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‘We believe in justice’: Couple who fled Tehran for Spokane express concern about U.S. approach to Iran

As conflict and tension between U.S. and Iran build, an Iranian-American couple wish citizens would remember the everyday people of Iran, caught in the crossfire.

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Idaho lawmakers aim for transparency in budgeting process

The co-chairmen of the Legislature’s powerful budget-setting committee are backing Republican Idaho Gov. Brad Little’s call for “transparent budgeting.

Idaho lawmakers talk taxes, ballot initiatives and hemp

Idaho Gov. Brad Little said Friday he’s already sent a message about making the state’s ballot initiative process tougher by vetoing a bill last year, but fellow Republican and House …

Lawmakers say doctored videos pose national security threat

Lawmakers and experts said Thursday that videos altered with artificial intelligence software pose a threat to national security and the 2020 U.S. election.

UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019

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 …

Teacher protests hang over state lawmakers in budget season

The shadow of the past year’s teacher protest movement is hanging over state capitals, where officials are piecing together the money to make good on promised pay raises and try …

Measles outbreak prompt state lawmakers to reconsider religion exemptions for vaccines

Recent measles outbreaks in states such as Washington, New York and New Jersey have cast a spotlight on a group of Americans who receive exemptions from immunizing their children on …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Lawmakers, feds at odds over law for sick Hanford workers

Even as the federal government sues to stop a new Washington state law that helps Hanford workers, some state lawmakers are working to change the new law to allow even …

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 6, 2019

Some Texas lawmakers see less appetite for divisive measures

Texas’ last legislative session ended with one lawmaker threatening to shoot another after reporting Hispanic protesters to immigration agents, and corporate giants from Amazon to the NFL issuing warnings over …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019

Speaker again, Pelosi sees ‘new dawn’ for diverse 116th Congress

Cheering Democrats returned Nancy Pelosi to the House speaker’s post Thursday as the 116th Congress took office and ushered in a historically diverse class of freshmen ready to confront President …

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 21, 2018

Legislators urge Trump to end trade dispute to help Moses Lake silicon manufacturer

Senators and representatives from Washington and Montana are asking President Donald Trump to help manufacturer REC Silicon and resolve the ongoing trade dispute with China over polysilicon and solar panels.

UK lawmakers: ‘Wild West’ cryptocurrencies need regulation

British lawmakers have backed calls for greater regulation of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin in order to bring an element of control to a market that more resembles the “Wild West.”

UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018

Amazon’s facial-recognition tool misidentified 28 lawmakers as people arrested for a crime, study finds

Amazon’s facial recognition tools incorrectly identified Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and 27 other members of Congress as people arrested for a crime during a test commissioned by the American Civil …

UPDATED: Mon., July 23, 2018

Facing pressure, Washington state lawmaker unblocks constituents from his Facebook page

At least four Washington state lawmakers have blocked constituents or reporters from their public Facebook or Twitter pages. The ACLU has warned lawmakers that blocking someone because of an opposing …

UPDATED: Wed., July 18, 2018

Frustrated lawmakers threaten action on Trump’s tariffs

Lawmakers are losing patience with the Trump administration’s reliance on tariffs to win trade disputes and are talking increasingly about legislative action to protect U.S. jobs.

Lawmakers warn Trump tariffs threaten local newspapers

About a dozen members of Congress warned Tuesday that newspapers in their home states are in danger of reducing news coverage, laying off workers or going out of business if …

UPDATED: Mon., July 16, 2018

Lawmakers call Trump’s performance ‘bizarre,’ ‘shameful’

Key members of Congress, including some Republicans, are criticizing President Donald Trump’s performance at a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin as “bizarre,” “shameful” and a “missed opportunity” to …

UPDATED: Wed., April 11, 2018

Washington lawmakers working on sexual misconduct policies

Washington’s legislative session is over but the conversation about sexual harassment at the state Capitol continues, with the House and Senate each convening groups to discuss potentials codes of conduct …

UPDATED: Thu., March 29, 2018

Amid teacher anger, Kentucky lawmakers pass pension overhaul

Republican lawmakers in Kentucky passed a pension overhaul Thursday that preserves benefits for most workers and does little in the short-term to address the state’s massive debt.

National journalism organization names Washington lawmakers as runners-up for ‘Black Hole’ award

Washington lawmakers’ attempt to exempt themselves from the state’s Public Records Act earned them a “dishonorable mention” by a national journalism organization.

UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018

Mimicking Trump, local officials use ‘fake news’ as a weapon

An Idaho lawmaker urges her constituents to submit entries for her “fake news awards.” The Kentucky governor tweets #FAKENEWS to dismiss questions about his purchase of a home from a …

UPDATED: Sat., March 3, 2018

Vulnerable lawmakers answer a noisy gun debate with silence

In the politics of gun control, even those who say the least have considerable sway. Despite a clamor for action in the wake of the Florida school shooting, a powerful …

FACT CHECK: Lawmakers off mark on public records facts

Washington lawmakers are facing a backlash after they bypassed normal legislative procedures and quickly approved a bill exempting themselves from the state’s Public Records Act and subjecting themselves instead to …

How Oregon’s cap and trade system would work

Oregon lawmakers are considering a major change in how the state will go about reducing its contributions to climate change.

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 7, 2018

Faith leaders to hold vigil before Idaho session kicks off

Idaho clergy and faith leaders will hold a multi-faith prayer vigil designed to call on lawmakers to draft thoughtful legislation as they approach the 2018 legislative session.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018

Kentucky lawmakers attending anti-harassment training

One day after the Kentucky House speaker temporarily ceded power in the aftermath of a secret sexual harassment settlement, he and his colleagues are headed off to mandatory training aimed …

Judge weighs arguments in legislative records case

Whether or not individual lawmakers in Washington state fall under statutory definitions that would require their records to be subject to more stringent public disclosure was at the heart of …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 8, 2017

Polish govt gets more power over the courts, defying EU

Polish lawmakers overwhelming approved two bills Friday that would give the ruling party greater power over the judiciary despite blunt warnings from elsewhere in Europe that the legislation contravenes democratic …

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017

Montana lawmakers block planned Medicaid rate cuts

A legislative committee is blocking the state health department from reducing Medicaid provider reimbursement rates as a way to cut $3 million from its budget.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017

Idaho court ruling has lawmakers bracing for 2018 session

An Idaho Supreme Court ruling has the state’s top legislative leaders scrambling to prepare for how to close out the 2018 session months before it kicks off in January.