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What will Inslee's "batting average" be this legislative session?
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Gov. Inslee Could Go 0-3 with Agenda This Legislative Session

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has a "Big 3" on his agenda for the 2014 legislative session, but sources say he could end up getting none of it passed.

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Polar Plunge 2014 Happens Tomorrow!

Take the plunge into the frigid waters of the Columbia river tomorrow!  Last check the water temperature was at 37 degrees!

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ACLU says legal action will be taken if "necessary"
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ACLU Says It Will Sue Washington Cities and Counties That Ban Pot Stores

This week Attorney General Bob Ferguson said he sees no problem with county and municipal governments banning marijuana retail stores. The American Civil Liberties Union says it will respond with legal action if needed.

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Does Inslee consider carbon from Boeing jets ok, but other types bad?
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Gov. Inslee Wants to Reduce Carbon Emissions — Except Those From Boeing Airplanes

In what we think is an insightful, if not brilliant, assessment of Gov. Inslee's inconsistencies on environmental policy, the political blog Sound Politics has taken the governor to task on his carbon tax idea.

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Richland shoreline, part of the 8th legislative district
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Thousands Participate in 8th District (Tri-Cities) Telephone ‘Town Hall’ With Legislators Wednesday Night

Some 3,100 citizens participated in the telephone Community Conference, as it was called, in the district, and Newstalk 870 was monitoring the hour-long event.

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Legislators in House considering more money for education
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Some WA Legislators Backing Gov. Inslee’s Call for $200 Million for Education – Teacher Pay Bumps

As the legislature gets under way for 2014, Gov. Jay Inslee says he wants to appropriate $200 million more for K-12 education.

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Inslee officially wants minimum wage increase
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Gov. Inslee Makes It Official: He Wants Minimum Wage Raised in Washington

He stopped short of the $15-per-hour figure under review by the Seattle city council and already law for some workers in the City of SeaTac, Gov. Jay Inslee is advocating raising the minimum wage by at least  $1.50.

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WA Healthcare exchange concert ticket promotion
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WA Healthcare Exchange “Bribing” Young People with Concert Tickets? UPDATE

At first glance, some young people might think this is pretty cool. Pictured is an image from the Healthcare exchange Facebook page.

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State House plans to push for minimum wage increase
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WA House Democrats Plan To Push for Minimum Wage Increase – Could Be $15 An Hour

House Democrats plan to introduce a set of what they are calling "economic-equality proposals".   Senate leaders immediately have blasted it.

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Wa House votes to expand tuition to illegals
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State House Approves Financial Aid for Illegals – Bill Heads to Senate

In a VERY quick debate and vote on Monday during the first day of the 2014 legislative session, the State House voted to expand financial aid to students who are here illegally.

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