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Two state auditor hopefuls mix it up

The filing deadline is still a couple of weeks away, but candidates barked at each other Thursday night in their bid to become the state’s top watchdog. State Rep. Mark Miloscia, D-Federal Way, and Republican candidate James Watkins of Redmond did their best to show Spokane voters why they should replace the retiring Brian Sonntag as state auditor. Also in the race, but not attending the event, are State Rep. Troy Kelley, D-Tacoma, and State Sen. Craig Pridemore, D-Vancouver.

Editorial: Derailed Senate bill would help Washington Legislature rebuild trust

If the term “transparency” is getting a little shopworn in political parlance, maybe that’s because it’s heard so much yet demonstrated too little. The Washington Legislature could reverse that pattern, but indications from Olympia aren’t promising. Senate Bill 5419 would make it harder for lawmakers to rush measures through the process before the public – and even other members – know what’s happening. But the proposal has run into a dead end in the Senate Committee on Government Operations and Tribal Relations and Elections, where Chairman Craig Pridemore, D-Vancouver, has decided to bottle it up.