Governors still in the shadows of Democrats’ 2020 campaign

2022 Campaign 06/14/19, 19:30

Being a governor isn't what it used to be, at least not in presidential politics. Three Western executives are learning that the hard way in a crowded Democratic scramble dominated by former Vice President Joe Biden and a gaggle of nationally known senators. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a late entry into the ...

Update: NBC announces 1st 2020 Democratic debate lineups

Politics 06/14/19, 12:50

The Latest on the Democrats' first 2020 presidential debates later this month (all times local): 12:45 p.m. NBC has announced how it will divvy up the 20 Democratic candidates for the first debate of the 2020 election campaign, which will be held over two nights in Miami later this month. Democratic presidential candidate ...

2020 hopeful Inslee: Build US foreign policy around climate

2022 Campaign 06/05/19, 07:36

Democratic presidential hopeful Jay Inslee is arguing the U.S. must shape its foreign policy around a commitment to combat the climate crisis. The Washington governor is outlining his agenda Wednesday in a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Inslee tells The Associated Press he wants to use "all ...

2020 hopeful Jay Inslee calls for pathway to citizenship

2022 Campaign 05/31/19, 22:19

Democratic presidential hopeful Jay Inslee is calling for a pathway to citizenship for people in the country illegally and raising refugee limits to historic levels. Those ideas are part of wide-ranging immigration proposals the Washington governor unveiled Friday. The plan involves dramatic reversals of President Donald Trump's hardline approach to legal ...

Sanders, Harris seek Hispanic votes at California forum

California 05/31/19, 12:17

Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris are dueling over Hispanic votes in California.The two prominent Democratic presidential candidates are scheduled to appear Friday at a forum organized by immigrant rights activists in Pasadena.There will be tough competition to win over Latino voters in the state, where Hispanics represent the largest ethnic ...

Inslee says he’s hit donor threshold for presidential debate

Politics 05/24/19, 18:34

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he's hit a fundraising threshold to qualify for the Democratic presidential debates slated to begin next month. Inslee said while appearing at a climate rally in Las Vegas that he learned Friday morning he'd received donations from at least 65,000 people, earning him a spot on ...

Washington joins West Coast bloc of sanctuary states

U.S. 05/22/19, 21:47

Washington has become the latest West Coast state to enact broad sanctuary protections that restrict all local authorities from asking about people's immigration status. Gov. Jay Inslee signed the measure Tuesday implementing the new rules, which rank among the strongest statewide mandates in the nation. California and Oregon have similar laws. The ...

Washington is 1st state to allow composting of human bodies

U.S. 05/21/19, 17:34

Gov. Jay Inslee, the Democrat from Washington, signed a bill into law on Tuesday that allows the composting of human bodies as an alternative to burials and cremations. It allows licensed facilities to offer "natural organic reduction," which turns a body, mixed with substances such as wood chips and straw, into ...

Inslee OKs funding to study removal of Snake River dams

Enviroment 05/21/19, 16:51

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that provides $750,000 to study how to best help impacted communities if the four federal dams on the Snake River are breached.The four dams are blamed for reducing salmon numbers on the Snake and Columbia river systems.Inslee, who is seeking the Democratic presidential ...

2020 hopeful Bennet proposes $1 trillion climate change fund

2022 Campaign 05/20/19, 12:29

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bennet said Monday he wants to commit $1 trillion for underwriting research and projects to address climate change, set aside about one-third of U.S. lands and ocean territory for conservation and reach net-zero U.S. emissions by midcentury. His campaign's climate plan also would require utilities to offer ...

2020 hopeful Inslee says $9T climate plan will boost economy

Politics 05/16/19, 17:08

Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee is pitching a $9 trillion-plus climate action plan that he touts as an economic renaissance and scientific necessity, putting the Washington governor at the forefront of White House hopefuls pushing for sweeping action to combat the causes and effects of a warming planet. Inslee compares his ...

Washington now 1st state with long-term care program

Health 05/13/19, 18:31

Washington is the first state in the nation to establish a program to help offset the costs of long-term care, under a new law signed Monday by Gov. Jay Inslee.Starting in 2025, the program promises a benefit for those who pay into the program, with a lifetime maximum of $36,500 ...

Inslee signs bill setting state on path to ‘public option’

Health 05/13/19, 18:29

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill putting the state on track to create the first 'public option' health insurance in the US, using a hybrid system that will see private insurers offer state-defined plans.The measure signed Monday directs state health care authorities to hire one or more private ...

Dems offer concession on vaccines to end Republican walkout

Business 05/13/19, 18:25

Republicans in the Senate returned Monday to the Oregon Capitol after a multiday walkout to vote on an education tax proposal after Democrats agreed to drop a controversial vaccine proposal among other possible concessions.Three Republicans appeared on the Senate floor in the afternoon, giving the chamber enough members to conduct ...

Washington to offer first ‘public option’ insurance in US

U.S. 05/12/19, 10:53

Washington is set to become the first state to enter the private health insurance market with a universally available public option. A set of tiered public plans will cover standard services and are expected to be up to 10% cheaper than comparable private insurance, thanks in part to savings from a ...

Washington state limits exemptions for measles vaccine

Science 05/10/19, 15:27

Parents in Washington state will no longer be able to claim a personal or philosophical exemption for their children from receiving the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine before attending a day care center or school under a measure signed Friday by Gov. Jay Inslee.The state saw more than 70 ...

Inslee signs health bills, including hospital measure

Health 05/09/19, 19:37

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday signed a group of bills hoped to improve the state's troubled behavioral health system, including measures for a new teaching hospital in Seattle.The teaching hospital measure, sponsored by longtime former Democratic House speaker Frank Chopp, directs University of Washington officials to plan a new ...

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