GovBeat: washington


Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 02/04/2014

Washington Democrats veto governor’s state party chair pick

Gov. Jay Inslee’s last-minute endorsement of a candidate for state party chair didn’t help.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:52 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  States, washington

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 02/02/2014

Dream Act advances through Washington’s Republican Senate

In a reversal, senators passed a version of the act to allow the state to give financial aid to students in the country illegally.

By Reid Wilson  |  07:30 AM ET, 02/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration, States, washington

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/01/2014

The Super Bowl is the latest front in the fight over legalizing marijuana

Both sides have put up ads around MetLife Stadium.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Colorado, Marijuana, New Jersey, New York, pot, washington

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Marijuana activists are putting up 5 billboard ads near the Superbowl

The ads will promote pot as safer than football or booze.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  03:06 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Colorado, Marijuana, pot, washington

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 01/17/2014

Here’s a sampling of local projects funded by the $1.1 trillion spending bill

A roundup of local projects in four states that will receive a combined $20 billion in funds.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:24 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, budget, budget deal, budgets, California, federal funding, washington, West Virginia

Posted at 08:19 AM ET, 01/13/2014

Washington Session Preview: It’s Rodney Tom’s world

Two Democrats who caucus with Republicans will drive the agenda -- for the moment.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:19 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, pensions, session preview, States, taxes, washington

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 01/04/2014

Boeing machinists agree to 777X contract on narrow vote

The vote guarantees Boeing will build two major airliners in the Puget Sound region, saving 20,000 jobs -- and perhaps Gov. Jay Inslee’s political career.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:24 AM ET, 01/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  777x, boeing, labor, machinists, newsletter, States, union, washington

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 01/01/2014

Critical vote looms for Boeing Machinists

Boeing’s Machinists will take a high-stakes vote on Friday that will decide the fate of 20,000 jobs.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:01 AM ET, 01/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  boeing, economy, jobs, labor, Missouri, South Carolina, States, unions, Utah, washington

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Expiring sales tax deductions could cost taxpayers big in these states

By Reid Wilson  |  03:43 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Florida, IRS, Nevada, sales tax, South Dakota, taxes, Tennessee, washington, wyoming

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 12/05/2013

Everything you need to know about the D.C. mayoral race

A conversation with the Post’s resident D.C. politics expert, Mike DeBonis.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:30 PM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, district, District of Columbia, newsletter, States, washington dc

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 11/27/2013

$15 minimum wage measure headed for recount

The measure passed by just 77 votes. Now opponents want a hand recount.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:00 PM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, labor, minimum wage, newsletter, seatac, washington

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 11/26/2013

States vie for Boeing jobs, after Machinists vote down contract extension

The Machinists union rejected a contract. Now Boeing is looking to move thousands of jobs elsewhere.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:34 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, economy, newsletter, South Carolina, States, taxes, unions, Utah, washington

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 11/22/2013

Dueling gun initiatives likely to make 2014 ballot in Washington

Voters will get to cast ballots on universal background checks -- twice.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:32 AM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control, gun rights, guns, second amendment, States, washington

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 11/12/2013

Washington just awarded the largest state tax subsidy in U.S. history

The $8.7 billion package will be the biggest set of corporate tax incentives in U.S. history.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:45 PM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  corporations, New York, newsletter, States, tax, Tax Breaks, washington

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 11/08/2013

Initiative spending booms past $1 billion as corporations sponsor their own proposals

Supporters and opponents of ballot initiatives spent more than $1 billion in just 18 months.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:02 AM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ballot initiatives, California, campaigns, Colorado, elections, initiatives, newsletter, States, washington

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 11/07/2013

Washington legislators to hold special session over Boeing benefits

The legislature will vote on a package of tax cuts and transportation fixes to secure long-term Boeing jobs.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:03 AM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  boeing, economy, jobs, labor, newsletter, States, washington

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 11/06/2013

Big corporate spending pays off in Washington’s genetically modified food fight

Just five corporations contributed more than $14 million to fight the measure.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:32 PM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  agriculture, Campaigns and Elections, washington

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 11/06/2013

In tiny Washington town, millions spent on minimum wage bill

Supporters and opponents spent more than $170 per registered voter on a minimum wage measure.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:12 AM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, minimum wage, newsletter, States, washington

Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 11/06/2013

Seattle voters turn out third mayor in a row

Seattle voters elected a long-time state senator to replace controversial one-term Mayor Mike McGinn.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:49 AM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Ed Murray, elections, Seattle, washington

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 11/04/2013

Tuesday’s election could have widespread economic effects in at least three states

Billions could be on the line for voters in Colorado, Washington and New Jersey.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:19 AM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, Colorado, New Jersey, washington

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/30/2013

Anti-‘revenge porn’ group focusing on state bans, for now

The group is working states to criminalize the practice there, with an eye toward federal legislation

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, washington, wisconsin

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 10/29/2013

The West Coast unites on climate change

California, Oregon and Washington agree to coordinate on policy.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:01 PM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, Environment, Oregon, washington

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 10/29/2013

Washington state voters are about to weigh in on a multi-million dollar food fight

Next week, voters will decide whether to require labeling genetically-modified foods.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:31 AM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, elections, washington

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/23/2013

Washington state special election could decide party control

The most expensive legislative race in state history could give Republicans long-term control of the state Senate.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, newsletter, States, washington

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 10/18/2013

The solution to hyper-partisanship already exists, and it doesn’t involve gerrymandering

How Washington and California moved to empower independents and limit extreme partisans.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:30 AM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, campaigns, Congress, elections, gerrymandering, primaries, redistricting, reform, washington

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 10/10/2013

Gun control initiative likely headed to Washington state legislature

Backers of an initiative to expand background checks are likely to send the measure to the legislature in 2014.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:12 AM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, gun control, States, washington

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 10/03/2013

State watchdogs band together to take on ‘dark money’

Watchdog groups are banding together to fight the growing influence of so-called ‘dark money.’

By Reid Wilson  |  06:03 AM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, campaign finance, campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, washington

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 09/25/2013

Is Seattle headed for a $15 minimum wage?

The leading mayoral candidate wants to dramatically raise the minimum wage.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:03 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  labor, minimum wage, Seattle, washington

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 09/16/2013

The state pension situation is improving, but most plan funding is still low

Wisconsin has the strongest pension plan; Illinois the worst.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  04:19 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2012, Connecticut, illinois, kentucky, liability, Morningstar, New York, North Carolina, pension, pensions, South Dakota, Tennessee, unfunded, washington, wisconsin

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 08/28/2013

All your suspicions confirmed: Washington has nation’s worst drivers

Drivers in Washington, D.C. are more than twice as likely to get into traffic accidents than the national average.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:27 AM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  driving, Rankings, States, washington dc

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 08/19/2013

Democrats push back on voting rights

Democrats are pushing back at Republican attempts to reform voting laws around the country.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:53 PM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  colorado, elections, Minnesota, nevada, new mexico, oregon, States, voting, Voting Wars, washington