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UPDATED: Fri., July 27, 2018, 10:34 a.m.

Ad watch: Latest attack ads against Brown make questionable claims

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and the state Republican Party are stepping up attacks on Democratic challenger Lisa Brown with a mailer that suggests the former state legislator is soft on …


GOP lawmakers want state to change provisions for union dues

As the state removes agency fees for nonunion workers, Republican legislators call for changes on union dues.


UPDATED: Thu., May 24, 2018, 5:31 p.m.

Seattle’s head tax is bad for Washington business, panelists say

A panel at the Washington Policy Center’s “Solution Summit” discussed possible statewide implications of Seattle head tax Wednesday.


Mark Schoesler: Blaming salmon concerns on Snake River dams is a red herring

Blaming salmon concerns on Snake River dams is a red herring. I serve the people of Washington’s 9th Legislative District, which includes the lower Snake River from the Idaho border …


UPDATED: Fri., March 2, 2018, 11:39 a.m.

Route 395 to be name Foley Memorial Highway

Senate gave final approval to a plan to name U.S. Highway 395 as a memorial to former Rep. Tom Foley.


UPDATED: Thu., March 1, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

Panel approves changes for semi-auto rifle restrictions

Supporters of restrictions and tougher background checks for semi-automatic “assault” weapons make changes to bill in effort to get it to pass.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 9:42 p.m.

Senate OKs teen voter pre-registration

Senate gives final approval to allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote when they turn 18.


Democrats, Republicans take different views of Trump offshore oil lease proposal

Democrats continue to challenge President Trump’s proposal to expand offshore oil leases, but Republicans say it’s no problem because there’s no oil off the Washington coast.


Budget guessing game: Where will the money come from?

Waiting for the governor to release his 2018 supplemental budget, critics guessed wrong on where the extra money might come from.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 6:53 p.m.

Ferguson: Lawsuits against administration keep Trump ‘accountable’

Attorney General Bob Ferguson tells Senate Republicans his multiple legal challenges to the Trump administration protect Washington. Majority Leader Mark Schoesler says inquiry from members was routine, not political.


Spin Control: Facts secondary in jousting over special session and Amazon

When the argument doesn’t fit the facts, some people make the facts fit the argument.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 11:10 p.m.

100 years after legislators barred WSU from starting medical school, WSU’s first class of medical students start work in Spokane

Medical students who start the first class of Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine benefit from the political wars and warriors who made it happen.


UPDATED: Sat., July 8, 2017, 9:44 p.m.

Millions of dollars of state projects for Spokane stalled in legislative logjam

Some $114 million in state construction projects for the Spokane area, including a new science building on the Eastern Washington University campus, are in jeopardy this week as the Legislature …


UPDATED: Tue., June 27, 2017, 10:47 p.m.

Longest Washington budget talks with no deal

Legislators have gone later than ever without at least an agreement “in principle” on the budget needed to keep the state running after June 30. They also lack agreement on …


UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 10:28 p.m.

Budget clock ‘running out,’ Inslee warns, as third special session starts

Legislature starts its third special session with Gov. Jay Inslee vowing to veto a short-term budget.


UPDATED: Mon., May 1, 2017, 11:11 p.m.

Former Washington Gov. Mike Lowry, also a congressman, dies

Former Gov. Mike Lowry, 78, dies of complications of a stroke.


Washington Legislature likely to end regular session quietly Sunday, go into OT Monday

With a budget agreement far off, Legislature could go into an overtime session as early as Monday.


UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 10:08 p.m.

GOP says House vote on tax package needed for budget negotiations

House Democrats open hearings on a tax plan to support their $44.9 billion budget, but Republicans say they can’t negotiate unless it passes the House.


Key Washington lawmaker: Mike Padden

Mike Padden Hometown: Spokane Valley


UPDATED: Sun., March 12, 2017, 8:21 a.m.

Key Washington lawmaker: Mark Schoesler

Mark Schoesler Hometown: Ritzville


Senate votes to move the Washington presidential primary to early March

Senate votes to move up Washington’s presidential primary to early March.


UPDATED: Thu., March 2, 2017, 10:31 p.m.

Voting Rights bill moves forward on narrow vote in Washington Senate

OLYMPIA – Many Washington cities and counties could elect their council and commission members by district under a bill some senators described Thursday as a voting rights act and others …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 10:16 p.m.

$30 billion in new taxes get theatrical GOP support in Washington Senate

In a bit of partisan theater, Senate Republicans vote yes on an estimated $30 billion in taxes that they really don’t support.


Inslee, Washington Republicans spar over how to react to Obamacare changes

Legislative Republicans accuse Gov. Jay Inslee of trying to scare people with the possible effects of repealing Obamacare. Inslee says they should get Republicans in Washington, D.C., to sign a …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, 11:39 p.m.

Brian Dansel resigns Washington state Senate seat for Trump administration

Sen. Brian Dansel resigns his seat to take a job with U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Whose business is it when GOP lawmakers will have a school funding plan? All of ours.

The state Senate’s Republican leader tells a reporter “it’s none of your business” when asked when lawmakers come up with a plan for public schools, then apologizes. Sort of.


Spin Control: Inaugural tidbits: Judy Collins, a wry toast and a salacious scupture

The first week of the Washington legislature was marked by celebrations and ceremony. Will the heavy lifting start this week?


Mark Schoesler re-elected majority leader in Washington state senate

Ritzville Republican Mark Schoesler gets second term as Senate majority leader.


Spokane lawmakers could be in strong positions in 2017 Legislature

Spokane’s legislative delegation not likely to lose any clout even though the election is pointing to some changes likely in next year’s session.


Washington Sen. Andy Hill, Redmond Republican who led budget committee, dies of lung cancer at age 54

State Sen. Andy Hill, the key budget writer for the Washington state Senate, has died of lung cancer. He was 54.