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Gov. Inslee appoints interim leader for DSHS

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed an acting secretary for the Department of Social and Health Services while a national search begins for a permanent leader.

Sunday Spin 2: Inslee not biting on ski expansion request

Governor not commenting on Mount Spokane project.

Spin Control: Spin Control: Senate GOP getting documents they want, need their own expert to handle them

Senate Republicans start getting documents on prison releases, hire investigator to manage them.

Legislative panel likely to issue subpoenas over prisoners’ early release

A Senate committee that controls the flow of legislation could issue subpoenas later this week to the Department of Corrections as part of an inquiry into problems that led to thousands of inmates getting released before their sentences had been served.

Sunday Spin: Unshocking development in Legislature’s week 1 — politics

OLYMPIA – It didn’t take long for Washington’s Democratic governor and legislative Republicans to accuse each other of politics, which, of course, was completely unexpected for a legislative session in a major political election year.

Senate GOP plans to issue subpoenas over prison controversy

Governor, senators spar over investigation of prison release mistakes.

WaLeg Day 4: Inslee press conference, budget hearing, Supreme Court by district

A fairly busy day in Olympia, as Gov. Jay Inslee has scheduled an 11 a.m. press conference, the Senate Ways and Means Committee has a hearing on his budget at 3:30 p.m., and Senate Law and Justice has a hearing on dividing the state into districts for Supreme Court elections.

Responses to the State of the Union

A State of the Union Address generates lots of e-mailed responses. We’re compiling some from around the region inside the blog.

Inslee: WA deserves confident government

OLYMPIA – The Legislature should agree to pay public school teachers more, take steps to prevent devastating wildfires and expand mental health services, Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday. It should lay the groundwork for major improvements to school funding in 2017.

WaLeg Day 2: Spin Control will provide live coverage of the Washington’s State of the State address

Look for live coverage sometime after noon

Washington legislative session expected to be shorter, focused on education

Issues the Washington Legislature will face include education funding, charter schools and carbon pollution.

State files request for aid from storm damage

Washington has filed a formal request for federal disaster aid to help with damage from November’s windstorms and floods.

Gonzaga professor Tod Marshall named Washington’s poet laureate

Tod Marshall, a Spokane poet and professor at Gonzaga University, has been named Washington’s state poet laureate by Gov. Jay Inslee. His two-year term kicks off on Feb. 1. He is charged with building awareness and appreciation of poetry through appearances around the state, according to a news release from Humanities Washington, which co-sponsors the poet laureate program with the Washington State Arts Commission.

Gov. Jay Inslee orders more state data on gun violence

Gov. Jay Inslee ordered state agencies to come up with more data on gun deaths and determine whether people violating the state’s background check law are being prosecuted.

Inslee wants state to collect data on gun violence

Gov. Jay Inslee ordered state agencies to come up with more data on gun deaths and determine whether people violating the state’s background check law are being prosecuted.

Inslee to unveil initiative to fight gun violence

Gov. Jay Inslee to announce an initiative on gun safety and mental health Wednesday.

Jon Snyder: Departing city councilman hopes to return to Spokane someday

An exit interview with Jon Snyder

Editorial: Fish v. students: fish always lose

Shuffling transportation projects in response to latest accidents a bad way to set transportation policy.

Washington Senate leader pushes for funds to upgrade roads near WSU

The leader of the Washington State Senate would like more state funds to improve rural roads leading to Washington State University in Pullman.

Spin Control: Before you forget 2015 politics, how much of it do you remember?

Spin Control looks back at some political highlights and lowlifes of 2015