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Paul Ryan-backed super PAC supporting Cathy McMorris Rodgers in 2018 contest

FILE - From left, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., chair of the Republican Conference, prepare to speak to reporters after passing the GOP tax reform bill in the House of Representatives, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. Ryan’s super PAC, the Congressional Leadership Fund, will open a field office in Eastern Washington to support McMorris Rodgers’ re-election effort in 2018. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP)
The Congressional Leadership Fund has selected Eastern Washington as one of 27 sites for field offices, intended to drum up support for Republicans ahead of the 2018 midterms. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is the highest-profile Republican to date who will receive support from the group, which has promised to spend $100 million in this campaign cycle to maintain the party’s control of both houses of Congress.

Ferguson: Motel 6 gave info to feds

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018, 3:30 p.m.

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson addresses a news conference Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in Seattle, announcing that his office is suing Motel 6. Ferguson said that the budget hotel disclosed the personal information of thousands of guests to federal immigration authorities in violation of state law. He said the motel divulged to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement the names, dates of birth, license plate numbers and room numbers of more than 9,000 guests at six locations throughout the state, violating the state’s consumer protection law thousands of times by violating the privacy of its guests. (Elaine Thompson / AP)
Washington’s attorney general is suing Motel 6, saying the budget hotel disclosed the personal information of thousands of guests to federal immigration authorities in violation of state law.

Car-tab tax initiative fails to garner enough signatures

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 30, 2017, 5:08 p.m.

Citizen initiative activist Tim Eyman talks to reporters Monday, March 3, 2008 at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Eyman says his initiative to toss out Sound Transit’s car-tab taxes and instead tax every vehicle in the state at $30 has failed to collect enough signatures and will not be on the ballot next year. (Ted S. Warren / AP)
Anti-tax activist Tim Eyman says his initiative to toss out Sound Transit’s car-tab taxes and instead tax every vehicle in the state at $30 has failed to collect enough signatures and will not be on the ballot next year.

Inslee’s budget plan calls for carbon tax

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 15, 2017, 7:44 a.m.

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee detailed his supplemental budget Thursday for the coming legislative session and called on lawmakers to pass the Capital Construction budget that didn’t get through the 2017 session. (Jim Camden / The Spokesman-Review)
Gov. Jay Inslee proposes spending $950 million from state reserves to speed public school improvements and increases to mental health programs.

PDC complaints becoming weapons in political wars

Seal of the Washington attorney general’s office. Complaints have been flooding both the Public Disclosure Commission and the attorney general’s office, which can also investigate and sanction candidates or campaigns for violations. (Ted S. Warren / AP)
Campaign finance complaints pile up at the Public Disclosure Commission and the state Attorney General’s office as political activists wage war over who’s not following the rules.

Murray, Cantwell among senators calling on Al Franken to resign

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 4:34 p.m.

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., returns to his office after talking to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP)
WASHINGTON – His once-promising political career in shambles, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken appeared on the verge of resigning after fellow Democrats led by female senators abandoned him Wednesday over the mounting allegations of sexual misconduct that are roiling Capitol Hill. A majority of the Senate’s Democrats called on the two-term lawmaker to get out after another woman emerged Wednesday saying he forcibly tried to kiss her in 2006. That brought to at least seven the number of women accusing him of sexual impropriety.