Sen. Ed Murray listens to debate on the Senate floor, March 1, 2007, in Olympia. The state Senate had just passed a measure, sponsored by Murray, that would create domestic partnerships for same-sex couples.
Sen. Ed Murray, left, waves with his partner Michael Shiosaki as Rep. Jaime Pedersen, right, stands with his partner Eric Cochran Pedersen at an election night party for proponents of Referendum 74 on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Seattle.
State Senator Ed Murray is the new majority leader of the Washington state senate. But he faces some tough challenges, including a $900 million budget hole, a Supreme Court ruling that requires full funding for basic K-12 education and a possible rebellion by conservative Democrats. David Hyde sits down with State Senator Ed Murray and asks, What's next?
Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 1:28 pm
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Two southwest Washington legislative races are headed for hand recounts. They are that close. One of them could hand control of the Washington state senate to a coalition of Republicans and conservative Democrats.
One hundred and five votes. That’s all that separates incumbent Republican state Senator Don Benton from his trailing Democratic challenger Tim Probst. The two men are battling it out to represent the Vancouver area in the Washington legislature.
SEATTLE, Wash. – Washington Governor-elect Jay Inslee says states are the incubators of new ideas – and that should extend to marijuana legalization. Inslee Wednesday said he’s hopeful Washington’s new recreational pot law can take effect without federal interference.
Inslee didn’t support Washington’s marijuana legalization initiative. But now that it has passed he says, “The voters have spoken.”
Inslee says he will work in a “rational and mature” way to persuade the Obama administration to allow Washington to implement the law.
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.