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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014

Robocall may have prompted death threat

Robocalls may be annoying, particularly during campaign season, but for Rep. Kevin Parker, one apparently prompted a death threat. The Spokane Republican contacted the Washington State Patrol this week after someone left a message on his office voice mail with graphic threats to him and...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2014

OLYMPIA -- Seahawks mascot Taima visits the House of Representatives Friday with owners David and Robin Knutson, Rep. Kevin Parker (center) and Seahawks executive Mike Flood. (Jim Camden)

Seahawks' Taima is in the House...

OLYMPIA -- The Seahawks' flying mascot Taima made a guest appearance in the Legislature this morning, posing for pictures and being present in the House when a resolution of his honor was adopted. The resolution, by Rep. Kevin Parker, R-Spokane, commended the augur hawk as...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 21, 2014

Legislative town halls at the MAC today

The Museum of Arts and Culture will be a busy place this weekend for Spokane residents who want to ask their legislators what’s happening in Olympia. As the 2014 session nears the two-thirds mark, legislators from the 3rd and 6th Districts have town hall meetings...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 14, 2014

School bills move through Legislature

OLYMPIA -- Washington schools would be required to protect students against emotional bullying, keep more data on homeless students and test out whether extra days would help some students retain more from one year to the next under bills that advanced Friday. . . To...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 23, 2014

Local legislators reaching out by phone

OLYMPIA -- While Spokane-area legislators are spending most of their time for the next two months in Olympia,some are are trying to keep in touch with constituents by shifting the standard "town hall meeting" from a place to a phone number. Republican Reps. Kevin Parker...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 8, 2013

Parker hosting human trafficking meeting

A legislator, a member of a youth volunteer organization and a major league pitcher will host a town hall meeting on human trafficking Wednesday evening in North Spokane. Rep. Kevin Parker, R-Spokane, said the meeting is designed to discuss what the state is doing to...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 9, 2013

House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., stops for a cup of Dutch Bros. Coffee with Washington State Rep. Kevin Parker, R-Spokane, on Friday morning. The two met during a Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers fundraiser Thursday night and Cantor expressed interest in seeing Parker's business. (From Kevin Parker's Twitter Account)

House Majority Leader grabs a Spokane cup o' joe 

A member of U.S. House of Representatives leadership grabbed some java to go at a Spokane-area Dutch Bros. Coffee this morning. And it wasn't who you might think. Franchise owner and state Republican lawmaker Kevin Parker hosted House Majority Leader Eric Cantor at one of...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2013

Legislative town hall meetings in Spokane 

Spokane-area residents will have chances to ask their legislators what’s going on in Olympia this weekend at several town hall meetings scheduled for Saturday. Sen. Andy Billig, Reps. Timm Ormsby and Marcus Riccelli, all Democrats from central Spokane’s 3rd District, have a 10 a.m. meeting...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16, 2013

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee delivers  his Inaugural address to a joint session of the Legislature on Jan. 16, 2013  (Jim Camden)

Inauguration Day: The full speeches

Inslee delivers his speech to a joint session of the Legislature. If you can't get enough of Inauguration Day rhetoric, wonder what else was in the Gov. Jay Inslee's speech or the GOP response, we can help. Click here to go inside the blog to...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 15, 2013

Parker giving GOP response to Inslee's first speech

OLYMPIA -- Spokane Rep. Kevin Parker will give the Republican response to Jay Inslee's inaugural address Wednesday. Inslee will give his speech after he and other statewide elected officials take the oath of office Wednesday morning in the Capitol Rotunda. The ceremony starts at 10:30...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 4, 2012

Parker gets honorary gig on McMorris Rodgers' campaign

State Rep. Kevin Parker has plenty of time on his hands, politically speaking. The Republican from Spokane's 6th District doesn't have an opponent in this year's election. So over the weekend, he signed on as honorary chairman of Cathy McMorris Rodgers' congressional re-election campaign. According...

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TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2012

Parker again without challenger

So much for magical thinking. The Occupy Spokane activist who challenged state Rep. Kevin Parker's reelection bid already has dropped out of the race. Wayne Kyle Spitzer, a Democrat, confirmed today that he decided against running for Parker's 6th District House seat. He filed paperwork...

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FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2012

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MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2012

Dellwo challenges Ahern for 6th District seat 

Democrats will give voters a choice in at least one race in the 6th Legislative District. Former state Democratic state Rep. Dennis Dellwo filed paperwork with the state Public Disclosure Commission last month announcing a bid to challenge Republican state Rep. John Ahern. Democrats had...

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MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2012

GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum holds a press conference in the House Republican Caucus Room on Feb. 13, 2012 (Jim Camden)

Santorum looking for caucus support 

Under the watchful eye of Ronald Reagan's portrait, Rick Santorum holds a press conference in the House Republican Caucus Room OLYMPIA – Looking for a chance to “plant a flag” in Washington for the March 3 precinct caucuses, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum stopped by...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2012

Fund ed first, House Republicans say 

OLYMPIA – House Republicans, who say they are fed up with the slow pace of budgeting process in a session where that was supposed to be the main thing the Legislature tackled, argued Thursday for a new approach. The state should set aside what it...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 26, 2011

Legislative pay cut: Some say yes, some say no 

OLYMPIA – About half of the 15 members of the Spokane-area legislative delegation have volunteered for the same level of pay cuts the imposed on state workers. That’s a level slightly better than legislators statewide. Many who have done it, like Rep. Kevin Parker, R-Spokane,...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011

Taking the idea initiative

OLYMPIA -- Two questions for the big thinkers out there: Do you have an idea how to improve Washington state in the future? Do you think it would stack up so well to other peoples' ideas that it could make the top 100? If so,...

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