December 8, 2014
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Inslee names two retired judges to serve on Public Disclosure Commission

Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed a pair of retired judges from both sides of the state to serve on the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC).

John Bridges of Wenatchee decided the legal challenge in the 2004 election between Christine Gregoire and Dino Rossi, ending the dispute and ruling Gregoire the victor by a little more than 100 votes.

Anne Levinson is a former municipal court judge, ex-chair of the state’s Utilities and Transportation Commissioner, and a leader of two same-sex marriage referendum campaigns. Bridges, an independent, becomes the first PDC commissioner who is not a Republican or a Democrat. With the addition of Levinson, a Democrat, the panel now has only one Republican, former Rep. Katrina Asay of Milton.

Read more in The News Tribune.

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New 'business-blue' coalition focuses on protecting Washington's trade status

By Eric Schinfeld, Washington Council on International Trade

As an advocate for international trade, I'm fortunate to work with some of the most innovative global brands in America today, witnessing companies whose efforts both distinguish them across the globe and also bring jobs and prosperity back to America's middle class. Last week, following our annual Washington Trade Conference, I introduced a panel discussion convened by partners from Keep Washington Competitive, a new coalition of business and labor leaders.

READ MORE: Click here for the full op-ed column in the Puget Sound Business Journal

Opinion: Gov. Inslee and Carbon Emissions Reduction Taskforce should carefully consider climate policy

By Mike Elliott, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

The low-carbon fuel standard the governor is considering by way of executive order could raise prices at the pump anywhere from 13 cents a gallon to $1.50. I'm told the purpose of the fuel standard is to encourage sustainable fuel production and use, with the ultimate goal being a reduction in carbon emissions (largely from cars and trucks operating on our roadways).

When considering climate change on a global scale, few would dispute the need to seek reductions in carbon emissions. But without a thorough understanding of potential impacts on fuel prices and, ultimately, jobs connected to transportation costs, further study of the fuel standard as a means of achieving reduced carbon emissions is warranted. While I'm all for lower carbon, cleaner fuels and better efficiency in our cars, trucks, industrial processes and lives, I cannot support taking action without knowing for certain we're not sending jobs out of the state or, worse, overseas where few standards, if any, exist.

READ MORE: Click here for the full editorial in The Seattle Times
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