Politics

State Senate, House don’t see eye to eye on budgets

Differences on Morse Creek, Hadlock wastewater facility, Boys & Girls Clubs, boatbuilding school

Washington Democrats to use results of presidential primary

The Washington state Democratic Party announced Sunday it will use the state’s 2020 presidential primary to… Continue reading

  • Apr 8, 2019

Legislation to confiscate firearms in domestic violence situations moves forward

A bill to require the removal of firearms from domestic violence calls if there is probable cause that a crime was committed is… Continue reading

‘Ghost gun’ bill moves to state Senate committee

Measure would make 3D-printed firearms illegal

Presidential candidate Jay Inslee releases tax returns

Challenges President Donald Trump to do the same

  • Apr 2, 2019

Malicious harassment renamed hate crime in proposed state legislation

Newly named hate crime offenses would let courts infer the offense was due to the perception of the victim’s association with a protected… Continue reading

Olympic Medical Center funding included in state Senate budget

The North Olympic Peninsula’s three Democratic lawmakers were enthusiastic that the $52.2 billion draft state Senate operating budget includes funding for Olympic Medical… Continue reading

House budget proposal includes new capital gains tax

House Democrats unveiled a two-year state budget proposal Monday that seeks $1.4 billion in new revenue,… Continue reading

  • Mar 26, 2019

Inslee’s security unit expansion would cost $4 million over 2 years

The State Patrol plans to nearly double the size of Gov. Jay Inslee’s traveling security detail as he runs for… Continue reading

  • Mar 26, 2019

$9.9 billion House transportation budget includes funds for culverts, ferries

State House Democrats released their two-year transportation budget proposal Monday, with $9.9 billion in spending for projects… Continue reading

  • Mar 26, 2019

District 24 legislators: Needs outweigh available funding

A better-than-expected state revenue forecast for 2017-21 did little to buoy the hopes of 24th District legislators who will dig into newly unveiled… Continue reading

Long-term care program legislation now in Senate

Legislation that establishes a long-term care program by having workers pay 0.58 percent of their wages into a trust account is supported by… Continue reading

Howard Schultz exploring his vision for possible independent presidency

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on Wednesday offered his vision for what an independent… Continue reading

  • Mar 15, 2019

School district bonds voting requirements to remain the same

Supermajority still required after state Senate vote fails

Local legislators support statewide plastic bag ban

The three 24th District state legislators who represent Clallam and Jefferson counties said they support legislation to ban plastic carryout bags statewide and… Continue reading

Inslee bid called good for state: Area legislators comment on governor’s campaign for president

Gov. Jay Inslee’s bid for the presidency will bring attention to both the state and the critical issue of climate change, said local… Continue reading

Inslee eyes national climate fight, has struggled at home

Governor’s ‘Climate Mission Tour’ starts today

  • Mar 5, 2019

Senate approves Inslee’s clean energy bill

Measure aims to drop fossil fuels from state’s electricity supply by 2045

  • Mar 5, 2019

Initiative to expand hydrogen fuel production unanimously passes state Senate

Source would be excess renewable energy from public utility districts

Peninsula’s state legislators differ on gun bill

Measure would prohibit large-capacity magazines