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  • Washington GOP hopes to heal wounds and unite behind Trump

    Most Washington delegates to the national convention are Cruz supporters, but will likely cast ballots for Trump after Tuesday’s primary.


  • State Senate pays tribute to longtime legislator Benton

    State senators took time Wednesday to say goodbye to longtime Republican lawmaker Sen. Don Benton, who is retiring at the end of this year.


  • Spin Control: Governor’s actions seal legislative action

    Although the Legislature left town July 9, the true end of the session came Wednesday when Gov. Jay Inslee signed the last three of the 363 bills lawmakers managed to …


  • Senate OKs delaying I-1351

    OLYMPIA – With no votes to spare, the Senate on Thursday mustered the super-majority needed to suspend parts of the citizen initiative requiring smaller class sizes. With that vote and …


  • Spin Control: Legislators may rethink how they work

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature is, by practice and constitutional decree, a part-time gig. Some years are more part time than others, and some legislators put in more hours than their …


  • GOP rule makes passage of new taxes tougher

    OLYMPIA – Any new tax in Washington will require support from at least two-thirds of the Senate under a rule change Republicans pushed through the chamber in the early hours …


  • Washington Senate panel raises daily expenses allowance

    OLYMPIA – State senators will be able to collect an extra $30 a day for expenses during future legislative sessions under a rule approved Tuesday. The Senate Facilities and Operations …


  • Spin Control: LaHood unable to bridge partisan divide

    OLYMPIA – When a federal Cabinet secretary stopped by the Capitol last week, trying to prod the Legislature into action on a big multistate project, he got a warm welcome …


  • Bill would extend signature gathering time on initiatives

    OLYMPIA – As state law enforcement officials began investigating more than 8,000 allegedly forged signatures for a pair of ballot measures, a legislative panel looked at changes to the initiative …


  • Tax vote law could be made permanent

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature should honor the “will of the people” and cement the requirement for a supermajority to raise taxes into the state constitution, Republican senators said Thursday. They …


  • Gay marriage clears first hurdle

    OLYMPIA – A proposal to allow same-sex marriages in Washington cleared its first hurdle Thursday when a legislative panel approved it on a 4-3 vote and sent it to the …


  • Senate panel approves bill to ‘modernize’ initiative process

    OLYMPIA – Proposed changes to Washington’s initiative laws were blasted as unconstitutional, arrogant and un-American by a Republican senator trying to block them this week. But the Democrat sponsoring the …


  • Candidates must file for office by end of week

    For Washington state candidates, it’s put up or shut up time. Starting Monday morning, they have five days to file paperwork and pay the fee necessary to run for one …


  • Benton drops out of Senate race, backs Rossi

    Just a week after saying he was sticking in the U.S. Senate race, State Sen. Don Benton dropped out and endorsed the man he labeled the “establishment” candidate, Dino Rossi.


  • GOP Senate field still wide

    Dino Rossi’s long-expected entrance into the U.S. Senate race did not prompt a mass exodus by other Republican candidates Wednesday. Several said they welcomed competition with the former state senator …


  • Rossi’s still mulling Senate

    SEATTLE – Dino Rossi tiptoed up to the starting line for a run for the U.S. Senate Friday evening, telling a crowd of fellow Republicans the nation was at a …


  • ‘Never say never’ Rossi is the talk of pundits and pollsters

    OLYMPIA – The favorite game among the political “experts” these days is Will Rossi Run? It’s sort of like Trivial Pursuit without the board, but the cognoscenti award themselves colored …


  • Budget plan gets OK

    OLYMPIA – Democrats in the Legislature filled a $2.8 billion gap in the state operating budget with an array of new taxes, spending cuts and money from Uncle Sam. Despite …


  • Idaho joins lawsuit testing constitutionality of reforms

    As Idaho joined a national lawsuit against the new health care reform law Tuesday, Washington’s attorney general was both blasted and praised for jumping into the litigation a day before. …


  • Idaho, Wash. AGs sue over health care overhaul

    As Idaho joined a national lawsuit against the new health care reform law, Washington’s attorney general was both blasted and praised for jumping into the litigation Monday.


  • Senators spar over tax hike package

    OLYMPIA – After more than four hours of sometimes contentious debate over a proposal to raise taxes on consumers and a wide range of businesses, Senate Democrats and Republicans put …


  • Senate delays vote on tax plan

    OLYMPIA – After more than four hours of sometimes contentious debate over a proposal to raise taxes on consumers and a wide range of businesses, Senate Democrats and Republicans put …


  • Lean budget squeaks by Senate

    OLYMPIA – With the bare minimum votes needed and debate over taxes yet to come, Senate Democrats passed a general fund budget Saturday designed to close the state’s $2.8 billion …


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