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MONDAY, JAN. 13, 2014

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee talks with TVW's Anita Kissee in the hallway outside the legislative chambers before the session starts Monday. (Jim Camden)

WA Lege Day 1:Session opens at noon

Gov. Jay Inslee talks with TVW's Anita Kissee before the session starts. OLYMPIA -- The Legislature returns to the Capitol for its 2014 session with caucuses in the morning and formal opening at noon. Opening days are often light on substance other than opening speeches....

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MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013

OLYMPIA -- The floor of the House of Representatives a few minutes after the chamber opened for the first day of the special session and adjourned until Day 2.  (Jim Camden)

WA Spec Session: They're back. Sort of

OLYMPIA -- The special session of the Legislature began officially at 9 a.m. with a flurry of inactivity. The House passed a few resolutions and adjourned until Tuesday morning. The Senate went at ease until the afternoon, when Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler said enough...

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MONDAY, JAN. 14, 2013


OLYMPIA -- Members of the Washington State Patrol Honor Guard wait in the wings of the state Senate for the opening ceremonies on Monday, Jan. 13, 2013 (Jim Camden)

WA Lege Day 1:Underway on time

Members of the WSP honor guard prepare in the wings of the state Senate before opening ceremonies. OLYMPIA -- With the sides flipped between Republicans and Democrats on the floor of the Senate, the Legislature got underway at noon today with the usual pomp and...

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WA Lege Day 1: More than just routine

OLYMPIA -- The Legislature opens at noon today with more than the usual amount of interest in a small thing, the approval of rules. This is expected to be when we find out if the "Coalition Caucus," a grouping of the chamber's 23 Republicans and...

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MONDAY, JAN. 10, 2011

State Supreme Court Justice Tom Chambers congratulates Sen. Mike Baumgartner after swearing him in. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

WA Lege Day 1: Baumgartner sworn in

State Supreme Court Justice Tom Chambers congratulates Mike Baumgartner after swearing him in Monday. OLYMPIA -- With much less drama than Senator-elect Nick Harper's swearing in, Sen. Mike Baumgartner of Spokane's 6th District took the oath of office on the opening day of the session

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WA Lege Day 1: Motion to block Harper fails

OLYMPIA -- An initial effort to keep a Snohomish County senator-elect from being seated in the Senate failed Monday afternoon as a parliamentary procedure failed on a 23-18 vote. Sen. Jim Kastama, D-Puyallup, tried to keep all newly-elected senators from being sworn in while the...

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Lege opens to an interesting tune

OLYMPIA -- Washington's Legislature is staring up its engines today with all 49 senators and 98 representatives getting sworn in. The anticipated skirmish over Nick Harper taking his Senate seat in Snohomish County's 38th District won't come up for a while, as each newly elected...

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WA Lege Day 1: Pomp. Circumstances. Fireworks?

OLYMPIA -- Washington's 105-day legislative session formally gets underway at noon, with the official and officious opening ceremonies in each chamber. It's the time for swearing in. Simple swearing to come later. One potential glitch in the Senate involves the swearing in of Nick Harper...

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