Stories tagged: Mark Schoesler
SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2017
Key Washington lawmaker: Mike Padden
Mike Padden Hometown: Spokane Valley
UPDATED: SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2017, 8:21 A.M.
Key Washington lawmaker: Mark Schoesler
Mark Schoesler Hometown: Ritzville
MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017, 5:52 P.M.
Senate votes to move the Washington presidential primary to early March
Senate votes to move up Washington’s presidential primary to early March.
UPDATED: THURSDAY, 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: MONDAY, 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.
MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2017, 10:05 P.M.
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: TUESDAY, 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.
SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2017
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.
SUNDAY, JAN. 15, 2017
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?
TUESDAY, NOV. 15, 2016, 5:46 P.M.
Mark Schoesler re-elected majority leader in Washington state senate
Ritzville Republican Mark Schoesler gets second term as Senate majority leader.
FRIDAY, NOV. 11, 2016, 8 A.M.
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.
TUESDAY, NOV. 1, 2016, 6:18 P.M.
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.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2016, 4:52 P.M.
Washington budget has millions for Spokane projects
Capital budget passed, vetoes overridden in final hours of 2016 legislative session.
MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2016, 4:25 P.M.
Inslee threatens to veto bills if budget deal delayed
Gov. Jay Inslee tells lawmakers to reach a budget deal by Thursday night or he’ll veto bills they’ve passed so far.
TUESDAY, FEB. 16, 2016, 5:44 P.M.
Washington Senate agrees to task force to seek public school fix
The Senate approved a bill to set up a task force that would come up with a plan next year to meet court mandated obligations to public schools.
MONDAY, FEB. 8, 2016, 11:20 A.M.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee blasts Senate GOP over ‘political hatchet job’
OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee holds press conference about the Senate rejecting his transporation secretary.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20, 2016
Students say legislator questioned virginity of teen in meeting with high school students
A group of teenagers who visited state Rep. Mary Dye to lobby on behalf of Planned Parenthood said they weren’t expected to be asked about their virginity.
TUESDAY, JAN. 19, 2016, 8:07 P.M.
Washington state Senate issues subpoenas on inmate releases
Legislators subpoena records from the Corrections Department and governor’s office on inmate releases.
SUNDAY, JAN. 3, 2016
Editorial: Fish v. students: fish always lose
Shuffling transportation projects in response to latest accidents a bad way to set transportation policy.
TUESDAY, DEC. 29, 2015, 8:34 A.M.
Washington Senate leader pushes for funds to upgrade roads near WSU
The leader of the Washington State Senate would like more state funds to improve rural roads leading to Washington State University in Pullman.
SATURDAY, AUG. 8, 2015
Former state Sen. Bob Morton, 81, dies
Former state Sen. Bob Morton, a folksy conservative who kept a wary eye on natural resource issues and served as a mentor to young legislators, died Friday morning. He was …
SATURDAY, JULY 11, 2015
Washington Legislature wraps up session
OLYMPIA – The Legislature’s final day of the 2015 session went smoothly, in contrast to many of the 175 days that preceded it. The House moved swiftly to pass three …
WEDNESDAY, 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 …
SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2015
Washington budget talks likely to take second special session
OLYMPIA – Legislators reached a key milestone in the special session over the budgets, but unfortunately it was not the milestone of having a negotiated agreement that would allow them …
THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2015
Campaign finance bill dies in Senate
OLYMPIA – A campaign finance reform bill that supporters said would shine light on “dark money” in politics appears dead after a procedural fight between the two caucuses in the …
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2015
Washington bill to ban certain therapies for gay youth likely dead
OLYMPIA – A bill to ban therapies that try to change the sexual orientation of homosexual youths is likely dead for this legislative session. Although both chambers gave strong support …
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2015
Smaller class sizes still popular idea in Washington, poll says
OLYMPIA – Legislative Republicans were confident Tuesday that voters would back away from last year’s class-size initiative if given the chance this fall, even though a new poll suggests the …
THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2015
WSU medical school in Spokane gets Senate OK
OLYMPIA – Washington State University should soon have the authority to start a new medical school on its Spokane campus. The question now is, will it have the money to …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2015
Zombies show support in Olympia
OLYMPIA – Note to grade school students planning a civics trip to the state Capitol during the session: You never know who you’ll see here. The governor. Legislators. Lobbyists. Zombies …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18, 2015
WSU medical school bills take detour in House, Senate
OLYMPIA – Bills that would give Washington State University the authority to start a medical school in Spokane, which last week seemed on the fast track, have hit an unexpected …