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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.


Spin Control: Enough credit and blame to go around on McCleary

With the McCleary case over, Democrats and Republicans differ on who gets credit or blame.


Sen. Michael Baumgartner defends meeting with autocratic Cambodian leader Hun Sen

An exiled Cambodian leader criticized state legislators for meeting with sanctioned government. State Sen. Mike Baumgartner says it’s better to talk than be isolated.


Spin Control: Filing week used to start with an all-nighter

As filing week nears, some memories about the way it used to begin – and end


Leach joins lawmakers on trip to Cambodia

Three legislators, Mike Leach met with Cambodian prime minister.


Spin Control: Justice won’t recuse herself from charter school case because of speech

Senator says speech means Supreme Court justice should remove herself from upcoming case. She says he’s wrong.


Senate resolution takes shot at Inslee

Senate resolution attempts to mock Gov. Jay Inslee after his veto of Legislature’s effort to exempt itself from the Public Records Act


Senate resolution takes shot at Inslee

Senate resolution attempts to mock Gov. Jay Inslee after his veto of Legislature’s effort to exempt itself from the Public Records Act.


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: 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.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

Baumgartner to run for Spokane County treasurer

Sen. Mike Baumgartner will run for Spokane County treasurer rather than seek a third term in Legislature.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 9:43 p.m.

Senate passes 5 county commissioners bill with ‘tweak’

Senate approves a plan to expand the Spokane County Commissioner Board to five members after new districts are drawn in 2021.


Surrogate mothers could be paid more than their expenses under Senate bill

Washington would allow surrogate mothers to be paid more than just their expenses under changes to state law defining parental rights approved by the Senate.


Democrats push Reproductive Parity Act through state Senate

Medical insurance plans in Washington that offer maternity coverage would also have to cover abortions and contraception under a bill that passed the Senate Wednesday.


Baumgartner town hall Thursday

Sen. Mike Baumgartner schedules town hall Thursday evening.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 11:10 p.m.

Inslee: Trump fight with NFL “not necessary”

Gov. Jay Inslee, other politicians weigh in on NFL controversy.


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.


August brings more news than usual in Washington capital

The dog days of summer are being interrupted by more news than usual.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 8:34 p.m.

Lawmakers’ expenses for Washington’s special sessions topped $445,000

The Legislature’s three special sessions prompted legislators to file per diem claims for more than $445,000 in expenses. But the amount claimed varies widely.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 7:59 a.m.

Legislature considers state oversight of WIAA, the organization that supervises high school sports

The Legislature might try to require state oversight of the association that organizes high school sports.


UPDATED: Mon., July 3, 2017, 9:51 p.m.

Paid family and medical leave fast tracked through Legislature

Historic paid family and medical leave bill moved quickly through the Legislature with much emotion, much less fanfare.


UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017, 11:30 p.m.

Shutdown averted as $43.7 billion state budget passed and signed

Legislature passes 2017-19 operating budget and a major revision to the property tax system on the last day of the fiscal year to stave off a partial government shutdown.


UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 6:59 a.m.

New Washington laws cover liquor samples, wine auctions, tasting rooms

Washington’s evolving liquor laws add mixers to liquor samples, tasting rooms for wineries and a legal recognition of mead.


UPDATED: Tue., April 18, 2017, 9:42 a.m.

Spin Control: Benton’s number comes up, he’s now head of the draft

Former state senator and state GOP chairman lands at the helm of the Selective Service System.


UPDATED: Tue., April 4, 2017, 10:46 p.m.

Washington may try to block sale of internet customers’ data without their permission

Washington could try to block a federal effort to allow internet providers to sell customer data without their permission.


UPDATED: Fri., March 31, 2017, 9:27 p.m.

Whereas, the Washington Senate believes the Zags are awesome

The Washington Senate adopted a resolution sponsored by Sen. Mike Baumgartner, R-Spokane, saying it “fully supports the Gonzaga Bulldogs in their game on Saturday and will be cheering for a …


UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 10:32 p.m.

Does keeping Washington income tax-free help attract top athletes? Sen. Mike Baumgartner thinks so.

Senate fails to muster needed supermajority for a constitutional amendment blocking a state income tax.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 9:48 a.m.

Sen. Michael Baumgartner wants Washington Legislature to oversee high school sports leagues

Changes for high school sports could get more oversight, and more delays, under a proposal considered by a Senate committee.


Inslee, Ferguson in spotlight as Washington fights Trump travel ban

Court fight over Trump’s immigration order is generating national attention for Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 5, 2017, 2:04 p.m.

Plans to lower Washington’s minimum wage could be difficult sell

Three proposals from Sen. Mike Baumgartner to lower the minimum wage for some workers face a difficult path to becoming law.