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Universal background checks bill is dead; gun bill talks had bogged down the House for most of day

House Democrats’ search for 50 votes to pass a bill requiring universal background checks for gun buyers has died. That’s according to a Twitter post a few minutes ago from Democratic Rep. Laurie Jinkins of Tacoma.

Efforts to get a deal  on House Bill 1588 tied up the House for at least eight hours Tuesday, bringing the Democrat-controlled chamber to a halt one day before bill cutoff. Democratic Rep. Jamie Pedersen of Seattle led efforts to get more than the 47 votes he’d reported having on Monday, and one approach would have sent  the question to voters in November.

Pedersen later confirmed

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Gun-rights rally draws about 200 for speeches today opposing government’s reach

There are about 200 people, a few with rifles slung over their backs, attending a peaceful rally on the state Capitol Campus late this morning and early afternoon. Their signs pretty much sum up the mood:

“Don’t Tread On Me.” ”No Freeman Shall Be Debarred The Use Of Arms.” ”Gun Control Is Victim Disarmament.”

The organizer is Jacob Kukuk, a Kirkland resident and computer systems engineer who is a director of a new Washington gun rights group, 2nd Enforcers or 2E. Kukuk  said they are people who own guns for self-protection and believe that by defending the Second Amendment they

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UPDATE – Wash. AG Ferguson filing amicus briefs in support of ‘marriage equality’ in two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is filing amicus briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court this week in two historic same-sex marriage cases that go before the high court for arguments in late March.

“In our state, the Legislature and the voters have spoken on this issue and came down strongly in support of marriage equality. Our involvement in these two cases is consistent with the will of the voters,” Ferguson said in an interview.

The Democrat said lawyers in his Office of Solicitor General had taken the lead with counterparts in Massachusetts and New York to draft briefs in one

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