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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.

Gov. suspends accepting Arkansas parolees

OLYMPIA, Wash., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Washington's governor said her state won't accept Arkansas parolees until an interstate pact is reviewed and she is assured Arkansas lives up to its duties.

Lawyers in Detroit suit could be disbarred

DETROIT, May 21 (UPI) -- Five lawyers involved in an $8 million settlement between Detroit and two whistle-blowing police officers could lose their licenses to practice.

Washington expands civil union rights

SEATTLE, May 19 (UPI) -- Gov. Christine Gregoire has signed legislation that expands the rights available to same-sex couples in civil unions in Washington state.

3 governors visit troops in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Three U.S. governors, Jon Corzine of New Jersey, Christine Gregoire of Washington and Rick Perry of Texas, were in Iraq meeting soldiers Tuesday.

Thief convicted of 3rd strike may be freed

OLYMPIA, Wash., Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The Washington State Clemency and Pardons Board recommended release Thursday for a purse snatcher sentenced to life under the state's three strikes law.

Dems to drop Sopranos theme from ad

SEATTLE, June 26 (UPI) -- Democrats in Washington state say they will remove the theme from "The Sopranos" from a video attacking Republican gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi.

Republicans want probe of Wash. gambling

OLYMPIA, Wash., June 17 (UPI) -- Republican leaders in the Washington Legislature want an investigation into Gov. Christine Gregoire's negotiations on tribal gambling.

Washington state overhauls counselor field

OLYMPIA, Wash., March 26 (UPI) -- A new state law in Washington will strip 18,000 counselors of their credentials, officials said.

Washington AG calls for tort reform

OLYMPIA, Wash., March 20 (UPI) -- Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna said Thursday that lawsuits against the state are taking taxpayer dollars away from state programs.

Analysis: States fall into line on REAL ID

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- All but six states have complied with federal requirements to seek an extension of the deadline they face for implementing more secure driver licenses for U.S. citizens or legal residents only under the REAL ID Act.
SHAUN WATERMAN, UPI Homeland and National Security Editor
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