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  • Shedding light on dark money a struggle in Rodney Tom’s world

    However things go in Olympia this session, no one can say the leaders of the Senate haven’t contributed something to the state. They stood up for secrecy in big-money politics.


  • Senate proposal raises gas tax

    OLYMPIA – The coalition controlling the Washington Senate released a $12 billion transportation package that would raise gasoline taxes by 11.5 cents a gallon over three years and finish several …


  • Jay Inslee mentions taxes, education in State of the State address

    OLYMPIA – Washington should raise its minimum wage, spend more on schools and highways, raise teacher salaries and do something about climate change, Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday. “We have …


  • Inslee calls special session for transportation package

    OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee called the Legislature into a special session starting Thursday to pass a transportation package and other bills key to landing the Boeing 777X.


  • Legislature edges closer to finalizing budget deal

    OLYMPIA – Budget negotiators inched toward an agreement Tuesday on Washington’s $32 billion two-year spending plan, reaching a point where staff looked for new ways to say “close.” But not …


  • Lawmakers say deal on budget close

    OLYMPIA – With state agencies preparing to send temporary layoff notices to some workers Monday, legislators signaled they are closing in on a deal for a two-year operating budget. So …


  • Revenue windfall could end stalemate

    OLYMPIA – An improving economic outlook could allow the Legislature to do something in the next few days that it has been unable to do for nearly six months: negotiate …


  • Washington Legislature goes to double-overtime

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature closed for about 17 hours overnight Tuesday – the amount of time between its ineffectual first special session and a second special session that some say …


  • House Democrats offer state budget compromise

    OLYMPIA – House Democrats offered to trim spending and drop many proposals on taxes as part of a compromise they say would allow the Washington Legislature to pass a 2013-15 …


  • Three issues at forefront of session

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee has shortened his top priorities on the Legislature’s “to do” list for the special session to three things: Pass an operating budget. Pass a new …


  • Budgets could force special session

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature is running out of days faster than it is running out of controversial issues, but leaders are still wary of saying they will need a special …


  • Gardner tribute weaves impact, respect, humor

    OLYMPIA – With his family in the gallery and flags outside lowered to half-staff, former Gov. Booth Gardner was eulogized Friday in the Senate chamber where he once served as …


  • Gov. Jay Inslee offers jobs outline

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee added some specifics to his campaign themes of generating more jobs in key industries, releasing a package Wednesday of tax breaks and spending projects designed …


  • Pot leaving Washington is federal concern

    OLYMPIA – State officials are trying to convince the federal government they can keep legally grown pot from making its way over the border to Oregon, Idaho or other states …


  • Republicans to lead Washington Senate

    OLYMPIA – In a move variously described as an exciting opportunity for bipartisanship or a political coup, a pair of Democrats announced Monday they are joining forces with the Senate’s …


  • GOP takes control of state Senate

    A coalition of 23 Republicans and two Democrats said today they plan to take control of the Senate when it convenes next month.


  • Workers’ comp deal reported near to break legislative logjam

    OLYMPIA – Legislators may reach a deal sometime today on one of the key stumbling blocks to passing a budget and adjourning, a spokesman for Gov. Chris Gregoire said Saturday …


  • Legislature grinds toward compromise

    OLYMPIA – Legislators may reach a deal sometime Sunday on one of the key stumbling blocks to passing a budget and adjourning, a spokesman for Gov. Chris Gregoire said this …


  • Senate extends tax incentive for film companies

    OLYMPIA – With signs emerging the Washington Legislature might at least make an effort to finish work by next Wednesday’s deadline, the Senate Thursday extended a tax break for movies …

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