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Jessa Lewis: I’m ready to fight for Eastern Washington

I hope to provide a rare mix of lived experience and an understanding of the issues in Olympia. We need representation that will put people over politics and ensure we won’t get lost in the West Side majority.

Senate OKs labor law exemption to Western Hockey League

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Senate unanimously passed a measure that exempts players in the Western Hockey League from state labor laws. Senate Bill 5893 passed Tuesday after being amended on the floor. The original bill was much broader, seeking an exemption for all amateur athletes. The bill now heads to the House for consideration.

Lawmaker rejects views of grandfather’s church

State Sen. John Smith lives in a remote part of the largest legislative district in Washington, an area with sparse population and wide open spaces that over the decades has attracted people with extreme political and religious views. Smith acknowledges that both his grandfather and his wife’s grandfather were among those with extremist, anti-Semitic views, and that both ended up living in northeast Washington. Both were adherents of a radical strain of Christianity known as Christian Identity, an offshoot of a belief known as British Israelism.

Senate opening spurs 5 to apply

A county commissioner, a former legislator and a former legislative aide are among five applicants so far for an open state Senate seat in Northeast Washington’s 7th District. The seat becomes open Jan. 1 when Sen. Bob Morton, a 22-year veteran legislator, retires halfway through his term. Republican precinct committee officers in the district will nominate as many as three possible replacements to the county commissioners from Spokane, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Ferry and Okanogan counties, who must choose one through a majority vote.

State senate lawsuit over Roach settled

OLYMPIA — The Washington state Senate will review its workplace policies and has reaffirmed its sanctions against a Republican senator under a settlement announced today.

Brown won’t seek another Senate term

One of the state’s most powerful politicians shook Spokane’s political landscape and shocked her own party Thursday when she announced she won’t seek re-election to the Legislature. State Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown has represented her central Spokane legislative district since 1992, first in the House and, starting in 1996, the Senate. A staunch Democrat, she has led the Senate for eight years, and her pending departure sent ripples through both sides of the partisan aisle.