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GOP lawmakers want state to change provisions for union dues

As the state removes agency fees for nonunion workers, Republican legislators call for changes on union dues.


Department to focus on children, families

State launches a department centered around children and families.


UPDATED: Mon., June 25, 2018, 8:13 p.m.

Western State Hospital loses certification for federal money

Federal government says Western State Hospital still does not meet standards despite improvements.


Cathy McMorris Rodgers: Out with the old, in with the new (tax code)

Americans deserve a tax code that is fair, and encourages U.S. businesses to hire more workers and invest here at home – and that’s exactly the results the Tax Cuts …


UPDATED: Sat., April 14, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

Casings fly at ‘Shooting with the Candidate’ event for congressional aspirant Jered Bonneau

Gun smoke filled the air and bullet casings covered the Fishtrap shooting range terrain Saturday as Jered Bonneau hosted a “Shooting with the Candidate” event, where he and about 15 …


New law would get rid of written authorization for union dues and fees in Washington

Employers hiring under a collective bargaining agreement won’t have to ask for written authorization before deducting certain dues or fees from an employee’s salary under a new law signed Friday.


Cantwell, local legislators move to combat housing crisis

A number of separate efforts signal that elected officials recognize the urgency of the nation’s growing housing crisis.


Spin Control: The 2018 Legislature, by the numbers

A look at the numbers generated by 147 legislators in 60 days of the 2018 session


UPDATED: Thu., March 15, 2018, 10:02 p.m.

Employment agency head, accused of inappropriate conduct, resigns

Dale Peinecke, head of the state Employment Security Department, resigns amid allegations of inappropriate conduct to female employees.


UPDATED: Thu., March 15, 2018, 2:42 p.m.

Head of employment agency resigns after workplace report

The head of Washington state’s Employment Security Department has resigned after an outside investigation found several employees complained about him putting his arms around them or looking at their bodies …


Sue Lani Madsen: Public sector unions use the state as collection agency

But there is no longer any reason for an employer to provide bookkeeping and bill paying services. And change has public sector unions scared spitless.



Bill intended to get testing info to rape survivors faster

Sexual assault survivors would receive more information faster about rape kit availability under a bill passed Friday by the House Health Care and Wellness Committee.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 10:18 p.m.

Proposed bill would raise age for tobacco, vaping sales to 21 in Washington

People under 21 could no longer purchase tobacco or vapor products in Washington under


Washington’s legal challenges to the Trump administration: Some of the lawsuits

A look at some of the lawsuits against the Trump administration involving Washington State.


Spin Control: ‘Necessity defense’ will have its day in court

Spokane has a long and colorful history of “taking it to the streets” on everything from the Wobblies free speech and labor demonstrations a century ago to more recent protests …


Spin Control: Eyman’s suit falls flat

While much of the Northwest was trying on eclipse glasses and peeking carefully at the sun Monday morning, initiative entrepreneur Tim Eyman was trying to convince a judge that voters …


Lockdown lifted at Washington state Capitol

A lockdown at the Washington state Capitol was lifted Wednesday after law enforcement officers responding to a report of possible gunfire didn’t find anything suspicious.


UPDATED: Sat., June 10, 2017, 1:47 p.m.

Expiration of film tax credit could take a bite out of “Z Nation,” other productions

The state tax incentive for film productions in Washington is set to expire at the end of the month, and its chances of being renewed are uncertain. Without it, the …


UPDATED: Wed., May 3, 2017, 11:04 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: McMorris Rodgers walking back on promise to protect people with pre-existing conditions

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and the beleaguered House leadership are squeezing lemons to pass a bill that would apparently allow insurers to do exactly what her previous legislation would …


UPDATED: Tue., April 25, 2017, 10:37 p.m.

Inslee taps longtime employee to head Washington Corrections Department

Department of Corrections employee who rose through the ranks is named to lead it.


UPDATED: Thu., April 20, 2017, 10:18 p.m.

Washington lawmakers pass bill for two-tier licensing

Washington lawmakers reached agreement Thursday on a two-tiered licensing system that seeks to bring Washington state into compliance with federal identification requirements.


State lawmaker McCabe seeks funding for homeless in Yakima

State Rep. Gina McCabe has requested $3.6 million for housing for Yakima’s homeless.


Revenue projections for Washington higher than expected

Lawmakers on Thursday received a revenue forecast that shows they have a little more money to work with as the Senate and House prepare to release their budget proposals in …


Senate OKs bill making threats against police a hate crime

The Senate has passed a measure that would make crimes and threats against police officers a hate crime.


Russian ambassador in eye of storm over Trump campaign ties

The Trump administration’s back-to-back controversies over its Russian ties now have at least one thing in common: Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.


Lt. Gov. Brad Owen announces retirement

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen has announced he isn’t running for re-election, telling the Senate that his four decades in state service has been a “rare privilege and a great honor.”


Gregoire backs easier business licenses, taxes

OLYMPIA – Small businesses would have a single place to obtain state and local licenses and to pay state and local business and occupation taxes under proposals announced Thursday by …


Partnership law foes submit signatures

OLYMPIA – Sponsors of a campaign to overturn the state’s domestic partnership law turned in their petition signatures Saturday and said they believe they have enough to force a public …


Fish-Wildlife Commission chair still learning despite multiple degrees

NASELLE, Wash. – Meet Miranda Wecker, environmental lawyer, spartina eradication expert, enthusiastic mountain biker and skier – and new chair of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. Six weeks into …