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WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2016

MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2015

TUESDAY, OCT. 14, 2014

Legislators' free meal limit: 12 per year

OLYMPIA -- Legislators could accept as many as a dozen free meals from lobbyists each year under a new rule adopted by their ethics committee. But in what could be described as only a partial victory for public accountability, their constituents will have no way...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 23, 2014

THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014

SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 2014

THURSDAY, SEPT. 22, 2011

Special session on budget starts Nov. 28

OLYMPIA -- The Legislature gets to spend the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas playing Scrooge to state agencies. Gov. Chris Gregoire said she is calling legislators back for a special session starting Nov. 28 to deal with declining revenue projections that are likely to decline...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2011

THURSDAY, SEPT. 15, 2011

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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SUNDAY, AUG. 21, 2011

Not much of a grading curve 

Washington state got an F in initiatives last week. Not that the state enrolled in Ballot Measures 101 or anything. We graduated with a degree in initiatives and referendums in 1914, when state residents added that power to the constitution. But the Ballot Initiative Strategy...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 1, 2010

No decision on special session

OLYMPIA -- After nearly two hours behind closed doors, legislative leaders and Gov. Chris Gregoire broke their huddle over budget problems but emerged with no consensus on a special session to close at least some of a gap of $1.1 billion projected for the remainder...

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