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Washington Sen. Patty Murray to help lead Senate Democrats

Senate Democrats named Charles Schumer, a media-savvy Brooklynite, to succeed Harry Reid, the combative ex-boxer from a hardscrabble Nevada mining town, to be their party’s leader as they prepare for …


Patty Murray heading back to Senate

Sen. Patty Murray headed to fifth Senate term, defeating Republican challenger Chris Vance


Millions on Social Security are hurt by low gasoline prices

When the price of gasoline goes down, Donald and Fran Shoemaker take a hit in their pocketbook, too. They say that’s not fair. He’s 90, and she’s 88, and neither …


Murray, Vance meet in second Senate debate

Republican Chris Vance continued his criticism that Sen. Patty Murray is too much of an entrenched partisan to solve congressional deadlock as the two met Sunday evening in their second …


In Senate debate, incumbent Murray calls for respect, Vance says she’s part of a ‘broken’ system

Chris Vance accused Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., of contributing to a “broken” political system and said if elected he would bring a fresh perspective and work with both parties. Murray …


Forest Service backs effort to prevent new mines in Methow Valley

The Forest Service is backing an effort to prevent new mining development in the upper Methow Valley, a popular tourist destination and an area targeted for salmon recovery.


Obama signs bill that helps veterans pay for in vitro fertilization

Veterans who suffered injuries that resulted in fertility problems will soon be eligible for federal assistance for in vitro fertilization. President Barack Obama on Thursday signed a bill that authorizes …


Washington governor’s debate will follow Monday’s presidential debate

Incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee and Republican challenger Bill Bryant will debate immediately following Monday’s presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.


Washington’s rural communities could receive more federal dollars to recover from wildfires

New bill would help rural communities devastated by wildfires that currently do not qualify for federal aid.


U.S. Sen. Murray faces challenge from former Washington state GOP Chairman Vance

Democrat Patty Murray seeks her fifth term in the U.S. Senate. This year’s challenger is former state Republican Party chairman Chris Vance.


Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Joe Pakootas advance in race for Congress

The race for Congress in November will be a repeat of 2014. Incumbent Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers easily topped five challengers in Tuesday’s primary. Democrat Joe Pakootas appears headed to …


Feds propose railroads have plans to deal with oil spills

Railroads hauling crude oil would be required to develop comprehensive plans for dealing with a significant oil spill, including providing detailed information to state and tribal authorities, under a rule …


U.S. Senate race: Patty Murray vs. Chris Vance and 15 others

Washington’s U.S. Senate race pits Republican Chris Vance and 15 others against four-term incumbent Democrat Patty Murray.


Fairchild a finalist once again to house new refueling tankers

The Spokane military installation was turned down in 2013 to bed down the KC-46A Pegasus in favor of a Kansas base closer to where the new jets were manufactured. A …


Sen. Patty Murray’s VA bill amendment would provide in-vitro fertilization for veterans

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., has attached a provision to a VA appropriations bill that would provide $88 million over two years to help veterans with service-related injuries and their …


UPDATED: Tue., May 17, 2016, 1 p.m.

Senate easily advances $1.1 billion in Zika funding

The Senate voted decisively on Tuesday in favor of a bipartisan $1.1 billion measure to combat the Zika virus this year and next, cutting back President Barack Obama’s request but …


Washington candidates make it official this week

Candidates for federal state, legislative and county races have until Friday to file for office.


Zika funding plan on the way, says Sen. Patty Murray

A senior Senate Democrat says there’s a deal to advance a $1.1 billion measure to battle the Zika virus. The bill is smaller than President Barack Obama’s $1.9 billion request …


Republican Senate candidate says he won’t vote for Trump

Chris Vance, who is running against incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, said Thursday that unless a conservative third-party alternative comes forward by November, he won’t vote for president in …


Fairchild’s fight for next new Air Force tanker gets tougher

The competition to be the next home to the new air-refueling tanker got significantly stiffer this year and supporters of Fairchild Air Force Base are concerned the rules were changed …


Garland could get Senate hearing if pressure mounts, Murray says

Pressure from voters back home might remove the barrier Republican leaders have placed on hearings for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, Sen. Patty Murray said.


Sanders supporters in Washington demand superdelegates switch allegiances

Bernie Sanders supporters in Washington want superdelegates supporting Hillary Clinton to switch to him as the winner of the precinct caucuses.


Sen. Murray questions DOE commitment to all Hanford cleanup

The Obama administration’s proposed Hanford budget seems to foreshadow declaring a cleanup victory, leaving critical work unfinished, Sen. Patty Murray said Wednesday.


Democrats denounce GOP ‘pinata’ comment on Supreme Court

Democrats accused Republicans on Tuesday of taking their cues from Donald Trump after the Senate’s No. 2 Republican said President Barack Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court should expect to …


Sen. Murray gathers college debt stories to back higher ed bill

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., wants to find a solution to increasing college debt. In the interest of doing just that she’s asking students and families to submit their college debt …


Northwest Democrats applaud, Republicans pan State of Union speech

Northwest members of Congress differ on the State of the Union.


Local school officials hope to influence federal education law

Spokane Public Schools officials hope to influence implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law Thursday.


Shawn Vestal: Give Murray an ‘A’ for bipartisanship

Sen. Patty Murray played a key role in drafting and shepherding the Every Student Succeeds Act – another instance of her ability to make concrete progress with Republican partners.


Editorial: Education reform nears final test

New law jettisons many of the unrealistic requirements of No Child Left Behind.


Washington needs more time for ID card changes, Sen. Patty Murray says

Washington needs more time before the federal government forces changes in state identification cards, Sen. Patty Murray says.