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Category: Federal Government

June
20th

Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget office posts memo on how it would respond to government shutdown

As promised last week, Gov. Jay Inslee‘s budget office has released details on how it thinks it can legally respond to a shutdown of state government if a budget isn’t approved by the Legislature by June 30.

A week ago, Inslee’s budget director David Schumacher asked agencies for details on what might be able to remain open based on factors such as federal mandates and funding, whether it is authorized by the already adopted transportation budget and services that do not require a specific authorization or appropriation by the Legislature.

“The state constitution prohibits payment of treasury funds without an

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May
3rd

Christine Gregoire for president? Leader of EMILY’S List asks pollsters to include her name in pre-2016 polling

In an article in a newish national political website called therun2016.com, Chris Gregoire is among a handful of Democrats who are part of the party’s “deep bench” of potential women candidates for president.

The article by former POLITICO writer David Catenese quoted EMILY’s List president Stephanie Schriock urging pollsters to broaden their list of names being tested among voters. The names she dropped were: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Gregoire.

But Schriock declined Thursday to say whether she’s spoken to any of

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April
11th

Sen. Don Benton issues sharp press release after exchange with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

Republican lawmakers met with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Wednesday and aired their opposition to the current design of the Columbia River Crossing — opposition that might just sink the prospects for a statewide transportation-tax package.

They certainly didn’t seem to cow LaHood, who replied that it’s now or never to secure federal matching funds. “That’s what you get elected to do, you get elected to vote, you get elected to make decisions. It’s decision time,” he told the group of Republicans.

But based on a news release from GOP Sen. Don Benton, you’d think LaHood cried uncle –or

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March
25th

Govs. Inslee, Kitzhaber seek study on coal pollution before building export terminals

Gov. Jay Inslee and Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber wrote a letter to the White House today asking for a study of the climate-change and air-pollution effects of coal leases on federal lands and export of that coal to Asia.

That could put a new obstacle in the way of a series of shipping terminals proposed for Bellingham, Longview and the Oregon coast intended to send coal to Asia. Environmental agencies are already looking into their potential effects, but the two governors want a study of the broader effects of coal burning.

Opponents say the coal will be used regardless of whether it

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March
7th

Sally Jewell appointment to Interior Department will leave a vacancy on University of Washington board of regents

That is, if the head of REI is confirmed by the Senate (her first hearing was today).

But Sally Jewell, one of 10 appointed regents who govern the state’s largest university, has let Gov. Jay Inslee know that she will resign from the board once she take over the Department of Interior.

“We expect her to resign once she is confirmed,” said Inslee press secretary David Postman. “It is her plan and desire to do so.”

That will give the governor his first chance to make an appointment to what is one of the plum posts for those who

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Feb.
6th

Sally Jewell’s new bathroom at Interior is a $222,000 looker

FWIW, a D.C. colleague pointed out this story last month, when rumors were swirling that former Gov. Chris Gregoire was in line for Interior Secretary.

Renovations to the secretary’s bathroom totaling $222,000, completed in 2007 when Dirk Kempthorne held the office, included custom cabinetry, a pricey faucet, a sub-zero refrigerator and a “vintage tissue holder.” Photos of the renovations just surfaced last month in response to an old Freedom of Information Act request filed by a TV station.

The spoils now go to Sally Jewell, the CEO of REI who President Obama announced today is his pick for the

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Feb.
6th

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray congratulates REI exec Sally Jewell on expected appointment as Interior Secretary

Here’s the statement issued by Sen. Patty Murray’s D.C. office on the expected appointment.

Murray Applauds Nomination of Sally Jewell as Secretary of the Interior
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on President Obama’s nomination of Sally Jewell as the next Secretary of the Interior.

“President Obama has chosen an accomplished leader as the next Secretary of Interior. I have enjoyed a strong working relationship with Sally Jewell, who has proven to be an effective CEO in the business community, and will bring that skill set to the Cabinet,” said Senator Murray.

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Jan.
2nd

Wash. delegation splits on ‘cliff’ vote; GOP yes, Smith and McDermott lone Democrats against

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Camas was among the 85 Republicans who voted last night to pass the so-called fiscal-cliff bill, saying it falls short of fixing budget problems but was needed to avert income tax hikes on individuals earning less than $400,000 a year.

In Washington state’s delegation, only Democratic Reps. Adam Smith of Bellevue Jim McDermott of Seattle and voted against the deal that avoids hundreds of billions of dollars in tax increases and automatic spending cuts but increases deficits by $4.5 trillion over a decade. The vote roll call is here.

Herrera Beutler put out a statement explaining her action, which mirrored that of the other Washington Republicans. Reps. Dave Reichert of Auburn, Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane and Doc Hastings of Pasco also voted in favor. Read more »