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TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015

MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015

FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2015

ID take note: WA child custody law signed

OLYMPIA – Obeying federal requirements to make state law conform to an international treaty on child support rulings is forcing a special session in Idaho. But on Friday, a bill that allows Washington to meet those requirements was signed into law with little fanfare.

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State Voting Rights Act gets an airing

OLYMPIA – A proposal to allow Washington cities to rearrange voting districts so minorities could have a greater voice in elections was praised Thursday as a way to avoid costly federal lawsuits and denounced as a Trojan horse for more litigation.

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Inslee signs truth in flower biz law 

OLYMPIA – A rose is rose is a rose, but an online florist isn’t local just because it has a local phone number on its website. Under a law signed Wednesday by Gov. Jay Inslee, florists could face a $250 fine for misrepresenting their locations in a way that make customers think they are dealing with local businesses when they aren't.

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TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015

OLYMPIA -- Former Rep. Susan Fagan, R-Pullman, at a meeting of the joint legislative committee on public school funding in April 2014. Fagan resigned May 1, 2015, amid an investigation by the Legislative Ethics Board. (Jim Camden/Spokesman-Review)

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


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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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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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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