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UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman files for bankruptcy

An initiative promoter who is fighting political corruption charges brought against him by the state has filed for personal bankruptcy.


3 Washington state legislative races heading for recounts

Three legislative races in Washington state are heading to a hand recount after election results are certified next week.


2018 was a wave election, but the size and color are up for debate

For voters and most candidates, the wave election of 2018 has washed over them and passed.


2018 was a wave election, but the size and color are up for debate

For voters and most candidates, the wave election of 2018 has washed over them and passed.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018

Schmick, Dye win new terms in southeast Washington’s 9th Legislative District

Republican state Reps. Joe Schmick and Mary Dye have defended their seats representing southeast Washington’s 9th Legislative District.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018

Short, Maycumber defeat challengers in northeast Washington’s 7th Legislative District

Republican state Sen. Shelly Short and state Rep. Jacqueline Maycumber have defended their seats representing northeast Washington’s 7th Legislative District.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018

Ormsby, Riccelli keep seats representing Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District

Democratic state Reps. Timm Ormsby and Marcus Riccelli have won new terms representing Washington’s 3rd Legislative District, which covers the city of Spokane.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018

Matt Shea, Bob McCaslin sweep Democratic hopefuls in Spokane Valley’s 4th Legislative District

Republican state Reps. Matt Shea and Bob McCaslin have fended off Democratic challengers in Eastern Washington’s 4th Legislative District.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 3, 2018

Control of Washington Legislature could hinge on late ballot counts

Control of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Washington Legislature might not be known for days, or even weeks until all the state’s bhallots are counted.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 28, 2018

Here are some of Lisa Brown’s top legislative accomplishments and her votes on high-profile bills

Lisa Brown joined the Washington Legislature in 1993 and rose to the highest level of power in the state Senate. Many of her legislative accomplishments came as the leader of …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 12, 2018

Lisa Brown: From legislator to educator to serious contender for Congress

Supporters say it’s a combination of academic accolades and political bona fides that make Lisa Brown the right candidate at the right time to put Eastern Washington back in the …


Spin Control: Let’s talk about polls

Some basic rules of polls.


Supreme Court’s sales tax ruling could boost Washington budget

Washington could get a boost in tax revenues worth hundreds of millions of dollars from a new Supreme Court ruling on collecting sales taxes from online purchases.


Democratic wave may not wash many Republicans out of office

Democrats may have an advantage with voters heading into the fall elections, but it may not cost many Republicans their jobs.


Legislature fails to pass bill to let patrol destroy guns

The Washington state Legislature ended its latest session without passing a bill that would allow the State Patrol to destroy firearms confiscated during criminal investigations, instead of trading them with …


UPDATED: Sat., March 10, 2018

Comprehensive bill to battle opioids dies in Washington Senate, but treatment dollars on the way

A bill to combat the opioid epidemic with a comprehensive strategy died without a vote in the Senate as time ran out on the final day of the session. But …


Washington Legislature: What passed, what stalled

Washington lawmakers adjourned their 60-day session after passing what they hope is the final piece of a long-running education funding mandate, along with a one-time property tax cut for homeowners.


UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018

Legislature narrowly OKs change to police deadly force law

Washington lawmakers have voted to make it easier to prosecute police who commit negligent or reckless shootings, updating a law that made it uniquely difficult to hold officers criminally liable.


Washington Legislature approves abortion insurance bill

The Washington Legislature has passed a measure that would require Washington insurers offering maternity care to also cover elective abortions and contraception.


Spokane lawmakers propose expanding county commission, electing by district

The bill would take effect in 2022 and would add two members to the Spokane County Commission. It’s received bipartisan support in Olympia and the city of Spokane, but current …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 30, 2017

Car-tab tax initiative fails to garner enough signatures

Anti-tax activist Tim Eyman says his initiative to toss out Sound Transit’s car-tab taxes and instead tax every vehicle in the state at $30 has failed to collect enough signatures …


Legislators might not be able to hide things by refusing records requests

Judge says legislators might not be able to keep information secret by denying a public records requests.


Counties are right about unfunded mandates

The way the Legislature has heaped more responsibilities on local governments – counties as well as cities – year after year so the state can cut costs seems wrong.


Inslee budget a good starting point

There is a need to fully fund public schools and finally remove the yoke of the McCleary ruling that has dominated discussion in Olympia for far too long.


Study: Oil tankers may need tug escorts on Columbia River

Tethered tug escorts could provide added protection for oil tankers on the Columbia River if tanker traffic increases due to new marine terminals, a study commissioned by the Washington Legislature …


Legislature should pass ‘dark money’ bill

Both parties have benefited from anonymous donations. Both parties have been burned by them. Now they should join forces and eliminate them.


Let’s hear the case for secrecy

If legislators ever want to come out from behind their attorneys and make an affirmative case for secrecy, we’re all ears. Just make sure it’s a public hearing publicized well …


Shawn Vestal: Legislature’s efforts to keep secrets from the public is shameful self-dealing

There’s a fascinatingly circular argument the attorneys for the Washington Legislature are making for why lawmakers should be allowed to keep the records of their activities secret from the public. …


Washington Legislature argues most records exempt under law

Attorneys for the Washington Legislature argued in a filing Friday that lawmakers pointedly exempted most of their records from the state’s public records act decades ago and therefore are not …


Spin Control: We need a better policy to fight sexual harassment, women tell top lawmakers

Women lawmakers, lobbyists and staff members say it’s time to really have zero tolerance for sexual harassment.