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Sex ed mandate sparks bitter Washington state ballot fight

Democrats in the Washington state Legislature thought they had passed a routine sex education requirement for public schools earlier this year. But a coalition of Republicans and religious conservatives launched a swift, historic backlash that's led to a bitter partisan fight and an effort to overturn the measure on the November ballot.

State budget scrimps on replacing salmon-blocking culverts

Washington faces a federal court order to fix under-roadway pipes that block migrating fish by 2030, but a budget passed by lawmakers puts the state at risk of missing the deadline and could delay salmon recovery even as the Pacific Northwest’s endangered orcas are starving.

Senator Walsh apologizes for nurse comments

Washington State Senator Maureen Walsh apologizes for her comments about nurses "playing cards" on duty, made during debate over a bill requiring breaks for nurses. She was talking to KING 5 News in Seattle.

Spin Control: Math, civics pointers for the Occupy folks

OLYMPIA – It may be pointless to offer advice that hasn’t been requested, but should some leader of the Occupy movement ask I’d be happy to give it. This assumes, of course, that this is a movement and has a leader, the first of which is debatable and the second often denied. Still, minor problems like that never keep a reporter from sticking his nose into something.

Lawmaker wants successor rejected

OLYMPIA – An Everett lawmaker who argues she was unfairly defeated wants the state Senate to reject her successor while Attorney General Rob McKenna pursues a campaign-finance lawsuit. Sen. Jean Berkey, D-Everett, was narrowly defeated in August’s primary for the state’s 38th Legislative District. But the state Public Disclosure Commission later found that Democrat-aligned interest groups and a liberal political consultant conspired to hide who was paying for anti-Berkey campaign materials.

Agencies told to outline duties

Washington state agencies have been ordered to compile a list of their tasks – and whether they’re required by federal law or the state constitution – in preparation for budget cuts next year. An Oct. 15 memo from the state Office of Financial Management, the governor’s budget agency, tells all agency directors to describe the work their agency does, the number of employees the work takes and the amount it costs the state’s general fund.

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Session Notebook

Panel passes GOP transportation bill The Republican plan to raise $2.4 billion for highways without boosting the gasoline tax heads for a Senate vote after barely clearing committee Tuesday night. The measure, the centerpiece of the majority party's agenda this session, cleared the Ways and Means Committee without a vote to spare. Sen. Shirley Winsley, R-Lakewood, one of three moderates who are skeptical about the plan, voted with a solid bloc of Democrats in opposition.