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Columbia Bridge Update
9:50 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Joint Washington-Oregon Columbia River Crossing Office To Close

Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 5:40 pm

In what Washington Governor Jay Inslee calls "a dang shame," plans for a new bridge over the Columbia River are shelved -- if not dead. The Washington legislature adjourned without funding the construction phase of the project.

You might call the Columbia River Crossing “the bridge to the archives.” That’s where the blueprints will go now that the Washington Senate said “no” to a gas tax increase. That nixes $450 million for the new bridge over the mighty Columbia between Vancouver and Portland.

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Vision For State Transportation
4:03 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Gov. Inslee On Transportation Needs And How To Fund Them

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee looks out the window of his plane as it flies over the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, Wednesday, March 6, 2013, on the way to Richland, Wash. Inslee toured the facility and met with Dept. of Energy officials.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Governor Jay Inslee spoke with Ross Reynolds on The Conversation Thursday about the proposed gas tax increase and his vision for Washington's transportation needs. Expiring federal funds, booming population and the need for more jobs create an urgency for the Legislature to come up with bipartisan solutions, according to the governor.

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Governor Inauguration
1:24 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Governor Inslee Delivers Inaugural Address

Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 4:19 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Democrat Jay Inslee took the oath of office as Washington's 23 governor in a first-in-history Capitol Rotunda ceremony Wednesday morning. Inslee, a former Congressman and state lawmaker, was joined by his wife Trudi, his grown children and grandchildren.

In pre-swearing in remarks, Inslee's friend and environmental activist Denis Hayes focused on global climate change and said Inslee is the "first political chief executive in American history to be elected principally on a platform of combating climate disruption."

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Election 2012
8:51 am
Sat November 10, 2012

McKenna Calls Loss “Very Disappointing” In Concession Video

A Screenshot Of Republican Rob McKenna From His Facebook Video Announcing His Concession
Northwest News Network

Republican Rob McKenna was leading in 31 of 39 Washington counties. But it was not enough. Friday night he conceded defeat in the race for governor to Democrat Jay Inslee. McKenna called Inslee after the latest vote tally showed the race narrowing, but not fast enough to reverse the Democrat’s lead. Later, McKenna posted a video to Facebook.

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Elections 2012
3:20 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Inslee Organizes Transition Team Despite Continued Vote Counting

Jay Inslee with wife Trudi at the Washington State Democratic Party's election night event at the Westin on Nov. 6, 2012.
Credit KUOW photo/Deb Wang

The race for Washington governor remains too close to call. But Democrat Jay Inslee said Wednesday he’s already forming a transition team to prepare to take office. The former congressman leads Republican attorney general Rob McKenna 51 percent to 49 percent.

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Elections 2012
12:20 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Why Does Jay Inslee Want To Be Your Next Governor?

Democrat Jay Inslee at the Seattle AIDS walk, September 22, 2012.
Candidate's Facebook page

Democrat Jay Inslee sits down with Ross Reynolds for his final KUOW interview before the election.

Republican challenger, Rob McKenna, was last on The Conversation September 28. Listen to parts one and two of his interview.

Elections 2012
5:31 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

One-On-One With Washington's Candidates For Governor

Democrat Jay Inslee. Photo by Christina Salerno, TVW

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Ballots are arriving in the mail. And a new poll shows the race for Washington governor is a virtual dead heat. Whoever is elected will inherit a budget shortfall along with a court order to spend more on education.

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Elections 2012
6:54 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Personal Attacks Punctuate Final Wash. Gov Debate

Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna meet in Seattle for the final gubernatorial debate before the election. Photo courtesy of The Seattle Times / Bettina Hansen

The fifth and final debate between Washington’s candidates for governor was punctuated by personal attacks. Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna met in Seattle Tuesday night. The format encouraged them to engage each other.

One of the most personal exchanges came when the candidates had a chance to pose a question of each other. Republican McKenna asked Inslee to explain why the Democratic candidate has yet to pick up a single daily newspaper endorsement.

Inslee responded that he doesn’t work for the newspapers.

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Elections 2012
5:08 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Wash. Governor Candidates Vow No New Taxes, With Caveats

Republican candidate for governor Rob McKenna speaks at an NFIB endorsement event near Olympia. Photo by Austin Jenkins

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Ballots are about to go out in Washington. In the race for governor, both candidates are pledging to veto tax hikes. But Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee also leave themselves some wiggle room.

The issue of taxes comes up a lot in the Washington race for governor. That’s because the state faces another $1 billion shortfall, plus the next governor will likely have to come up with $1 billion more for schools in the next budget.

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Elections 2012
8:12 am
Fri October 12, 2012

A Milder Debate As Wash. Governor Candidates Meet Again

Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna faced off in their fourth debate on Thursday. Images via TVW

As Election Day nears, the candidates for Washington governor appear to be getting mellower, not feistier. Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee met Thursday night in their fourth formal debate.

Perhaps the candidates are tired of each other or tired of hearing themselves speak -- or just plain tired. Whatever the case, it was a mellower Inslee and McKenna than at past debates. They re-plowed their positions on many hot topics like the budget, education, taxes and Medicaid expansion.

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