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Freedom Foundation sued for exposing JZ Knight, politicians

Freedom Foundation sued for exposing JZ Knight, politicians

JZ Knight is desperately trying to suppress videos that show her making bizarre, bigoted statements in order to protect the politicians she supports and allow them to continue deceiving the public. On Friday, Knight filed a suit against the Freedom Foundation, an Olympia-based think and action tank, for submitting a DVD of her controversial...
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Key Inslee aide resigns in midst of scandal over crude emails

Key Inslee aide resigns in midst of scandal over crude emails

Two weeks ago, Washington State Rep. Matt Shea (R-Spokane Valley) wondered aloud on his Facebook page whether, “… the media will denounce Ted Sturdevant’s comments regarding Republicans and call for his resignation.” By and large, the answer was no. Nonetheless, Gov. Jay Inslee’s embattled key adviser announced his resignation on Thursday, just weeks after...
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State GOP chair says it’s ‘essential’ Dems reject Knight’s cash

State GOP chair says it’s ‘essential’ Dems reject Knight’s cash

Washington State Republican Party Chair Susan Hutchinson on Wednesday echoed calls for the Thurston County Democratic Party to return a recent $65,000 donation from Yelm-based spirit channeler J.Z. Knight, even as the local party chair implied several videotapes uncovered two years ago showing Knight engaged in profanity-laced attacks on several minority groups might not...
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Thurston County Dems accept money from JZ Knight again

Thurston County Dems accept money from JZ Knight again

Apparently J.Z. Knight has lost her taint — or at least her money has. Two years after the Washington State Democratic Party was shamed into declining a $70,000 donation from the Yelm-based cult leader, the Thurston County Democratic Central Committee has accepted a pair of donations amounting to almost as much. According to the...
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WEA blames others after ‘No Child Left Behind’ waiver lost

WEA blames others after ‘No Child Left Behind’ waiver lost

An unapologetic Washington Education Association responded with defiance on Thursday after learning its intransigence on the question of teacher evaluation standards could cost the state a say in millions of dollars in federal funding. “Members of the Washington Education Association believe the Washington Legislature did the right thing last session when it rejected (the...
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Auditor questions $17 million of spending on CRC project

Auditor questions $17 million of spending on CRC project

An investigation into the since-aborted Columbia River Crossing (CRC) by the Washington State Auditor’s Office has concluded there was no “financial misconduct or abuse” by the state Department of Transportation or its general contractor during the project’s planning and design phase. Nonetheless, it did identify $17 million in “excess, higher-than-typical and questionable” charges, of...
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Microsoft plans $1.1 billion project in ‘business-friendly’ Iowa

Microsoft plans $1.1 billion project in ‘business-friendly’ Iowa

Microsoft, the Redmond-based crown jewel of Washington state’s high-tech economy, announced plans on Monday to construct a massive new data farm near Des Moines — and not the one just south of Seattle in King County, either. The software giant is proposing to spend more than $677 million on its new West Des Moines,...
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Gopher’s ‘endangered’ status irks property rights leaders

Gopher’s ‘endangered’ status irks property rights leaders

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalized Endangered Species Act protection on Wednesday for four subspecies of Mazama pocket gophers and designated 1,607 acres of protected critical habitat in Washington’s Thurston County, including at the Olympia Airport. The decision was part of a landmark settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity requiring the agency...
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Inslee still won’t rule out climate change executive action

Inslee still won’t rule out climate change executive action

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee continued his war of words this week with Senate Republicans over transportation and potential environmental policies. Speaking on Tuesday at a climate-change forum at the University of Washington, the governor once again refused to discount the possibility he could impose cap-and-trade restrictions, a low-carbon fuels standard or a carbon tax by...
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Whatcom County settles suit with ex-deputy, whistle-blower

Whatcom County settles suit with ex-deputy, whistle-blower

The Washington Counties Risk Pool (WCRP) last week agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a civil lawsuit filed on behalf of former Whatcom County Deputy Paul Murphy against the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office. The suit alleged Sheriff William Elfo terminated Murphy after he made public statements on Facebook in opposition to Elfo’s re-election. Murphy’s...
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