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  • Washington teachers receive same base pay no matter location

    While many rural school districts in the United States struggle to recruit and retain quality teachers, Washington is one of just a few states where a teacher’s base salary is …


  • Washington House passes bill to raise minimum wage to $12

    OLYMPIA – Washington would raise the minimum wage for most workers to $12 an hour by 2019 under a bill that passed the House on Tuesday after a spirited partisan …


  • Inslee urges new taxes in state of the state address

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday repeated calls for some new taxes, including one on carbon pollution to secure “a birthright to a healthy Washington.” Republican leaders countered that …


  • House group OKs estate tax rewrite

    OLYMPIA – With less than two weeks left in the special session and Gov. Jay Inslee urging them to “pick up the pace,” legislators showed some slight progress but faced …


  • Washington Supreme Court rejects tax initiative

    OLYMPIA – Legislators have waited months for the Washington Supreme Court to answer a political question that has roiled the state for two decades: Can voters force them to round …


  • Statewide report grades lawmakers on racial equity

    Republican lawmakers from Spokane and Eastern Washington received failing grades in a new statewide report on racial equity issued by a liberal-leaning organization. Only Democratic state Rep. Andy Billig from …


  • Democrats holding edge in Legislature

    Democrats appear likely to hold on to both chambers of the Washington Legislature. Republicans had pushed to recapture the state Senate, where the Democrats currently have five more seats than …


  • Party lines clearly divide candidates

    The race between incumbent Democratic state Rep. Timm Ormsby and his Republican opponent, Dave White, gives voters a clear choice along party lines. Dave White, a Spokane County public works …


  • Judge rules against two-thirds tax law

    OLYMPIA – Requiring a supermajority for the Legislature to approve tax increases, as Washington voters have required several times over the past two decades, is unconstitutional, a King County Superior …


  • Supermajority for taxes unconstitutional, judge rules

    OLYMPIA — A King County Superior Court judge says the super-majority approved by voters for tax increases is unconstitutional.


  • Legislative re-districting suggests impact on incumbents

    OLYMPIA – A special panel redrawing the state’s political boundaries fired the first four shots last week in the coming political battle over legislative districts. Four commissioners offered their best …


  • Getting There: Runway work reaches halfway point at airport

    Fifteen trucks ferry concrete in a constant stream to the northeast end of the main runway at Spokane International Airport. More than 100 workers are on the job, building a …


  • State funds will help Second Harvest improve safety, services

    A few months ago 50 volunteers, including many servicemen and -women from Fairchild Air Force Base, gathered in Spokane’s Second Harvest Food Bank warehouse and distribution center. Their job was …


  • Deal cinches workers’ comp changes

    OLYMPIA – After tying the Legislature in knots for much of the last three months, changes to the state’s century-old workers’ compensation sped through both houses Monday with comfortable margins. …


  • Editorial: Industrial insurance reform hits labor hurdle

    Washington’s industrial insurance system ranks as one of the costliest in the nation, and from the mischief that unfolded this week in Olympia, union-friendly lawmakers want it to stay that …


  • Protesters march through Capitol

    OLYMPIA – Sixteen protesters were arrested in Washington’s Capitol outside the governor’s office Thursday in the third day of demonstrations over proposed cuts to state spending. Fifteen, including three from …


  • Legislators seeking money for the MAC

    OLYMPIA – A proposal to keep museums in Spokane and Tacoma open by tapping a savings account for a new Heritage Center in Olympia was introduced Thursday in the Washington …


  • Town hall meetings Saturday

    There’s a break in the Washington legislative action this weekend, so several Spokane-area senators and representatives will be back in their home districts to hold town hall meetings. The break …


  • Spokane’s sewage system undergoing quiet upgrade

    When it rains in Spokane, it pours sewage into the Spokane River. Faced with a 2017 deadline to stop discharging millions of gallons of raw sewage annually into the Spokane …


  • Youth forum evokes best in politicians

    Seen the new attack ad on Chris Marr? I won’t repeat any of it, other than to note that it formally marked the moment when the local election season went …


  • Washington Legislature, District 3, House Position 2

    Republican Morgan Oyler has a tough challenge. The county GOP has declined to back him and Democratic incumbent state Rep. Timm Ormsby had a strong showing in the primary, winning …


  • Editorial: Ormsby has handle on what’s best for district

    The race for 3rd District, Position 2 legislative seat pits incumbent Rep. Timm Ormsby, a Democrat, against political newcomer Morgan Oyler, a Republican. In many ways, Ormsby, 51, is a …


  • GOP platform proves vexing in Spokane County

    Much of the county Republican Party’s platform reflects longtime GOP values: Limited government. Gun rights. Lower taxes. An end to abortion. But some of the platform’s 120 policy statements make …


  • 3rd Legislative District, position 2

    Hector E. Martinet Personal: 46, no party preference. Born in California. Moved to Spokane in 1990. Divorced. Has three grown children.


  • Political newcomers hope to oust Ormsby

    Two newcomers to politics say it’s time for a change in the state House seat held by veteran Democrat Timm Ormsby. But Ormsby, who has held the 3rd District position …


  • 3rd Legislative District (position 2) candidates, issues

    Hector E. Martinet Personal: 46, no party preference. Born in California. Moved to Spokane in 1990. Divorced. Has three grown children.


  • Political newcomers hope to oust Ormsby

    Two newcomers to politics say it’s time for a change in the state House seat held by veteran Democrat Timm Ormsby. But Ormsby, who has held the 3rd District position …


  • Washington House OKs tax plan

    OLYMPIA – Democratic leaders began pushing a package of some $668 million in higher taxes through the Legislature on Saturday, suspending rules as they tried to beat the Tuesday deadline …


  • House bill seeks sales tax increase

    OLYMPIA – A proposal to raise the state sales tax by 1 cent, and tie it to high levels of unemployment, was introduced Thursday in the state House of Representatives. …

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