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EYE ON OLYMPIA: School funding, levy cliff remain top issues for legislators

EYE ON OLYMPIA: School funding, levy cliff remain top issues for legislators

The House has approved its long-awaited public education funding proposal with a 50-47 vote. Rep. Mike Chapman, D-Port Angeles, explained that the bill… Continue reading

EYE ON OLYMPIA: School funding, levy cliff remain top issues for legislators

Final vote tallies certified for special elections on Peninsula levies

Special elections across the North Olympic Peninsula — in which voters approved five levies across four public school districts — have been… Continue reading

Washington House passes education proposal

Washington House passes education proposal

The House on Wednesday approved its education funding proposal, but majority Democrats haven’t yet decided how… Continue reading

Washington House passes education proposal
Inslee, school superintendents call for local levy fix

Inslee, school superintendents call for local levy fix

Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday called on Republicans in the Senate to pass a measure delaying a deadline for a reduction in the… Continue reading

Inslee, school superintendents call for local levy fix
Trump travel ban personal for young lawyer who led fight

Trump travel ban personal for young lawyer who led fight

Washington state Solicitor General Noah Purcell has argued before packed courtrooms, but those crowds paled in comparison… Continue reading

Trump travel ban personal for young lawyer who led fight
EYE ON OLYMPIA: With cutoff past, lawmakers look to talks, votes on school funding

EYE ON OLYMPIA: With cutoff past, lawmakers look to talks, votes on school funding

The cutoff date for policy bills and initiatives in both houses of the state Legislature is now past, and lawmakers from the 24th… Continue reading

EYE ON OLYMPIA: With cutoff past, lawmakers look to talks, votes on school funding
Port Townsend debates sanctuary city status; new draft resolution to be considered later this month

Port Townsend debates sanctuary city status; new draft resolution to be considered later this month

A three-member City Council subcommittee will draft a new resolution that would, if approved, declare Port Townsend a sanctuary city. The draft… Continue reading

Port Townsend debates sanctuary city status; new draft resolution to be considered later this month

Eye on Olympia: Elwha River bridge funds in transportation budget proposal

Funding for a new bridge across the Elwha River on U.S. Highway 101 west of Port Angeles has been included in the state… Continue reading

Death penalty repeal bill not expected to advance

Death penalty repeal bill not expected to advance

An effort to abolish the death penalty in Washington state got a new push this year… Continue reading

Death penalty repeal bill not expected to advance
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