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Washington lieutenant governor skips speech over gun fears

Jan. 15, 2019 6:51 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's lieutenant governor declined to preside at Gov. Jay Inslee's State of the State speech Tuesday, saying he was concerned people might bring concealed weapons to the joint session of the Legislature. Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib, a Democrat, noted that the state House of...

2020 Democratic primary set to intensify

Jan. 14, 2019 9:20 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After months of speculation and secrecy, the 2020 presidential primary season is about to explode. With several Democrats already in the race, a half dozen more are locking down final travel, staffing and strategy to launch White House bids in the coming weeks. While plans may...

Democrats roll out big health care proposals in the states

Jan. 12, 2019 6:07 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Riding the momentum from November's elections, Democratic leaders in the states are wasting no time delivering on their biggest campaign promise — to expand access to health care and make it more affordable. The first full week of state legislative sessions and swearings-in for...

Inslee pitches to Nevada outside 2020 spotlight on DC

Jan. 12, 2019 3:32 PM EST

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — The Democratic presidential sweepstakes might seem like a tale of Joe Biden and the Seven Senators, but there are plenty of governors and mayors looking for a chance to steal the spotlight from the former vice president and other headliners. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee pitched...

Researcher: Calf born to endangered Pacific Northwest orcas

Jan. 11, 2019 6:07 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Researchers say there's a new calf among the population of critically endangered killer whales that live in the waters between Washington state and Canada. Ken Balcomb, founding director of the Center for Whale Research, told The Seattle Times that staff first saw the calf Friday at the...

Trump, California spar over money for wildfire relief funds

Jan. 9, 2019 5:04 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to withhold money to help California cope with wildfires, a day after new Gov. Gavin Newsom asked him to double the federal investment in forest management. Trump again suggested poor forest management is to blame for California's deadly...

State of Washington opposes federal nuke waste proposal

Jan. 8, 2019 9:49 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state of Washington said Tuesday it opposes a federal proposal to reclassify as less dangerous some radioactive waste on a site in the state that contains the nation's largest supply because it fears much of the waste will be left in the ground. The state this week filed its...

Washington governor, NY mayor push expanded health coverage

Jan. 8, 2019 9:33 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington's governor and New York City's mayor unveiled major initiatives to expand health insurance coverage Tuesday, the latest moves by key Democratic leaders to address Trump administration health policies they say are keeping people from getting the care they need. Washington Gov. Jay...

Mayor says NYC will expand health coverage to 600,000 people

Jan. 8, 2019 4:43 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will spend up to $100 million per year to expand health care coverage to people without health insurance, including immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday. The plan involves expanding the city's existing public insurance program and...

Washington Gov. Inslee to pardon marijuana convictions

Jan. 4, 2019 4:27 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — More than six years after the state legalized the adult use of marijuana, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday he plans to pardon thousands of people convicted of small-time possession charges — the latest in a series of moves by states and cities to ease the burdens people face...