seattle Times, 9/21/12)
Gubernatorial candidate: Expand Medicaid in Washington state (Puget Sound Business Journal,9/21/12)
Jay Inslee announces health care platform in Federal Way (Federal Way Mirror, 9/21/12)
Is there profit in health care changes? (Crosscut, 9/21/12)
Inslee, McKenna both to speak to school directors (AP, 9/21/12)
Inslee fully embraces expansion of Medicaid (Seattle Times, 9/20/12)
The quandary about how to pay for school improvements (Crosscut, 9/20/12)
State high court hears executive-privilege case (Seattle Times, 9/20/12)
Jay Inslee embraces expansion of Medicaid (AP, 9/20/12)
WA corporations — which are Republican and Democrat? (Seattle P-I, 9/19/12)
Washington state makes it harder to opt out of immunizations (New York Times, 9/19/12)
Opinion: Join our ‘I do’ social media campaign to support same-sex marriage (Seattle Times,9/17/12)
Eyman’s super-majority initiative: Tougher sale this time (Crosscut, 9/17/12)
Editorial: R-74: Yes vote on marriage equality is right for Washington (The News Tribune,9/17/12)
SPEEA leaders urge members to reject Boeing contract offer (Seattle Times, 9/17/12)
Ballot measures hovering around 50% — way too close to call (Seattle Times, 9/17/12)
$1.3M more possibly misspent in Seattle schools scandal (Seattle Times, 9/17/12)
Parties pouring cash into race for governor (Seattle Times, 9/16/12)
Bill Clinton: Brief, on time, and on Mitt Romney’s case (Seattle P-I, 9/15/12)
Bill Clinton raises $750,000 in Seattle for Inslee (Seattle Times, 9/15/12)
Former President Clinton campaigns for Inslee in Seattle (Seattle Times, 9/15/12)
Has the Puget Sound fallen out of political favor? (Crosscut, 9/14/12)
McKenna: Creativity will save health care dollars (Seattle Times, 9/13/12)
McKenna touts incentives to save money on health care (Seattle Times, 9/13/12)
Legislature sets a baseline for ‘adequate education’ (Crosscut, 9/13/12)
School-spending report almost ready for state’s high court (Seattle Times, 9/12/12)
Truth Needle: McKenna’s right on Medicaid — to a point (Seattle Times, 9/12/12)
Obama up 16 in Washington state (Politico, 9/11/12)
Washington Governor’s race: Both sides ramping up (National Journal, 9/11/12)
The Survey USA Poll: Smart guys finish last? (PubliCola, 9/11/12)
How health care reform can help education in Washington state (Crosscut, 9/11/12)
McKenna and Inslee both spend more than $1M on TV ads (Seattle Times, 9/11/12)
People for Puget Sound is ceasing operations (Seattle P-I, 9/11/12)
Revenue report: Collections still on target (The Olympian, 9/11/12)
Court upholds Gregoire fine over records violation (The Olympian, 9/11/12)
McKenna undaunted by Obama’s popularity here (PubliCola, 9/11/12)
New poll: Inslee ahead in Washington Gov race (Seattle Times, 9/11/12)
Poll for KING5 shows Inslee up 5% over McKenna (The News Tribune, 9/11/12)
Video: Inslee maintains edge in governor’s race (KING5, 9/11/12)
Inslee raises $1.2M in cash in August; McKenna $1M (Seattle Times, 9/11/12)
Inslee, Ferguson, pot, gay marriage up in poll (Seattle P-I, 9/11/12)
All we might get, again, is a virtual debate (The News tribune, 9/11/12)
Big surprise: Obama endorses Inslee (Spokesman-Review, 9/10/12)
Monday jolt: A timely Inslee endorsement and an Emergency Council vote (PubliCola, 9/10/12)
One (well, two) questions for the McKenna campaign (PubliCola, 9/10/12)
Bill Clinton to raise funds for Inslee in Seattle (The Olympian, 9/10/12)
RGA gives another $1.2M to benefit Rob McKenna (The Olympian, 9/10/12)
Pro-Jay Inslee PAC up to $5M on TV ad purchases (The News Tribune, 9/10/12)
Republicans mock Inslee’s vision of an energy ‘revolution’ (Seattle Times, 9/9/12)
Tea Party, Occupy: Grass-roots movements find political turf (The Columbian, 9/8/12)
Press Talk: Is McKenna a RINO, and what is an ideal candidate? (The Columbian, 9/8/12)
Republicans mock Inslee’s vision of an energy ‘revolution’ (Seattle Times, 9/8/12)
Bargaining to continue for state workers (Bellingham Herald, 9/8/12)
State authorities turn focus to initiative signature piggybacking (The News Tribune, 9/8/12)
Economic council met illegally (The Olympian, 9/8/12)
Moving the fence around marriage: The conscience of a Catholic senator (Crosscut, 9/7/12)
What’s driving up the cost of our public schools (Crosscut, 9/6/12)
McKenna praises anti-gang efforts, talks policy (Yakima Herald-Republic, 9/6/12)
Truth needle: A look at Inslee’s ‘lean management’ claim (Seattle Times, 9/6/12)
Wash. lawmakers moving slowly toward education lawsuit deadline (AP, 9/6/12)
State labor deal deadline nears (The Olympian, 9/6/12)
RGA releases first TV ad attacking Inslee (Seattle Times, 9/5/12)
First attack ad of governor’s race launched; get ready for more (The Olympian, 9/5/12)
GOP governors group hit Inslee in TV ad (The Petri Dish, 9/5/12)
Marriage group grapples with state campaign laws (AP, 9/5/12)
Governor’s race: Air war mudslinging begins (Seattle P-I, 9/5/12)
Video: RGA hits Inslee in first Washington ad (National Journal, 9/5/12)
Gregoire and unions: Bargaining takes on political stakes (Crosscut, 9/5/12)
Gov candidates playing up endorsements (Spokesman-Review, 9/4/12)
Editorial: Taxes off table in governor debate (Union-Bulletin, 9/4/12)
WA governor to promote trade in India, South Korea (AP, 9/4/12)
Dems miss mark claiming McKenna supported education cuts (Seattle Times, 9/3/12)
McKenna gains tribal support (The News Tribune, 9/3/12)
Budget cuts scorch Washington state parks (The Oregonian, 9/2/12)
Charter-school groups eyeing Washington (Seattle Times, 9/2/12)
McKenna draws ‘unprecedented’ support from Indian tribes (Bellingham Herald, 9/2/12)
Democrat-leaning tribes find ally in Republican McKenna (Seattle Times, 9/2/12)
Washington one of three tossup governors races (Politico, 9/1/12)
Initiative or no, federal law trumps state on marijuana (Spokesman-Review, 9/1/12)


McKenna challenges Walker comparison (PubliCola, 8/30/12)
Washington anti-gay marriage law group encourages ‘bundling’ donations (AP, 8/30/12)
Editorial: Candidate Rob McKenna should release tax returns (Union-Bulletin, 8/30/12)
McKenna, Inslee spar over state issues (Spokesman-Review, 8/30/12)
Taxes are a hot topic at tense gubernatorial debate (Everett Herald, 8/30/12)
Inslee, McKenna spar over taxes, budget, liquor (The Daily News, 8/30/12)
Washington governor candidates spar over taxes, tax returns (KPLU, 8/30/12)
McKenna, Inslee face off in Vancouver (The Columbian, 8/30/12)
McKenna, Inslee say history can guide Washington voters (Seattle P-I, 8/29/12)
McKenna to Inslee: Democrats in charge for years (Spokesman-Review, 8/29/12)
McKenna takes jabs at Inslee in debate (Seattle Times, 8/29/12)
GOP boss says Rob McKenna will do what Scott Walker did in Wisconsin (The Stand, 8/29/12)
Inslee to McKenna: Make Washington like Wisconsin? (Spokesman-Review, 8/29/12)
McKenna to Inslee: Two-thirds majority (Spokesman-Review, 8/29/12)
WA gubernatorial candidates tussle over CRC, jobs (KATU, 8/29/12)
Democratic Governors Association contributes another $800K to back Jay Inslee (Seattle Times,8/29/12)
McKenna vs. Inslee: Close-quarters political combat (Seattle P-I, 8/29/12)
McKenna: Legalization of marijuana not a states’ rights issue (Seattle Times, 8/29/12)
Gubernatorial debate viewing parties scheduled (The Columbian, 8/28/12)
Inslee admits mistake in 2009 taxes; McKenna reiterates he won’t release his (Seattle Times,8/28/12)
Presto Change-o! (The Stranger, 8/28/12)
Rob McKenna doles out millions for foreclosure relief; Jay Inslee attacks (Seattle Weekly, 8/28/12)
GOP governors association leader compares Rob McKenna to Scott Walker (Seattle Times, 8/28/12)
McKenna says he won’t release tax returns (AP, 8/28/12)
McKenna refuses to release tax returns (Everett Herald, 8/28/12)
Commentary: President Romney – Liberal Seattle, be ready for the unthinkable (Seattle P-I,8/28/12)
McKenna tries to draw some sharp differences on education (Crosscut, 8/28/12)
Jay Inslee admits mistake in taxes, files amended return (Seattle Times, 8/28/12)
State’s politicians tap into excess cash from campaigns (AP, 8/27/12)
‘Elvis sighting’: Bill Clinton to appear for Jay Inslee (Seattle P-I, 8/27/12)
Inslee’s political career took off as Democrat in GOP territory (Seattle Times, 8/25/12)
McKenna, Baumgartner differ with national GOP on immigration (Seattle Times, 8/23/12)
Inside politics: Governor’s race is a tossup (Crosscut, 8/23/12)
When it comes to charter schools, the PTA board knows best (Crosscut, 8/22/12)
Inslee releases tax returns, urges rival to do the same (Seattle Times, 8/21/12)
Commentary: Out-of-state money chooses what we vote on (Seattle Times, 8/21/12)
Gay-marriage campaigns on verge of unleashing their ads (Seattle Times, 8/20/12)
Washington state Republicans join chorus calling for Rep. Todd Akin (Seattle Times, 8/20/12)
Redistricting shows how far incumbents go (The News-Tribune, 8/19/12)
McKenna undaunted by battles while on King County Council (Seattle Times, 8/18/12)
Commentary: King County voters sinking Republican chances in statewide races (Seattle Times,8/18/12)
A task force may out-do Inslee, McKenna on education money (Crosscut, 8/15/12)
A failing grade for the state’s new teacher-evaluation bill (Crosscut, 8/13/12)
McKenna win would end drought for GOP in races for WA governor (Seattle Times, 8/11/12)
Campaign 2012: It’s the values, stupid (Crosscut, 8/10/12)
Gov. Christie won’t ‘go Jersey’ unless Inslee wins (Seattle P-I, 8/9/12)
Chris Christie rallies Washington state Republicans (Seattle Times, 8/9/12)
State vote sets up some real fall squeakers (Crosscut, 8/8/12)
Jay Inslee, big in King County, faces McKenna in November (Seattle P-I, 8/7/12)
Legislature: Republicans will struggle to take back the state Senate (Seattle Times, 8/7/12)
Inslee, McKenna ready to move on to November showdown (Seattle Times, 8/7/12)
McKenna, Inslee advance to general election (AP, 8/7/12)
Inslee leads McKenna in early results (Seattle Times, 8/7/12)
Where’s the drama in Washington state gubernatorial primary? (CNN, 8/7/12)
Commentary: Washington needs a more powerful governor (Crosscut, 8/7/12)
Discuss: Raise taxes for education funding? (Seattle Times, 8/7/12)
Washington primary trims ballot for November (Seattle Times, 8/7/12)
Voters decide primary for governor, other races (AP, 8/7/12)
Inslee is ahead going into Tuesday’s primary (PubliCola, 8/6/12)
Early ballot returns suggest low turnout for Tuesday’s primary (Kitsap Sun, 8/6/12)
WA voters weigh in on crowded primary ballot (AP, 8/6/12)
Sierra Club doubles down for Inslee (Seattle P-I, 8/6/12)
A midsummer’s unlikely election day – in August (Seattle P-I, 8/6/12)
WA legal marijuana group launches TV campaign (AP, 8/6/12)
Will Tuesday’s Washington primary clip the Democrats’ left wing? (Seattle P-I, 8/4/12)
Commentary: The business of parks is leisure (Seattle Times, 8/4/12)
Kitsap residents putting cash where their hearts are on gay marriage question (Kitsap Sun, 8/4/12)
Long-brewing governor’s race headlines a crowded ballot in Washington (The Olympian, 8/4/12)
Primary ballot includes some hard-fought races (Seattle Times, 8/4/12)
How DC’s budget cutting harms state taxpayers (Crosscut, 8/3/12)
KING 5 poll: Momentum is with Inslee in governor’s race (KING5, 8/3/12)
PAC calling for integrity is called out (The News Tribune, 8/3/12)
For 2 political underdogs, it’s all about the battle (Everett Herald, 8/2/12)
No state money for parks: What next? (Seattle Times, 8/1/12)
Rob McKenna gets cozy with Karl Rove (The Stranger, 8/1/12)
Discuss: Rob McKenna’s education spending plan too good to be true? (Seattle Times, 8/1/12)
McKenna’s plan would give schools $1.25B more (Everett Herald, 8/1/12)
McKenna lays out schools plan (Spokesman-Review, 8/1/12)
McKenna wants $1.7B for education (The News Tribune, 8/1/12)
What does Rob McKenna have against family planning? (Northwest Progressive Institute Advocate, 8/1/12)
McKenna lays out plan to pay for boosting schools (Crosscut, 8/1/12)

JULY 2012

McKenna: State can’t afford unfettered Medicaid expansion (Crosscut, 7/31/12)
McKenna’s plan for schools gets an ‘A’ for effort, but… (Seattle Times, 7/31/12)
McKenna’s education plan calls for capping non-education spending (Seattle Times, 7/31/12)
McKenna unveils education funding plan (Seattle Times, 7/31/12)
7 non-mainstream candidates vying to succeed Washington’s Chris Gregoire as governor (AP, 7/29/12)
Candidates for governor, attorney general talk guns (Seattle Times, 7/28/12)
Amazon’s founder pledges $2.5M in support of gay marriage fight in Washington (The Caucus, 7/27/12)
Inslee and McKenna are both rich guys (PubliCola, 7/25/12)
Charter schools measure officially on Wash. ballot (AP, 7/25/12)
Employees’ union seeks $17.7M refund from state (Seattle Times, 7/24/12)
Primary two weeks off, first signs of spin (Seattle P-I, 7/24/12)
McKenna ad debuts; he trails in new poll (The Olympian, 7/24/12)
$1.25M backs effort to legalize pot (The News Tribune, 7/24/12)
Obama hunts for dollars here, and aims barbs at Romney (Seattle P-I, 7/24/12)
Inslee as bulldozer, McKenna as iPad. It’s that simple. (PubliCola, 7/24/12)
State may use federal immigration data in checking voters’ eligibility (Seattle Times, 7/24/12)
Afternoon jolt: Whoa. Inslee leaps out in front (PubliCola, 7/23/12)
Latest Elway poll shows Inslee leading McKenna (Seattle Times, 7/23/12)
One poll yields a first: Inslee ahead of McKenna (Seattle P-I, 7/23/12)
First test: What primary win might mean for McKenna, Inslee (Everett Herald, 7/22/12)
McKenna, Inslee close in polls, fundraising, but not on issues (McClatchy, 7/22/12)
Courts won’t deal with campaign lies, but voters sure can (The News Tribune, 7/22/12)
Small crowd listens to GOP candidate for governor (Yakima Herald, 7/21/12)
On education, McKenna and Inslee have similar ideas, but charter schools remain a key difference(Seattle Times, 7/21/12)
Tea party-backed governor candidate aims to surprise (The News Tribune, 7/21/12)
Shahram Hadian speaks to Yakima Valley residents (KAPP TV, 7/21/12)
Gubernatorial candidates respond to gun control issue (KIRO-TV, 7/20/12)
National money flowing into governor’s race (AP, 7/20/12)
Perhaps Rob McKenna might want to loosen up on his media blacklist (The Stranger, 7/20/12)
Woman banned from Rob McKenna’s Event for Women (The Stranger, 7/20/12)
McKenna to air first television ad next week (AP, 7/20/12)
Washington’s tight race for governor attracts national spending (Seattle Times, 7/20/12)
Arena fans pack hearing in full-court press (Seattle times, 7/19/12)
Inslee visits Yakima, lays out plan for jobs & education (KIMA-TV, 7/19/12)
McKenna disagrees with Scout policy excluding gays (AP, 7/19/12)
Poll Analysis: McKenna 42%, Inslee 41% (HorsesAss, 7/19/12)
KING5/SurveyUSA: Washington governor’s race effectively tied (Seattle Times, 7/19/12)
Video: KING 5 Poll: Dead heat in race for Washington governor (King5, 7/19/12)
Why does the media allow McKenna to get away with this? (HorsesAss, 7/18/12)
Opinion: McKenna staffer did the right thing by resigning over offensive tweets (Seattle Times,7/18/12)
McKenna aide resigns after uproar over mocking tweets (Seattle Times, 7/18/12)
McKenna holds nearly $1 million edge in race for governor (AP, 7/18/12)
Economists: How Seattle arena deal stacks up (Seattle Times, 7/18/12)
Sec of State: Primary turnout may jump to 46% (The Olympian, 7/18/12)
Race for state’s top job focuses on Inslee, McKenna (The Olympian, 7/18/12)
McKenna staffer resigns over tweets (The Petri Dish, 7/18/12)
New reports show McKenna’s $6.88M bests Inslee (The Olympian, 7/18/12)
SEIU union backs GOP’s Finkbeiner for lieutenant gov (The Olympian, 7/18/12)
GOP lags in fundraising in race for 10th district (The Olympian, 7/18/12)
Endorsements for the Aug 7 primary election (The Stranger, 7/17/12)
Video: Controversy continues over McKenna staffer’s tweet (NWCN, 7/17/12)
McKenna staffer should be fired over tweets about Asians, elderly (Seattle Times, 7/17/12)
State to allow voter registration on Facebook (AP, 7/17/12)
Rob McKenna calls staffer’s tweets about Asians, elderly ‘offensive’ (The Olympian, 7/17/12)
Judge’s ruling clears way for charter support (The Olympian, 7/16/12)
Arena violates state environmental law, big political donor says (Seattle Times, 7/16/12)
McKenna says staffer’s tweets ‘insensitive, wrong’; she apologizes (Seattle Times, 7/16/12)
Some conservative evangelical leaders worry about Rob McKenna on same-sex marriage (UW Election Eye 2012, 7/16/12)
McKenna far outspends Inslee in online advertising (Seattle Times, 7/14/12)
When Europe sneezes, NW companies may catch cold (Seattle Times, 7/14/12)
Jay Inslee: Organized sports taught importance of teamwork (Seattle Times, 7/14/12)
Inslee, McKenna traced divergent paths to elected office (Seattle Times, 7/14/12)
McKenna’s interest in politics began in student government (Seattle Times, 7/14/12)
WEA joins ballot-wording fight on charter schools (The Olympian, 7/14/12)
The rub in facing Washington’s tax problems (Crosscut, 7/13/12)
Let’s put a state income tax back on the table (Crosscut, 7/13/12)
Inslee, McKenna tell AARP they support health reform (The Olympian, 7/13/12)
AG Rob McKenna: ‘As governor, I will fight to keep Port business in Washington State;’ clarifies health care position (Highline Times, 7/13/12)
Inslee to discuss education at Everett event (Everett Herald, 7/12/12)
About 250 attend Jindal event for McKenna (Spokesman-Review, 7/12/12)
Charter school backers paid big bucks to get on ballot (Spokesman-Review, 7/12/12)
McKenna still clarifying stance on health-law repeal (The News Tribune, 7/12/12)
Lawmakers endorse Hadian as governor of Washington (NewsTalkkit, 7/12/12)
Truth needle: Too many middle managers in government? Inslee distorts reality (Seattle Times,7/12/12)
Endorsement: The Times endorses Rob McKenna for governor (Seattle Times, 7/11/12)
Contribution of the day: Jay Inslee’s $865K (PubliCola, 7/11/12)
Republican star stumps for McKenna in Spokane (Spokesman-Review, 7/11/12)
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal endorses Rob McKenna (Seattle Times, 7/11/12)
LA Gov. Jindal boosts charter schools, McKenna (Seattle P-I, 7/11/12)
After battle over charter schools, we can focus on real reforms (The News Tribune, 7/10/12)
McKenna wants to ‘clarify’ stance on health-care law (Seattle Times, 7/10/12)
Funds spike for groups backing gay marriage (The Olympian, 7/10/12)
Gubernatorial candidate McKenna visits Yakima (Yakima Herald, 7/9/12)
Dino Rossi returns (Spokesman-Review, 7/9/12)
Gay marriage supporters raise $925K in June (AP, 7/9/12)
Inslee is up statewide with first gov-race TV ads (The Olympian, 7/9/12)
Gregoire announces 160 aerospace jobs, other gains at UK air show (Political Buzz, 7/9/12)
In first ad, Inslee introduces himself to voters (The News Tribune, 7/9/12)
Teacher pay report has a lot to shock, and to like (The News Tribune, 7/8/12)
Video: Jay Inslee’s first ad – ‘Get to work’ (YouTube, 7/8/12)
Democrat Jay Inslee reminisces about White Center upbringing; pushes forward in governor bid(West Seattle Herald, 7/6/12)
Jay Inslee is not trying to inspire the progressive urban vote (SLOG, 7/6/12)
Two more initiatives in line for fall ballot (Seattle Times, 7/6/12)
National GOP group readies $1.9M ad buy in governor’s race (Seattle Times, 7/6/12)
Eyman initiative aims to limit tax hikes in Washington (AP, 7/6/12)
Charter measure looks good for fall ballot (AP, 7/6/12)
Charter school initiative gets 350,000 signatures, likely headed for ballot (Politics Northwest, 7/6/12)
Eyman turns in signatures for initiative to limit Legislature’s tax-raising ability (The Olympian,7/6/12)
McKenna, Inslee reach beyond white voters (Crosscut, 7/6/12)
Judge dismisses lawsuit against McKenna (AP, 7/6/12)
Judge dismisses political lawsuit against McKenna (Seattle P-I, 7/6/12)
A few well-aimed questions can create transparency (The News Tribune, 7/5/12)
Will Rob McKenna show up at the SECB meeting (SLOG, 7/5/12)
Message to Gregoire: Don’t coldcock Western Washington University (Seattle P-I, 7/5/12)
Will Obamacare’s survival help McKenna? (Seattle Weekly, 7/4/12)
Insurance spat leads to less Rx coverage for some (Crosscut, 7/3/12)
I-1192 won’t see vote; R-74 receives boost (The Olympian, 7/3/12)
AG breaks ranks, opposes appeal of health care law (Insurance News Net, 7/3/12)
A headache the state doesn’t need – WA drops plan to give no-bid contract to Democratic PR firm to promote health care reform (Washington State Wire, 7/3/12)
Political smell test: Candidates spar over McKenna budget coup (The News Tribune, 7/2/12)
Execution fight could come to Washington (AP, 7/1/12)

JUNE 2012

Seattle Times endorses McKenna – Boon or jinx? (Seattle P-I, 6/30/12)
King County ombudsman ends McKenna inquiry (Seattle Times, 6/29/12)
Rob McKenna illegally bars Stranger reporter from press conference (SLOG, 6/29/12)
Video: Lisa Brown, Joe Zarelli talk about their departure on Inside Olympia (The Capitol Record, 6/29/12)
Inslee, McKenna map paths to helping businesses (Crosscut, 6/29/12)
State moves forward to carry out reforms (The Olympian, 6/29/12)
Rob McKenna, Republican loner (National Journal, 6/29/12)
Endorsement: The Times recommends: Rob McKenna for governor (Seattle Times, 6/29/12)
Gubernatorial candidates on health care decision (KUOW, 6/29/12)
McDermott, Inslee comment on Supreme Court health care ruling (CBS Seattle, 6/28/12)
SCOTUS rules that Rob McKenna is a crappy lawyer (SLOG, 6/28/12)
Gov. Gregoire on healthcare ruling: ‘The issue is now off the table’ (The Capitol Record, 6/28/12)
State insurance commissioner moving ‘full speed ahead’ with healthcare reform (The Capitol Record, 6/28/12)
Jay Inslee reacts to Supreme Court ruling, criticizes McKenna (The Capitol Record, 6/28/12)
McKenna: Part of the checks and balances (Spokesman-Review, 6/28/12)
Inslee, McKenna call for transportation fixes, revenue (Everett Herald, 6/28/12)
Wash. AG Rob McKenna, one of the plaintiffs in lawsuit, says he wanted ‘thoughtful debate’ on health care law (The News Tribune, 6/28/12)
Supreme Court decision could figure in Wash. state governor race (Puget Sound Business Journal,6/28/12)
What impact will health care ruling have in WA governor’s race (NWCN, 6/28/12)
Inslee says it’s time to make health care law work (Seattle Times, 6/28/12)
McKenna accepts health-care law after losing suit he was part of (Seattle Times, 6/28/12)
McKenna disappointed by health care decision (Seattle Times, 6/28/12)
Inslee: Time to move forward (Spokesman-Review, 6/28/12)
AG McKenna: Don’t repeal the health-reform law (The Olympian, 6/28/12)
How ruling will play in McKenna, Inslee contest (Everett Herald, 6/28/12)
McKenna v. Inslee: Gloves stay on in forum (Seattle P-I, 6/27/12)
Numbers should make state workers nervous (The Olympian, 6/27/12)
Inslee, McKenna talk health care, state budget (Seattle Times, 6/27/12)
Inslee, McKenna: Controlling costs first on agenda for next governor (Seattle Times, 6/26/12)
Live blog: Endorsement meeting with candidates for WA governor Rob McKenna, Jay Inslee (Seattle Times, 6/26/12)
Gubernatorial candidates’ views of mortgage crisis examined (The News Tribune, 6/25/12)
Health care at stake for many in Washington (Crosscut, 6/24/12)
Washington’s budget realities my test McKenna, Inslee (The News Tribune, 6/24/12)
Inslee campaigns at local Democratic fundraiser (The Columbian, 6/23/12)
Biotech industry finds a friend in Jay Inslee (Seattle Times, 6/23/12)
New endorsements for McKenna, Inslee, Drew, Sanders et al (The News Tribune, 6/22/12)
Poll: Governor race now tied at 38-38 (The News Tribune, 6/22/12)
Revenue forecast may brighten summer for legislators (Crosscut, 6/21/12)
Revenue forecast for state little changed (AP, 6/21/12)
Jay Inslee reaches out to Tri-City labor (Tri-City Herald, 6/20/12)
Weak economy pushes Washington revenue down slightly (The News Tribune, 6/20/12)
State forecast ‘flat’ through mid-2013 (The News Tribune, 6/20/12)
State regulations grow at slower clip (The News Tribune, 6/19/12)
Potholes forever: The state’s transportation-funding impasse (Crosscut, 6/18/12)
Elway Poll: McKenna, Inslee neck and neck in gubernatorial race (Seattle Times, 6/18/12)
Health reform without a mandate: Lessons from Washington state (Washington Post, 6/17/12)
McKenna, Inslee seek open records (The Olympian, 6/17/12)

State tax report makes for interesting reading (The News Tribune, 6/17/12)
McKenna, Inslee venture off-script (The News Tribune, 6/17/12)
Judge’s ruling clears way for charter support (The News Tribune, 6/16/12)
Washington state provides case study on effects of health-care reform (Washington Post, 6/16/12)
Audio: WA gov candidates weigh in on coal export terminals (Northwest Public Radio, 6/14/12)
Legislature can’t just bail out state’s universities (Crosscut, 6/13/12)
Inslee releases plan for higher education (Seattle Times, 6/13/12)
For Seattle’s business community, it’s getting harder to be a player in the region (Crosscut, 6/13/12)
Candidates for WA governor split on ’super-majority’ (KUOW, 6/13/12)
The Conversation: Who won the first gubernatorial debate? (KUOW, 6/13/12)
Truth Needle: McKenna’s claims of staff cuts don’t add up (Seattle Times, 6/13/12)
Audio: Inslee, McKenna highlight differences at first debate in governor’s race (KPLU, 6/13/12)
Little shared ground in gubernatorial debate (Everett Herald, 6/12/12)
Audio: Gov debate: Candidates spar on healthcare (Northwest Public Radio, 6/12/12)
Gov Debate: Jobs (Spokesman-Review, 6/12/12)
Gov Debate: Education (Spokesman-Review, 6/12/12)
Gov Debate: Transportation (Spokesman-Review, 6/12/12)
McKenna, Inslee meet in 1st gubernatorial debate in Spokane (Seattle Times, 6/12/12)
Sonntag leads Democrats supporting McKenna’s bid (The News Tribune, 6/12/12)
McKenna, Inslee meet in 1st debate in Spokane (Seattle Times, 6/12/12)
Sparks fail to fly in first debate between McKenna, Inslee (Seattle Times, 6/12/12)
Same-sex marriage referendum qualifies for Washington ballot (KPLU, 6/12/12)
State Auditor Brian Sonntag is chairman of Democrats for McKenna (The News Tribune, 6/11/12)
Washington health insurers have record surpluses (AP, 6/11/12)
Saving state universities requires a key ingredient (Crosscut, 6/11/12)
McKenna touts endorsement on eve of debate (Spokesman-Review, 6/11/12)
Monday wrap: Democrats for McKenna; gay marriage referendum chat today; gov debate Tuesday(Seattle Times, 6/11/12)
Gay-marriage support: Shift in attitudes? (Seattle Times, 6/11/12)
Inslee lags far behind McKenna in May fundraising totals (the Stranger, 6/11/12)
Which Rob McKenna can voters believe? (The Stand, 6/11/12)
First McKenna-Inslee gubernatorial debate Tuesday – Here’s how to watch (Patch, 6/11/12)
McKenna releases list of Democratic endorsements (Seattle Times, 6/11/12)
McKenna vs. Inslee: The first debate (Seattle P-I, 6/11/12)
A gusher of Big Oil, booze bucks to Eyman (Seattle P-I, 6/11/12)
Inslee raises $600K with help from state party (Seattle Times, 6/11/12)
May fundraising totals: $1.2M for McKenna, $617,789 for Inslee (Seattle P-I, 6/11/12)
School employees union backs McKenna (Seattle P-I, 6/11/12)
McKenna lands Public School endorsement (Bellingham Herald, 6/11/12)
Sonntag to head up McKenna’s Dems for Rob (The Olympian, 6/11/12)
Some Referendum 74 signatures might be fraudulent (The News Tribune, 6/10/12)
No traction for union fight in WA governor race (The News Tribune, 6/10/12)
No Wisconsin virus here (The Olympian, 6/10/12)
Sunday spin: Governor campaign heads for Spokane (Spokesman-Review, 6/10/12)
Scott Walker and Mitch Daniels vs. Rob McKenna (Sound Politics, 6/10/12)
Washington gubernatorial candidates don’t plan to refight Wisconsin (Seattle Times, 6/9/12)
Allocation of school funding could improve (The News Tribune, 6/8/12)
Inslee and McKenna set for first debate Tuesday (Seattle Times, 6/8/12)
McKenna raises $1.2M for gubernatorial campaign in May (KEPRTV, 6/8/12)
Tax-vote ruling against supermajority restores democracy in our state (The Stand, 6/8/12)
Inslee outlines transpo plans; financing ideas later (The Olympian, 6/8/12)
For black clergy, same-sex marriage is a struggle of allegiances (Crosscut, 6/7/12)
SEIU union backs GOP’s Finkbeiner for Lt. Gov (The Olympian, 6/7/12)
Gay marriage blocked; fall vote likely (The News Tribune, 6/7/12)
Opponents of gay marriage face tougher test in Washington State (New York Times, 6/6/12)
Gay marriage race begins (The News Tribune, 6/6/12)
Politics wrap: Inslee and AWB, women pols, paycheck fairness… or not (Seattle Times, 6/6/12)
Brewing: What Wisconsin recall failure means for Washington state (Seattle Times, 6/6/12)
Some Washington liquor buyers head for the border (The News Tribune, 6/6/12)
Petitions to arrive today, starting marriage race (The Olympian, 6/6/12)
Don’t let McKenna Wisconsin-ize our state; sign up for Labor Neighbor (the Stand, 6/6/12)
After 5 years, Gregoire’s Puget Sound progress is uncertain (Crosscut, 6/6/12)
Union group to buy Inslee ads (The News Tribune, 6/6/12)
Jolt: Inslee inconclusive (Crosscut, 6/5/12)
McKenna team asks if Inslee will renege on debate (Bellingham Herald, 6/5/12)
Inslee asks AWB PAC to return $100K donation from Tesoro refinery (The Olympian, 6/5/12)
PAC buys ad time opposing McKenna (Seattle Times, 6/5/12)
Inslee’s positions on issues still fuzzy (AP, 6/5/12)
Buyer’s remorse over end of state stores as liquor prices rise (Seattle Times, 6/5/12)
Editorial: Forest Service should stop using Border Patrol to target Latinos (Seattle Times, 6/5/12)
Washington’s new education initiative is no A+ (Crosscut, 6/5/12)
Conservation group backs its first WA Republican (Seattle P-I, 6/5/12)
After just one week, liquor privatization’s false promises already exposed (the Stand, 6/5/12)
Endorsement: Rob McKenna (video), education highlights (Stand for Children Washington, 6/5/12) takes Rob McKenna to federal court over Washington’s new underage sex trafficking law (Slog, 6/5/12)
AWB to Inslee: Eyman got Big Oil’s $100,000 (Seattle P-I, 6/5/12)
Rob McKenna defends health care lawsuit in Issaquah High School stop (Issaquah Press, 6/5/12)
Anti-McKenna PAC readies $2.4M TV ad buy for fall (Seattle Times, 6/5/12)
Two governor hopefuls differ on marriage, other issues (The Olympian, 6/3/12)
‘Like a family’: GOP finishes its state convention in South Sound (The Olympian, 6/2/12)
Lt. Gov candidate Glenn Anderson barred from speaking at GOP convention (Seattle Times, 6/1/12)
Video: Candidate interview: Shahrim Hadian (The Capitol Record, 6/1/12)

JUNE 2012

Thursday jolt: The arena and the governor’s race (Crosscut, 5/31/12)
Liquor sticker shock: Why is booze so expensive? (Seattle P-I, 5/31/12)
State justices uphold liquor initiative, 5-4 (Everett Herald, 5/31/12)
Superior court rejects state supermajority vote (The Olympian, 5/31/12)
Split Supreme Court upholds liquor initiative (The Olympian, 5/31/12)
Poll: McKenna still has narrow edge in gubernatorial contest (Crosscut, 5/31/12)
We need to rid this state of its ‘Stand Your Ground’ law (Crosscut, 5/31/12)
Inside Politics 2012: Power grab in Olympia will be stretch for GOP (Crosscut, 5/31/12)
Jolt: Two-thirds rule, extended bar hours both rejected (Crosscut, 5/30/12)
The real jobs story: How will Obama, Romney, Inslee and McKenna fare? (Crosscut, 5/30/12)
King County judge rules 2/3rds majority initiative violates state constitution (The Olympian, 5/30/12)
Commentary: the initiative process is turning Washington State into a destitute sh*thole (The Stranger, 5/29/12)
McKenna critics lose first ruling on health-suit motion (The Olympian, 5/29/12)
Joe Zarelli, top GOP budget writer in state Senate, is leaving Thursday (The Olympian, 5/29/12)
Can Seattle’s liberal Catholics reign in their right-wing archbishop? (The Stranger, 5/29/12)
Guns, more than gangs are fueling violence in Seattle, police say (Seattle Times, 5/29/12)
Judge rebuffs Democrats’ anti-McKenna suit (Seattle P-I, 5/29/12)
No new coal port: Seattle City Council (Seattle P-I, 5/29/12)
WA opens up liquor sales; prices could go up (The News Tribune, 5/29/12)
Questions raised about arena proposal, McKenna lawsuit (Crosscut, 5/29/12)
Education reformers: Shake up our Legislature (Seattle P-I, 5/29/12)
King County judge denies injunction in health care lawsuit (The News Tribune, 5/29/12)
In far northwest, a new border focus on Latinos (New York Times, 5/28/12)
More gun violence shakes a worried city (Seattle Times, 5/27/12)
Educators point to funding loses for grad rate drop (Everett Herald, 5/27/12)
A taste of prohibition as liquor stores go private (New York Times, 5/26/12)
‘Clean Campaign’ for governor? Given the stakes, no way! (Seattle P-I, 5/26/12)
Partisan gridlock in Congress threatens state’s projects, finances, Gregoire says (The Olympian, 5/25/12)
AP: Signs of improper campaigning in McKenna files (RealClearPolitics, 5/21/12)
WEA endorses lawmakers, GOP’s Kim Wyman (The Olympian, 5/21/12)
Filing week indicates competitive state elections (The Olympian, 5/20/12)

High turnover, big competition in state’s races (The Olympian, 5/19/12)
What Gregoire’s late embrace of education taxes means (Crosscut, 5/15/12)
How the state might spare the public, businesses the initiative confusion (Crosscut, 5/15/12)
Turning vice into a virtue hasn’t helped WA state lottery (The News Tribune, 5/15/12)
Poll shows 8th District not as  safe for Reichert as originally thought (Seattle Weekly, 5/15/12)
Cutbacks hurt a state’s response to whooping cough (New York Times, 5/12/12)
Who will replace our state Senate Majority Leader (and what does she do anyways?) (Seattle Times, 5/12/12)
KING5 Poll: Washington governor’s race a toss-up (King5, 5/11/12)
Audio: WA governor emerging as unlikely gay rights activist (OPB, 5/11/12)
State Legislature election map: Get to know your candidates for state House and Senate (Seattle Times, 5/11/12)
More Big Oil bucks for Eyman: It’s a gusher (Seattle P-I, 5/11/12)
‘Why isn’t every year the Year of the Woman?’ (Seattle Times, 5/11/12)
Big Oil bankrolls latest Eyman initiative (Seattle P-I, 5/10/12)
Local gay-marriage supporters revel in timing of Obama’s visit (Seattle Times, 5/9/12)
Where does Obama’s gay-marriage pivot leave Rob McKenna? (Seattle Times, 5/9/12)
Video: Official steps down after fraud exposed in WA’s minority contracting program (King5, 5/9/12)
Governor hopefuls target tax breaks (The News Tribune, 5/7/12)
Tax breaks easy for candidates to oppose; easy to dodge specifics (Seattle Times, 5/6/12)
Opinion: Where are the women candidates? (The News Tribune, 5/6/12)
Democrats double down in ‘War on Women:’ Goal here is to rescue Inslee (Seattle P-I, 5/5/12)
Candidates for governor vague on how to better fund schools (Seattle Times, 5/5/12)
State universities list double-digit tuition hikes (The Olympian, 5/5/12)
Bargaining begins on state worker contracts (The Olympian, 5/4/12)
Midday scan: Is Lisa Brownn eyeing the governorship? (Crosscut, 5/4/12)
A third candidate for Governor goes after far-right voters (Seattle Times, 5/4/12)
Women sue McKenna over health care law (The Olympian, 5/4/12)
How Inslee, McKenna differ on job creation (Crosscut, 5/4/12)
If Jay Inslee falls in a forest, and no one is around to hear him, does he make a sound? (The Stranger, 5/4/12)
New liquor sellers fear fees threaten viability (The News Tribune, 5/4/12)
McKenna sued over challenge to Obama health-care law (Seattle Times, 5/3/12)
Sen. Majority leader Lisa Brown won’t run for re-election (The Washington Ledge, 5/3/12)
Sen. Majority Leader Lisa Brown will leave Legislature (AP, 5/3/12)
Everett governor candidate shut out of debate (Everett Herald, 5/3/12)
Ninety women sue McKenna for breach of ethics in health care lawsuit (the Stranger, 5/3/12)
Gov. Gregoire to pursue more revenue for education (KNDO, 5/3/12)
Gregoire tells successor new revenue needed for education (AP, 5/2/12)
Sixteen state lawmakers endorse marijuana-legalization initiative (Seattle Times, 5/2/12)
Marijuana initiative backers: Usual suspects? (Seattle P-I, 5/2/12)
Video: ‘This supplemental budget is lean, but it is not mean’ (KOMO, 5/2/12)
WA Gov to guber candidates: New education tax needed (KUOW, 5/2/12)
Gov. Gregoire signs budget today; what will she veto? (Bellingham Herald, 5/2/12)
‘War on Women’: real war or ‘political hype’? (Seattle P-I, 5/2/12)
Boeing Bridge? WA lawmaker eyes naming rights (Seattle Times, 5/2/12)
The art of Jay Inslee, Pt. II (Seattle Times, 5/2/12)
Inside politics 2012: DC may stay gridlocked but change is coming to Olympia (Crosscut, 5/1/12)
McKenna campaigns on relief for small businesses (Seattle Times, 5/1/12)
A Catholic parish copes with anti-gay marriage drive (Seattle P-I, 5/1/12)
Cutting small-business costs spurs job growth, GOP governor candidate McKenna says (The Olympian, 5/1/12)
Rob McKenna addresses ‘get-a-job’ confrontation over reproductive parity (Crosscut, 5/1/12)

APRIL 2012

A tale of two fundraising letters (PubliCola, 4/30/12)
Spin control: Video exchange puts McKenna on hot seat (Spokesman-Review, 4/29/12)
Seattle’s recent mayors: One is ready to make the statewide grade (Crosscut, 4/27/12)
‘Get a job’ used to get Inslee a job (Seattle P-I, 4/27/12)
Video: Who is the real Rob McKenna? (The Stranger, 4/27/12)
Video: McKenna and state Democrats trade barbs over ‘get a job’ video (Patch, 4/26/12)
Commentary: Politicizing the legislative session just politics as usual (The Columbian, 4/25/12)
Mini-mart, gas station owners win piece of WA liquor business (The Washington Ledge, 4/25/12)
Rob McKenna snaps at Democratic questioner on abortion bill: ‘Go get a job’ (Seattle Times, 4/25/12)
Wednesday Jolt: McKenna loses it (PubliCola, 4/25/12)
Less than a quarter of lobbyists think Inslee will win (PubliCola, 4/25/12)
Risk in proposed abortion mandate: Rob McKenna (Seattle P-I, 4/25/12)
Rob McKenna, meet Kendra Obom, the (employed) woman you insulted yesterday (The Stranger, 4/25/12)
Candidate Inslee tests boundaries of campaign-finance regulations (Seattle Times, 4/25/12)
Liquor-store auction: Nearly $31M in winning bids (Seattle Times, 4/25/12)
Lobbyists rate Legislature ‘Barely Satisfactory’ (PubliCola, 4/25/12)
The coal port issue is spreading all over the Northwest (Crosscut, 4/25/12)
Cecil Andrus – return of the prodigal Democrat, raising money for Inslee (Seattle P-I, 4/24/12)
Commentary: Learning to live in a well-armed state (Seattle Times, 4/24/12)
Racial profiling on Washington’s northern border? (Crosscut, 4/24/12)
Inslee talks clean energy in visit to Tri-Cities (Tri-City Herald, 4/24/12)
Inslee, McKenna offer ideas for maritime industry (Seattle Times, 4/24/12)
The McKenna files (The Stranger, 4/24/12)
Video: Culture wars take center state in gubernatorial race (PubliCola, 4/24/12)
Inslee: Give me $$$ and I’ll spare you e-mails (Seattle P-I, 4/23/12)
Fewer students mean less state money for schools (The News Tribune, 4/23/12)
Expertise, economics make Everett strong bet for future 777 line (Seattle Times, 4/23/12)
Gov. Gregoire signing ‘jobs act’ today (The Capitol Record, 4/23/12)
Gregoire to sign construction budget today (Everett Herald, 4/23/12)
Precedent against same-sex marriage (Everett Herald, 4/22/12)
Spin control: “I’m not politicizing, my opponent is!” (Spokesman-Review, 4/22/12)
Opinion: Stupendous stubbornness (The Columbian, 4/22/12)
Democracy has suffered under top two primary (The News Tribune, 4/22/12)
The dirty little secret of the top two primary (The News Tribune, 4/22/12)
State coffers won’t require new revenue, Inslee says (The News Tribune, 4/21/12)
Washington parties seek new challenge on primary system (AP, 4/20/12)
Inslee: No new taxes needed to fund education (AP, 4/20/12)
How to fix our broken state budget process (Crosscut, 4/20/12)
Tim Eyman gathers signatures while WA state’s supermajority tax rule awaits court ruling (The Oregonian, 4/20/12)
Budget uncertainties ahead for Washington state (Crosscut, 4/19/12)
Jay Inslee on the race for governor, jobs and special election (The Capitol Record, 4/19/12)
Tutu’s visit stirs criticism at Gonzaga (Spokesman-Review, 4/19/12)
Parties ask Supreme Court to toss top-two primary (PubliCola, 4/19/12)
Video: Rob McKenna would bring private profit into workers’ compensation as Washington governor (Daily Kos, 4/19/12)
Rob McKenna wants you to know (HA Seattle, 4/18/12)
Rob McKenna’s ‘I am not Scott Walker’ tape leaked by Dems to embarrass GOP (Seattle Weekly, 4/18/12)
Planned Parenthood backs Inslee, Inslee backs PP (Seattle P-I, 4/18/12)
State to delete 1,266 more jobs (The News Tribune, 4/18/12)
Shape up now or get broken up, Gregoire tells troubled agency (The Olympian, 4/18/12)
How two state tax systems have (and haven’t) shaped metro Portland (Stateline, 4/18/12)
How budget cuts could dull Washington’s international edge (Crosscut, 4/18/12)
Rob McKenna: ‘I’m not Scott Walker’ (Politico, 4/17/12)
Washington Restaurant Association endorses McKenna for governor (Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal, 4/17/12)
Jay Inslee has already lost (the press) (The Stranger, 4/17/12)
Firefighters endorse Inslee for governor (The Columbian, 4/17/12)
Dem establishment agrees in Seattle-area seat (National Journal, 4/17/12)
Video: A ‘special’ squabble in Washington governor’s race (NWCN, 4/17/12)
Candidates face short fundraising window (The Olympian, 4/17/12)
State workers’ ranks will be cut to lowest level in decade or more (The Olympian, 4/17/12)
What McKenna and Inslee aren’t saying (Crosscut, 4/16/12)
Gubernatorial candidate McKenna talks education during Vancouver visit (The Columbian, 4/16/12)
Gregoire: Backs DelBene in the 1st District (Seattle P-I, 4/16/12)
Inslee camp ignores Cola clarification (PubliCola, 4/16/12)
Inslee sends $155K in federal cash to state party (Seattle Times, 4/13/12)
Both sides win issues in hard fought state budget (Spokesman-Review, 4/12/12)
Why lawmakers took so long for a last-minute finish (Everett Herald, 4/12/12)
Gregoire says session was the toughest in her time as governor (The Olympian, 4/12/12)
Gov. Gregoire says this year was her ‘most difficult’ legislative session (The Capitol Record, 4/12/12)
Commentary: The WA legislature’s winners and losers (The News Tribune, 4/11/12)
WA lawmakers pass budget, adjourn OT session (The News Tribune, 4/11/12)
McKenna now free to fundraise (National Journal, 4/11/12)
Lawmakers spend one last night together before leaving Olympia (Everett Herald, 4/11/12)
Inslee raises $550K, but now McKenna can fundraise (Seattle Times, 4/11/12)
Jobs Bonds ‘a great victory’ for workers, state (the Stand, 4/11/12)
Gregoire calls Legislature into all-nighter special session (The News Tribune, 4/11/12)
Jolt: Inslee’s fundraising numbers bode well for McKenna (PubliCola, 4/10/12)
Wash. Legislature passes budget proposal (Seattle Times, 4/10/12)
State lawmakers reach a tentative budget deal (Seattle Times, 4/10/12)
Inslee: Full-court press pays in campaign $$$$ (Seattle P-I, 4/10/12)
Inslee team argues voting cost (The Olympian, 4/10/12)
Opinion: Inslee deflects blame (Everett Herald, 4/10/12)
Signs of progress, but no firm budget deal (Everett Herald, 4/9/12)
Inslee campaign disputes $1M election estimate (Seattle Times, 4/9/12)
Clock ticking, but lawmakers end night without budget deal (Seattle Times, 4/9/12)
Republicans to Inslee: Pay for special election (Seattle P-I, 4/9/12)
The ongoing tiff over TIF (Crosscut, 4/9/12)
A year of making do on tourism promotion (Crosscut, 4/9/12)
Jay Inslee has already lost (the press) (SLOG, 4/9/12)
GOP demands Inslee pay cost of election to pick replacement (Seattle Times, 4/9/12)
Partisan brawl over cost of special election for Inslee’s former congressional seat (Seattle Times, 4/9/12)
Political attention comes to parents opting out of tests (Everett Herald, 4/9/12)
In new Latino-majority district, Latino candidates scarce (Seattle Times, 4/8/12)
Letting Sen. Roach back into caucus is a costly risk (The News Tribune, 4/8/12)
Advocacy in hard times: Lessons from the Occupy movement (Crosscut, 4/6/12)
Jolt: Inslee brings together union and reformers (PubliCola, 4/5/12)
One month later, Democrats’ defection still a raw nerve (OPB, 4/5/12)
Republican take-over of WA Senate results in $1.75M workplace claim (OPB, 4/4/12)
WA House Dems unveil new budget, Republicans pan it (OPB, 4/4/12)
WA special session: No budget deal, House plans action anyway (OPB, 4/4/12)
Lawmakers still trading attacks as state budget fracas drags on (Seattle Times, 4/4/12)
Another special session may be needed to pass budget (Everett Herald, 4/4/12)
Realtors endorse McKenna for governor (Bellingham Herald, 4/4/12)
Low-key battle over state’s same-sex-marriage legislation (Seattle Times, 4/4/12)
Gregoire’s case for medical pot cuts into feds’ tangled legal web (Crosscut, 4/4/12)
As end of special session nears, parties continue to butt heads over compromise (The Olympian, 4/4/12)
Staffer seeking $1.75M over deal for Sen. Roach’s return to caucus (The Olympian, 4/4/12)
Dissident Senate Democrats stand by Zarelli, reject House Dem budget bills (PubliCola, 4/4/12)
Impasse cracking? House offers budget, bills (Political Buzz, 4/3/12)
Special session’s in fourth week; no end in sight (The Olympian, 4/3/12)
What does abortion have to do with the King County sheriff’s office? Plenty (PubliCola, 4/3/12)
Redistricting, Inslee resignation add up to mess in 1st District election (Seattle Times, 4/3/12)
Chopp slugs McKenna (PubliCola, 4/3/12)
Good news for state’s economy is bad news for the unemployed (The Olympian, 4/3/12)
Eyman pushes for ‘renewal’ of anti-tax initiative (Everett Herald, 4/3/12)
McKenna’s 15-minute plan to balance the budget (Everett Herald, 4/2/12)
Gregoire orders election in the ‘Flying 1st’ (Seattle P-I, 4/2/12)
McKenna blames budget stalemate on House speaker (Seattle Times, 4/2/12)
The perils of petitions: Cash-greedy politicians get you on their lists (Seattle P-I, 4/2/12)
McKenna: Budget impasse is House speaker’s fault (The Olympian, 4/2/12)
McKenna touts ‘new direction’ on budget (The Olympian, 4/2/12)
No pens, no photos – hey, it might save the budget (The News Tribune, 4/1/12)

MARCH 2012

A battle for Seattle: McKenna comes courting a Democratic bastion (Seattle P-I, 3/31/12)
Gregoire suspends plan to limit Medicaid emergency-room visits (Seattle Times, 3/31/12)
New law may be needed to fill Inslee’s seat this year (Everett Herald, 3/30/12)
Anti-gay legislator retires: ‘Fruits of their labor’ (Seattle P-I, 3/29/12)
Inslee inches away from the teachers’ party line (Crosscut, 3/29/12)
Commentary: First look at six Dems running to replace Inslee (Everett Herald, 3/29/12)
McKenna backs ending tax break for big banks (Seattle Times, 3/29/12)
Rob McKenna, Jay Inslee talk about ‘No. 1 issue’: Public schools (Bellingham Herald, 3/29/12)
Gregoire: Special election in works replace Inslee (King5, 3/29/12)
There’s no sign special session will end April 10 (The Olympian, 3/28/12)
Governor plans marathon session of bill signing (Everett Herald, 3/28/12)
Inslee changes mind, agrees to AWB debate (Everett Herald, 3/28/12)
Commentary: Same-sex marriage foes: ‘Drive a wedge’ between gays and blacks (Seattle P-I, 3/27/12)
Meet Greg Nickels; He wants to be the first Democrat to capture Secretary of State’s office since 1956 (The Stranger, 3/27/12)
Inslee risks historic misstep with emphasis on federal health care (Crosscut, 3/27/12)
McKenna challenges Inslee to 15 debates (AP, 3/26/12)
Inslee rejects Assoc. of Washington Business debate (Seattle Times, 3/26/12)

Inslee to be no-show at business debate (Seattle Times, 3/26/12)
Inslee, McKenna divided on lengthy health care law (The Olympian, 3/26/12)
McKenna commits to 15 gubernatorial debates (The Columbian, 3/26/12)
Candidates’ calendars become issue in gubernatorial race (The Columbian, 3/26/12)
Washington prisons running out of room (The Olympian, 3/26/12)
Gubernatorial candidates spar over Eastside light-rail (Bellevue Reporter, 3/26/12)
What gender gap? Washington state has a history of women who lead (New York Times, 3/25/12)
Inslee argued for health law, Medicare quality incentives (Seattle Times, 3/26/12)
Plenty in area seek liquor-sales licenses (The News Tribune, 3/25/12)
Gay marriage opponents not afraid to gather signatures (Everett Herald, 3/25/12)
If ‘Obamacare’ falls, McKenna could pay political price (Seattle Times, 3/24/12)
Gregoire signs transportation budget (The Olympian, 3/24/12)
State budget debate enters the fourth dimension (Seattle Times, 3/23/12)
Gregoire won’t sign more bills without progress on budget deal (The Olympian, 3/23/12)
Inslee does not support marijuana initiative (PubliCola, 3/23/12)
Inslee: No to marijuana legalization initiative (Seattle P-I, 3/23/12)
Gregoire: Budget talks slow but two gimmicks are ‘gone’ (Bellingham Herald, 3/23/12)
Gov. Gregoire: Taking the guesswork out of health insurance (PubliCola, 3/23/12)
Inslee: McKenna needs to ‘get over’ opposition to light rail (PubliCola, 3/23/12)
Greg Nickels: ‘I’m proud to be the person [Rob McKenna] blames for light rail’ (SLOG, 3/23/12)
Washington state debates how to spend the feds’ big rail bucks (Crosscut, 3/23/12)
McKenna still no fan of Sound Transit (Seattle Times, 3/22/12)
Video: McKenna’s transportation agenda (HA Seattle, 3/22/12)
State: Legalizing pot could raise $560M in taxes (Seattle Times, 3/22/12)
McKenna opposes I-90 light rail: Is he pushing away King County voters? (Examiner, 3/22/12)
McKenna on I-90 light rail: ‘I’m not sure how it’s going to work’ (PubliCola, 3/22/12)
Pair of state agencies to appeal Plan B ruling (The Olympian, 3/22/12)
Legislature considers new maneuver for fixing budget (The Olympian, 3/22/12)
Tax coffers, not cartels — pot initiative backers (Seattle P-I, 3/21/12)
State: Potential I-502 pot revenue double what supporters predict (Seattle Times, 3/21/12)
Budget proposal offers $238M; could it break logjam? (The News Tribune, 3/21/12)
A woman’s place is in the Legislature (PubliCola, 3/21/12)
Taxpayers footing bill for Sounder commuters (Everett Herald, 3/21/12)
Can new $238M budget ‘trick’ end session logjam? (The Olympian, 3/21/12)
Does Jay Inslee Exist? (The Stranger, 3/20/12)
Commentary: You’ve quit on us, Mr. Inslee (Kitsap Sun, 3/20/12)
Audio: Following the cash in Washington elections is tough (KPLU, 3/20/12)
Inslee discusses Central Washington (Columbia Basin Herald, 3/20/12)
WA AG and gov candidate Rob McKenna against medical pot (Opposing Views, 3/20/12)
Inslee finished in Congress, now focuses on campaign (Everett Herald, 3/20/12)
McKenna takes pot shots at marijuana initiative (Seattle P-I, 3/20/12)
In reversal, ruling affirms liquor change (The Olympian, 3/20/12)
Following the cash in Washington elections is tough (KPLU, 3/20/12)
Washington lawmakers brace for Obamacare with new health insurance exchange (Crosscut, 3/20/12)
GOP lawmakers won’t budget on pension-overhaul plan (Seattle Times, 3/20/12)
Inslee leaving US House but still eligible for pension (Seattle Times, 3/19/12)
Court upholds initiative privatizing liquor sales (Everett Herald, 3/19/12)
State weighs more private contracts for services (The Olympian, 3/19/12)
Police lobby will support McKenna (Seattle P-I, 3/19/12)
Washington rates B-minus for integrity; is Number 3 (The Olympian, 3/19/12)
Will Eyman sit it out this election cycle? (Everett Herald, 3/19/12)
Spin control: ‘Media’ negotiations are only problem when they don’t work (Spokesman-Review, 3/18/12)
WA lawmakers scrap over budget, and governor holds bills hostage (AP, 3/17/12)
Are cuts reform or class warfare? Lawmakers differ (The Olympian, 3/17/12)
Lawmakers struggle with budget negotiations (Seattle Times, 3/17/12)
Commentary: McKenna has edge in governor race (Federal Way Mirror, 3/16/12)
McKenna visits Kent; emphasizes reform of state education system (Tukwila Reporter, 3/16/12)
Special election for Inslee’s seat? (PubliCola, 3/16/12)
Compromise budget may eliminate higher ed cuts (The Olympian, 3/16/12)
Election to replace Rep. Inslee confounded by redistricting (The Hill, 3/16/12)
Inslee’s decision to quit leaves lingering questions (The News Tribune, 3/16/12)
Washington’s fledgling health-insurance exchange moves ahead (The Oregonian, 3/16/12)
Washington Legislature: Lawmakers look back on session with dissatisfaction (The Oregonian, 3/15/12)
Zarelli budget proposal keeps unpopular bank loophole intact (PubliCola, 3/15/12)
Same-sex marriage petitions active (Everett Herald, 3/15/12)
Senate budget writers agree: No education cuts (Everett Herald, 3/15/12)
A candidate for governor you likely haven’t heard of (Everett Herald, 3/15/12)
Gregoire says it’s time to ratchet up budget talks (The Olympian, 3/15/12)
‘Stop wasting time’: Governor pledges to veto charter school (The Olympian, 3/15/12)
Marriage ref: Catholic prelates weigh in (Seattle P-I, 3/15/12)
Two parties won’t cut education funding, are far apart on budget (The News Tribune, 3/15/12)
New budget proposal doesn’t cut education, adds charter school legislation (PubliCola, 3/15/12)
Lawmakers still in deadlock on budget; Gregoire threatens vetoes (Seattle Times, 3/15/12)
Special vote to replace Inslee may come on regular Election Day (Seattle Times, 3/15/12)
Jay Inslee’s decision to resign gets lousy reviews (The Oregonian, 3/14/12)
Redistricting plan will stay intact in primary, Nov. 6 elections (The Olympian, 3/14/12)
Legislature to businesses: No sidestepping those liquor taxes (Crosscut, 3/14/12)
Supreme Court: Redistricting plan to stand for 2012 races (The Olympian, 3/14/12)
Fundraising freeze lets Inslee inch ahead of McKenna (The Olympian, 3/14/12)
Jay Inslee questions Rob McKenna’s marriage stand (Renton Reporter, 3/14/12)
GOP’s McKenna closes fundraising gap during three-day break in freeze (Bellingham Herald, 3/14/12)
Signature gathering set to begin for Referendum 74 (Everett Herald, 3/14/12)
Inslee visits Kent, attacks McKenna for ‘playing politics’ with gay marriage (Federal Way Mirror, 3/14/12)
Behind the judge’s decision to change marriage ballot title (Crosscut, 3/14/12)
Jay Inslee dodged governor question in 2010 (Seattle Times, 3/14/12)
Jay Inslee’s Sarah Palin moment (Seattle Weekly, 3/14/12)
Audio: Jay Inslee defends resignation from Congress for governor run (, 3/14/12)
Some noteworthy Inslee contributors (PubliCola, 3/14/12)
After third child is shot, some say state’s gun laws are too lax (Seattle Times, 3/14/12)
Same-sex marriage: Backers win ballot battle (Seattle P-I, 3/13/12)
Gubernatorial candidates hit $4 million mark (The News Tribune, 3/13/12)
McKenna: $270,000 raised in three days (Seattle P-I, 3/13/12)
Opinion: Inslee’s focus belongs here (Everett Herald, 3/13/12)
WA Legislature: Zarelli hopes to present Senate budget proposal this week (The Oregonian, 3/13/12)
Tuesday Jolt: Judge scraps anti-gay rights spin from ballot title (PubliCola, 3/13/12)
After two days of budget talks, tax exemptions back in spotlight (PubliCola, 3/13/12)
Washington’s non-profit safety net dilemma (Crosscut, 3/13/12)
McKenna raises more than $250,000 over weekend (AP, 3/13/12)
Judge tosses out Rob McKenna’s anti-gay ballot title (SLOG, 3/13/12)
Commentary: Rep. Jay Inslee, the quitter who would be governor (Seattle Times, 3/13/12)
Ballot wording set for referendum on gay-marriage law (Seattle Times, 3/13/12)
McKenna wins, McKenna loses (PubliCola, 3/12/12)
Video: McKenna comments on Inslee’s decision to step down (King5, 3/12/12)
Quitting on your constituents: Jay Inslee does a Sarah Palin (Seattle P-I, 3/12/12)
The Zarelli budget: A bombshell in state politics (Crosscut, 3/12/12)
Few lawmakers present for start of special session in Olympia (Seattle Times, 3/12/12)
Transportation budget passes, but reckoning awaits (AP, 3/11/12)
Advice to budget writers: Cut the sustainability rhetoric (Crosscut, 3/11/12)
Inslee to resign from Congress (National Journal, 3/10/12)
Commentary: Budget coup that really wasn’t (Seattle Times, 3/10/12)
Inslee to leave Congress for full-time race for governor (Seattle Times, 3/10/12)
Inslee resigning House seat to run for governor ‘full time’ (PubliCola, 3/10/12)
Inslee resigning House seat for governor’s race (Politico, 3/10/12)
Judge says he needs more time to decide on super-majority lawsuit challenge (The Olympian, 3/9/12)
Partisan budget snaggle leads to special session; date unknown (The Olympian, 3/8/12)
Republicans side with teachers’ union? (PubliCola, 3/8/12)
House Democrats send amended budget back to Senate; Special session likely (PubliCola, 3/8/12)
No agreement on budget; special session is called (Seattle Times, 3/8/12)
Is the GOP plotting another coup in Olympia? (PubliCola, 3/7/12)
GOP: Lawmakers need “breather” before special session (The Olympian, 3/7/12)
Commentary: State GOP’s schools plan is same old hacking (Seattle Times, 3/6/12)
Sen. Kastama knows he’ll likely pay for vote (The News Tribune, 3/6/12)
Can you spell S-P-E-C-I-A-L S-E-S-S-I-O-N? (The Olympian, 3/6/12)
Gregoire: Tonight’s the night, or special session (The Olympian, 3/6/12)
Odds of special session rise for Washington lawmakers (The Olympian, 3/6/12)
Norm Dicks: A man of the House and his state (The News Tribune, 3/6/12)
Roach rejoins GOP caucus in exchange for budget vote (The News Tribune, 3/6/12)
Budget standoff likely means special session (Everett Herald, 3/6/12)
Voters expect Olympia, DC to get to work (Crosscut, 3/5/12)
Democrats don’t have budget deal to offer GOP (Everett Herald, 3/5/12)
Lawmakers floating on bubble of a special session (The Olympian, 3/5/12)
Sen. Pam Roach says she was 25th vote needed for GOP budget (Seattle Times, 3/5/12)
Everett man arrested in threats against Gregoire (Everett Herald, 3/5/12)
Editorial: Gimmicks, and grousing in Legislature (The Daily News, 3/4/12)
Diverse new 1st District a political battleground (Everett Herald, 3/4/12)
Washington GOP shatters previous record with over 50,000 votes cast (Seattle Times, 3/4/12)
Why hundreds of caucus-goers were turned away in Kennewick (Seattle Times, 3/4/12)
Dicks’ seat may draw crowd of contenders (The Olympian, 3/3/12)
Big win in state propels Romney into Super Tuesday (Seattle Times, 3/3/12)
Post-budget coup plan: Wait, woo breakaway Democrats back (The News Tribune, 3/3/12)
Dicks a go-to guy for federal funding for state (The News Tribune, 3/3/12)
Romney wins in Republican straw poll, Paul and Santorum fight for second (Seattle P-I, 3/3/12)
State Republican senators pass own budget proposal (Seattle Times, 3/3/12)
WA House OKs transportation budget with fee increases; Senate is next (The News Tribune, 3/3/12)
Environmentalists on edge as Legislature nears an end (Crosscut, 3/2/12)
Budget coup update: GOP seizes control of Senate, passes their own budget, special session looms (PubliCola, 3/2/12)
GOP grabs reins of budget in Olympia (Seattle Times, 3/2/12)
Congressman Norm Dicks to retire (The News Tribune, 3/2/12)
Rob McKenna’s chance to beat the odds in Washington state (Washington Post, 3/2/12)
GOP coup moves budget ahead in Senate as three Democrats defect (The Olympian, 3/2/12)
GOP, 3 Dems hijack Senate to force budget vote (The Olympian, 3/2/12)
The end of the Roadkill caucus? (The Washington Ledge, 3/2/12)
Tied with Jay Inslee in latest poll, Rob McKenna steps with caution around presidential race (Everett Herald,3/1/12)
McKenna neutral in primary, attending Romney fundraiser (National Journal, 3/1/12)
Palace intrigue over senate budget and ‘reform’ bills (The Washington Ledge, 3/1/12)
Will the ‘Mormon vote’ swing Washington’s GOP caucuses to Mitt Romney? (Seattle Times, 3/1/12)
State GOP caucuses: Evangelical voters appear to be up for grabs (Seattle Times, 3/1/12)


GOP primary 2012: State gets chance Saturday to play in race (The Olympian, 2/29/12)
Commentary: McKenna needs a lesson in staying neutral (KOMO, 2/29/12)
Kucinich camp won’t knock down Washington option (Politico, 2/29/12)
Freshman House Democrats unveil tax proposals (Seattle Times, 2/29/12)
Freshmen House Democrats: Might take longer to persuade on taxes (The News Tribune, 2/29/12)
Senate Democrats grab for a budget gimmick (Crosscut, 2/29/12)
A budget reform cheat sheet for legislators (Crosscut, 2/28/12)
Jay Inslee’s dilemma (National Journal, 2/28/12)
Should Inslee quit Congress to seek governor’s office? Rumors quiet for now (The News Tribune, 2/28/12)
Rob McKenna tries to end three decade GOP losing streak (National Journal, 2/28/12)
Opinion: Washington State cannot afford more cuts to higher education (PubliCola, 2/28/12)
McKenna won’t endorse in GOP presidential race (Seattle Times, 2/27/12)
Inslee defends election strategy, says he’ll stay in Congress and run for governor (KPLU, 2/27/12)
Tolls on Highway 99 tunnel now expected to fall $200M short (Seattle Times, 2/27/12)
Environmentalists on alert over ’streamlining’ measure in Legislature (Crosscut, 2/27/12)
Senate Dems’ budget plan avoids deeper cuts to education (Seattle Times, 2/27/12)
Biased ballot title on same-sex marriage? (Seattle P-I, 2/27/12)
Another Democratic donor raises concerns about education changes (Seattle Times, 2/27/12)
McKenna: Gay marriage ‘a wash’ in Washington (Politico, 2/26/12)
Washington could be first to require abortion coverage (Seattle P-I, 2/26/12)
Would Inslee have better shot if he left House post early (Seattle Times, 2/26/12)
Dems draw fire from top donors in rift over education reform (Seattle Times, 2/25/12)
Video: Gregoire: McKenna’s lead is name ID (Politico, 2/25/12)
National parks bring tourists, cash, Gregoire tells governors (The Olympian, 2/24/12)
Eliot Spitzer returns to national politics; hosts Inslee fundraiser in NYC (New York Post, 2/24/12)
Audio: WA Democratic lawmakers seek to overturn supermajority for taxes (OPB, 2/23/12)
State Democrats’ budget plan to be released today (The Olympian, 2/21/12)
Teachers’ union president responds to Hanauer, trashes McKenna (PubliCola, 2/20/12)
Republicans offer budget without sales tax hike (The Olympian, 2/18/12)
Teacher evals, budget balancing among bills that still have a shot (The Olympian, 2/18/12)
Another poll shows McKenna leading governor’s race (Seattle Times, 2/18/12)
With gay marriage done, what’s left on, off Legislature’s agenda (Seattle Times, 2/18/12)
Pro gay rights group says ‘there are problems’ with proposed marriage referendum language (PubliCola, 2/17/12)
Put money back into higher education, GOP guv candidate McKenna says (The Olympian, 2/17/12)
State budget road still isn’t clear (Crosscut, 2/17/12)
State may avoid tax increase, report shows (The Olympian, 2/17/12)
McKenna: Put money back into higher education (Seattle Times, 2/17/12)
Commentary: State budget problem won’t be solved mathematically (Everett Herald, 2/16/12)
Whatever the motivation, school reform laudable (The News Tribune, 2/16/12)
Good state budget news may push sales-tax rise off Washington ballot (Seattle Times, 2/16/12)
Revenue forecast improves odds that Legislature will finish on time (Crosscut, 2/16/12)
$45 million increase in revenue projection puts sales tax idea on hold (PubliCola, 2/16/12)
Why the Washington Treasurer is cautious on state’s financial course (Crosscut, 2/16/12)
Reduced demand for states services could save $340 million (Seattle Times, 2/15/12)
NJ governor not responded to Gregoire’s offer of help on gay marriage (Seattle Times, 2/15/12)
WA House Republicans flip-flop on 1st mortgage deduction (The Washington Ledge, 2/15/12)
Will taxpayers be taken for a ride on new state irrigation plans? (Crosscut, 2/15/12)
McKenna returns $14K from foreclosure trustee firm (Everett Herald, 2/15/12)
Snohomish County executive used public resources to raise campaign cash, records show (Everett Herald,2/15/12)
Major Democratic donor to meet with McKenna (PubliCola, 2/14/12)
Shortchanging higher education means lost jobs (Crosscut, 2/14/12)
We aren’t Greece, but Seattle and Olympia have their own spending issues (Crosscut, 2/14/12)
Inside Politics, 2012: Can Republicans control Legislature? Races look tight (Crosscut, 2/14/12)
Poll: McKenna opens 9-point lead on Inslee in governor’s race (Seattle Times, 2/14/12)
WA Senate advances teacher evaluation bill (The News Tribune, 2/14/12)
McKenna won’t caucus for any GOP hopefuls (Everett Herald, 2/14/12)
The culture war and Rick Santorum return to Washington: Susan G. Komen, contraception, Catholics, and same-sex marriage (Seattle Times, 2/13/12)
Gregoire signs gay marriage into law (Seattle Times, 2/13/12)
Negotiator: Deal reached on teacher evaluations (The News Tribune, 2/13/12)
State auditor’s office looking into Sound Transit’s practices (Everett Herald, 2/12/12)
Governor’s plan to pay for roads, ferries finds little support in Legislature (Everett Herald, 2/11/12)
State lawmakers get $200M worth of good news (The Olympian, 2/10/12)
Judges’ lobby stops stalking bill (The Olympian, 2/10/12)
Behind Nevada’s victory over Washington at nuclear tug-of-war (Crosscut, 2/10/12)
Report: Washington women bear brunt of budget cuts (PubliCola, 2/9/12)
House marriage vote and the GOP mom who backed it (Crosscut, 2/9/12)
Legislature likely won’t fast-track pot legalization before election, supporters say (The Olympian, 2/9/12)
Some lawmakers say gay-marriage votes reflected the will of constituents (The Olympian, 2/9/12)
Gregoire to sign marriage bill Monday (Seattle P-I, 2/9/12)
Today’s House vote on same-sex marriage, and what happens next (Everett Herald, 2/8/12)
Inside politics, 2012: How Obama helps Washington D’s, and Romney can help the R’s (Crosscut, 2/8/12)
Gale force ferry service warnings (Crosscut, 2/8/12)
Washington gay marriage law could be boon for state’s wedding, tourism industries (The Oregonian, 2/8/12)
WA House approves gay-marriage bill; governor’s signature awaits (The Olympian, 2/8/12)
When there’s no cost to them, Olympia’s liberals stand strong (Crosscut, 2/7/12)
Komen fight opens door to election showdown on women’s rights (Crosscut, 2/7/12)
Capital gains tax also may go before voters (The Olympian, 2/7/12)
With gay marriage debate over, it’s budget time (The News Tribune, 2/7/12)
Washington’s gift to taxpayers? $29.3 billion (Crosscut, 2/7/12)
Key lawmaker wants vote on capital gains tax (Seattle P-I, 2/6/12)

Inslee offers jobs plan; GOP bashes it (The Olympian, 2/6/12)
State pension changes flounder (The Olympian, 2/6/12)
Even unused tax breaks tough for state to abandon (The Olympian, 2/6/12)
Bible, barnyard used by same sex marriage foes (Seattle P-I, 2/6/12)
Even unused tax breaks tough for legislators to plug (Seattle Times, 2/4/12)
Local bishop supports same-sex marriage (Seattle P-I, 2/3/12)
Washington’s legislative education chairs stalled reforms to improve education (Seattle Times, 2/3/12)
National forces likely to lead on gay-marriage referendum effort (Seattle Times, 2/2/12)
Historic WA Senate vote clears way for gay marriage in state (Seattle Times, 2/1/12)


Redistricting plan getting only minor tweaks (The Olympian, 1/29/12)
Let’s file an initiative to vote on Rob McKenna’s marriage (The Stranger, 1/29/12)
Election Day registration plan worries auditors (Everett Herald, 1/29/12)
How much change would state’s gay-marriage bill really mean? (Seattle Times, 1/29/12)
Pivotal GOP skirmish — what, in this state? (Seattle Times, 1/28/12)
Dems take McKenna’s comment on gay marriage out of context (Seattle Times, 1/28/12)
McKenna reaffirms stance against same-sex marriage (Everett Herald, 1/27/12)
We’re (probably) going to vote on pot (PubliCola, 1/27/12)
Marijuana legalization measure ready for the ballot (Everett Herald, 1/27/12)
Lawmakers making only minor adjustments to state’s redistricting plan (The Olympian, 1/27/12)
Measure legalizing recreational pot use likely to be on fall ballot (The News Tribune, 1/27/12)
State watchdog ends inquiry into political mailers (Everett Herald, 1/26/12)
Gay-marriage bill passes committee in partisan vote; Senate floor next (The Olympian, 1/26/12)
State’s newest ferries are proving pricey (Crosscut, 1/26/12)
If gay marriage is on the ballot, McKenna is a No and Inslee is a Yes (Everett Herald, 1/26/12)
Legislature looks other way on the budget (Crosscut, 1/26/12)
Washington lawmakers consider race-based voting rules (The News Tribune, 1/26/12)
Critics blast governor’s transportation plan as tax increase (Everett Herald, 1/25/12)
State Republicans say Legislature is moving too slowly on $1B budget gap (The News Tribune, 1/25/12)
WA House GOP wants deregulation to go with $1 billion jobs plan (The Olympian, 1/25/12)
Legislature’s next hot topic: death penalty (The Olympian, 1/25/12)
Dozens turn out to show support for abolishing capital punishment in Washington (The Oregonian, 1/25/12)
Gingrich’s gift to state: Caucuses relevant (The News Tribune, 1/24/12)
Wedding planning day: Gay marriage picks up key vote (Crosscut, 1/23/12)
Gay marriage in Washington: Legislature has the votes (Seattle Times, 1/23/12)
Same-sex marriage: Strong emotions, Senate majority and likely public vote (Seattle P-I, 1/23/12)
Dems sucker punch McKenna on same-sex marriage (Seattle P-I, 1/23/12)
‘Lean’ program shows payoff within some agencies, Gregoire claims (The Olympian, 1/23/12)
To charter or not: School supporters debate (Crosscut, 1/23/12)
Commentary: Same-sex marriage – Strong emotions, Senate majority and likely public vote (Seattle P-I,1/23/12)
$1 billion plan could put 25,000 people to work (The Olympian, 1/23/12)
Gregoire hopes ‘Lean’ process to make state more efficient (The Olympian, 1/23/12)
Archbishop Sartain: “Protect Marriage” (Seattle P-I, 1/22/12)
Paull Shin could hold fate of gay marriage bill (Everett Herald, 1/22/12)
A new voice in marriage debate (Everett Herald, 1/22/12)
Editorial: Shout down political ploy to strip state Attorney General of powers (Seattle Times, 1/22/12)
Pressure is on 5 senators set to decide on state’s gay-marriage law (The Olympian, 1/21/12)
Same-sex marriage vote has ‘blowback’ (The Olympian, 1/21/12)
Appeals court upholds Washington state’s open primary system (LA Times, 1/20/12)
Departing chief economist assesses state’s strengths, weaknesses (Seattle Times, 1/20/12)
AG candidate Dunn riles GOP circles by backing gay marriage (Seattle Times, 1/20/12)
Voter participation in Washington nears top nationally (Crosscut, 1/20/12)
State recovery slowed by public sector job losses (Crosscut, 1/20/12)
State lawmakers weigh new abortion rules (The Olympian, 1/20/12)
Washington state ignores Euro crisis at its own risk (Crosscut, 1/20/12)
State Republicans oppose repealing sedition law (PubliCola, 1/19/12)
McKenna opposes sales tax boost; Inslee not sold either (Seattle Times, 1/19/12)
Microsoft, others endorse same-sex marriage legislation (Seattle Times, 1/19/12)
Gay marriage one vote shy of passage in WA Senate (King5, 1/19/12)
Sen. Kastama, big business give life to gay marriage (The Olympian, 1/19/12)
Capital gains tax proposed to help fix bleeding budget (The Olympian, 1/18/12)
Rep. Glenn Anderson backs same-sex marriage after research into Code of Hammurabi, Council of Trent, Emperor Justinian (The News Tribune, 1/18/12)
Gregoire names business bigwigs as UW regents (Seattle P-I, 1/17/12)
Some question power of state attorney general (The News Tribune, 1/17/12)
New poll shows Inslee narrowing gap with Rob McKenna, but ominous signs persist (Seattle Weekly,1/17/12)
Hi, my name is Washington, and I have a revenue problem (Crosscut, 1/17/12)
Video:KING 5 poll: Voters like McKenna for budget, Inslee on environment (King5, 1/17/12)
History shows initiatives used often — by both political parties (The News Tribune, 1/17/12)
Lean management moves toward becoming law (Crosscut, 1/17/12)
State bank idea gains support (The Olympian, 1/16/12)
Commentary: Bishops don’t speak for the flock on same-sex marriage (Seattle P-I, 1/16/12)
Proposal would stymie Costco’s ability to sell liquor (Seattle Times, 1/16/12)
Tax breaks to continue despite ‘no conclusive evidence’ of success (PubliCola, 1/16/12)
School reform can’t wait for a booming economy (The News Tribune, 1/15/12)
Environmentalists look warily at WA Legislature (Crosscut, 1/15/12)
McKenna leading Inslee in race for campaign cash (Seattle Times, 1/14/12)
State forecaster will step down (The Olympian, 1/13/12)
Bill for legalizing same-sex marriage arrives (Everett Herald, 1/13/12)
The Supreme Court’s education decision: Deja vu? (Crosscut, 1/13/12)
Video: McKenna against state sales tax hike to help balance budget (King5, 1/13/12)
Catholic bishops to flock: Fight same-sex marriage (Seattle P-I, 1/13/12)
Dem legislator: ‘I am angry’ (SLOG, 1/12/12)
Report: Washington gets an ‘F’ in education spending (Seattle P-I, 1/12/12)
Gay marriage bill may be within reach in Senate (Seattle Times, 1/11/12)
McKenna holds fundraising lead during freeze (Everett Herald, 1/11/12)
McKenna is still a no on same-sex marriage (The Olympian, 1/11/12)
As numbers of uninsured rise, health cuts concerns mount (Crosscut, 1/11/12)
Gregoire says oil-refinery charge would aid transportation system (The News Tribune, 1/10/12)
Scholarships not for illegal-immigrant students? (Seattle Times, 1/10/12)
Despite Boeing hiring, state economy still stalled (Everett Herald, 1/10/12)
Tim Eyman targets red-light cameras with statewide initiative (Everett Herald, 1/10/12)
Washington lawmakers to propose charter schools (The Olympian, 1/10/12)
Governor proposes $3.6B, 10-year transportation package (PubliCola, 1/10/12)
No time for rest on Washington’s trade issues (Crosscut, 1/10/12)
Gonzalez sworn in as new justice (The Olympian, 1/10/12)
Budget, gay marriage top legislative agenda (The Olympian, 1/10/12)
Gay marriage foes file state initiative (The Olympian, 1/10/12)
Most Democrats will cringe (PubliCola, 1/10/12)
Tolls: A long road still ahead to get best results (Crosscut, 1/9/12)
WA AG candidate Dunn backs gay marriage (King5, 1/9/12)
WA House gets off to a touchier start (The Olympian, 1/9/12)
Gay marriage foe cancels planned debate (The Stranger, 1/9/12)
Higher-ed woes tied to state ‘leadership vacuum’ (Seattle Times, 1/9/12)
State lawmakers ready to talk spending (The Columbian, 1/9/12)
Local legislators focus on priorities for state (The Columbian, 1/9/12)
King County council, with GOP support, endorses marriage equality (PubliCola, 1/9/12)
Monday jolt: Abortion & gay marriage (PubliCola, 1/9/12)
Eyman files five new initiatives (PubliCola, 1/9/12)
Anti-gay rights groups files initiative; Eyman says he’s staying out of gay marriage battle (PubliCola, 1/9/12)
A big factor in state legislative session: Fall, spring elections (The Olympian, 1/9/12)
Dem senator: No same-sex marriage without public vote (Seattle P-I, 1/8/12)
Opinion: Targeting stalkers (The Columbian, 1/8/12)
Session opens with Capitol full of hopes (Spokesman-Review, 1/8/12)
Opinion: Court right on education slap, until it overreached (Spokesman-Review, 1/8/12)
WA lawmakers’ ’short session’ will be dominated by budget (Spokesman-Review, 1/8/12)
Republicans don’t practice what they preach on ’social issues’ fatwa (PubliCola, 1/6/12)
Legislative leaders preview the recession session at CityClub forum (PubliCola, 1/6/12)
McKenna proposes stronger protection for stalking victims (The Olympian, 1/6/12)
Gov debate set for Spokane? (Spokesman-Review, 1/6/12)
Rob McKenna’s free market contradiction (PubliCola, 1/6/12)
Attorney General: Disclosure, lawsuit laws also on agenda (The Olympian, 1/6/12)
Supreme Court schools ruling: Dramatic in conclusions but not solutions (Seattle Weekly, 1/6/12)
Why the state’s redistricting plan counts as a success (Crosscut, 1/6/12)
Gregoire shares ‘personal journey’ to supporting same-sex marriage (Seattle P-I, 1/6/12)
Frugal Washington agencies now saving $100M a year (The Olympian, 1/6/12)
Redistricting: It’s got that swing, says Slade Gorton (Crosscut, 1/6/12)
Opinion: WA Supreme Court should take education cuts off the table (Seattle Times, 1/6/12)
Supreme Court lays school funding onus on state (The Olympian, 1/5/12)
State Republicans ‘ride’ to McKenna’s ‘rescue’ (Seattle P-I, 1/5/12)
McKenna, Inslee spar on health care reform (PubliCola, 1/5/12)
Inslee says he hasn’t agreed to AWB debate in June (Seattle Times, 1/5/12)
McKenna unveils bill on stalking (The News Tribune, 1/5/12)
Education funding ruling stirs glee, concern locally (The Columbian, 1/5/12)
WA lawmakers react to school funding ruling (KUOW, 1/5/12)
Same-sex marriage? Same partisan divide (Seattle P-I, 1/5/12)
WA Gov. Chris Gregoire backs gay marriage (Politico, 1/5/12)
No time for ’social issues’ in 2012 Legislature? (Spokesman-Review, 1/5/12)
Supreme Court: Washington hasn’t met duty for education (Seattle Times, 1/5/12)
WA lawmakers diverge on gay marriage debate (Seattle Times, 1/5/12)
State high court says state is failing education, offers no fix (The News Tribune, 1/5/12)
School ruling is yet another public embarrassment (PubliCola, 1/5/12)
Court ruling won’t protect schools from new cuts (Seattle Times, 1/5/12)
High court: State isn’t fully funding education (Seattle Times, 1/5/12)
Washington’s Senate will be the battleground for legalizing gay marriage (Crosscut, 1/4/12)
Gregoire: End discrimination, let same-sex couples marry (Seattle P-I, 1/4/12)
Opinion: Gov. Gregoire’s support for gay marriage brings welcome momentum (Seattle Times, 1/4/12)
Unkindest cuts in Olympia: Kate’s story (Crosscut, 1/4/12)
Gregoire: End discrimination, let same-sex couples marry (Seattle P-I, 1/4/12)
Jay Inslee will be bold, he promises! (The Stranger, 1/4/12)
State Supreme Court to rule in ‘Paramount Duty’ case Thursday (PubliCola, 1/4/12)
Gregoire proposes legislation to legalize gay marriage (Seattle Times, 1/4/12)
Why liberalism is dead here: Pandering and premature capitulation (Crosscut, 1/3/12)
Washington: The growth state? (Crosscut, 1/3/12)
Sources say Gregoire will publicly support gay marriage (Seattle Times, 1/3/12)
PI: Rick Steves fundraising for Inslee (PubliCola, 1/3/12)

Minority coalition counts wins in redistricting plan (The Olympian, 1/3/12)
Steves aids political traveler Jay Inslee (Seattle P-I, 1/3/12)
New state political map approved (The Olympian, 1/2/12)
Definition of a state budget cut hard to pin down (Seattle P-I, 1/2/12)
Panel OKs new redistricting maps (Seattle Times, 1/1/12)

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