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Washington school salaries hard to compare

Comparing pay for teachers and other public school employees around Washington is difficult, experts tell lawmakers as the Legislature tries to figure out how much the state must spend to improve basic education.

In race for central Spokane senate seat, incumbent Andy Billig faces Libertarian James Apker in friendly contest

There can be a lot of vitriol in American politics, but a race for a seat in the Washington State Senate has been amicable, mostly. “It’s refreshing that we have two candidates who have very different political views, but really get along well personally,” said Democratic Sen. Andy Billig, who is up against Libertarian James Apker in the 3rd Legislative District, covering central Spokane.

Return hardworking Billig to Olympia

In his six years in the Legislature, Billig has demonstrated his ability to work from the center to achieve legislative success.

Shawn Vestal: Washington Legislature is OK with political dark money

Another year, another death for Andy Billig’s attempt to shine more light on dark money in state politics. This year, instead of a proposal that drew support in both houses before being scotched by business lobbyists, the Washington DISCLOSE Act was simply bottled up by the Senate majority, never to see the light of day.