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UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018

Senate investigation of Fain rape allegation canceled

The planned investigation of a legislator accused of a 2007 rape during his re-election campaign was dropped Tuesday amid partisan recriminations.


GOP opponents to Senate health-care bill see vote delay as an advantage

An unexpected delay in plans to hold a vote on the Senate health-care bill will strengthen the position of conservative critics by giving them more time to mobilize, according to …


Are there Trump tapes? Congress is asking, and it may issue subpoenas

In the wake of James Comey’s riveting testimony, congressional investigators say they want to know if the White House has recordings of Trump’s discussions with the former FBI director. If …


Rosenstein role in Comey firing raises more questions than answers

WASHINGTON – The deputy attorney general at the center of former FBI Director James Comey’s firing made a surprise appearance on Capitol Hill Thursday, arriving as Senate Democrats were demanding …


Lawmakers reach deal on legislation to make it easier to fire VA employees

Top lawmakers on Capitol Hill have reached a bipartisan deal on legislation to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to take swift action to fire employees, an overhaul of long-guaranteed …


UPDATED: Fri., May 5, 2017

GOP health victory may be fleeting as wary Senate awaits

Senate Republicans wasted no time on Friday showing they have little use for the House bill to repeal and replace Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act amid fears among Americans that …


UPDATED: Thu., May 4, 2017

Sustainable practices group says “thanks” for the Capitol dandelions

Group that opposes pesticides sends thank-you note to Capitol grounds crew.


UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017

Washington GOP senators propose two-year budget with no general tax increase

Property taxes would go down in most of Spokane County but up in other parts of Washington in a two-year state budget proposed by Senate Republicans.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017

$30 billion in new taxes get theatrical GOP support in Washington Senate

In a bit of partisan theater, Senate Republicans vote yes on an estimated $30 billion in taxes that they really don’t support.


Widespread criticism forces House GOP to back off ethics overhaul

House Republicans reversed course Tuesday amid a firestorm of criticism over their plans to gut a congressional ethics office.


The Columbian: Raise smoking age to 21

Editorials cover raising the smoking age from 18 to 21 years of age, and the Senate GOP report on the Department of Corrections scandal.


Senate effort to block food labeling of modified food stalls

The Senate, on a 48-49 vote Wednesday, fell short of the necessary numbers to move ahead on legislation that would have barred states from requiring the labeling of genetically modified …


Spin Control: Spin Control: Senate GOP getting documents they want, need their own expert to handle them

Senate Republicans start getting documents on prison releases, hire investigator to manage them.


Senate GOP: Add $300 million to higher ed

OLYMPIA — Senate Republicans announced a plan to add $300 million to the budget for higher education over the next two years and cut tuition by 3 percent.


Spin Control: ‘Media’ negotiations are only problem when they don’t work

OLYMPIA – “I’m not going to negotiate in the news media.” Politicians at all levels love to utter that sentence – when it’s to their advantage.


Senate GOP unveils new budget plan

OLYMPIA – For the first three days of Washington’s special session, everything involving the state’s troubled budget was done behind closed doors. That went by the wayside Thursday. Senate Republicans …


Senate Democrats offer state budget

OLYMPIA – Democrats in control of the state Senate want fewer cuts in key programs than there were in the budgets proposed last year by Gov. Chris Gregoire and earlier …


Senate Republicans offer their own jobs bill

Senate Republicans introduced legislation today aimed at creating jobs by overhauling the nation’s tax laws, cutting business rules and boosting offshore oil exploration.