Politics

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
Wine without hassle: Washington state eyes store refills

Wine without hassle: Washington state eyes store refills

A proposed measure in Washington state would allow wine lovers to fill reusable containers known as growlers… Continue reading

Wine without hassle: Washington state eyes store refills
Gov. Inslee says education is the focus for this legislative session

Gov. Inslee says education is the focus for this legislative session

Gov. Jay Inslee told a joint session of the state Legislature on Wednesday that lawmakers must… Continue reading

Gov. Inslee says education is the focus for this legislative session
State Senate upgrades tech for first blind lieutenant governor

State Senate upgrades tech for first blind lieutenant governor

As Washington state prepares to swear in its first blind lieutenant governor, the Senate has undergone… Continue reading

State Senate upgrades tech for first blind lieutenant governor
Bipartisan schools funding plan proves elusive as state Legislature convenes

Bipartisan schools funding plan proves elusive as state Legislature convenes

As state lawmakers officially convened their 105-day legislative session Monday, a task force… Continue reading

Bipartisan schools funding plan proves elusive as state Legislature convenes
Education funding is top priority as state Legislature starts session today

Education funding is top priority as state Legislature starts session today

Lawmakers kick off the 2017 legislative session today with few Capitol watchers expecting that they’ll finish… Continue reading

Education funding is top priority as state Legislature starts session today
Education money: Battle for billions begins in Legislature

Education money: Battle for billions begins in Legislature

The battle over finding billions of additional dollars to pay for K-12 education in Washington pits Democrats… Continue reading

Education money: Battle for billions begins in Legislature
Four Jefferson County officials sworn in

Four Jefferson County officials sworn in

It was standing room only in the Jefferson County commissioners chambers on Tuesday during the swearing in of four county officials. The… Continue reading

Four Jefferson County officials sworn in
States face off over future of Obama global warming plan

States face off over future of Obama global warming plan

Two weeks after officials in two dozen states asked Republican President-elect Donald Trump… Continue reading

States face off over future of Obama global warming plan
New lands commissioner: Address climate change, rural growth

New lands commissioner: Address climate change, rural growth

The state’s newly elected lands commissioner says her top priorities will be to find ways to strengthen local rural economies and to prepare… Continue reading

New lands commissioner: Address climate change, rural growth