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Statewide report grades lawmakers on racial equity

Republican lawmakers from Spokane and Eastern Washington received failing grades in a new statewide report on racial equity issued by a liberal-leaning organization. Only Democratic state Rep. Andy Billig from …


Spin Control: Female leaders no longer staple of 3rd District

OLYMPIA – When the Washington Legislature opens in January, for the first time in 60 years there won’t be at least one woman from central Spokane sitting at a desk …


Brown to lead WSU-Spokane

OLYMPIA – As she packed up memorabilia from 20 years in the Legislature, Lisa Brown was preparing Thursday to take charge of a dream for Spokane that’s even older. In …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2012, 7:40 p.m.

Lisa Brown named chancellor at WSU-Spokane

Lisa Brown, the former Washington state Senate majority leader, has been named chancellor at Washington State University Spokane.


Democrats holding edge in Legislature

Democrats appear likely to hold on to both chambers of the Washington Legislature. Republicans had pushed to recapture the state Senate, where the Democrats currently have five more seats than …


Sen. Brown was financially ready for campaign

State Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown perhaps was too prepared for her re-election bid. She already had ordered her campaign signs when she made the surprise announcement last week that …


Snyder, Waite enter field for House seat

The scramble is on for a state House seat in central Spokane, part of the fallout of Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown’s surprise decision not to seek re-election. Brown said …


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 …


UPDATED: Thu., May 3, 2012, 2 p.m.

Majority leader Lisa Brown won’t seek re-election

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Sen. Majority Leader Lisa Brown announced Thursday that she won’t run for re-election and will leave her seat in the state Legislature after her term expires at …


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 …


Councilwoman seeks to unseat state Senate majority leader

The Democratic majority leader of the Washington Senate is facing her first reelection challenge by an opponent with a winning campaign history. Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin, a Republican, launched …


Measure 1 campaign pulls McLaughlin ad

The campaign to extend taxes to pay for the expansion of the Spokane Convention Center and Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena has pulled a TV ad featuring Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy …


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 …


Lawmakers choosing between gimmicks, people

What’s a majority leader to do when she no longer leads a majority? Spokane’s Lisa Brown is heading into the special session of the Legislature without what Democrats have come …


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 …


Spokane Schools wants to charge for public records

OLYMPIA – Faced with a rapidly growing number of requests for public records, Spokane Public Schools wants to charge the public for the cost of locating and preparing those records. …


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 …


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 …


Medical school high on state’s wish lists

OLYMPIA – Some $35 million to finish the Riverpoint medical school building may flow into Spokane as the local business community’s top priority finds itself on a list of projects …


Brown joining King Day march

OLYMPIA – For the first time in two decades, Sen. Lisa Brown said she won’t be in the Capitol on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Although the Legislature will be …


Activist Polek, 78, dies

Jan Polek, of Spokane, a longtime activist for women’s rights, once said of society: “June Cleaver doesn’t live here anymore.” Polek, 78, died Tuesday, after living a life nearly opposite …


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 …


Brown: Budget goals out of reach

OLYMPIA – Legislators will try to fill some of Washington’s looming budget gap next week but won’t come close to the $2 billion in cuts Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed last …


‘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 …


Foes stand up to new casino

Eighteen government and business leaders have taken a stand against the Spokane Tribe’s proposed casino in Airway Heights, according to letters sent to the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. The …


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 …


Movie credits get rolled

The “Twilight” movies about vampires and werewolves are set in Forks, Wash., but are mostly filmed in Oregon. “The Killing,” a cable television murder mystery series, was set in Seattle …


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 …


Money for Spokane medical school in budget

OLYMPIA – The state’s $2.8 billion capital budget will include $35 million to start construction on a new medical school in Spokane. Legislative leaders announced Tuesday afternoon they have reached …


Workers’ comp gets an overhaul

OLYMPIA – An agreement on offering settlements to injured workers could remove one of the main obstacles to the Legislature passing a budget for the next two years. Gov. Chris …