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Spin Control: Inslee positioned pretty far to the right for the Democratic presidential debate

Gov. Jay Inslee will be off on the right wing Wednesday night for the Democratic presidential candidate debate. That’s where he’ll be on the television screen, not a prediction of …


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 8:46 p.m.

State asked to pull money out of bail bond industry

Protesters ask state Investment Board to pull money out of funds that profit from the bail bond industry.


Spin Control: Inslee has plenty to win or lose from upcoming debates

Gov. Jay Inslee may be among the candidates with the most to win, or lose, from the upcoming Democratic presidential debates.


Washington Gov. Jay Inslee part of Democratic presidential debate on first night

Gov. Jay Inslee will share the stage with U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Reps. Tulsi Gabbard and Tim Ryan, former U.S. Reps. Beto O’Rourke and …


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019, 7:06 p.m.

High court to decide if secret legislative records are a ‘black hole’ or a needed balance

Keeping legislative records secret called a “black hole” by news media lawyer, part of the balance between transparency and efficiency by lawmakers’ lawyer.


Court to hear arguments on whether lawmakers can deny public records requests

Washington Supreme Court will hear arguments whether legislators individually are subject to Public Records Act or can refuse to release some documents.


Spin Control: Gov. Inslee still pushing for climate debate

Gov. Jay Inslee still pushing for a presidential debate on climate despite the thumbs down from the Democratic National Committee


UPDATED: Mon., June 10, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

Woodward leads in campaign money; Stuckart criticizes ‘push’ poll

Contributions for former television news anchor Nadine Woodward have hit six figures, making her the only mayoral candidate in the crowded field to reach that mark so far. Meanwhile, an …


Consumers, exporters could be hit by new tariffs proposed for Mexico

A new round of tariffs proposed for Mexico could prompt retaliation on Washington exports and stoke opposition in Congress.


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 10:28 p.m.

DNC to Gov. Inslee: No debate just on climate change

Democratic National Committee tells Gov. Jay Inslee it won’t hold a debate just on climate change.


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 5:55 p.m.

State of Washington proposes new overtime pay rules

State agency proposes new salary standards for exempting some workers from overtime pay.


Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich challenges Gov. Jay Inslee over new immigration law

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says he won’t follow the new state law on immigration status. Supports of the law say he’s misreading it.


30 years ago, Spokane’s Tom Foley became speaker of the House

World affairs and national politics were in turmoil 30 years ago when Spokane native Tom Foley became speaker of the House of Representatives.


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 6:50 a.m.

State files to block federal ‘conscience rule’ on health care

Attorney General Bob Ferguson files a legal challenge to Trump administration’s “conscience rule” that allows health care providers to refuse treatment based on religious beliefs.


UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019, 6:56 p.m.

Supreme Court: ‘Faithless electors’ can be fined $1,000

“Faithless” electors’ rights aren’t violated by the state’s $1,000 fine for casting a ballot for someone who didn’t win the presidential contest.


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 10:12 p.m.

Gov. Inslee signs record state budget, new taxes to pay for it

Gov. Jay Inslee signs record state operating budget, along with new taxes needed to cover some of the spending.


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 10:12 p.m.

Inslee shifts $175M from road projects to culverts

Gov. Jay Inslee adds $175 million to transportation spending on culverts to satisfy a federal court order.


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 10:16 p.m.

Human composting to be legal in Washington

Human composting to become legal next year.


UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019, 12:49 p.m.

Inslee ignores request to veto study of effects of possible Snake River dam breaching

Despite calls for veto, state operating budget has money to study effects of possible breaching of Snake River dams.


Spin Control: Running for office? Great. Now listen up.

Spin Control reprises its eight rules for running for office for the 2019 crop of candidates.


Washington workers to pay into fund to help with long-term care

Washington to set up special trust fund to help with long-term care costs by requiring payments from workers.


Jay Inslee as candidate intersects with Inslee as governor

As presidential race heats up, Gov. Jay Inslee and candidate Jay Inslee get closer together.


Spin Control: Campaign season is about to start, officially

The candidates are in the starting blocks, waiting for the gun to sound.


Psychiatric hospital staff struggle with assault, chickenpox

While Washington’s lawmakers and governor celebrated their efforts to fix the state’s ailing mental health system, workers at the state’s largest psychiatric hospital struggled with a new assault, sewage flooding, …


Laws to help shift mental health care to communities

New laws aim to move mental health care out of large institutions and into community settings.


Strippers to get safer workplaces under new bill

Strippers and other adult entertainment workers will get certain protections, including panic buttons in certain locations around their workplaces and a “black list” that bans dangerous customers under a new …


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 10:14 p.m.

Laws to protect orcas with cleaner, quieter water, more salmon

Gov. Jay Inslee signs laws to protect orcas.


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 7:39 p.m.

Tattooing eyeballs to be illegal

For Washington residents who want to turn the whites of their eyes a different color, or add an eye-catching design, time is running out. And that’s a good thing, according …


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 10:12 p.m.

Washington takes another step toward year-round daylight saving time

Year-round daylight savings time will happen in Washington, if Congress gives the OK.


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 9:02 a.m.

‘Ghost gun’ ban, other firearms laws signed

New gun laws could be “model” for rest of country, Gov. Jay Inslee says.