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  • Gregoire says she’s not finished with public service

    OLYMPIA – Chris Gregoire entered the governor’s office under a cloud of suspicion in 2005 and took control of a state starting to feel the winds of a strengthening economy …

  • Disputed analysis of I-1185 will stay

    OLYMPIA – The fiscal note on the latest initiative requiring a supermajority in the Legislature for tax increases will remain in the state voters’ guide, even though it is different …

  • Tax advisory issues added to November ballot

    Washington state voters will have a chance to formally tell state lawmakers what they think about some taxes in the state, officials said Monday.

  • On ballots, expect single marijuana, marriage options

    OLYMPIA – Washington voters could face ballot measures this November on marijuana, same-sex marriage, charter schools and supermajorities for taxes. But they won’t face more than one on any of …

  • Government of the many, by the few

    Is the supermajority constitutional? A judge in King County said no this week, ruling that Initiative 1053, which requires a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to raise any tax, violated …

  • Eyman, red-light-camera foes push for city bans

    Tim Eyman’s anti-tax initiatives have developed, he admits, “a partisan tinge” over the years. But Washington’s ballot-measure king says he finally has found an issue that unites voters across the …

  • Critics renew red-light camera fight in Wenatchee

    Critics of red-light cameras in Wenatchee are back with another effort to get on the November ballot.

  • Liquor, tolls, care staff initiatives likely qualify for November ballot

    OLYMPIA – Washington voters will likely face proposals on tolls, liquor and home health care workers on the November ballot. But not on chickens or marijuana.

  • Spin Control: Film industry tax breaks fine, but tie them to reviews

    OLYMPIA – The Senate agreed last week to extend tax breaks for film companies that shoot movies and TV shows in Washington. That makes good economic sense, considering a movie …

  • Eyman wants lawmakers to set toll rates

    SEATTLE – Frequent initiative sponsor Tim Eyman said Sunday he’s pushing a statewide campaign this year to make sure that the Legislature – and not the unelected state Transportation Commission …

  • Spin Control: State’s petition process remains unchanged

    Left in the legislative ash heap last week was a bill to revise rules for initiative campaigns by charging as much as $500 to file a ballot measure and putting …

  • Assessor discusses recovery from eye cancer

    People who look closely might notice that one of Spokane County Assessor Ralph Baker’s eyes doesn’t move with the other. They might even figure out that his left eye is …

  • Judge OK’s Mukilteo red light camera vote

    A Snohomish County Superior Court ruled Friday that Mukilteo voters will have their say in November on red light cameras.

  • New food taxes start Tuesday

    If you drink bottled water or beer, eat candy or chew gum, this weekend would be a good time to stock up. Those items – or at least some brands …

  • Group seeks legal review of initiatives

    Initiatives proposed by the Spokane Patriots, a conservative activist group, will get a legal review from city attorneys before supporters start gathering signatures.

  • Eyman files rollback initiatives on newly passed taxes

    Initiative activist Tim Eyman wants voters to roll back several of the tax increases that were just approved by the state Legislature.

  • Festival preaches political action

    Linda Rhoads is fed up with the elected officials representing her state’s interests in the nation’s capitol. The 67-year-old Spokane Valley woman wrote to Washington’s two Democratic senators, Patty Murray …

  • Governor signs I-960 suspension

    OLYMPIA – There was no drama, but plenty of theatrics, as Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a bill Wednesday making it easier for the Legislature to raise taxes. Gregoire signed a …

  • Citizens’ tax curb on block

    OLYMPIA – Senate leaders want to make it easier for state lawmakers to raise taxes. Democrats will begin a move today to suspend the supermajority required to raise taxes that …

  • Eyman has point in filing fee tussle

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature is considering a proposal that seems like a bad idea as written, but if one thinks of it as only half an idea, it might be …

  • Washington lawmakers meet, recess ahead of state of the state

    OLYMPIA – Facing a $2.6 billion budget hole and a choice between cutting programs or raising taxes, the Washington Legislature opened Monday with a brief ceremony and repeated references to …

  • Council decries I-1033

    The Cheney City Council took time out of its meeting Tuesday to publicly oppose Initiative 1033, brought forth by Tim Eyman, which limits state, county and city governments by restricting …

  • Flood of last-minute cash against Wash. I-1033

    There’s a flood of last-minute cash pouring into the campaign against Initiative 1033 to limit government spending.

  • Nonprofits oppose I-1033

    Nonprofit agencies that work on housing and children’s issues are putting out a call for volunteers to work against a Washington initiative to limit government spending. Recent polls show Initiative …

  • Initiative has social service agencies worried

    Recent polls that show Washington’s I-1033 with a comfortable lead have alarmed nonprofits that work on housing and children’s issues. They’re asking volunteers to help defeat the measure, which would …

  • Council says I-1033’s outcome would be grim

    The Spokane City Council made grave warnings Monday about a proposed state initiative that would limit future increases in local government spending. Council President Joe Shogan warned of heading “back …

  • Judge won’t edit Wash. voter’s pamphlet for I-1033

    A judge has refused to order changes to the state voter’s pamphlet in a dispute over Initiative 1033, the latest ballot issue sponsored by professional anti-tax activist Tim Eyman.

  • Property tax initiative will be on Wash. ballot

    Initiative promoter Tim Eyman’s latest smaller-government project will be on the statewide ballot this fall.

  • Eyman initiative fight under way

    OLYMPIA – The signatures weren’t expected to be turned in until this morning, but the fight over Tim Eyman’s latest anti-tax measure has already begun. Analysts from liberal think tanks …

  • Court rejects challenge to anti-tax measure

    OLYMPIA – Declining to wade into the middle of a family fight, Washington’s highest court on Thursday rejected Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown’s challenge to an anti-tax ballot measure.



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