Stories tagged: Kevin Parker
Sun., Dec. 11, 2016
Election surprises aren’t over yet
Last May, the 5th Congressional District race featured the incumbent Republican, Democrat Joe Pakootas, Independent Dave Wilson and Republican Tom Horne. Now, none of them may be our representative.
Fri., Oct. 7, 2016, 9:01 p.m.
Mike Volz, Lynnette Vehrs grapple for House seat left vacant by Rep. Kevin Parker
After a tumultuous primary race, a retired nurse and the chief deputy treasurer for Spokane County are competing for the seat formerly held by four-term lawmaker Kevin Parker.
Mon., Oct. 3, 2016, 6:07 p.m.
6th Legislative District: Lynnette Vehrs and Mike Volz agree on the need to fully fund education, but little else
The two candidates vying for the 6th Congressional district positioned themselves as representing a continuation of Rep. Kevin Parker’s eight-years in office, and new, more liberal leadership focused largely on …
Tue., May 3, 2016, 11:43 a.m.
Spokane Rep. Kevin Parker won’t seek re-election
Republican Rep. Kevin Parker won’t seek re-election
Tue., Feb. 9, 2016, 6 p.m.
Spokane churches need a change in state law to continue housing homeless
Spokane churches that temporarily shelter the homeless are seeking help from the Legislature to keep the program going.
Sun., Jan. 31, 2016
Editorial: Expand access to unused drugs
Legislation would allow individuals to donate unused but still therapeutic medications to pharmacies for redistribution to low-income patients.
Fri., Aug. 14, 2015
State Supreme Court stands firm in dispute with Legislature over education funding
OLYMPIA – Enough already with promises to fix the state’s schools, the state Supreme Court told the Legislature on Thursday. Until the Legislature establishes a concrete plan, it’ll cost the …
Fri., July 17, 2015
Shawn Vestal: Washington state gas tax a tale of two votes
Today we have a tale of two votes – a Republican yes and a Republican no for a state package that will bring $1 billion in new transportation investments to …
Wed., June 17, 2015
Spokane Tribe casino opponents take case to state
Opponents of a proposed Spokane Tribe project that includes a new casino on the West Plains started new attacks Tuesday to persuade Gov. Jay Inslee to block the plan, claiming …
Wed., April 1, 2015
Spokane City Council makes sick leave policy a priority
Paid sick leave shot to the front of the Spokane City Council’s agenda this year, as council members vowed Tuesday to quickly pass a policy to provide workers the opportunity …
Sun., March 1, 2015
House budget panel approves changing law to allow medical school
OLYMPIA – The prospects for a new medical school operated by Washington State University took a step forward late Friday evening as a key committee approved a bill to make …
Thu., Oct. 9, 2014
Q&A with 6th Legislative District House seat candidates
Republican incumbent state Rep. Kevin Parker and Democratic challenger Donald Dover were allowed 50 words to respond to each of a series of questions. Their responses to four of them …
Thu., Oct. 9, 2014
Dover, Parker face off for 6th Legislative District House seat
Democratic legislative challenger Donald Dover acknowledges his campaign to unseat Republican state Rep. Kevin Parker is a longshot bid. “I couldn’t let the race go uncontested,” said Dover, a former …
Wed., July 23, 2014
Weather helps firefighters in Methow Valley
Favorable weather Tuesday helped more than 2,100 firefighters begin to contain the devastating wildfire in Okanogan County. The blaze, known as the Carlton Complex fire, has scorched 250,136 acres, or …
Sat., March 8, 2014
Lawmakers honor football winners past and present
OLYMPIA – Basketball season may be reaching its peak, but the Washington Legislature was more focused on football Friday morning. With Washington State University football coach Mike Leach looking on, …
Sat., Feb. 15, 2014
Washington Legislature advances school bills
OLYMPIA – Washington schools would be required to protect students against emotional bullying, keep more data on homeless students and test whether extra days would help students retain more from …
Wed., Jan. 29, 2014
Shawn Vestal: Rep. Kevin Parker puts concerns of homeless into action
House Bill 2415 reflects the way that politics is supposed to work: Citizens talk to their representative about a problem; their representative researches possible solutions to that problem; their representative …
Sat., Sept. 28, 2013
Vestal: The homeless talk, Rep. Kevin Parker listens
It was technically a political town hall meeting – constituents and a politician, questions and answers. But apart from that, it was nothing at all like a political town hall, …
Thu., Jan. 17, 2013
New Washington state governor is sworn in
OLYMPIA – The first day of Jay Inslee’s governorship was marked by agreement that Washington needs more jobs but not more taxes, and some disagreements over environmental and social issues.
Fri., Dec. 14, 2012, 5:16 p.m.
Spokane officials consider response to school shooting
In an address to the nation, President Barack Obama promised action to prevent future mass shootings in response to Friday’s mass murder at a Connecticut elementary school. In crafting possible …
Sat., Oct. 27, 2012
Boeing looks south of border
The Inland Northwest’s push to expand its growing aerospace industry is dealing with an unexpected obstacle. Boeing Co.
Sat., Feb. 18, 2012
House GOP releases its budget
OLYMPIA – For several years, Republicans in the Washington House of Representatives have complained they have essentially been shut out of the budgeting process by majority Democrats. Friday, they stole …
Thu., Feb. 16, 2012
Relatively rosy state budget forecast expected
OLYMPIA – Washington might get the most optimistic budget outlook in years today when state economists deliver the latest revenue forecast. The demand for state services may be lower and …
Wed., Feb. 15, 2012
Bill aims to lessen fraud and mantra
Waste and abuse, waste and abuse. It’s the chorus to a tune that is sung more or less constantly during debates about government spending: We don’t need to pay for …
Fri., Feb. 3, 2012
GOP proposes ‘Education First’
OLYMPIA – House Republicans, who say they are fed up with the slow pace of the budgeting process in a session in which that was supposed to be the main …
Fri., Dec. 23, 2011
State also faces a deficit of understanding the other guy
So Kevin Parker said this great thing the other day about the state budget: “We can’t just cut, cut, cut.” My thoughts exactly. Which was not what I expected to …
Sat., Aug. 27, 2011
Some legislators opt to cut pay in solidarity
OLYMPIA – About half of the 15 members of the Spokane-area legislative delegation have volunteered for the same 3 percent pay cut they imposed on state workers. Many who have …
Fri., May 27, 2011
No revenue problem, just every other problem
Now that the state – by which I mean all of us, in combination, led by our leaders – has arrived at an utter failure of a budget, it’s good …
Tue., April 12, 2011
Oversight rules for medical marijuana head to Senate
OLYMPIA – Rules for growing, processing and selling medical marijuana passed the Washington state House of Representatives after heated debate Monday on whether the proposed law has enough safeguards to …
Sun., March 27, 2011
Spin Control: It’s time to serve up that great idea of yours
OLYMPIA – Two questions for the big thinkers out there: Do you have an idea how to improve Washington state in the future? Do you think it would stack up …