REI CEO Jewell nominated to lead interior

REI CEO Jewell nominated to lead interior

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday nominated Sally Jewel, chief executive officer of sporting goods retailer REI, to lead the Interior Department.

Inslee wins gubernatorial race in Wash.

OLYMPIA, Wash., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Republican Rob McKenna Friday conceded the hotly contested race for governor of Washington state to Democrat Jay Inslee.

Wash. state approves same-sex marriage

OLYMPIA, Wash., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Opponents of a ballot measure that would legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state said Thursday they conceded the referendum will pass.

Washington governor's race still undecided

OLYMPIA, Wash., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Washington state's gubernatorial race was still too close to call Wednesday, the day after voters went to the polls, results showed.

Cato Institute grades governors

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- The Cato Institute, a public policy research group, presented its biennial fiscal report card on state governors, and praised those who cut spending and taxes.
Amazon founder aids WA gay marriage drive

Amazon founder aids WA gay marriage drive

SPOKANE, Wash., July 27 (UPI) -- The founder of Amazon.com and his wife have goosed the drive to approve same-sex marriage in Washington state with a donation of $2.5 million.

Wash. Rep. Inslee leaving Congress

SEATTLE, March 10 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., announced Saturday he is leaving Congress to concentrate full time on running for governor of Washington.

Obama, Dem governors discuss jobs, economy

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Democratic governors joined U.S. President Barack Obama Friday to talk up his work to help the economy recover as a political strength.

Md. House passes same-sex marriage bill

ANNAPOLIS, Md., Feb. 17 (UPI) -- The Maryland House of Delegates Friday voted 71-67 to approve a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, which is expected to pass the state Senate next week.

Wash. state Senate passes gay marriage law

OLYMPIA, Wash., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- The Washington state Senate voted 28-21 Wednesday night to approve same-sex marriage.
Voters, lawmakers to take up gay marriage

Voters, lawmakers to take up gay marriage

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Several states will take up the hot-button issue of same-sex marriage, whether in the statehouse or on the voting both, a survey indicated.

Govs ask for marijuana reclassification

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- The governors of Rhode Island and Washington state asked the federal government Wednesday to reclassify marijuana as a drug with medical uses.

Striking teachers reach tentative deal

SEATTLE, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Teachers in Tacoma, Wash., could be back in the classroom Friday after a tentative deal between striking teachers and the school district, union officials said.

Washington bans caffeinated alcohol drinks

OLYMPIA, Wash., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Starting next week, the sale of canned beverages that combine alcohol and caffeine will be illegal in Washington state.

Wash. governor proposes tax increases

OLYMPIA, Wash., Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire proposes raising taxes on cigarette, soda and candy sales and out-of-state businesses to help close a budget gap.
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Christine Gregoire
Sen. Barack, Obama, (D-IL), battling Clinton for the Democratic nomination, and Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire (R) wave to the crowd at a "Stand for a Change" rally at Seattle's Key Arena on February 8, 2008. Gregoire announced her endorsement for Obama at the rally. (UPI Photo/Jim Bryant)

Christine O'Grady "Chris" Gregoire (pronounced /ˈɡrɛɡwɑr/; born March 24, 1947) is the 22nd and current Governor of the state of Washington, and a member of the Democratic Party. Gregoire defeated Republican candidate Dino Rossi in 2004, and again in 2008. She is the second female governor of Washington.

Chris O’Grady was raised in Auburn, Washington, by her mother, who worked as a short-order cook to support the family. After graduating from Auburn Senior High School, she attended the University of Washington in Seattle, graduating in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech in sociology. She attended law school at Gonzaga University in Spokane, receiving her Juris Doctor in 1977.

She went to work as an assistant attorney general in the office of state Attorney General Slade Gorton, a Republican. As an assistant attorney general, Gregoire concentrated on child-abuse cases, coordinating with social workers to get children removed from abusive family situations and placed with relatives or foster homes. Gregoire's first child, Courtney, was born in Spokane in 1979. Her second daughter, Michelle, was born in 1984. Michelle played soccer for Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, and Governor Gregoire is proud to call herself a 'soccer mom'. She is a season ticket holder for Seattle Sounders FC.

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