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  • Projects to increase, improve routes for cyclists gain support in Spokane

    Pavement first came to Spokane in 1893, thanks to cyclists. The path was about 5 feet wide and ran next to Broadway Avenue. Unlike the road it paralleled, the bike …


  • Spokane-area native Michael Shiosaki embraces role as Seattle mayor’s husband

    SEATTLE – Michael Shiosaki hadn’t given much thought to titles before a reporter stuck a microphone in his face as the first election night results in this city’s mayor’s race …


  • Supreme Court opens doors for same-sex couples in Washington

    OLYMPIA – Same-sex couples in Washington, one of the first states where voters legalized their marriages, stand to gain hundreds of legal benefits as federal courts and agencies weigh the …


  • Gardner tribute weaves impact, respect, humor

    OLYMPIA – With his family in the gallery and flags outside lowered to half-staff, former Gov. Booth Gardner was eulogized Friday in the Senate chamber where he once served as …


  • For lawmakers, supermajority a taxing constitutional debate

    OLYMPIA – A proposed constitutional amendment gave a Senate panel another chance to argue whether democracy is helped or hurt by requiring legislative supermajorities to approve tax increases. Definitely helped, …


  • Capital gains tax would fund school reform

    OLYMPIA – The Senate’s top Democrat will propose asking Washington voters to approve a capital gains tax on the wealthy to help pay for better schools and more affordable college …


  • Revenue forecast up for biennium

    OLYMPIA – Compared to the last time economists tried to predict Washington’s economic future, in June, the revenue forecast is up just slightly for the rest of this biennium and …


  • Washington facing slow recovery

    OLYMPIA – Washington’s economic outlook barely changed over the last four months as the state’s few bright spots – jobs in aerospace and software – were all but canceled by …


  • Spin Control: ‘I’m not politicizing, my opponent is’

    OLYMPIA – A week after the Legislature’s overtime session wrapped up, Democrats accused GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna of delaying the final compromise by politicizing the process. Sen. Ed Murray, …


  • Budget impasse testing tempers

    OLYMPIA – With no budget agreement and time running out in an extended session, tensions boiled over Friday evening as Senate leaders of both parties accused the other side of …


  • House Democrats pass budget proposal

    OLYMPIA – Admitting it’s not the final solution to the state’s fiscal problem but a way to “move the process forward,” House Democrats passed and sent to the Senate a …


  • 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 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 …


  • ‘Dreadful’ budget cuts loom

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire released a list Thursday of possible choices to slash $2 billion from the state budget, more than a fourth of that total from public schools …


  • Budget cushion sinks

    OLYMPIA – The state’s most likely revenue outlook for the next two years dropped slightly Wednesday as the state’s chief economist revised his projections downward about $183 million because of …


  • Workers’ comp deal reported near to break legislative logjam

    OLYMPIA – Legislators may reach a deal sometime today on one of the key stumbling blocks to passing a budget and adjourning, a spokesman for Gov. Chris Gregoire said Saturday …


  • Legislature grinds toward compromise

    OLYMPIA – Legislators may reach a deal sometime Sunday on one of the key stumbling blocks to passing a budget and adjourning, a spokesman for Gov. Chris Gregoire said this …


  • Senate outlines big cuts

    OLYMPIA – Senate spending plans for the next two years propose cuts for public schools, colleges, health care and social service programs. College tuition would be higher, paychecks to state …


  • Senate proposes spending less, cutting more

    OLYMPIA – Senate spending plans for the next two years propose cuts for public schools, colleges, health care and social service programs. College tuition would be higher, paychecks to state …


  • Washington state facing deeper cuts

    OLYMPIA – The gap between Washington’s projected state revenues and current expenses grew to about $5.1 billion for the coming biennium, prompting a call from Gov. Chris Gregoire for the …


  • Bipartisan budget proposal could get vote this week

    OLYMPIA – State Senate budget writers have what’s being described as a $254 million bipartisan budget agreement that could get a vote yet this week. Just hours before a Senate …


  • Senate plan preserves some Basic Health, Lifeline

    OLYMPIA – State Senate budget writers have what’s being described as a $254 million bipartisan budget agreement that could get a vote this week.


  • Vote makes budget changes easier in Olympia

    OLYMPIA – Opening a session expected to be marked by fights over the state budget, legislators agreed Monday to make it easier to change the budget and possibly easier to …


  • Senate OKs more same-sex rights

    OLYMPIA – Two years after Washington launched a controversial domestic partners registry for same-sex couples, the state Senate late Tuesday voted to grant the partners virtually all the rights of …

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