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With Gov. Jay Inslee pushing, House moves toward vote on gun background checks

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee sought out on-the-fence House members of both parties today to persuade them to vote for expanded background checks on gun buyers.

The full House could take up the proposal sometime after 3 p.m. today if Democrats believe they have the votes. They need 50 of them, and Rep. Jamie Pedersen says he is confident of just 47. Several of the other 54 Democrats are balking, and Rep. Mike Hope is about the only sure supporter on the Republican side.

“I think this is a case where legislators are struggling,” Inslee said. “We know that some people have

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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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