OLYMPIA – Rob Chase wouldn't have been elected Spokane County treasurer under changes the Legislature is considering to the state’s write-in candidate laws. He got about 2 percent of the vote as a write-in against Skip Chilberg; a new proposal would raise the threshold to 5 percent.
From the city: Business and Developer Service Director Jan Quintrall, who has led improvements to customer service and investment in the city, announced today that she will leave the City of Spokane. Mayor David Condon named Scott Simmons interim director to replace Quintrall, whose responsibilities...
Spokane Mayor David Condon appeared on the MSNBC show Sports Matters to discuss the Seahawks, the Super Bowl and Spokane's pride in the team from the other side of the state. Condon appears about four minutes in: Condon was on the show with Mayor Rodney...
OLYMPIA -- University of Washington doesn't object to another medical school in Spokane, as long as Washington State University doesn't get to keep nearly $6 million in state money for the current program, UW officials told legislators this morning.
OLYMPIA -- A bill that would give Washington State University the authority to have its own medical school gets a hearing in the House Higher Education Committee this morning.
OLYMPIA – Raising Washington’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2019 was described Monday as too much for some businesses and not enough for some workers.
OLYMPIA -- Adding return postage for the state's all-mail balloting system could cost about $2.7 million over the next two years. But supporters say it may remove a barrier that keeps the poor from voting.
OLYMPIA -- It's a potpourri of issues at legislative hearings today, including election law changes, a $12 minimum wage and restrictions on powdered alcohol.
OLYMPIA -- A relatively slow Friday in the capital, but a bill with major changes to the drunk or drugged driving laws gets its first hearing in the House Public Safety Committee.
OLYMPIA -- WSU and UW official don't object to each others' plans for medical education in Spokane...as long as it doesn't get in the way of their proposals.
OLYMPIA -- The presidents of Washington State University and the University of Washington will explain each institution's plans for medical school expansion in Spokane this afternoon.
OLYMPIA -- About 130 Spokane-area residents are expected in the Capitol for the next two days to lobby for a list of local priorities.
OLYMPIA -- The March for Life, an annual anti-abortion rally often among the biggest of any legislative session, brought about 3,000 people to the Capitol Tuesday.
OLYMPIA – Medical marijuana would come under some of the same licensing requirements as the recreational form of the drug but its buyers would pay fewer taxes under a plan to harmonize the state’s two pot systems. Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Wells, D-Seattle, announced Tuesday the Comprehensive Marijuana Reform Act.
OLYMPIA -- An 'ag-gag' bill similar to one passed last year in Idaho would hurt whistleblowers and interfere with free speech rights, legislators were told.
Nancy McLaughlin hasn't been approached about a long-rumored appointment to the County Commission if Todd Mielke ascends to chief executive officer. But she's excited by the idea.
It's no mystery why the Spokane City Council's current agenda has a new front page. Where before, the council's agenda always began with a screaming, large-font-ed, "The City of Spokane...," now, the agenda sets out the ground rules for behavior. We can blame the three...
OLYMPIA -- Busy day expected at the Capitol with hearings on bills that would prohibit the sales of ivory and rhinoceros horns, require better disclosure of "dark money" in political campaigns and establish an "ag gag".
OLYMPIA -- The House and Senate will both pause for formal recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. today. They also have committee hearings on flame retardants, remote testimony and traffic cameras.
OLYMPIA – The Capitol environs are replete with acronyms. Agencies are known by three-letter describers and programs are rarely mentioned by their full names. But last week’s Senate hearing into the shipping slowdowns at the state’s major ports showed the problems of over reliance on acronyms.
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