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July
10th

UPDATE – Libertarian group files sweeping records request for evidence of state agency bias such as using words like ‘Tea Party,’ ‘gun nut,’ ‘redneck,’ ‘hick’ and ‘Mormon’

In a move inspired by the IRS’ scrutiny of ‘tea party’ and other groups, the Olympia-based Freedom Foundation has filed records requests with four Washington state agencies asking for employee emails and other documents using 18 different phrases or words such as “Tea Party” or “Mormon” or “redneck.”

The search is for all documents created since January 2010. The search terms include everything from gun nut to NRA, Freedom Foundation, libertarian, conservative, Catholic, Christian, right wing, far right, racist, teabagger, and hicks.

“We tried to come up with terms that we thought would be logical to be

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July
9th

Rep. Marcie Maxwell leaving state House for education adviser job with Gov. Inslee’s administration

State Rep. Marcie Maxwell put out a statement Tuesday saying she is resigning her seat in the Legislature to take a senior education-adviser role in Gov. Jay Inslee‘s executive policy office later in July.

Maxwell, a Renton Democrat serving the 41st District, was the House Democrats’ deputy majority leader for education and opportunity, and her House committees included Education, Appropriations and Appropriations Subcommittee on Education. The Governor’s Office confirmed the appointment.

Here is the statement issued by Maxwell:

State Representative Marcie Maxwell is announcing her resignation from elected office to accept a new position in statewide service.  This month, Maxwell

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June
30th

UPDATE – Gov. Inslee signs operating budget that ensures government can operate Monday

UPDATE : The governor’s list of vetoes is linked here.

ORIGINAL POST: Gov. Jay Inslee put pen to paper and signed an operating budget Sunday afternoon that authorizes spending by state government agencies for the next two years. Lawmakers had approved the plan Friday evening just in time to head off a government shutdown on July 1.

“Again we’ve done good things in tough times,’’ Inslee said in a 4:15 p.m. bill-signing session at the Capitol that was attended by a handful of lawmakers and about two-dozen legislative and gubernatorial staffers who clapped when he signed it. The Democrat

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June
27th

UPDATE – Inslee: There’s a deal to avert government shutdown

Gov. Jay Inslee held a brief press conference this morning to announce a budget deal has been reached and a state-government shutdown is averted on Monday. The Democrat hopes the Senate and House send him the agreement for signing by 5 p.m. Friday and he said government operations will continue Monday as normal.

Inslee refused to take questions during the brief press conference at which he was joined by Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler, House Speaker Frank Chopp, ranking House Republican budget writer Gary Alexander and others.

The governor’s statement is here:

“I am happy

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June
26th

UPDATE – Lawmakers still high-centered on budget, fish rules; Boeing explains its interest

A request by Boeing and Senate Republicans for additional research into fish-consumption risks is one of several smaller issues still holding up the Legislature’s quest to finish an operating budget deal Wednesday. The Republican-led Senate announced a deal was in place and both House Speaker Frank Chopp and spokesmen for Gov. Jay Inslee said that announcement was premature because negotiations were ongoing.

In the meantime, talks continued on the fish-standards issue that reared its head fairly late in the budget talks. Boeing wants more study before the Department of Ecology adopts higher fish-consumption standards. Inslee’s budget team and House

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June
25th

UPDATE: Legislature adjourns; still on bubble of a budget deal

State lawmakers were still in a holding pattern early Tuesday evening, awaiting work by Senate Republican and House Democratic negotiators on remaining pieces of a two-year budget deal. Sunday is the deadline for passing a budget and getting it signed by Gov. Jay Inslee in order to avoid an unprecedented government shutdown that would begin July 1.

Inslee reported a “breakthrough” on Monday that he expected at the time to produce final agreements within hours. But disagreements over provisos and some policies  - including a reported insistence by Boeing on a proviso to further study fish-consumption standards – remained.

Also

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June
25th

Gov. Inslee welcomes Obama’s new proposals on climate change

President Obama was laying out details of new rules to combat global warming today, and Gov. Jay Inslee put out a statement beforehand praising the “smart, practical” proposals and saying the proposals  “will lead to real results.’’

Limiting greenhouse-gas emissions by older power plants through rules adopted by the Environmental Protection Agency is a key part of Obama’s plan. A breakdown on the plan is here. Obama also was expected to announce that the Keystone XL Pipeline should not be approved unless it does not increase emissions.

Inslee, a longtime proponent of a

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June
24th

Gov. Inslee sends letter to state workers on layoffs that strikes empathetic tone

Gov. Jay Inslee‘s budget office has directed state agencies to start notifying employees of the possibility temporary layoffs can begin next Monday for more than 26,000 workers. The layoffs affect workers in 34 agencies that must shut down completely and 24 that shut down partially, while 25 remain fully operational.

Inslee, a Democrat, also is sending an email note directly to state workers saying he remains hopeful of a budget compromise that would make the layoffs unnecessary. A budget must be adopted and signed by the governor by Sunday midnight, June 30, to avert the shutdown.

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