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UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018, 7:48 a.m.

Inslee task force would study possible dam breaching to help salmon, orcas

A task force to study possible removal of the Snake River dams could generate outsized controversy in Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 13, 2018, 9:49 p.m.

Gov. Inslee proposes major spending boost, new capital gains tax

Gov. Jay Inslee will ask the Legislature for an extra $9.7 billion in spending in the state’s main budget over the next two years to pay for improvements to public …


Spin Control: Task force sends Legislature its thoughts on open records

Task force on legislative public records send off its recommendations. The question remains whether the 2019 Legislature use them as a springboard to more transparency.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018, 10:55 p.m.

Former lawmaker Lynn Schindler remembered for strong values

Former Valley legislator Lynn Schindler died this week.


Spin Control: Frank Chopp stepping down, but not away

Frank Chopp, the state’s longest-serving speaker, talked to reporters about the upcoming session and beyond.


Ballots not cast can still sway elections

Despite near-record turnout for the midterm, tens of thousands of Spokane County voters didn’t vote and that has implications for future elections.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018, 2:15 p.m.

Washington saw most ballots ever cast in midterm election

Washington nearly set records for turnout and the number of ballots cast in a statewide election.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 27, 2018, 10:29 p.m.

Local disability boards could approve payments for medical marijuana

Medical marijuana could be covered under some government disability programs, an attorney general’s opinion says, but whether that would jeopardize federal funding for local programs isn’t clear.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018, 10:38 a.m.

Chopp to step down as speaker after 2019

House Speaker Frank Chopp will give up post after the 2019 session.


Shawn Vestal: Gov. Inslee’s travel budget smudges the line between political and professional

It’s been a sea-to-shining-sea year for our peripatetic governor.


Spin Control: Election results do add up, if you dig into the details

Some more numbers to consider from the recent midterm elections.


Protect health care costs deduction, Cantwell says

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., reached across the aisle this week to partner with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on legislation designed to assist low-income families with medical costs.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 9:21 p.m.

Schoesler re-elected Senate GOP leader

Mark Schoesler named Senate minority leader.


Gun-rights supporters sue to block I-1639

Spokane gun dealer, others challenge Initiative 1639 in federal court.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018, 10:55 p.m.

Republic, Washington, considers becoming a ‘sanctuary city’ to protect gun rights

The City Council of Republic, Washington is mulling legislation to countermand from state and national laws that limit Second Amendment gun rights, including the recently passed Initiative 1639.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 12, 2018, 10:42 p.m.

Spokane’s Andy Billig to be Senate majority leader in 2019

Spokane Democrat Andy Billig was named majority leader of the state Senate Monday as members of the caucus gathered to select new leaders for the 2019 session.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 11, 2018, 10:11 p.m.

Gun sellers expect sales bump after Washington voters approve new rules

Starting next year,


Spin Control: Awards time for the highlights and lowlifes of the 2018 election

With most counting finished for the 2018 election and very few races still in doubt, it seems appropriate to pass out the awards for the highlights and lowlifes of the …


Spokane County ballot returns slacking off before hitting all-time record

Spokane County ballot counts beat all previous midterm elections, but might not beat all-time record.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 9, 2018, 8:38 p.m.

Democratic takeover could boost passage of farm bill

Folks in farm country may be the first to benefit from forced cooperation in Congress brought on by the Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives.


Shawn Vestal: McMorris Rodgers rode Eastern Washington’s red tide to victory

It wasn’t a wave, it was the tide. The regular, recurrent tide.


Washington Legislature getting bluer in 2019

Democrats make gains in the Washington Legislature.


Analysis: Why ‘a real race’ in Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown contest offered familiar November result

Democrats said they couldn’t match the fervor from energized Republicans in Eastern Washington that led to a comfortable GOP win in the district, despite rumors of a “blue wave.” Republicans …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018, 6:46 a.m.

6 election maps that reveal the desires of Spokane voters

During the 2018 election cycle, voters in the region appear to be split along geographic, as well as party, lines. We depict that split in 6 races.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 11:20 p.m.

Brad Manke leads Mike Berry in divisive Stevens County sheriff’s race; Tveit wins new term as judge

A divisive race to replace retiring Stevens County Sheriff Kendle Allen seemed too close to call on Tuesday evening, though early results showed one candidate leading the other by more …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 11:05 p.m.

Democrats take early lead in key Legislative races

Democrats took an early lead Tuesday in key Washington state legislative races that will determine if they boost their control in the Senate and House.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

I-1634, a ban on local soda and grocery taxes, approved

Local governments looking for more tax money will have to look somewhere else than soda.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

Voters back changes to deadly force standards in I-940

Law enforcement officers in Washington will face different standards for incidents involving deadly force.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

I-1639, which creates restrictions on semiautomatic rifles, passes

Washington residents will face more scrutiny on the purchase of semiautomatic rifles.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 10:20 p.m.

Voters reject carbon fee in I-1631

Washington isn’t likely to levying a fee on crude oil and other fossil fuels to help fight climate change.