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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.


UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017, 10:48 p.m.

Washington lawmakers seek solution to fight over rural water uses

House panel considers bill to allow counties to approve more wells for rural development.


Incumbents returned to Washington Supreme Court

Washington state won’t have new members on its Supreme Court as three incumbents successfully fended off challenges.


Court: Race-based staffing decision at Western State Hospital violates law

OLYMPIA – The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that a state psychiatric hospital violated the state’s anti-discrimination law when it issued a weekend directive that white staffers be sent to …


Spin Control: Fight over public school funding isn’t taking summer off

School’s almost out but the argument over proper funding for public education is unlikely to take a vacation based on recent court filings.


Editorial: Death of I-1366 is a relief

If you track the voters’ desires on ballot initiatives, it becomes clear that balancing the state budget on those wishes is an impossible task


Public school improvements listed in report to court

Committee report tells the Supreme Court what Legislature did and didn’t do to meet obligations to public schools.


Variety of bills land in legislative discard pile

Some bills got caught the public’s attention briefly but didn’t get all the way through the Legislature.


House supports creation of task force to solve education funding problem next year

House gives final approval to task force to develop public school tax plan.


Ex-Rockwood CFO can sue clinic bosses

OLYMPIA – A former executive of Rockwood Clinic who said he resigned rather than falsify a financial statement can sue his former bosses for wrongful termination in state court, the …


Washington education chief wants special session on charter schools

OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature should hold a special session to help charter school students “caught in the middle” of a recent Supreme Court decision that their schools are unconstitutional, …


Charter schools Q&A: Impact of ruling will take time to sort out

After a divided state Supreme Court ruled Friday that charter schools are unconstitutional, there were many questions about the future of those schools and their students. Not all those questions …


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 …


Retrial denied in adult bookstore killing

OLYMPIA – The man convicted of murdering the owner of an adult bookstore in Spokane won’t get a new trial just because the person who tested his DNA on the …


Court: State deals on tribal gas stations OK

State agreements to offer refunds to Native American tribes for fuel sold in their gas stations are legal, the state Supreme Court ruled today.


Court: Public officials’ texts are public records

A public employee’s work-related text messages are public records, even when they are sent and received on a private cellphone are public records, the state Supreme Court ruled today.


State Supreme Court stands firm in dispute with Legislature over education funding

OLYMPIA – Enough already with promises to fix the state’s schools, the state Supreme Court told the Legislature on Thursday. Until the Legislature establishes a concrete plan, it’ll cost the …


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 …


Court: WSU can pump from aquifer

OLYMPIA – Washington State University can keep pumping from a Palouse aquifer for its water needs, including to keep its golf course green. The state Supreme Court Thursday upheld WSU’s …


Basic education has changed meaning through the years

OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature will spend much of the 2015 session debating how much to spend to cover the cost of “basic education” in the state’s public schools. That …


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 …


Teachers’ attorney says investigative records should stay sealed

OLYMPIA – Spokane Public Schools should not release records of investigations into unproven allegations against two teachers, even if it removes their names, because identifying them from the documents is …


Washington AG warns high court of ‘slippery slope’ in public education case

OLYMPIA – The Washington Supreme Court should not go down a “slippery slope” and punish the Legislature because it didn’t come up with a complete plan to improve public schools, …


Washington state Supreme Court blasts lawmakers over school funding plan

OLYMPIA – A recent report on how the state will spend more money on education is so inadequate the state Supreme Court threatened Thursday to hold the Legislature in contempt. …


State Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu sworn in

OLYMPIA – With people who inspired her standing at her side and some she hoped to inspire sitting in the audience, Mary Yu was sworn in Tuesday to a state …


Serial killer Yates firmly on death row despite sentencing error

OLYMPIA – Serial killer Robert Yates is technically correct that the sentences he received for two murders were calculated improperly, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. But that doesn’t mean …


Plan to shrink Washington Supreme Court size to be heard by Senate

OLYMPIA – A plan to shrink the state Supreme Court by two justices was praised Monday by some as a money-saver and criticized by others as payback for decisions some …


Spin Control: It was a partisan week at the Legislature – everyone for the Seahawks

OLYMPIA – By this evening, we will know the most important fact for navigating the next two weeks in the Legislature. That is, are the Seattle Seahawks going to the …


Roll-your-own machines shut down

OLYMPIA — State court rulings and congressional action may have shut down roll-your-own cigarette machines for a long time.


Washington Supreme Court upholds I-1183 liquor law

OLYMPIA – Businesses around Washington can begin selling liquor today, after the state Supreme Court refused Thursday to toss out the law voters passed last November to allow the sales. …