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Tag: Chris Gregoire

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
24th

Republicans longing for Chris Gregoire?

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Some Republicans praised former Gov. Chris Gregoire to reporters today as they drew an unflattering comparison with her successor, Jay Inslee, in the two Democratic governors’ approach to end-of-legislative-session negotiations.

The criticism of Inslee to reporters was pretty mild. Both Sen. Linda Evans Parlette of Wenatchee and Rep. Gary Alexander of Thurston County took pains to acknowledge that Inslee is new — not yet past his 100th day. And Senate Republican leader Mark Schoesler of Ritzville said simply: “He’s not as active as his predecessor.”

The House and Senate budgets are far apart. “The key in previous negotiations where we had this kind of a separation

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March
5th

Washington politicians who wanted to join Obama administration should have endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2008

Or so it seems.

Leading up to Washington’s presidential primary in 2008, Hillary Clinton was making a hard push for endorsements from the state’s leading politicians. That was considered the safe move as Barack Obama, though leading, was still the underdog for the Democratic nomination.

Winning these big-name endorsements had more than nominal effect. Most were also super delegates to the Democratic National Convention.

At the time it was considered pretty brave to stand up with Obama instead of Clinton. But that’s what Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire did at a Feb. 8 rally in a packed Key Arena. Also on

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Jan.
15th

UPDATE – Before leaving office Gov. Gregoire writes book on making government work during the Great Recession

No one really questions that departing Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire had a tough second term that defined her eight years in office.As it turns out, Gregoire was willing to relive it in order to tell other governors and policy people how to cope with similar challenges like the Great Recession.

Gregoire, evidentily a Democrat with a hardy soul, has written a book  about her experiences, calling it “Tale of Two Terms: Governing in Good Times and Bad.”

I’ve only seen an online copy and skimmed it – it opens with her efforts to boost trade in

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Jan.
15th

Rep. Pedersen: Gregoire did more for gay rights than any governor in U.S. history

In her farewell address that called school funding and transportation the top state challenges today, two-term Gov. Chris Gregoire also noted that Washington voted for a same-sex marriage law by the largest margin in the country last November, approving Referendum 74.

Gay-rights activists in the audience – including several recently married couples in the front row of the House galleries – and key lawmakers paid notice. It wasn’t just that they and Democrats applauded while most Republican lawmakers kept seated.

Democratic Rep. Jamie Pedersen of Seattle, who is gay and helped pass the law upheld by R-74, said

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Jan.
15th

Morning update: Session Day 2

Today is the swan song for Gov. Chris Gregoire.

Washington’s 22nd governor speaks to a joint session of the Legislature today in the final State of the State address of her eight years.

Lawmakers gather at 10:15 a.m. in the House chambers to honor Gregoire, Secretary of State Sam Reed, Attorney General Rob McKenna and State Auditor Brian Sonntag. All four are leaving state government after a combined public-service career of more than a century.

Reed, McKenna and Sonntag will all get an opportunity to speak, too — and as one legislative staffer noted, when have you ever seen an elected official pass up

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Dec.
18th

DOA? Republican reception to Gregoire budget plan quite chilly

Rep. Gary Alexander, the top Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, says Gov. Chris Gregoire’s latest budget proposals that call for tax hikes are as good as “dead on arrival.” Republican Sen. Andy Hill, who hopes to take over the Senate Ways and Means Committee in January, said he also sees little chance of passing taxes, and Hill notes incoming Gov. Jay Inslee had said during his campaign he would veto tax increases.

I’m still waiting to hear what Inslee really thinks of the complicated plan, which can be seek its its full roll-out glory here. Inslee’s spokesman put out a limited, non-committal statement here.

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Dec.
18th

Gov.-elect Inslee non-committal on Gregoire’s tax and budget plans

Gov.-elect Inslee non-committal on Gregoire budget

Gov.-elect Jay Inslee, a Democrat, put out a brief statement about the two-year budget proposals that out-going Gov. Chris Gregoire announced  this morning. The Gregoire plans include various tax increases or extensions of existing taxes, and Inslee campaigned on a no-new-taxes platform that did allow for closure of tax loopholes.

Here’s the statement from Inslee’s spokesman:

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