Politics

House, Senate release spending proposals

Supplemental budgets to be negotiated

  • Feb 21, 2024
  • By Jerry Cornfield and Laurel Demkovich Washington State Standard
  • Regional News

 

Chapman explains votes

Rep. Mike Chapman was among the few Democrats who voted against bills capping rent increases and providing unemployment benefits for strikers. In Chapman’s… Continue reading

 

Plan to cap how much landlords can raise rent moves ahead

Statewide caps on annual rent increases could take effect in Washington as soon as this year after the state House of Representatives passed… Continue reading

  • Feb 17, 2024
  • By Laurel Demkovich Washington State Standard

 

State House approves unemployment benefits for strikers

Workers who are on strike or locked out of their workplace by their employer due to a labor dispute would gain access to… Continue reading

  • Feb 17, 2024
  • By Bill Lucia Washington State Standard

Democrats Franz, Randall stockpile cash in battle for US House position

Cash is flowing into campaign coffers of two Democrats dueling for an open congressional seat in western Washington. Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz reported… Continue reading

Should police be allowed to engage in high-speed pursuits if they just suspect someone is engaged in a crime? The state Legislature is set to debate that issue following verification of a citizen initiative that gives police more leeway in decision making. (Mary Murphy/Washington State Journal)

State Legislature to debate high-speed police pursuits

Initiative 2113 would amend law to be ‘reasonable suspicion’

Should police be allowed to engage in high-speed pursuits if they just suspect someone is engaged in a crime? The state Legislature is set to debate that issue following verification of a citizen initiative that gives police more leeway in decision making. (Mary Murphy/Washington State Journal)

Ruling: Trump to stay on primary ballot

Eight voters argued Jan. 6 actions made him ineligible

  • Jan 19, 2024
  • By Jerry Cornfield Washington State Standard
  • Regional News
Frankey Ithaka answers questions from the media moments after a Kitsap judge denied a hearing that challenged former President Donald Trump’s eligibility for the state ballot. (Elisha Meyer/Kitsap News Group)

Kitsap judge won’t rule on Trump’s eligibility for ballot

Hearing set in Olympia on Thursday

  • Jan 16, 2024
  • By Elisha Meyer Bainbridge Island Review
  • Regional News
Frankey Ithaka answers questions from the media moments after a Kitsap judge denied a hearing that challenged former President Donald Trump’s eligibility for the state ballot. (Elisha Meyer/Kitsap News Group)

State officials turn to schools in opioid fight

Legislation would require fentanyl-use prevention education once per year

Nisqually Tribal Chairman Willie Frank III, right, discusses the newly designed statue mockup of his father, Billy Frank Jr., with other attendees at Wednesday’s unveiling. A full-scale, bronze statue of Billy Frank Jr. will be placed in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C., next year. (Laurel Demkovich/Washington State Standard)

Design unveiled for Billy Frank Jr. statue at U.S. capitol

Bronze rendering will honor Native American fishing rights activist

Nisqually Tribal Chairman Willie Frank III, right, discusses the newly designed statue mockup of his father, Billy Frank Jr., with other attendees at Wednesday’s unveiling. A full-scale, bronze statue of Billy Frank Jr. will be placed in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C., next year. (Laurel Demkovich/Washington State Standard)

Eight voters challenge Trump on Washington state ballot

Kitsap judge to hear arguments Tuesday

  • Jan 15, 2024
  • By Jerry Cornfield Washington State Standard
  • Regional News
Members of the House, including Rep. Michelle Caldier, R-Gig Harbor, and Rep. Eric Robertson, R-Sumner, at front, walk into the House chambers during opening ceremonies on the first day of the legislative session at the Washington state Capitol on Monday in Olympia. (Lindsey Wasson/The Associated Press)

Legislature kicks off with a housing focus

Fentanyl deaths, climate change top topics as well

Members of the House, including Rep. Michelle Caldier, R-Gig Harbor, and Rep. Eric Robertson, R-Sumner, at front, walk into the House chambers during opening ceremonies on the first day of the legislative session at the Washington state Capitol on Monday in Olympia. (Lindsey Wasson/The Associated Press)

Republican party caucuses to be conducted Saturday

The Republican parties of Clallam and Jefferson counties will conduct precinct-level caucuses at 10 a.m. Saturday. The caucuses allow for grassroots input into the party’s… Continue reading

Conservatives file measure to make opting out of long-term care tax easier

It would become a lot easier for workers to stop paying Washington’s new long-term care services tax under an initiative delivered Thursday to… Continue reading

  • Jan 8, 2024
  • By Jerry Cornfield Washington State Standard
  • Regional News

Guide answers some questions on 60-day state legislative session

How does a bill become a law? How long is a legislative session? What is a legislative session anyway? A host of issues… Continue reading

Gov. Jay Inslee arrives during a legislative session preview in the Cherberg Building at the Capitol on Thursday in Olympia. (Lindsey Wasson/The Associated Press)

Lawmakers to take on fentanyl, housing in Inslee’s final legislative session

Climate change Inslee’s biggest issue

Gov. Jay Inslee arrives during a legislative session preview in the Cherberg Building at the Capitol on Thursday in Olympia. (Lindsey Wasson/The Associated Press)

Congress faces two shutdown deadlines

No agreements yet as spending bills loom

  • Jan 2, 2024
  • By Jennifer Shutt Washington State Standard
  • National News
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Kate Dean drops out of race for Congress

Fundraising a challenge for Jefferson commissioner

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Washington state wants to have a say in new tires

The next time you go shopping for replacement tires, the state of Washington could have greater sway over what’s on the rack. That’s… Continue reading

Graduation requirement waiver considered due to COVID-19

School districts are hoping the State Board of Education will extend the emergency high school graduation waiver for the class of 2024, citing… Continue reading