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Spin Control: Can ‘bipartisan’ mean whatever a politician says it means?

Sometimes in politics, it seems as though we are through the looking glass like Alice, where Humpty Dumpty contends that when he uses a word “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” That’s how I feel when I hear the term “bipartisan legislation”, which seems to mean exactly what the politician speaking wants it to mean.

Some Washington lawmakers wonder if federal stimulus will be enough for transportation projects

The House and Senate released separate transportation budget proposals this week, outlining their spending priorities for the next two-year cycle starting July 1. The House proposal, authored by House Transportation Committee Chair Jake Fey looks to spend $10.9 billion while the Senate proposal, authored by Senate Transportation Chair Steve Hobbs, would spend $11.7 billion. 

Washington House passes new version of bill aimed at public health reforms

A bill, proposed by Democratic Spokane Rep. Marcus Riccelli, would create new regional service centers to support local public health jurisdictions, change the makeup of local public health boards and establish an advisory board to oversee the state's public health system. It passed 56-41 with some mixed feelings on both sides.