Politics

State bills seek to buffer potential repeal of health care law

State bills seek to buffer potential repeal of health care law

Democrats in Washington state want to make sure that even if national Republicans and President Donald… Continue reading

State bills seek to buffer potential repeal of health care law

Port Townsend to mull sanctuary city status

The city council will consider a resolution Monday that would make Port Townsend a sanctuary city. The action is proposed because of… Continue reading

State House, Senate bills aim at fulfilling REAL ID requirements

Your driver’s license might not fly with airport security in less than a year’s time if the state fails to meet federal identification… Continue reading

EYE ON OLYMPIA: Public education funding, dental services on agenda

State Rep. Mike Chapman expressed pride this week in his co-sponsorship of House Bill 1414, which would help Native American tribes pursue federal… Continue reading

Lawmakers, Inslee push for more statewide gun measures

Lawmakers, Inslee push for more statewide gun measures

Gov. Jay Inslee and state lawmakers are pushing to pass legislation that would force people to store… Continue reading

  • Feb 3, 2017
Lawmakers, Inslee push for more statewide gun measures
Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, talks to reporters Thursday at the Capitol in Olympia. (Ted S. Warren/The Associated Press)

Republican senator discusses role in Trump administration

Sen. Doug Ericksen said Thursday the Republican majority in the state Senate can rely on him… Continue reading

  • Feb 3, 2017
Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, talks to reporters Thursday at the Capitol in Olympia. (Ted S. Warren/The Associated Press)

Proposed bills aimed at use of deadly force

State lawmakers are weighing bills that would raise the bar on when an officer can use deadly force. Current law… Continue reading

  • Feb 1, 2017
Washington first state to sue Trump over immigration order

Washington first state to sue Trump over immigration order

The state attorney general declared Monday that he was suing President Donald Trump over his temporary ban… Continue reading

Washington first state to sue Trump over immigration order
Competing bills target, affirm state high court water decision

Competing bills target, affirm state high court water decision

Some lawmakers are taking aim at a recent state Supreme Court decision that put the onus on… Continue reading

Competing bills target, affirm state high court water decision

EYE ON OLYMPIA: State Senate fiscal cliff gambit falls short

Democrats attempted Friday to take advantage of the departure of Senate Republican Brian Dansel to move on “fiscal cliff” relief for public school… Continue reading

Travelers detained at Seattle airport released from custody

Travelers detained at Seattle airport released from custody

Individuals who were detained at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport as a result of President Donald Trump’s executive order have been released… Continue reading

Travelers detained at Seattle airport released from custody
Senate Republican floor leader Joe Fain, R-Auburn, left, confers with Lt. Gov. Syrus Habib as Habib presides over the Senate on Friday in Olympia. (Ted S. Warren/The Associated Press)

Senate Democrats fail in procedural floor fight

Democrats failed in their effort to bypass Republican leadership and bring a bill related to local school levies to the… Continue reading

  • Jan 29, 2017
Senate Republican floor leader Joe Fain, R-Auburn, left, confers with Lt. Gov. Syrus Habib as Habib presides over the Senate on Friday in Olympia. (Ted S. Warren/The Associated Press)
Democrats confer on the Senate floor as the Republican side sits empty during a recess Friday in Olympia. Senators were debating whether to vote on the “levy cliff” bill, which would delay a reduction in the amount of money school districts can collect though property taxes. (Ted S. Warren/The Associated Press)

Senate Republicans release education funding plan

Senate Republicans have released an education funding plan that seeks to replace local school levies with… Continue reading

Democrats confer on the Senate floor as the Republican side sits empty during a recess Friday in Olympia. Senators were debating whether to vote on the “levy cliff” bill, which would delay a reduction in the amount of money school districts can collect though property taxes. (Ted S. Warren/The Associated Press)
Washington House passes school levy bill

Washington House passes school levy bill

The state House has passed a bill that delays a deadline for a reduction in the… Continue reading

Washington House passes school levy bill
Bill would give students control of school-sponsored media

Bill would give students control of school-sponsored media

Amid a national push, Washington state lawmakers are reintroducing a bill that would protect student journalists’ free… Continue reading

Bill would give students control of school-sponsored media

State aims to fix paid leave law dormant since 2007

A decade ago, Washington state created a paid family leave program that required many employers to… Continue reading

All eyes on funding in state legislative debates

Legislators in the 24th District are busy with committee meetings and votes on many issues, but the focus is pretty much on funding… Continue reading

Death penalty repeal bill introduced in Washington state

Death penalty repeal bill introduced in Washington state

Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson have announced a proposal to abolish the death… Continue reading

Death penalty repeal bill introduced in Washington state
Rule easing public lands transfer concerns hunters, others

Rule easing public lands transfer concerns hunters, others

A change in U.S. House rules making it easier to transfer millions of acres of federal… Continue reading

Rule easing public lands transfer concerns hunters, others
EYE ON OLYMPIA: Lawmakers eye struggle for education funding

EYE ON OLYMPIA: Lawmakers eye struggle for education funding

As state lawmakers enter the second week of the legislative session, all eyes are on them as the state waits for progress on… Continue reading

EYE ON OLYMPIA: Lawmakers eye struggle for education funding