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Inslee: No reason Legislature shouldn’t get out on time

The Legislature should settle on a budget and finish work by March 10, the last day for the regular session, Gov. Jay Inslee said.

Mother of slain Spokane teenager files $5 million claim against state

Veronica Medina-Gonzalez filed a $5 million claim against the state Friday in the death of her 17-year-old son, Ceasar Medina, allegedly at the hands of a state inmate released early. Jeremiah Smith faces a June trial on a first-degree murder charge.

Going in depth on the inmate early release investigation

Gov. Jay Inslee released details of his office’s independent investigation into the early release of thousands of prison inmates. For links to the report and the exhibits, go inside the blog.

Early release of inmates traced to management failures

Management failures behind years of early release for some prison inmates, report says.

Judges ask Washington high court to ban execution

The state’s high court, which came within one vote of striking down the death penalty a decade ago, is re-examining it. Dozens of former Washington judges have taken the unusual step of urging the court to find it unconstitutional this time – including former Justice Faith Ireland, who sided with the narrow majority in upholding capital punishment back in 2006.

Teacher pay raise in House supplemental budget

House Democrats in Washington have released their supplemental budget proposal, which would close several tax exemptions to pay for the salary increases of public school teachers.

Senate panel holds hearing on early release of prisoners

A Senate panel moved into the next stage of its inquiry into the erroneous early release of prisoners in Washington state, releasing thousands of pages of documents gained through legislative subpoena as they prepared to take testimony from witnesses during a public hearing Monday.

Spin Control: Kids get restless, Senate suspenseful

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee apparently is not a follower of W.C. Fields’ advice against working with children or animals. He may want to reconsider, at least when it comes to children. To provide a backdrop to his recent announcement of setting up the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Delivery of Services to Children and Families, Inslee secured the help of a dozen or so youngsters of various ages that could be conveyed by raising fingers of one tiny hand.

Sunday Spin: Kids make imperfect political props

Inviting toddlers to a political unveiling can have its downside.

State to study department for children’s programs

Commission to study whether state should have Children’s Services Department.

Gov. Inslee wants new agency for vulnerable children, families

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wants to create a new state agency to deliver services to vulnerable children and families.

17 governors announce clean energy, transportation agreement

Governors from 17 states are committing to work together to seek cleaner energy and transportation, and to build a better electrical grid.

Inslee to announce changes to I-405 tolling, I-5 repairs

Gov. Jay Inslee says he plans to announce changes to the Interstate 405 express lane tolling system.

Will surprise ‘firing’ affect legislative session?

What’s the fallout from the rejection of the state transportation secretary? Hard feelings and distrust, for sure. Higher bond costs, no. Longer session, unknown.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee blasts Senate GOP over ‘political hatchet job’

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee holds press conference about the Senate rejecting his transporation secretary.

Senate rejects state transportation secretary

A divided Senate refused to confirm Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson.

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.