Stories tagged: Mike Padden
Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 6:41 p.m.
Thousands of abortion foes rally on steps of the Washington Capitol, saying Donald Trump’s election gives them hope
OLYMPIA – Thousands of abortion foes who filled the steps of the Washington Capitol Monday were urged to action by lawmakers who have proposals against the controversial but legal procedure. …
Sat., Dec. 17, 2016, 6 a.m.
Electoral College wasn’t done deal in 1976. Will it be in 2016?
As the time for the Electoral College meeting draws near, one former elector from the Spokane Valley often gets asked about his vote in 1976.
Fri., 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.
Tue., 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.
Wed., Sept. 7, 2016, 4:58 p.m.
Ferguson wants assault-weapon ban
Attorney General Bob Ferguson calls for Legislature to ban assault weapons but head of Senate committee that would handle bill raises doubts it can pass.
Wed., June 29, 2016, 3:27 p.m.
Group wants to build tiny homes for homeless families on Spokane Valley church land
Robertson needs $700,000 to make the project a reality and to accomplish that, he’s looking for investors and donors who will commit to the project with monthly or one-time donations.
Mon., May 23, 2016, 10:33 p.m.
Matt Shea takes surprise positions at debate team fundraiser
Republican State Rep. Matt Shea made a shocking, impassioned call for free college tuition Monday evening.
Mon., May 23, 2016, 5:07 p.m.
Transgender bathroom rule to get hearing in Yakima
A state rule allowing people to use a public restroom based on their gender identity rather than their anatomy will be reviewed by a legislative panel.
Sun., April 3, 2016, 4 a.m.
Spin Control: How Washington didn’t make 4 DUIs a felony
How the fourth DUI in Washington remained a misdemeanor.
Sat., April 2, 2016, 5:44 a.m.
Unexpected cash infusion helps Spokane fight auto theft, property crime
Spokane law enforcement got a $300,000 surprise in 2016 state budget, money to fight property crimes.
UPDATED: Tue., March 29, 2016, 8:25 p.m.
Washington lawmakers pass budget, adjourn
Legislature has a negotiated deal on a supplemental budget. Lawmakers will try to pass it Tuesday and adjourn
Wed., March 23, 2016
Washington Senate panel wants records on former corrections secretary
Senate committee demands records about former Corrections Secretary Bernie Warner from department and governor’s office.
Mon., March 7, 2016, 5:50 p.m.
Washington corrections officials disciplined for inmates’ early releases
Gov. Jay Inslee announces disciplinary action from early release of prisoners, names acting corrections secretary.
Mon., 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.
Mon., Feb. 22, 2016, 6:21 p.m.
Inmate release problem labeled urgent took years to address
State prison official said she requested fix to early release errors ASAP
Tue., 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.
Mon., 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.
Sun., Jan. 31, 2016, 5 a.m.
Spin Control: Spin Control: Senate GOP getting documents they want, need their own expert to handle them
Senate Republicans start getting documents on prison releases, hire investigator to manage them.
Mon., Jan. 25, 2016, 3:02 p.m.
Restroom rules to be deliberated in Spokane Valley Tuesday
Spokane Valley City Council to discuss gender preference bathroom access
Thu., Jan. 14, 2016, 12:56 p.m.
Senate GOP plans to issue subpoenas over prison controversy
Governor, senators spar over investigation of prison release mistakes.
Sun., Jan. 10, 2016, 5 a.m.
Washington legislative session expected to be shorter, focused on education
Issues the Washington Legislature will face include education funding, charter schools and carbon pollution.
Sun., Aug. 23, 2015
Senate Republicans play the ‘crisis’ card over court ruling
With a significant part of the state in flames and entire towns being evacuated, this is no time to throw the word “crisis” around lightly. So it must be noted …
Wed., May 13, 2015
Bill would allow law officers to testify for victims without a supporter
OLYMPIA – By the time Arlene Roberts’ killer came up for sentencing, the 80-year-old woman had been dead for more than three decades, and no friends or relatives were left …
Sat., May 9, 2015
Amended child support bill passes Washington Legislature
OLYMPIA – Obeying federal requirements to make state law conform to an international treaty on child support is forcing a special session in Idaho. But on Friday, legislation that allows …
Sat., April 4, 2015
Fourth DUI a felony under bill OK’d by Washington Senate
OLYMPIA – Motorists who rack up four convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs would face a felony charge under a bill that the Washington Senate passed …
Sat., Nov. 22, 2014
Legislature tries remote testimony
OLYMPIA – A Pasco-based government watchdog made a pitch Friday for district elections to the Supreme Court and two Spokane Valley law enforcement officers told legislators about rising arrest numbers …
Wed., Sept. 3, 2014
GOP lawmaker, obstetrician John Moyer dies at 92
As a physician, John Moyer had a soft voice and a calm bedside manner that brought thousands of Spokane’s babies into the world. As a legislator, he helped set Washington …
Tue., Sept. 2, 2014, 7:47 p.m.
Republican legislator and obstetrician who backed state health care for kids dies at 92
John Moyer, who represented two different Spokane legislative districts over a 10-year stretch, died last week from complications of Parkinson’s Disease at 92.
Tue., July 1, 2014
Supreme Court ruling could play role in state’s Reproductive Parity Act
OLYMPIA – Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows some companies to refuse birth control coverage for employees is likely to add fuel to both sides of the Washington legislative …
Tue., June 17, 2014
Gag order limits hearing on Insurance Commission
OLYMPIA – A legislative session billed as a chance to air charges of undue influence in the insurance commissioner’s office was something less than advertised Monday. Patricia Peterson, the agency’s …