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Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at the Presidential Gun Sense Forum, Saturday, Aug. 10, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Gov. Jay Inslee has made it to the debate stage twice with fellow Democratic presidential candidates, but the threshold for the next round of debates may be an issue for his campaign. As the governor tries to make headway in the crowded race, he’s still focused on matters back home. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins joined KNKX’s Ariel Van Cleave for a live chat about the latest on Morning Edition.

Seattle City Council member Lorena González is running for Washington state attorney general.

González announced her campaign in a video released Thursday morning. She cited her experience as a civil rights attorney, as well as her second-term serving as an at-large member of the City Council.

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Today is the deadline to turn in primary election ballots. Our reporters have identified key races to watch in the Puget Sound region. Revisit our relevant coverage, and watch for updates on results and reaction. First results drop around 8 p.m., and we’ll update this post with the latest in the coming days. (Last update Aug. 15, 4:40 p.m.) 

Rep. Laurie Jinkins (center) stands with former Speaker Frank Chopp (left) and Speaker Pro Tem John Lovick. Jinkins was selected as the first woman speaker of the Washington state House on Wednesday.
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Washington House Democrats have selected Rep. Laurie Jinkins to serve as the state's first woman speaker of the House. 

Democratic presidential candidate Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Art, Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in Miami.
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Gov. Jay Inslee is preparing for his second nationally televised Democratic presidential debate this week in Detroit. It will be held tonight and tomorrow night. Inslee will appear on Wednesday night, sharing the stage with candidates such as former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins talked about what to expect with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Peril from foreign interference in American elections will persist through the 2020 presidential race, former special counsel Robert Mueller warned on Wednesday.

Asked whether Russia would attempt to attack future U.S. elections, as it did in 2016, Mueller replied: "They're doing it as we sit here."

Mueller didn't detail a prescription for how he believes Congress or the United States should respond, but he recommended generally that intelligence and law enforcement agencies should work together.

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Former special counsel Robert Mueller is appearing in two separate hearings before the House judiciary and intelligence committees. Though Mueller has said his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election is his testimony, lawmakers have insisted that he testify in person. Watch the proceedings live. 

Democratic presidential candidate Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, speaks to the press before the start of the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Art, Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in Miami.
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Gov. Jay Inslee was able to raise more than $3 million in the second quarter of this year. He’s still far behind some of his fellow Democratic candidates in the race for president in 2020. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins has updates on fundraising totals, as well as possible decisions Inslee may need to make regarding his status in the presidential race. 

Democratic presidential candidate Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during the National Education Association Strong Public Schools Presidential Forum Friday, July 5, 2019, in Houston.
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Gov. Jay Inslee is heading east this week to campaign for the presidency. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins gave Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick an update on the governor’s bid, and what it could mean for Inslee now that billionaire Tom Steyer has entered the race.

“What’s notable is just how much time the governor is spending on the campaign trail,” Jenkins said. “If you want to run for president...you gotta get out there and press the flesh.”

Inslee is heading to the East Coast, with stops in New York and Washington, D.C., before heading back to Iowa.

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UPDATE, June 27: It's Night 2 of the first primary debate of the 2020 election cycle. Follow NPR reporters' live analysis and fact checks of the candidates' remarks.

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Democratic presidential candidate Washington Gov. Jay Inslee waves after speaking during a campaign event at the Unity Freedom Presidential Forum Friday, May 31, 2019, in Pasadena, California.
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Gov. Jay Inslee is preparing for his first Democratic presidential debate, which will be held over two nights next week in Miami.

Inslee is one of 10 candidates who will be on stage the first night, Wednesday, June 26. Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick talked with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the debate and the latest on Inslee's presidential campaign.

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during the 2019 California Democratic Party State Organizing Convention in San Francisco on Saturday, June 1, 2019.
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Gov. Jay Inslee continues his latest presidential campaign trip with a stop in Detroit today. Meanwhile, here in Washington state, there is good news for people who purchase individual health insurance. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins talks about both in his weekly chat with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Sen. Guy Palumbo, D-Maltby, right, holds Smudge, a French bulldog, as Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, lower right, looks on before signing a bill, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Palumbo recently resigned to take a job with Amazon.
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Gov. Jay Inslee has enough donors to qualify for the presidential candidate debates, Washington state has a new LGBTQ commission, and a state lawmaker has resigned. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins talked about all of it with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Gov. Jay Inslee will be signing several bills today, including one that allows a new tax on vaping products. The money will be used to fund cancer research and tobacco cessation and prevention efforts. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins talked about his reporting on the subject with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks, Friday, March 1, 2019, during a campaign event at A&R Solar in Seattle.
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The Washington Legislature adjourned its regular session more than a week ago, but Gov. Jay Inslee has been busy signing bills passed by lawmakers. He’s also been out on the campaign trail in his bid for the presidency in 2020. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins shares the latest in his weekly chat with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

The Washington Capitol is seen on Saturday, April 27, the last weekend of the legislative session.
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Washington lawmakers just wrapped up an action-packed, 105-day session with passage of the first state budget to exceed $50 billion and a bundle of tax hikes to fund it.

Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

We’re in the final week of the regular legislative session. And state lawmakers have been busy, passing bills and continuing negotiations for the state’s two-year spending plan. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins provided the latest updates in his weekly chat with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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What was advertised as the nation’s strongest would-be data privacy law has dissolved in the Washington state Legislature after lawmakers failed to reach a consensus over some key provisions.  

Health officials and lawmakers are hoping to see Subsitute House Bill 1551 make it through the next legislative session. It would update many of the state's laws relating to HIV and AIDS, which largely haven't been updated since they were adopted in 1988.
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We’re less than two weeks away from the Legislature’s scheduled end date for the regular session. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the action in recent days.

The Capitol dome is seen through cherry blossoms on Friday, March 29, 2019 in Olympia.
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Washington’s legislative session is in its final three-week stretch. The House and Senate must negotiate a final budget, and a lot of bills remain in play. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins talked about the latest updates with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Washington Senate Democrats on Friday proposed a capital gains tax that would fund a suite of tax reductions for low-income families, small businesses and senior citizen homeowners. The tax proposal was rolled out in conjunction with the Senate Democrats' unveiling of a $52 billion two-year state spending plan, which followed a House Democratic budget presentation earlier in the week. 

Washington's Gov. Jay Inslee is releasing 12 years of his tax returns and calling on President Donald Trump to do the same. Inslee, who’s running for president, made his announcement Friday morning on the TV show 'Fox and Friends' on the Fox News Network.

An inflatable orca is displayed during a rally to call attention to environmental issues on Monday, Jan. 14. The environment is one of many high-priority issues in the 2019 legislative session, which is just about halfway over.
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There is a lot of activity in the Legislature right now, as state lawmakers work against a Wednesday deadline to move bills out of their chamber of origin. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about what’s going on and what’s to come.

In this May 9, 2018, file photo, Seattle City Council Members Mike O'Brien, Kshama Sawant and Teresa Mosqueda listen to public comment. On Monday, the three council members voted in favor of Sawant's human services director resolution.
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A divided Seattle City Council is trying to push forward in confirming the mayor's pick for human services director, but it's unclear what the next move is. The new director will have a big say in how the city tackles the ongoing homelessness crisis.

Washington House representatives listen to testimony, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, before they unanimously voted to approve a code of conduct for the Legislature in Olympia, Wash.
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State lawmakers are approaching the halfway point of their 105-day session, and they’re closing in on the deadline to pass non-budget-related bills out of their house of origin. Democrats control both chambers this year, and they’re flexing their majority muscles. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins updated Morning Edition producer Ariel Van Cleave on the latest progress.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee walks off the podium, Friday, March 1, 2019, after speaking during a campaign event at A&R Solar in Seattle. Inslee announced that he will seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
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Following months of speculation, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has formally launched a campaign for president that he said will seek to mobilize the country around an ambitious plan to combat climate change. (This post was updated at 4:10 p.m. to include audio of analysis from Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins.)

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, in Seattle at an event held by the Alliance for Gun Responsibility. Inslee is expected to announce his bid for president as soon as this week.
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Gov. Jay Inslee is sounding more and more like a presidential candidate. An official announcement is expected in the coming days, but Inslee has already been making his case to the national media. KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick talked with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the prospect of Inslee running for president.

The execution chamber at the Washington State Penitentiary is shown with the witness gallery behind glass in Walla Walla, Washington. The state Legislature is exploring repealing the death penalty, after the state Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional.
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State lawmakers are considering a measure that would repeal Washington’s death penalty. The Senate Law and Justice Committee will discuss Senate Bill 5339 today in Olympia. The proposal follows a state Supreme Court decision that ruled the policy as unconstitutional, arbitrary and racially biased. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins talked about this repeal effort with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins says it’s hard to tell what will become a lightning-rod issue during the “fire hose” phase of the legislative session. So far this week, the lightning rod centered on hair salons. Jenkins talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about some of the many issues being discussed in Olympia.

Download now   Washington Gov. Jay Inslee points as he steps into his car after speaking at Saint Anselm College, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, in Manchester, N.H.
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Gov. Jay Inslee is in New Hampshire today, testing the waters in the early primary state for a potential run for president in 2020. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins is covering the trip, and talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick from across the country at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College.

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