TIME 'most influential' list includes 3 from Wash.

FILE--In this March 9, 2017, file photo, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaks at a news conference about the state's response to President Trump's revised travel ban in Seattle, Wash. Ferguson has asked a federal judge for a Tuesday, March 14, 2017, hearing on the case. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, file)

Our Attorney General, a philanthropist, and a person transforming retail sales in America, all from Washington, are members of the TIME 100, the news magazine's "The Most Influential People of 2017" list.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson is the eyebrow-raising person on the TIME 100. He's the AG who was the first to challenge the Trump administration's Muslim Travel Ban No. 1 in federal court.

He won a decisive victory in district court and the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, forcing a White House retreat even though President Trump had tweeted "See you in Court."

The Muslim Ban No. 2 has also been blocked from going into effect, held up by a federal judge in Hawaii, on Thursday boorishly described by by U.S. AG Jeff Sessions as "sitting on an Island in the Pacific."

A second Washingtonian on the list is Melinda Gates, co-founder with her husband of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He has taken on malaria while she has campaigned to bring contraception, health care and empowerment to women in Third World villages.

The third person from this state is Jeff Bezos of, who is remaking retail marketing, transforming downtown Seattle, and -- in the "other" Washington -- reinvigorating The Washington Post.

The Time 100 is far more imaginative than those dreary "Most Powerful" lists run by some publications. It includes insiders -- first son-in-law Jared Kushner and Secretary of Defense James Mattis -- as well as such outsiders as 17-year-old high school student Gavin Grimm.

Grimm is the transgender high school student who has taken his right to use a bathroom of his sexual identity all the way to the Supreme Court.

The list honors worthy causes, such as the crusade by 87-year-old retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to revive civics education in America's schools. Her iCivics education project reaches half the social-studies classrooms in the country.

Peers were enlisted to do some of the writing. The chief operating officer at Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, writes about Melinda Gates. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, first chief-of-staff to President Obama, writes of current Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

Of AG Ferguson, actor-activist George Takei writes: "Bob Ferguson clearly believes everyone deserves those (Bill of Rights) guarantees, no matter their background. That is, after all, what makes us Americans.

"We are a country of immigrants and it was thrilling to watch him speak out in the court of law in order to achieve a better and truer democracy."

Actually, it was state Solicitor General Noah Purcell who did the state's arguing against the Trump administration in court.

Ferguson has a lot more on his plate. He recently won an $18 million treble judgment against a powerful Washington, D.C., lobby, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, for laundering money in a 2013 Washington initiative campaign.

He has launched a $100 million suit against Comcast for alleged deceptive consumer practices, is suing Tim Eyman over campaign law violations, and going to court against Monsanto over PCBs remaining in Washington waters.

A recurring pleasure, in covering Ferguson, is hearing his targets whimper that the Attorney General has declined cost-of-business settlements and is going after them in court. is a media partner of KOMO News. Click here to read this story on

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