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  • Ruling highlights partisan split

    OLYMPIA – When a divided U.S. Supreme Court settled the question Thursday of whether federal health care reform is constitutional, it turned up the spotlight on the issue for Washington’s …


  • Salary grid has coaches cashing the hefty checks

    OLYMPIA – The best-paying state jobs in Washington are still in academia, with the very best in athletics. The annual listing of salaries for all state employees shows once again …


  • Protecting shoreline from tsunami rubble

    OCEAN SHORES, Wash. – The state is preparing for an unknown amount of debris from the Japanese tsunami to wash onto its beaches over the next several years, possibly carrying …


  • Washington coast awaits tsunami debris

    OCEAN SHORES, Wash. — The state is preparing for an unknown amount of debris from the Japanese tsunami to wash ashore for the next several years, possibly carrying strange creatures …


  • Gregoire plans trade mission

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire will be leaving next month for a weeklong trade mission to Ireland and England. Gregoire announced Wednesday she would be leading a delegation of more …


  • No beer on the job, floating bridge contractor warned

    Gov. Chris Gregoire and Washington Transportation Department Secretary Paul Hammond issued statements Wednesday reminding the contractor on a new Lake Washington floating bridge not to let office workers drink beer …


  • Gregoire pitches for schools

    Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire told the state’s largest teachers union that she will work to increase taxes to help the state meet its mandate to provide quality education. “I am …


  • State awarded $128 million for Health Benefit Exchange

    OLYMPIA – Washington will receive a financial reward for forging ahead with one element of federal health care reform this spring while many other states were holding back. The U.S. …


  • Air Force to rank tanker sites

    Fairchild and about 60 other Air Force bases will be scored on criteria such as cost, capacity and environmental concerns to decide which will get the first batch of new …


  • Gregoire lauds Obama’s ‘courageous’ act

    OLYMPIA – A day after announcing support for same-sex marriage, President Barack Obama today visits a state that recently went through a legislative battle over the issue and faces a …


  • Brown won’t seek another Senate term

    One of the state’s most powerful politicians shook Spokane’s political landscape and shocked her own party Thursday when she announced she won’t seek re-election to the Legislature. State Senate Majority …


  • Washington Supreme Court to rule on executive privilege

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire believes she can keep some documents from the public because of executive privilege. The Freedom Foundation believes she can’t because no such exemption exists in …


  • Governor talks tough on agency’s failures

    Gov. Chris Gregoire laid down a public ultimatum Wednesday for a troubled state agency to quickly fix its work or face a breakup of its functions. The order targeted the …


  • Spin Control: And please take your tired turns of phrase with you

    OLYMPIA – Now that the Legislature has wandered, bleary-eyed, out of town, would it be too much to hope they took some of their overworked phrases with them and didn’t …


  • Both sides win issues in hard fought state budget

    OLYMPIA – For almost 91 days the Legislature wrestled with a looming budget problem. For the first 90, it was even odds, at best, whether the Legislature would win. The …


  • Spin Control: Gregoire relents, signs scores of bills

    OLYMPIA – In the list of threats a Washington governor can hurl at a recalcitrant Legislature, “I won’t sign your bills” has proved to be among the least menacing. Gov. …


  • Gregoire inks health reform

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire and other Democratic officials marked Friday’s second anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act – which Republicans prefer to call Obamacare – with …


  • Spin Control: ‘Media’ negotiations are only problem when they don’t work

    OLYMPIA – “I’m not going to negotiate in the news media.” Politicians at all levels love to utter that sentence – when it’s to their advantage.


  • Senate GOP unveils new budget plan

    OLYMPIA – For the first three days of Washington’s special session, everything involving the state’s troubled budget was done behind closed doors. That went by the wayside Thursday. Senate Republicans …


  • Sally’s House serves as children’s haven

    Three-year-old Kate lived in a dog crate in a meth house in Spokane and walked on hands and knees like an animal. Winston lived in a home with no running …


  • Senate Democrats offer state budget

    OLYMPIA – Democrats in control of the state Senate want fewer cuts in key programs than there were in the budgets proposed last year by Gov. Chris Gregoire and earlier …


  • Gregoire after more tourist cash

    WASHINGTON – When she leaves the executive mansion as Washington state’s 22nd governor next January, Democrat Chris Gregoire wants to unwind by taking a month to visit some national parks …


  • Proposed budget avoids tax hike

    OLYMPIA – House Democrats offered a budget plan that doesn’t call for a state tax increase and doesn’t make some of the cuts to public schools and state services Gov. …


  • Gregoire signs gay marriage bill

    OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire signed the Marriage Equality Act today that would allow same-sex couples to marry in civil ceremonies and with any religious group that allows such unions.


  • Gay marriage wins 55-43 vote, now headed to Gregoire

    OLYMPIA – By a vote of 55-43, the House passed and sent to Gov. Chris Gregoire a bill that would allow same-sex couples to marry in Washington. Gregoire, who has …


  • Senate approves same-sex marriage

    OLYMPIA – With votes to spare, the state Senate passed a bill to allow same-sex couples to marry in Washington, sending it to the House of Representatives, where it also …


  • 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.


  • Wash. lawmakers’ ‘short session’ will be dominated by budget

    OLYMPIA – Washington legislators find themselves in familiar territory as they return to the Capitol this week. The General Fund budget they thought they had shored up through a series …


  • Fish and Wildlife appointee criticized

    The appointment of an Eastern Washington environmentalist to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has upset some rural officials, who say their small-town values are unfairly being pushed aside in …

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