Politics

More than 12 percent return ballots in Clallam, 13 percent in Jefferson

More than 12 percent of registered voters in Clallam County have returned ballots in the Aug. 1 primary election. The Clallam County… Continue reading

Tougher distracted driving law to take effect in Washington

Tougher distracted driving law to take effect in Washington

Washington drivers will have to put down their phones or else face tougher penalties under a… Continue reading

Tougher distracted driving law to take effect in Washington

Legislature apparently letting clock run out on session

The political rancor at the state Legislature is likely to go right to the bitter end,… Continue reading

Jefferson Healthcare hospital commission candidates agree on single-payer system

Jefferson Healthcare hospital commission candidates agree on single-payer system

All three Primary Election candidates running for the Jefferson Healthcare hospital commission favor a single-payer system and all three are pro-choice, they said… Continue reading

Jefferson Healthcare hospital commission candidates agree on single-payer system
All six hopefuls for Port Angeles City Council against switch to second-class city status

All six hopefuls for Port Angeles City Council against switch to second-class city status

All six Port Angeles City Council candidates in the Aug. 1 primary election said at a forum this week they oppose the… Continue reading

All six hopefuls for Port Angeles City Council against switch to second-class city status
Port Angeles City Council candidates debate fluoridation, opioids, trees

Port Angeles City Council candidates debate fluoridation, opioids, trees

Three candidates for a Port Angeles City Council Position 2 seat staked out positions on water fluoridation, opioid use and Lincoln Park… Continue reading

Port Angeles City Council candidates debate fluoridation, opioids, trees

Forum to air primary candidate views tonight in Chimacum

Candidates for the Chimacum School Board and Jefferson Healthcare hospital commission will answer questions from the community at an open forum tonight. Hosted… Continue reading

Water ruling debate holds up state capital budget

All might seem quiet now that the state Legislature has passed and Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a two-year operating budget. While the… Continue reading

Gov. Inslee vetoes tax break for manufacturers

Gov. Inslee vetoes tax break for manufacturers

A plan to give manufacturers the same tax cut that the Legislature previously gave to Boeing… Continue reading

Gov. Inslee vetoes tax break for manufacturers

Peninsula legislators stake out positions on state education funding

Sen. Kevin Van De Wege, D-Sequim, and Rep. Mike Chapman, D-Port Angeles, voted against the basic education funding plan passed Friday by the… Continue reading

Washington becomes fifth state to guarantee paid family leave

Washington state is now among just a handful of states that guarantee paid family leave, following… Continue reading

Wyman: Vote fraud claim ‘ludicrous’; refers Trump to website

Washington’s secretary of state said her office referred President Donald Trump’s commission investigating alleged 2016 election voter fraud to a… Continue reading

Cantwell sets town hall meetings; free tickets required for the themed discussions

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell plans three town hall meetings in Seattle this week. Cantwell, D-Mountlake Terrace, will host town halls Wednesday, Friday and… Continue reading

From left, Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia; Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville; Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn; and Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville, confer on the Senate floor Friday at the Capitol in Olympia. (Ted S. Warren/The Associated Press)

Governor sign $43.7 billion budget, avoids partial shutdown

With less than an hour to spare, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a new two-year, $43.7 billion… Continue reading

From left, Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia; Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville; Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn; and Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville, confer on the Senate floor Friday at the Capitol in Olympia. (Ted S. Warren/The Associated Press)

New state mental health budget ‘doesn’t look promising’

The state’s latest budget plan falls far short of what’s needed to fix the state’s floundering mental… Continue reading

Details of state budget plan released: Property tax, online retail sales tax among provisions

Details of state budget plan released: Property tax, online retail sales tax among provisions

A bipartisan budget agreement that has taken months to reach and addresses a court mandate… Continue reading

Details of state budget plan released: Property tax, online retail sales tax among provisions
Gov. Jay Inslee talks to reporters about ongoing budget negotiations Tuesday in Olympia. (Rachel La Corte/The Associated Press)

Lawmakers reach budget agreement ‘in principle’; no details released

Gov. Jay Inslee announced Wednesday that state lawmakers have reached agreement “in principle” on a new… Continue reading

Gov. Jay Inslee talks to reporters about ongoing budget negotiations Tuesday in Olympia. (Rachel La Corte/The Associated Press)
State legislative leaders say they are closing in on budget deal

State legislative leaders say they are closing in on budget deal

With the deadline to avoid a potential government shutdown looming, legislative leaders said Tuesday afternoon they… Continue reading

State legislative leaders say they are closing in on budget deal
Port Angeles council hopefuls talk annexation, water, second-class-city vote

Port Angeles council hopefuls talk annexation, water, second-class-city vote

Candidates for Port Angeles City Council Position 1 tackled questions Tuesday about issues facing the city including annexation, the city’s fight with… Continue reading

Port Angeles council hopefuls talk annexation, water, second-class-city vote

Port Angeles City Council eliminates ethics code; city reverts to state rules

Port Angeles City Council members have gutted a 5-year-old ethics code that pro- and anti-fluoridation advocates wielded last year to target all… Continue reading