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Washington Legislature goes to double-overtime

OLYMPIA – The Legislature closed for about 17 hours overnight Tuesday – the amount of time between its ineffectual first special session and a second special session that some say …


Estate tax plan moves forward in state Senate

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee, clearly frustrated over a lack of progress in budget negotiations and a plan to fix a problem with the estate tax, accused the Senate on …


Inslee order aims to spur hiring of people with disabilities

Gov. Jay Inslee recently signed an executive order to help promote hiring of people with disabilities within state government and the private sector, according to a release. Currently, only 36 …


Spin Control: Budget impasse doesn’t spell doom

OLYMPIA – Politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum. So it’s not surprising that into the vacuum that is the Legislature’s special session – where the most special thing about it …


House group OKs estate tax rewrite

OLYMPIA – With less than two weeks left in the special session and Gov. Jay Inslee urging them to “pick up the pace,” legislators showed some slight progress but faced …


I-5 could reopen in three weeks; temporary spans planned

SEATTLE – Federal investigators used 3-D laser scans Sunday to study what remained of a collapsed Washington bridge as Gov. Jay Inslee announced temporary spans will be installed across the …


Medical school plan will work, Inslee says

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee downplayed any conflict between the state’s two research universities over operations at the new joint medical school facility in Spokane, saying he wouldn’t even call …


Bill on police-involved deaths now law

OLYMPIA – Spokane County’s medical examiners can feel free to talk about the results of investigations into deaths that involve actions by law enforcement officers, a new state law ensures. …


Inslee removes funds for Columbia bridge

OLYMPIA – A legislative compromise on a controversial bridge over the Columbia River was sliced out of the state’s $8.8 billion transportation budget Monday by Gov. Jay Inslee, who insisted …


Marijuana draft rules put product out of sight

OLYMPIA – Anyone planning to grow legal marijuana in Washington should expect to do so indoors, pass a tough background check and keep up with their paperwork. The state agency …


Alcohol laws don’t mix well at Capitol

OLYMPIA – As a Senate committee approved tougher laws against impaired drivers Tuesday, some senators wondered aloud if the Legislature isn’t at least partially responsible for putting more drunks on …


Three issues at forefront of session

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee has shortened his top priorities on the Legislature’s “to do” list for the special session to three things: Pass an operating budget. Pass a new …


Spin Control: Same old budget battle story

OLYMPIA – The Legislature returns to town Monday in search of a compromise on a two-year operating budget that keeps the state in the black, uses relatively few accounting gimmicks, …


‘Good Samaritan’ law covers alcohol too

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a law that allows underage drinkers to call for medical help without fearing prosecution. The law is meant to encourage minors to call …


State workers to get parking, bus breaks

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law Saturday that lets state employees pay for their work-related parking and transit costs using pretax earnings. Democratic Rep. Sam Hunt of Olympia …


Lawmakers’ current budget to pay for OT work

OLYMPIA – Before a special session was called Sunday for the Washington Legislature to finish such important tasks as setting the state’s two-year operating budget, legislative leaders and Gov. Jay …


Washington Legislature adjourns without budget

OLYMPIA – For the fourth time in as many years, the Legislature will go into overtime to figure out how to spend the money it collects, and how much it …


Special session likely, Inslee says

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee all but conceded the Legislature will need a special session to finish work on budgets and key issues like education.


Drunken driver bill facing challenges

OLYMPIA – Efforts to fast-track a crackdown on repeat drunken drivers, announced with bipartisan fanfare Tuesday, hit some go-slow warnings Thursday from prosecutors, judges and police. They’re raising so many …


Budgets could force special session

OLYMPIA – The Legislature is running out of days faster than it is running out of controversial issues, but leaders are still wary of saying they will need a special …


Lawmakers act on bills, including TCEP ban and alcohol sales

On Wednesday, houses of the Washington state Legislature passed several measures, and Gov. Jay Inslee signed others into law:


Spin Control: LaHood unable to bridge partisan divide

OLYMPIA – When a federal Cabinet secretary stopped by the Capitol last week, trying to prod the Legislature into action on a big multistate project, he got a warm welcome …


Inslee wants to stop spread of bars allowing marijuana use

SEATTLE – Gov. Jay Inslee wants the state Liquor Control Board to figure out how to stop the spread of bars that allow patrons to consume marijuana on site. Voters …


Schools, taxes top Inslee proposal

OLYMPIA – Temporary tax increases on beer and some business services should be made permanent, and a variety of existing tax breaks should be eliminated to raise an extra $1.2 …


Signs of state parks’ neglect reflect years of cuts

SEATTLE – As Washington state’s park system enters its 100th year, budget cuts have begun to take a heavy toll. Many of Washington’s 117 parks, 700 historic buildings and 33 …


Clark: Hey, Fagan, civility isn’t a part-time responsibility

Advice for any elected official wanting to be taken seriously: Try not to call the governor “a lying whore.”


Inslee: Six nuke-waste tanks leaking at Hanford

YAKIMA — Six underground radioactive waste tanks at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site are leaking, Gov. Jay Inslee said today.


Fagan slams Inslee in demeaning email

Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan, in a fundraising letter for his anti-tax efforts, called Washington Gov. Jay Inslee “a lying whore.” The letter, which was signed by Fagan and the …


Fagan letter labels governor ‘a lying whore’

A letter sent today that was signed by Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan calls Washington Gov. Jay Inslee “a lying whore.”


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2013, 5:11 p.m.

New leak discovered at Hanford

A new leak has been discovered in a nuclear waste storage tank at Hanford, authorities disclosed today.