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  • Democrats investigate campaign director

    SEATTLE – The executive director of the Democrats’ state Senate campaign committee is being investigated after indications that he made improper expenditures using the group’s money, lawmakers said Saturday. In …


  • Spin Control: Naming rights could bring money

    OLYMPIA – Legislators are considering – not too seriously, it seems – a plan to allow the state to sell the naming rights to its many roads, bridges, tunnels, buildings …


  • $2.5 million needed for Spokane Valley Tech

    Central Valley’s School Board will ask the Washington Legislature for $2.5 million to complete the Spokane Valley Tech. The board approved a resolution Monday night to lobby officials for an …


  • Spin Control: Abortion bill’s absence frustrates open debate

    OLYMPIA – The claim by “coalition” senators that their regime ushers in an era of more open debate managed to stub its toe last week on one of the Legislature’s …


  • Getting There: Cash-short transit agencies seek help

    Public transit officials in Washington are reaching out to state lawmakers, asking for new funding to help alleviate their troubled finances. Transit agencies in Pierce and Snohomish counties are facing …


  • State laws’ last gender-specific terms targeted

    OLYMPIA – In Washington state, dairymen, freshmen and even penmanship could soon be things of the past. Over the past six years, state officials have engaged in the onerous task …


  • Spin Control: Wet behind the ears on poll tax claim

    OLYMPIA – A wise old pol once explained why changing the election system is difficult: The people who must agree to make the change all got their jobs through the …


  • Landers: Outdoors issues hot topic in Olympia

    Issues from the great outdoors are trying to see the light of day in the 2013 Washington Legislature. Wolf reintroduction and the cash-poor state parks are issues likely to generate …


  • Washington lawmakers submit big cellphone bills

    OLYMPIA – During last year’s wrangling with budget troubles, Washington state Sen. Jerome Delvin racked up a cellphone bill that would make most users recoil – $309.21 in a single …


  • Landers: Outdoors issues hot topic in Olympia

    Issues from the great outdoors are trying to see the light of day in the 2013 Washington Legislature. Wolf reintroduction and the cash-poor state parks are issues likely to generate …


  • Former lawmaker, teacher Edward Luders dies

    Former state Rep. Edward T. Luders, who served in Democratic leadership in the Washington Legislature during the 1970s, died Friday at age 84. Luders also taught economics and government at …


  • Why doesn’t this tax plan require a supermajority?

    Last year, voters in Washington approved Initiative 1185, a measure requiring supermajority votes of two-thirds to raise taxes in the Legislature. Voters approved I-1185 with a not-quite-supermajority of 63.9 percent.


  • Budget remains pressing issue in new legislative session

    OLYMPIA – A new year, a new Legislature, a new administration – and maybe some new ideas to solve some old, familiar problems. That may be the best way to …


  • New vote may be needed on tuition hikes

    An informal opinion from the Washington attorney general’s office says lawmakers may need to take another vote on whether the state’s public universities can set their own tuition rates.


  • New 7th District senator selected

    A Colville-area farmer and businessman was named on Thursday to succeed retiring GOP state Sen. Bob Morton, who served 22 years from Washington’s 7th Legislative District. John Smith, a Republican, …


  • Court: Slowed education cuts not ‘forward progress’

    SEATTLE — The Washington Supreme Court ruled today that the state Legislature isn’t making enough progress toward finding more money for K-12 education in answer to the court’s decision in …


  • Spin Control: Coalition majority might not be so great

    OLYMPIA – To hear supporters tell it, a new power-sharing coalition in the state Senate could usher in a Legislative session of compromise and moderation, with a positive response to …


  • GOP takes control of state Senate

    A coalition of 23 Republicans and two Democrats said today they plan to take control of the Senate when it convenes next month.


  • Field reports: Kokanee fishing to reopen at Lake PO

    FISHING – For the first time since 1999, anglers will be allowed to harvest kokanee in Lake Pend Oreille starting in 2013 under fishing regulations adopted Thursday by the Idaho …


  • State Parks plead for funds; Discover Pass sales leave shortfall

    As revenues continue short of projections, state parks leaders are telling Washington lawmakers they can’t do it alone. The Washington State Parks department plans to seek $27 million from the …


  • Landers: New law raises penalties for trespassers

    The Washington Legislature has raised the stakes for hunters who go onto private property without permission. A law enacted this year gives wildlife officials authority to confiscate equipment, including rifles, …


  • Shawn Vestal: Floyd’s tuition plan for WSU overdue, masterful

    At least one leader at Washington State University is kicking butt this year. President Elson Floyd has proposed holding the line on tuition increases. He has asked WSU’s Board of …


  • Vestal: Victim seeks to extend abuse statute

    It happens every time a victim of child sexual abuse wins a lawsuit: the cries that these people are only in it for the money. Only in it for the …


  • Sen. Brown was financially ready for campaign

    State Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown perhaps was too prepared for her re-election bid. She already had ordered her campaign signs when she made the surprise announcement last week that …


  • Matt Shea to seek third term in state House

    Spokane Valley Republican Matt Shea will seek a third term in the state House of Representatives, not the open seat on the Spokane County Board of Commissioners. Shea had been …


  • Shea to seek third House term

    Republican Matt Shea will seek re-election to the Legislature rather than running for an open county commission seat.


  • Lawsuit faults state GOP caucus reinstatement

    OLYMPIA — A Senate Republican senior attorney is seeking a $1.75 million settlement from the state, saying that Senate Republicans have created a hostile work environment by allowing Sen. Pam …


  • Daniele Modderman serves as House page

    Daniele Modderman, a sophomore at The Oaks Classical Christian Academy in Spokane Valley, recently served as a page in the Washington House of Representatives. She was sponsored by Rep. Matt …


  • Spin Control: Perhaps budget is more pressing, but marriage debate was good

    OLYMPIA – Republican leaders in the Legislature have been uniformly critical of same-sex marriage bills as the proposals worked their way through the two chambers on what can only be …


  • WA House committee advances gay marriage bill

    OLYMPIA — A House committee on Monday approved a measure to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state, setting the stage for final passage this week.