- Sen. Ed Murray told members of the Seattle Times editorial board he’d rather be part of a “strong minority” than participate in the power-sharing agreement proposed by the majority coalition earlier this week. Senate Democrats plan plan to formally respond to the proposal within the next week, according to the Seattle Times story.
- Gov. Chris Gregoire told the Associated Press she’s preparing a major transportation package that will be released next week along with the general budget. A gas tax is not out of the question, according to the story.
- Washington’s race for governor was the most expensive in state history, according to reports filed this week that show Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna spent a combined $25.7 million. The Spokesman-Review has the story.
On TVW this week: “The Impact” profiles one of the first same-sex couples to get married under Washington’s new law. Host Anita Kissee attended their wedding on Sunday, the first day couples were allowed to legally wed. The show airs Dec. 12 at 7 & 10 p.m.
Local, state and federal agencies tasked with writing an environmental impact statement on a proposal coal export terminal near Bellingham will be accepting public comments at a meeting Thursday in Seattle. The event is expected to draw thousands, and TVW will be live webcasting the hearing starting at 4 p.m. at this link.
Also Thursday, “Inside Olympia” host Austin Jenkins sits down for an in-depth, one-on-one interview with outgoing Gov. Gregoire. The show airs Dec. 13 at 7 & 10 p.m.