Stories tagged: Michael Baumgartner
UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017, 10:49 p.m.
Local leaders offer optimism following Avista’s announced sale to Hydro One
City, county and state elected officials said Wednesday they were heartened by the utility’s public message following the announced sale that it would maintain its commitment to partnerships in and …
UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 10:27 p.m.
Spokane school board member accused of DUI won’t run for state office
Paul Schneider, 42, the Spokane Public Schools board member who allegedly clipped a bicyclist with his car and and hit multiple other objects while driving drunk, will not run for …
UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017, 11:36 a.m.
Spin Control: Quick turnaround on levy cliff bill doesn’t mean on-time end to session
Yes, the Legislature passed a bill to delay a cut in school funding in a day last week, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll finish their work on time.
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, 10:44 p.m.
Baumgartner town hall in Spokane focuses on education funding
There was no large raucous crowd chanting their support for the Affordable Care Act or immigration at state Sen. Michael Baumgartner’s town hall meeting Saturday. Instead a mostly polite group …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 10:35 p.m.
Former WSU defensive lineman Robert Barber charged with assault
Former Washington State University football player Robert Barber, whose summertime melee and subsequent expulsion led to calls for the university to review its student conduct policy, now faces a felony …
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 10:34 p.m.
State Republican education funding proposal jeopardizes poorest students, Spokane educators say
A public school funding proposal unveiled by state Republicans earlier this month may reduce the amount of money Spokane’s poorest schools receive, according to district administrators.
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 10:26 p.m.
Proposed bill would put Washington Senate in charge of insolvent athletic departments
A new bill proposed in the Washington legislature would give the state Senate the power of the purse over university athletic departments that are consistently insolvent.
Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 4:11 p.m.
Shawn Vestal: Behind the dramatics, a real issue with university student-conduct boards
You may not have heard much about this – since it didn’t involve a football player and a state senator braying at the regents – but there was an appeals …
Fri., Dec. 9, 2016, 1:03 p.m.
Knezovich, Stuckart, Baumgartner, Shea announce runs for McMorris Rodgers’ seat
The news that an appointment as interior secretary is imminent for Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers prompted City Council President Ben Stuckart to declare his candidacy for her vacant seat …
Mon., Dec. 5, 2016, 5:50 p.m.
Sen. Mike Baumgartner files amendment to state constitution calling for Legislature to have sole authority to set school funding
How to come up with enough money for public schools is likely to consume much of the 2017 legislative session, but a Spokane senator has a suggestion to redirect the …
Fri., Nov. 4, 2016, 11:33 p.m.
John Blanchette: Robert Barber not about sports? Don’t kid yourself
This really shouldn’t be on the sports page, you know. Because it has nothing to do with football.
UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 4, 2016, 2:22 p.m.
Forum at WSU brings threats by state Sen. Michael Baumgartner amid impassioned defense of football player Robert Barber
The Washington State board of regents conducted an open forum Friday at the Compton Union Building on the Pullman campus, drawing passionate pleas from several people on behalf of suspended …
Thu., May 12, 2016, 5:33 p.m.
Proposal to ban marijuana with strong alcohol gets public hearing in Spokane
Sen. Michael Baumgartner headed a meeting of local and state legislators Thursday discussing the potential to ban sales of marijuana where strong alcoholic drinks are already outlawed. But it’s unlikely …
Tue., Jan. 26, 2016, 1:36 p.m.
Spokane lawmaker’s bill wouldn’t let cities enact sick leave or wage laws
Proposal wouldn’t let cities enact new sick leave or minimum wage laws
Thu., Jan. 21, 2016
Editorial: Washington Legislature should raise smoking age for children’s sake
Bills to raise smoking age deserve passage
Sat., Sept. 5, 2015
Washington Supreme Court rejects charter schools
OLYMPIA – Charter schools are unconstitutional in Washington, the state Supreme Court said in a decision that endangers two charters in Spokane that just opened. The court in its decision …
Fri., July 17, 2015
Shawn Vestal: Washington state gas tax a tale of two votes
Today we have a tale of two votes – a Republican yes and a Republican no for a state package that will bring $1 billion in new transportation investments to …
Fri., July 10, 2015
Senate OKs delaying I-1351
OLYMPIA – With no votes to spare, the Senate on Thursday mustered the super-majority needed to suspend parts of the citizen initiative requiring smaller class sizes. With that vote and …
Wed., June 24, 2015
Effort to name medical school after WSU’s Elson Floyd gains steam
OLYMPIA – A campaign to name a new Washington State University medical school in Spokane for WSU’s late President Elson Floyd is gaining support online and in the Legislature. More …
Thu., May 21, 2015
Spokane teachers approve May 27 strike
Spokane Public Schools teachers and staff voted Wednesday to have a one-day walkout on May 27 to protest a lack of state funding for schools. More than 65 percent of …
Thu., April 23, 2015
Gov. Inslee requires study before raising speed limit
OLYMPIA – Legislation that could raise highway speed limits to 75 mph in some parts of Washington was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jay Inslee. The bill, which will …
Tue., April 21, 2015
Baumgartner bill targets left-lane slowpokes
OLYMPIA – Slowpokes beware. Driving under the speed limit while in the fast lane could get pricey under legislation being pushed by state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, who wants a …
Thu., April 16, 2015
Protesters call for $15 minimum wage
Marchers took to the streets of the nation’s cities Wednesday evening in support of a $15 an hour minimum wage, following a similar if much smaller rally in Spokane earlier …
Thu., 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 …
Sat., March 21, 2015
Minimum wage bill to get hearing in Senate
OLYMPIA – A proposal to raise the state’s minimum hourly wage to $12 by 2019 – which has proved a major bone of contention between Democrats and Republicans this session …
Fri., Feb. 20, 2015
Senate panel calls for full audit of WWAMI
OLYMPIA – As questions over dueling medical school proposals continue to mount, lawmakers said they wanted a better accounting of how the money is being spent. A Senate committee Thursday …
Wed., Feb. 4, 2015
UW President Michael Young leaving to head Texas A&M
SEATTLE –The president of the University of Washington will be the next president of Texas A&M University, the chancellor of the Texas A&M system announced Tuesday. The university’s board of …
Sun., Jan. 18, 2015
Spin Control: Misunderstanding and the case of the dropped ‘S’
OLYMPIA – The Capitol environs are replete with acronyms. Agencies are known by three-letter describers and programs are rarely mentioned by their full names. But last week’s Senate hearing into …
Thu., Dec. 18, 2014
Inslee carbon tax plan would help complete North Spokane freeway
SEATTLE – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state’s largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release. The …
Wed., Dec. 17, 2014, 8:25 p.m.
Inslee’s proposed carbon tax would extend North Spokane freeway
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state’s largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release.