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TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015

GOP activists to pick Fagan replacement nominees

Republican activists in Southeast Washington could choose Wednesday night from among as many as 10 possible candidates to nominate three replacements for former Rep. Susan Fagan. She resigned last Friday amid an ethics investigation into allegedly padded expense accounts but will have state-supported health insurance for the rest of May.

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MONDAY, MAY 4, 2015

SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2015

FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015


Inslee to golfer: Don't trash talk Chambers Bay 

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee took sarcastic umbrage to comments by pro golfer Ian Poulter that Chambers Bay Golf Course will be a "farce" for the U.S. Open next month. People who dress in purple checkeed pants shouldn't dis a course on which they've never played, Inslee said.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2015

Supremes will wait on special session

OLYMPIA -- The state Supreme Court says it will wait to see what the special session brings before considering what to do about penalties for the Legislature failing to come up with a plan to improve public schools. But only just.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2015

WaLeg: Rep. Fagan faces ethics charges, will resign 

OLYMPIA -- Rep. Susan Fagan will resign Friday in the face of ethics violations that House officials have deemed "extremely serious." Fagan, a Pullman Republican, is accused of inflating the reimbursements she got for such expenses as mileage, using state resources for campaigning, and pressuring staff to change reports to inflate payments.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2015


MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2015

SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2015

Sunday Spin: What's left undone in Olympia

OLYMPIA – There will be some well-deserved grousing for the next couple of days about the Legislature and the things it didn’t do. Chief among them, of course, is not passing budgets. Critics inside and outside the hallowed chambers will be right to say this is the Legislature's chief goal. But they'll be wrong to act all that surprised.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015


THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2015


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2015

WALeg Day 101: Campaign finance bill likely dead

OLYMPIA – A campaign finance reform that supporters said would shine light on “dark money” in politics appears dead after a procedural fight that suggested growing acrimony between the two caucuses in the Senate Wednesday. The Republican leader said the bill still needed study but its prime sponsor said "dark money found a way to kill the bill."

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TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2015

WaLeg Day 100: Aversion therapy bill likely dead 

OLYMPIA – A bill to ban therapies that try to change the sexual orientation of homosexual youths is likely dead for this legislative session. Although both chambers gave strong support to some different proposals that would ban certain therapies, the Senate refused Tuesday to go as far as the House and voted down an effort to keep talking.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2015

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