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More nuclear waste leaking in Washington

SEATTLE, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says six tanks of radioactive waste have now been determined to be leaking and it could take five years to remedy the situation.

Hanford tank leaking radioactive waste

SEATTLE, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- A tank at the troubled Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state is leaking up to 300 gallons a year of radioactive material, federal officials say.
Statehouses show little political shifting after election

Statehouses show little political shifting after election

While the majority party changed in Minnesota and Colorado legislatures on Election Day 2012, the balance of power between Republicans and Democrats was largely unchanged.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

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.

CO2 storage key in climate-change battle

In an effort to curb carbon emissions without stifling economic growth, a bipartisan group of U.S. policymakers is pushing for deployment of new technology to capture and store carbon dioxide below ground.
ROSALIE WESTENSKOW, UPI Correspondent

Analysis: Big Oil causing high gas prices?

THE DALLES, Ore., April 3 (UPI) -- As gas prices reach record highs, some policymakers say big oil companies are to blame, but the companies say it's not their fault.
ROSALIE WESTENSKOW, UPI Correspondent

Rep. Markey introduces Net Neutrality Act

WASHINGTON, May 4 (UPI) -- In response to his net neutrality amendment dumped from the House telecom reform bill last week, Rep. Edward Markey of Massachusetts introduced the Network Neutrality Act of 2006.
STOKELY BAKSH, UPI Technology Correspondent

Net neutrality provision dumped

WASHINGTON, April 27 (UPI) -- Telecom companies won a round in Congress late Wednesday when the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted down the Democratic-backed Net neutrality amendment to a telecom-reform bill in a 34-22 vote.
STOKELY BAKSH, UPI Technology Correspondent

From broadcast to broadband

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Technology is on the way to use vacant television channels for wireless broadband Internet service, but critics from the broadcasting industry argue that using
ANNA CARBINO

Unions want hearings on media ownership

WASHINGTON, July 20 (UPI) -- Congressional representative have met with FCC officials in Washington to urge hearings be held on media-ownership consolidation.

Missile accident raises new questions

SEATTLE, March 13 (UPI) -- Lawmakers on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border want some answers about a nuclear missile mishap last November at the Bangor, Washington, submarine base.

Washington governor nixes third term bid

OLYMPIA, Wash., July 21 (UPI) -- Washington State Gov. Gary Locke announced Monday he will not seek a third term next year, opting instead for more family time and "a normal life."

New act to protect Alaskan refuge

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- House lawmakers from both sides of the aisle introduced a bill Thursday that would prevent oil drilling in a coastal region of Alaska, continuing a decades-long debate on the controversial issue. The current bill has more than 125 cosponsors, both Democr
CHRISTINE SUH, UPI Science News

Think tanks wrap-up

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- The UPI think tank wrap-up is a daily digest covering opinion pieces, reactions to recent news events and position statements released by various think tanks. T
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Rep. Jay Inslee, (D-WA), speaks to the audience at the 2004 "Take Back America" Conference at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. on June 4, 2004. (UPI Photo/Greg Whitesell)
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Jay Robert Inslee (born February 9, 1951) is a Democratic American politician, currently serving as U.S. Representative from Washington's 1st congressional district. The district includes many of Seattle's northern suburbs in King, Snohomish, and Kitsap counties. Inslee and his wife Trudi were high school sweethearts and have been married since August 27, 1972. They have three sons, Jack, Connor, and Joe, and live on Bainbridge Island.

Born in Seattle, he graduated from Seattle's Ingraham High School and the University of Washington (B.A., Economics) and Willamette University College of Law. After practicing law for ten years in Selah, a suburb of Yakima, Inslee ran for the Washington House of Representatives in 1988 after the state legislature undermined a school bond that he had worked to pass after years of failure. Inslee was elected and served until 1992, when he ran for and was elected to the United States Congress representing Washington's 4th Congressional District in the central part of the state, a rural, agricultural-based constituency. In Congress Inslee passed the Yakima River Enhancement Act, a bill long held up in Congress by brokering a breakthrough with irrigators and wildlife advocates. He also helped to open Japanese markets to American apples, and fund and oversee the nation's biggest nuclear waste site at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Washington. He lost his bid for re-election in the Republican Revolution of 1994 in a rematch against his 1992 opponent, Richard "Doc" Hastings, a defeat often attributed in large part to his vote for the 1994 federal ban on semi-automatic firearms.

Inslee moved to Bainbridge Island, and briefly resumed the practice of law before running for governor in 1996 and losing in the primary to Gary Locke. President Bill Clinton subsequently appointed him regional director for the Department of Health and Human Services, a position he left to run again for Congress in 1998, this time in the 1st congressional district against two-term incumbent Rick White. His campaign attracted national attention when he became the first Democratic candidate to air television ads attacking his opponent, and the Republican congressional leadership, for the impeachment of President Clinton. Inslee won with 49.8% of the vote to White's 44.1%; his success was aided by the conservative third party candidacy of Bruce Craswell, husband of 1996 GOP gubernatorial nominee Ellen Craswell.

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