Politics

Brinnon, Queets Clearwater initial results approve school levies

Brinnon School District voters approved continuing a maintenance and operation levy while a small number of votes in the Queets Clearwater School… Continue reading

Bill expanding wrongful death actions passes the Senate

Proposed legislation would open the ability to file wrongful death lawsuits to citizens of other countries… Continue reading

Proposed bill would provide free college tuition to some students

A proposal to establish the Evergreen Free College Program would phase in funding to pay tuition… Continue reading

  • Feb 14, 2018

Chapman pitches vocational scholarships at rural community colleges

A proposed program could provide grants for community college students to learn trades in high demand… Continue reading

House passes bill to protect net-neutrality rules

In response to the Federal Communications Commission’s recent repeal of net-neutrality rules, the Washington House on… Continue reading

Port Angeles, Cape Flattery levies on Tuesday ballot

Voters in the Port Angeles and Cape Flattery school districts have two days to decide whether or not to support local school… Continue reading

State Senate OKs measure to phase out salmon net-pen farming

In response to a net collapse last summer that released hundreds of thousands of invasive Atlantic salmon into waters famed… Continue reading

Two measures on Jefferson County ballots for Tuesday election

Jefferson County residents had sent in 431 completed ballots as of Friday in elections for two school levies on Tuesday. Voters in… Continue reading

Legislation would aid Olympic Medical Center, other rural hospitals

Olympic Medical Center is backing legislation that would boost reimbursements for patients eligible for Medicaid at cash-strapped rural hospitals. State Sen. Kevin… Continue reading

Mix of net pen bills takes aim at non-native salmon

State Sen. Kevin Van De Wege is pushing ahead with Senate Bill 6086 regarding fish net pens following a damning report by three… Continue reading

Bill to tax oil in pipelines, update state oil spill contingency plans advances in state Senate

A bill that would tax oil in pipelines to fund oil spill prevention planning passed out… Continue reading

  • Feb 9, 2018

State bills tackle threats to endangered orcas

With the number of endangered orcas at a 30-year low, state lawmakers want to protect the fish-eating… Continue reading

Washington AG threatens suit over offshore drilling plans

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has said he is prepared to sue if Washington is not… Continue reading

Carbon tax plan advances in the state Senate

A tax on carbon emissions proposed by Gov. Jay Inslee has taken a big step forward.… Continue reading

Program before lawmakers could strengthen mental health crisis response

A proposed pilot project would partner mental health professionals and local law enforcement officers on each… Continue reading

Seattle says Facebook is violating law about election ads

Facebook is violating a Seattle law that requires the company to reveal who pays for political advertising… Continue reading

  • Feb 7, 2018

Skyrocketing premiums prompt response from lawmakers

Washington state’s health insurance market is increasingly volatile. While the number of people without insurance has decreased… Continue reading

Clallam voter registration deadline approaching

Ballots for the 2018 February special election have been sent out to voters in the Port Angeles and Cape Flattery school districts,… Continue reading

Reps. Chapman, Tharinger sponsor small-business tax bill

Reps. Mike Chapman and Steve Tharinger are sponsoring House Bill 2940 with House Finance Committee chair Rep. Kristine Lytton to address business taxes.… Continue reading

Senate votes to extend college financial aid to state Dreamers

A bipartisan effort in the Senate has passed a bill that would extend financial opportunities in… Continue reading