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UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018, 9:40 p.m.

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.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 7:46 a.m.

How Democrats win to take control of Washington Senate will affect 7 issues

Some things that could change now that control of the state Senate will switch from Republican to Democrat in this year’s election.


Control of Washington Senate could come down to King County race

Control of the state Senate next year is likely to be decided by a special election race in King County suburbs between two novice candidates.


Spin Control: Spin Control: Success in the Washington Senate requires counting to 25

In the Senate, 25 is the magic number.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, 11:39 p.m.

Brian Dansel resigns Washington state Senate seat for Trump administration

Sen. Brian Dansel resigns his seat to take a job with U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Sen. Mike Baumgartner files amendment to state constitution calling for Legislature to have sole authority to set school funding

How to come up with enough money for public schools is likely to consume much of the 2017 legislative session, but a Spokane senator has a suggestion to redirect the …


Mark Schoesler re-elected majority leader in Washington state senate

Ritzville Republican Mark Schoesler gets second term as Senate majority leader.


Washington Sen. Andy Hill, Redmond Republican who led budget committee, dies of lung cancer at age 54

State Sen. Andy Hill, the key budget writer for the Washington state Senate, has died of lung cancer. He was 54.


State Senate pays tribute to longtime legislator Benton

State senators took time Wednesday to say goodbye to longtime Republican lawmaker Sen. Don Benton, who is retiring at the end of this year.


Baumgartners expecting fourth baby

State Sen. Mike Baumgartner and his wife Eleanor are expecting their fourth baby in April, his office said Wednesday.


Baumgartner hosts re-election breakfast

Although he’s been raising money for nearly a year, state Sen. Mike Baumgartner makes it official Thursday with a formal kickoff breakfast for his re-election campaign. Republican Baumgartner, 38, was …


Dino Rossi gets appointed back to state Senate

OLYMPIA — Dino Rossi is going to be a state senator once again. The Metropolitan King County Council appointed Rossi on Monday to serve out the remainder of former Sen. …


UPDATED: Thu., May 3, 2012, 2 p.m.

Majority leader Lisa Brown won’t seek re-election

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Sen. Majority Leader Lisa Brown announced Thursday that she won’t run for re-election and will leave her seat in the state Legislature after her term expires at …


Bob McCaslin dies

Former State Sen. Bob McCaslin, a 30-year veteran of the Legislature known for his quick wit and fiscal conservatism, died today.


Spin Control: Politics in how state Senate seat was filled? Of course

Now that most dust has settled from filling the Spokane Valley’s 4th District Senate seat, it may be safe to answer the question of who was guilty of committing politics …