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Paul revs up receptive crowd

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul may not have won a state primary yet, but he remains a favorite to win Spokane County. A standing-room-only crowd of about 2,300 shouted their …


Gay marriage wins 55-43 vote, now headed to Gregoire

OLYMPIA – By a vote of 55-43, the House passed and sent to Gov. Chris Gregoire a bill that would allow same-sex couples to marry in Washington. Gregoire, who has …


In brief: Same-sex marriage gets House panel OK

OLYMPIA – By a single vote, a House panel passed a proposal to allow same-sex marriage after rejecting a Spokane Valley legislator’s efforts to change it. Republican Rep. Matt Shea …


Deal cinches workers’ comp changes

OLYMPIA – After tying the Legislature in knots for much of the last three months, changes to the state’s century-old workers’ compensation sped through both houses Monday with comfortable margins. …


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 …


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 …


Shawn Vestal: WSP’s request a far cry from Colonial-era tyranny

There was a time in this country, before it was this country, when the king’s customs agents carried general warrants allowing them to search anyone, anytime, anywhere, and take anything …


WSP gets chided for letter that seeks gun

OLYMPIA – Three dozen legislators are taking the Washington State Patrol to task for sending a letter to gun dealers that they fear is an unconstitutional “fishing expedition.” The patrol, …


House approves bill to limit use of lawn fertilizers containing phosporus

OLYMPIA – Washington homeowners would be restricted from putting fertilizer with phosphorus on healthy lawns under a bill that passed the House Monday. Despite complaints from Republicans that homeowners should …


Spin Control: Politics in how state Senate seat was filled? Of course

Now that most dust has settled from filling the Spokane Valley’s 4th District Senate seat, it may be safe to answer the question of who was guilty of committing politics …


State Senate nominee Murry arrested in Las Vegas

One of the three candidates to replace Bob McCaslin in the state Senate was arrested early Monday in Las Vegas after being found asleep in his car and allegedly carrying …


Call for ‘flash mob’ thwarts meeting on Senate seat

As the number of contenders to replace longtime Spokane Valley state Sen. Bob McCaslin grows, efforts to get the seat filled quickly were derailed Thursday. Saturday’s meeting to nominate possible …


Washington has hefty agenda, but financial concerns top list

Washington’s Legislature starts Monday with a single-mindedness even some of its most senior members have never seen. Across party lines, and between the chambers, among freshmen and veterans, few will …


Vacationing voters give candidates a tough job

Among the most thankless jobs in the world is that of a political candidate in Washington state in the weeks before the August primary. The ability to continue the noble …


McKenna fighting health overhaul

OLYMPIA – Washington’s Republican attorney general will join other states in a lawsuit against the federal health care reform plan, a move its Democratic governor denounced as “not representing the …


Bill would curb patient trips

Dangerous mental health patients would be barred from leaving state hospitals for most excursions without specific court orders under a bill the Legislature is considering. The bill, prompted by the …


Editorial: States’ rights bills waste lawmakers’ time, efforts

After the painful budget cuts of 2009, Washington and Idaho lawmakers are reconvening and contemplating more reductions. It’s serious business, but it is why they were elected. They were not …


Bills invoke states’ rights

OLYMPIA – Conservative activists in Idaho and Washington are trying to force the federal government to keep out of issues such as guns, health care and the environment. Through legislation …


Lawmakers tout states’ rights

OLYMPIA – The time has come for people who believe in states’ rights to move from protest to political action, a Spokane Valley legislator told a crowd on the steps …


Olympia protesters call for reins on federal power

The time has come for people who believe in states’ rights to move from protest to political action, a Spokane Valley legislator told a crowd on the steps of the …