The Seattle Times Company

NWjobs | NWautos | NWhomes | NWsource | Free Classifieds |

Local News

Our network sites | Advanced

Go to the politics section for more local and national politics coverage.

Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

June 28, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Comments (0)     E-mail E-mail article      Print Print      Share Share

Gregoire's health-care motion denied, for now

Posted by Jim Brunner

A federal judge has denied a request by Gov. Chris Gregoire and three other Democratic governors to weigh in against the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the new health-care law.

Last week, Gregoire joined governors Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania, Bill Ritter of Colorado and Jennifer Granholm of Michigan in requesting permission to file a "friend of the court" brief in support of the Obama administration's motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

Like Rob McKenna in Washington, Republican attorneys general from those states had joined the lawsuit over objections of the Democratic governors.

The governors argued they should be allowed to weigh in, to let the court know how the health-care law would benefit their states.

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson denied the governors' request Friday, saying their input isn't appropriate at this stage.

However, in his written order, Vinson indicated the governors "might have positions and arguments that may be helpful to the court" if the case proceeds toward a trial.

Vinson wrote that the governors can refile their requests later.

E-mail E-mail article      Print Print      Share Share

No comments have been posted to this article.

Recent entries




Browse the archives

June 2010

May 2010

April 2010

March 2010

February 2010

January 2010


Jim Brunner
Covers politics.

Keith Ervin
Covers the Eastside.

Andrew Garber
Covers politics and state government from Olympia.

Emily Heffter
Covers local government.

Mike Lindblom
Covers transportation.

Kyung Song
Covers politics and regional issues from Washington, D.C.

Lynn Thompson
Covers Seattle City Hall.

Bob Young
Covers King County and urban affairs.