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Is Washington state's spending blitz helping education?
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Does Increased Spending Make for Better Education? New Studies Say No

You've probably heard about Gov. Jay Inslee's proposal to tax bottled water and close loopholes to raise $200 million for education. Is throwing money at a situation going to make it better?

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Does the Death Penalty Reduce Crime? Murders? Decide For Yourself

With one moratorium, and stroke of a pen,  Gov. Inslee just made the Death Penalty a HOT BUTTON issue in Washington state.

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Gov. Inslee issues moratorium on Death Penalty
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Gov. Inslee Suspends Death Penalty in Washington – Breaking News!

It's official called a moratorium in his news release.

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Getty Images, Theo Stroomer
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Many Washington Cities Now Resistant to Allowing Pot Sales in THEIR Neighborhoods

Voters decided to legalize recreational marijuana by a margin of 56-to-44 percent -- yet many of the 75 biggest cities in our state are "dragging their feet" when it comes to allowing pot stores.

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No new WA gas tax -yet. Legislators will try again in January
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WA Legislators Fail to Agree on New Gas Tax – Talks Resume Later in January

Yay! For at least a few weeks, or months, we won't see our gas prices jump up.

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Pot DUI stops take huge jump since legalization
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Marijuana DUI Arrests UP 50 Percent Since Legalization

The Washington State Patrol normally stops about 1,000 motorists annually for driving under the influence of marijuana.

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Most WA healthcare enrollments are Medicaid
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Obamacare Enrollment in Washington State Mostly From Medicaid Sign Up

The Washington Healthcare Exchange released a statement Thursday trumpeting what they say is a large jump in health insurance enrollment. But the actual number of clients purchasing insurance plans was only about 12 percent of the total!

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Healthcare exchange officials issue statement
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WA State Healthcare Exchange Issues Statement Addressing 8,000 Client Account Errors

Hoping to answer questions, and stem the growing hotbed of controversy over a recent glaring issue with the new Washington State Healthcare Exchange, officials released a statement.

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Inslee named to Obama climate change committee
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Gov. Inslee Named to Obama’s Task Force on Climate Change

It comes as little surprise to Washingtonians that the Obama administration announced Friday Gov. Jay Inslee has been named to the Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.

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WA state closing loopholes used to smoke pot in bars
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State Liquor Board Working Fast to Prevent Pot Smoking in Bars

The Washington State Liquor Control Board is moving quickly to prohibit marijuana smoking in bars.

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