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Spin Control: Will a presidential run interfere with governor duties?

Gov. Jay Inslee says he has no plans to resign his seat while running for president.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019

Attorney general, speaker of the house make pitch to ban tobacco sales to those under 21 in Washington

Bill would ban tobacco and vaping sales in Washington to those under 21.

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019

Diverse Washington Legislature opens for 2019 session

New Legislature starts session with most diverse membership.

Spin Control: Frank Chopp stepping down, but not away

Frank Chopp, the state’s longest-serving speaker, talked to reporters about the upcoming session and beyond.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

Chopp to step down as speaker after 2019

House Speaker Frank Chopp will give up post after the 2019 session.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 21, 2018

Gov. Jay Inslee calls for restrictions on military style semi-automatic rifles

The Legislature should make it harder to buy a military style, semi-automatic rifle, and require the buyer to be at least 21, Gov. Jay Inslee said.

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018

Legislature opens amid protest, calls for action

Facing demands for action on everything from construction to schools to climate change, lawmakers returned Monday to start the 2018 legislative session.

UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017

Funding for EWU, SCC projects remains stalled in Washington Legislature over water rights law

Lawmakers continue to discuss a way to break the logjam over the capital budget and a change to state water rights law but have no votes scheduled yet.

UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017

Dispute over tax vote stalling Washington 2017-19 budget talks

Argument over the conditions for the start of serious budget negotiations makes a special session increasingly likely.

Rep. Susan Fagan accused of ethics violations, resigning

OLYMPIA – Rep. Susan Fagan faces ethics violations that House officials have deemed “extremely serious” and will resign Friday. Fagan, a Pullman Republican, is accused of inflating mileage reports to …

Spin Control: Slim majorities require focus on party discipline

OLYMPIA – The most ephemeral thing in politics might be big majorities. This should be particularly obvious to Democrats as they look to next year’s Legislature. Six years ago, Democrats …

Dream Act clears Washington House on first day; Senate fate uncertain

OLYMPIA – The House moved quick to reiterate its support for expanding college aid to qualifying students who aren’t legal residents, passing the DREAM Act less than an hour after …

Lawmakers say deal on budget close

OLYMPIA – With state agencies preparing to send temporary layoff notices to some workers Monday, legislators signaled they are closing in on a deal for a two-year operating budget. So …

WA House Speaker goals: create jobs, fund education

OLYMPIA – Washington legislators started their 60-day session with the usual pomp and circumstance, and a quick preview of the debates likely to dominate the remaining 59 days. As soon …

Workers’ comp gets an overhaul

OLYMPIA – An agreement on offering settlements to injured workers could remove one of the main obstacles to the Legislature passing a budget for the next two years. Gov. Chris …

Editorial: Adding choice best for workers, companies

Along with the stress and anxiety Washington’s lawmakers are feeling as they balance the state budget for the next two years, at least some must harbor a regret or two …

Senate, House differ on unemployment insurance legislation

OLYMPIA – A proposed $300 million tax cut for Washington businesses ping-ponged through the Legislature on Friday as one version passed the Senate with strong bipartisan support but another version …

Business tax cut approved by Washington Senate

OLYMPIA – A proposed $300 million tax cut for Washington businesses ping-ponged through the Legislature Friday as one version passed the Senate with strong bipartisan support but another version was …

Washington lawmakers balk at cutting safety nets

OLYMPIA – There’s no chance the Legislature will ask voters for a tax increase for anything – except maybe for highways and other transportation projects – legislative leaders said Tuesday. …

Final decision on state cuts, layoffs to come by Oct. 1

State health care programs could shrink or disappear in the coming months, at least one state prison could close and college classes could be more crowded next semester as state …

Lawmakers stuck on $200 million

OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature entered its third week of a special session to settle budget matters with no resolution in sight, but leaders of the Senate and House insisted …

Key Democrats say they oppose some proposed cuts

Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposed all-cuts, no-new-taxes budget – far from a done deal – was described as everything from a good starting point to an unrealistic plan Wednesday in a …

Sales tax increase could go before state voters

OLYMPIA – Washington House Speaker Frank Chopp said Thursday that there’s a “better than 50-50” chance that voters will be asked to approve a sales tax increase this fall. As …

Brown, Chopp weighing state income tax

OLYMPIA – For years in Washington’s capital, state income tax proposals have been viewed much like those periodic bills to declare Eastern Washington a 51st state. They’re attention-getters aimed at …

Lobbyists carry slimmer wish list

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire once was asked by a reporter if there was anything she didn’t like about the job. Yes, she said. She hated getting the news that …