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Inslee exits race for president, announces run for governor

Gov. Jay Inslee ended his run for president Wednesday night, The Seattle Times reports. Inslee worked hard to highlight climate change as a major issue facing the country, and the world, but the message didn’t connect with many voters in a crowded field.

Inslee’s campaign collected 130,000 separate donors, The Times reported, but he never got to 2% support in early polling.

“Our mission to defeat climate change must continue to be central to our national discussion — and must be the top priority for our next president,” Inslee wrote in a message to supporters Wednesday night. “But I’ve concluded that my role in that effort will not be as a candidate to be the next president of the United States.”

On Thursday, Inslee announced he’s running for a third term as governor. No governor has tried that in nearly 50 years, the Times noted.

Inslee said the state has made incredible progress during his tenure at a Seattle news conference announcing his run for governor.

“But the progress we’ve made we just need to continue, in education, in health care, in transportation, in the environment, in protecting our civil rights from Donald Trump,” he said.

However, Inslee is often mentioned as a cabinet choice if a Democrat wins the presidency in 2020.

When asked if he would serve a full four-year term if elected, he said, “Yes, that’s my intention and that’s what I would do.”

Inslee’s decision, which was long-awaited in Washington political circles, “led to immediate announcements from three Democrats,” the newspaper reported.

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz both said they would run for their respective offices again – and not challenge Inslee.

King County Executive Dow Constantine also said he was not planning to challenge Inslee, and would “continue preparing for a reelection bid,” the newspaper reported.

Meanwhile, one of Inslee’s former competitors, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., hosted a rally in Seattle on Sunday that drew 15,000 people.

“People are ready for change in Washington,” she told the crowd, The Seattle Times reports.

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In Our View: Congress must reauthorize Ex-Im Bank now

By The Columbian Editorial Board

For 85 years, the federal Export-Import Bank has helped American corporations compete in the global marketplace. Now it is in need of reauthorization from Congress.

In recent years in Clark County, the bank has supported companies such as Conquest Consulting Group, Northwest Natural Products and Neil Jones Food Company. Across Washington, it has supported companies large and small in every region. About 90 percent of businesses that use Ex-Im Bank services are small businesses that provide local jobs and contribute to the local tax base.

The Ex-Im Bank, which provides and guarantees loans to help foreign entities make purchases from U.S. companies, is particularly important in our state, where an estimated 40 percent of all jobs are tied in some fashion to international trade...

Read the full editorial in The Columbian