Politics

State groups push carbon-pricing ballot measure

One day after a carbon tax bill stalled in the state Legislature, a coalition of environmental, community… Continue reading

  • Mar 6, 2018

EYE ON OLYMPIA: Jobs, timber harvest bills still eyed for Legislature

Three bills and a key budget proviso might improve prospects for job growth on the Olympic Peninsula and in rural and coastal areas… Continue reading

Voluntary waiver of firearm rights passes both houses

A bill that would allow people at risk of suicide to voluntarily give up their gun… Continue reading

Bill to protect First Amendment rights of student newspapers moves through Legislature

Lawmakers are considering adding protections for high school and college newspapers, allowing student journalists to determine… Continue reading

Governor’s pitch to tax carbon makes it out of committee in Senate

The Senate Ways and Means Committee has passed an amended version of Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposal… Continue reading

State moves closer to bump stock ban

A bill that would ban bump stocks, a device that increases a weapon’s rate of fire,… Continue reading

State legislators pass exemption from Public Records Act and own disclosure rules

In votes with veto-proof-wide margins, state legislators made themselves exempt from the voter-approved Public Records Act… Continue reading

District 24 legislators vote for public records exemption bill

The three legislators who represent District 24 voted in favor of a bill they say improves public transparency of the legislative process. The… Continue reading

State House, Senate Democrats unveil supplemental budget plan

House Democrats unveiled a budget proposal Tuesday that sticks to an education funding timeline that the… Continue reading

Lawmakers clash over gun legislation amid discussion on mass shootings

State lawmakers introduced a multitude of bills early this 2018 session on issues of gun regulation… Continue reading

Senate passes bill to abolish death penalty

After failing to gain traction in previous years, an effort to abolish the death penalty in… Continue reading

  • Feb 21, 2018

Revenue forecast puts legislative focus on taxes, McCleary

Last week’s release of the state revenue forecast put an extra $1.3 billion into play for the 2019-21 period and brings a few… Continue reading

A look at legislation still alive, likely dead at the Capitol

Washington lawmakers are more than halfway through this year’s 60-day legislative session and have been rapidly… Continue reading

House passes version of net pen phase-out legislation

House lawmakers have passed a water-down version of a bill approved earlier this month by the Senate which would phase out Atlantic salmon… Continue reading

Port Angeles school levy fails after second count of ballots

Voters have rejected a $46.7 million levy that would have funded an expansion and renovation of Stevens Middle School in Port Angeles,… Continue reading

School district voters approve Jefferson County measures

Voters in the Brinnon and Queets-Clearwater school districts in Jefferson County have approved levies after the second count of ballots Friday. The… Continue reading

Levy hopes dashed, fulfilled: Port Angeles, Cape Flattery backers respond to initial election results

Election Day left the West End’s Cape Flattery School District basking in victory and Port Angeles School District — with about 1,000… Continue reading

Brinnon, Queets Clearwater school district levies on way to final approval

The superintendents of two small Jefferson County school districts said Wednesday they were excited to see both of their levies passing in… Continue reading

House passes bills seeking to increase fight against opioids

The state House has passed measures that require drug manufacturers and doctors to do more to fight… Continue reading

  • Feb 15, 2018

Port Angeles school levy contest close with majority opposed; Cape Flattery levy passes

Voters in the Port Angeles School District apparently rejected a six-year $46.7 million capital facilities levy — although initial results are close… Continue reading