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  • Billig bill preregisters youth vote

    OLYMPIA – One of the most popular ways to register to vote is to sign up when applying for a driver’s license. Unless you’re 16 or 17, the time when …


  • New teacher evaluations, charter schools proposed

    OLYMPIA – A bipartisan group of legislators, backed by business and education reform groups, announced a push Thursday for charter schools and new teacher evaluations. The Washington Education Association immediately …


  • Wash. Democrats ask court to uphold Obama’s health plan

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A group of Democratic lawmakers in Washington state asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to uphold President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. About 30 members …


  • Plastic bags bill discussed at statehouse

    OLYMPIA – Banning plastic shopping bags throughout the state would keep them from showing up along roadsides, in landfills and in the bellies of whales in the Puget Sound, the …


  • Gregoire proposes oil fee

    OLYMPIA – Washington’s roads, bridges and ferries need billions of dollars in maintenance that the state doesn’t have, Gov. Chris Gregoire said. To help fix that, she wants the Legislature …


  • Gregoire: Pass new oil fee to fix roads

    OLYMPIA — Washington should levy a new fee on oil to pay for maintenance on roads, bridges and ferries, Gov. Chris Gregoire says.


  • WA House Speaker goals: create jobs, fund education

    OLYMPIA – Washington legislators started their 60-day session with the usual pomp and circumstance, and a quick preview of the debates likely to dominate the remaining 59 days. As soon …


  • WA Legislature likely to be heavy on budget debates

    OLYMPIA—Washington’s Legislature today kicks off a session likely to be dominated by debates over the budget.


  • Session opens with Capitol full of hopes

    OLYMPIA – There is nothing so hopeful, it seems, as a state Capitol on the eve of a legislative session. Even in a year like 2012, when the state faces …


  • Gregoire backs gay marriage

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire’s emotional call for Washington state to legalize same-sex marriages brought cheers from supporters who filled her conference room Wednesday. But opponents were already coalescing for …

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