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  • Larry Crouse, Spokane Valley GOP lawmaker, retires

    Republican Larry Crouse will retire after 19 years in the Washington Legislature, likely setting off a rush of GOP hopefuls in the Spokane Valley district. Crouse announced Tuesday he plans …


  • Spokane Valley mayor plans run for state House

    Spokane Valley Mayor Tom Towey has announced plans to run for the Washington State House of Representatives 4th District seat if it’s vacated by the retirement of longtime Republican legislator …


  • Sullivan Road bridge failing, legislators told

    The Spokane Valley City Council hosted a special meeting Friday to ask local state legislators to help secure funding to replace the Sullivan Road Bridge. The estimated cost to replace …


  • Hundreds of votes missed

    OLYMPIA – With the Legislature more than a week adjourned, the government watchdog group Washington Votes has released its annual statistics about the number of bills introduced and passed, the …


  • Clark: Unmarked police car bill solves no one’s problems

    I’ve long held the belief that if Olympia’s electricity came from brainpower the Statehouse would be in a perpetual gloom. Even so, I’m confident there’s still enough wisdom at the …


  • Unmarked police cars targeted

    Two lawmakers from Spokane Valley want to bar law enforcement officers from parking unmarked police cars on private property for routine matters. The legislation, sponsored by Republican state Reps. Matt …


  • Illness forces McCaslin to quit state Senate

    OLYMPIA – Bob McCaslin, the most senior member of the Washington Legislature, is leaving the Senate seat he’s held for the Spokane Valley for 30 years. In a prepared statement, …


  • McCaslin leaving state Senate, will keep Valley post

    State Sen. Bob McCaslin informs Republican leaders he won’t return to Olympia.


  • Washington House OKs tax plan

    OLYMPIA – Democratic leaders began pushing a package of some $668 million in higher taxes through the Legislature on Saturday, suspending rules as they tried to beat the Tuesday deadline …


  • Gregoire looks for balance in new budget

    Saying that many of the cuts she proposed last month are “unwise and unjust,” Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed a combination of program cuts, tax increases and federal aid to close …


  • Liberty Lake official to run against Crouse

    OLYMPIA – A Liberty Lake city councilwoman has filed to run against state Rep. Larry Crouse next year. Judith Owens, 61, has filed documents with state election officials to run …

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