Politics

Washington Legislature begins 105-day session

Washington lawmakers started their 105-day legislative session Monday, tasked with writing a new two-year state budget… Continue reading

 

Inslee highlights climate in State of the State address

Cites concerns over snowpack, ocean temperatures, wildfires

 

Bill would allow use of marijuana at schools

A bill proposed by state Rep. Brian Blake of Aberdeen would allow marijuana on school campuses… Continue reading

 

Kilmer meets with Hurricane Ridge group on funding amid federal shutdown

Without being able to open, board expects to lose at least $50,000

Things to watch in Washington Legislature this year

Mental health, education, environment, sexual harassment, public records top the list of priorities.

Inslee proposes state capital gains tax

Gov. Jay Inslee proposed a $54.4 billion state budget that would introduce a capital gains tax… Continue reading

  • Jan 14, 2019

Schools, mental health system top legislative priorities

Funding schools and fixing the state’s struggling mental health system are top priorities for the upcoming legislative… Continue reading

Proposed legislation would protect federal workers

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii and U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer of the 6th Congressional District are introducing the Federal Employee Civil… Continue reading

Chapman: Bond supermajority requirement unlikely to change

Don’t expect the 60 percent supermajority required for voter approval of school bond measures to change to a lower threshold anytime soon.… Continue reading

President calls for border wall funding in televised address

President Donald Trump made a somber televised plea for border wall funding… Continue reading

  • Jan 8, 2019

Annexation on special election ballot for fire district

Voters will decide if the city of Port Townsend will be annexed into the East Jefferson Fire Rescue District during a special… Continue reading

Bill Peach fined $600 for campaign finance violations

The state Public Disclosure Commission took the extraordinary step of fining Clallam County Commissioner Bill Peach $600 for four campaign finance violations. Agency… Continue reading

Timber Innovation Act heads to president’s desk

Legislation that aims to accelerate the research and development of wood for use in construction projects is heading to the president’s desk… Continue reading

Kilmer blasts agency for lack of answers on reimbursement cuts

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer sent a strongly worded letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, lambasting the agency for refusing… Continue reading

Washington voters weigh federal races, carbon tax, gun law

Broad changes to gun policy and what could be the first carbon tax in the nation… Continue reading

  • Dec 10, 2018

Recount finds no change in District Court II judge race

An unofficial recount upheld Erik Rohrer’s 28-vote victory over John Black in the general election race for Clallam County District Court II… Continue reading

Clallam Canvassing Board approves recount in District Court II judge race

The Clallam County Auditor’s Office will recount by hand ballots for the race for District Court II judge. The Clallam County Canvassing… Continue reading

Recount requested in Clallam District Court II race

A recount of votes is planned in the general election race between John Black and Eric Rohrer for the District Court II… Continue reading

Olympic Peninsula legislators discuss ban on plastic bags

Lawmakers representing the North Olympic Peninsula have mixed feelings about a proposed state-wide ban on single-use plastic carryout bags. State Rep. Mike… Continue reading

Three state legislative races heading for recounts

Three state legislative races are heading to a hand recount after election results are certified this… Continue reading

  • Nov 27, 2018