Politics

State lawmakers approve plan to fix mental health system

Budget includes $118 million for new facilities, expanding existing ones

  • May 8, 2019

State approves funds for Peninsula-wide behavioral health facility

Center to be operated by Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Olympic Medical Center, Jefferson Healthcare

Public health care option headed to governor for signature

‘Cascade Care’ would create state-contracted insurance to be offered by 2021

  • May 1, 2019

Affirmative action initiative passes Legislature

Approval is followed quickly by filing of referendum to repeal

  • Apr 30, 2019

Lawmakers adjourn 105-day legislative session

$52.4 billion budget passes House on 57-41 vote after clearing Senate 27-21

Inslee pursues methodical buildup to a long 2020 campaign

Sit down in New Hampshire for a leading liberal podcast. Tour flood damage in Iowa.… Continue reading

  • Apr 23, 2019

State lawmakers view new affirmative-action initiative

Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe among supporters of measure

Bill to let parents give medical marijuana to their students clears state Senate

Proposed change to cannabis testing rules also passes chamber

  • Apr 16, 2019

State House approves 100 percent clean energy in Washington by 2045

Heads back to Senate for final vote

  • Apr 16, 2019

Native American health care bill heads for governor’s desk

Measure had unanimous votes in both chambers

Inslee: Forget impeaching Trump. Vote him out

By Bill Barrow The Associated Press Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee wants his party to scrap any thoughts of impeaching President Donald Trump and instead… Continue reading

  • Apr 12, 2019

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