Washington Ledge

Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Washington Legislature.Austin Jenkins is the Olympia correspondent for the Northwest News Network. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) weekly public affairs program "Inside Olympia."

 

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Government and Politics
4:09 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Washington State Auditor Shows No Signs Of Stepping Down

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley
Washington State Auditor's Office Facebook

In an all-staff email Friday, embattled Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley seemed to suggest he’s not planning to step down or even take a leave of absence.

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Government and Politics
3:51 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Washington House Democrats Say 'Yes' To Capital Gains Tax, 'No' To Cap-And-Trade

House Finance chair Reuven Carlyle, left, and Appropriations chair Ross Hunter unveiled a two-year budget proposal and tax package designed to satisfy a Supreme Court ruling on K-12 funding.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Majority Democrats in the Washington state House have unveiled a proposed two-year, nearly $39 billion state budget and tax package.

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Government and Politics
3:27 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Troy Kelley’s National Guard Status Unaffected By Federal Probe

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is a lieutenant colonel in the Washington Army National Guard
Washington Legislature

According to a spokeswoman with the Washington Military Department, an ongoing federal probe has not affected Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley’s status as a lieutenant colonel in the National Guard.

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Government and Politics
4:28 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Attorney: Troy Kelley Knew Of Federal Inquiry Nearly Two Years Ago

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley
Washington Legislature

An attorney who once sued Troy Kelley says the Washington State Auditor has known about a federal probe into his past for nearly two years.

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Government and Politics
8:07 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Troy Kelley: A Man Of Mystery, Even To His Own Staff

State Auditor Troy Kelley's office is in the Insurance Building on the Capitol Campus. His schedule makes it hard to know how much time Kelley spends in the office.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley was not in the office Wednesday. His staff say they don’t know when the Democrat will be back.

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Government and Politics
4:21 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

FBI Sought Troy Kelley Records From Public Disclosure Commission

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley
Washington Legislature

The federal probe involving Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley continues to expand.

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Government and Politics
11:10 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Washington State Auditor 'Going Back To Work,' Defends Past Business Dealings

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley in a photo his office posted to social media January 16, 2015.
Washington State Auditor's Office Facebook

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley said he is "puzzled" by the federal government's investigation of a real estate escrow and title business Kelley closed before he took office in 2013.

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Government and Politics
4:13 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Pressure Builds On Washington State Auditor To 'Come Clean'

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley
Washington Legislature

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is facing increased pressure to publicly address an apparent federal investigation into his activities.

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Government and Politics
8:30 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Plot Thickens In Federal Probe Involving Washington State Auditor

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley's Tacoma home was searched by federal agents on Monday. His office was served a federal subpoena earlier this month.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Federal agents searched the home of Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley on Monday. Now, the Democrat’s office confirms it turned over documents to the U.S. Department of Justice Thursday in response to a subpoena.

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