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UPDATE – Gov. Inslee’s climate-change work group passes 1st big hurdle, picks consultant without a partisan fight

The legislative workgroup chaired by Gov. Jay Inslee voted unanimously this evening to hire a Virginia-based climate consultant to examine Washington state’s options for reducing greenhouse gases that are contributing to global climate change. The Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup is tasked with figuring out the best way for Washington to meet its goal of slashing greenhouse-gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 – and how best to reach that goal set by the then-Democrat-controlled Legislature in 2008.

Getting an independent evaluation of what could work in the

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Bill to give state’s minority-contracting agency more teeth passes House on 72-25 vote

The House of Representatives voted late Friday evening to approve a bill that takes aim at those who try to take advantage of the minority-contracts program administered by the troubled state Office of Minority and Women Business Enterprises. House Bill 1674 passed by a vote of 72-25 and goes to the Senate for consideration.

The measure creates an investigative unit inside the OMWBE and imposes sanctions for those who cheat the system – everything from disbarment from lists of contractors eligible to bid on state contracts to penalties of up to 10

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Update 2 – GOP Rep. Short is climate-change skeptic, but says she supports Gov. Inslee’s climate-study idea

 UPDATE 2: The House Environment Committee approved HB 1915 on a vote of 7-to-3 Wednesday, moving it to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government. The bill is scheduled to be heard during its 8 a.m. meeting on Monday.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee testified again in the Legislature today [Tuesday] on his climate change proposal, once again urging quick action to set up a legislative study group and authorize an independent review of Washington’s options for reducing carbon pollution in a way that makes sense for the Evergreen State. In comments that emphasized the emergency the Democratic governor thinks the world

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State Democrats re-elect Dwight Pelz as state chairman; follows GOP’s re-election of Kirby Wilbur as chair

Washington Democrats have re-elected Dwight Pelz to another two-year term as state chairman, following an election cycle that saw his party’s slate win the governor’s race for the eight-straight term. Democratic candidates also won all but one statewide executive office (Republican Kim Wyman won the secretary of state job).

Pelz had no opponent, the party said in a news release.

The Democrats’ vote follows the state Republican Party’s re-election of Kirby Wilbur as state chairman a few weeks ago. Wilbur, a former talk-radio host first elected in 2011, faced two challengers and won on a second ballot.

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