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Inslee has a plan to fund schools — but no one else does

Washington lawmakers are in for a messy 60-day session with no clear solution on how to come up with the final $1 billion needed to…

No ‘I do’ for Sen. Doug Ericksen and Trump’s EPA. Yet

He flirts. The other side flirts back. He’s coy about the whole thing. Who knows whether state Sen. Doug Ericksen — a GOP leader against…

Will state Democrats revive an abortion coverage bill?

To Elissa Goss, enacting a state law to require that maternity insurance also cover abortions would provide a safety net against what the Trump administration…

Olympia’s two influential leaders will battle it out

A lobbyist vented in the Elway Poll's comments section, blaming Republican and Democratic leaders alike for the 2017 legislative deadlock, which infamously included a near-shutdown…

Are restaurants cheating on sales taxes?

When a Bellevue restaurant owner pleaded guilty this summer to using illegal software to cheat on his state sales taxes, it was the tiniest tip of a…

Court says Legislature isn’t done on McCleary. So what now?

The state Legislature needs to speed up its compliance with the Washington state Supreme Court's McCleary ruling, the court announced Wednesday in a unanimous 9-0…

Democrats poised to have total control of Olympia

A couple weeks ago, state senate candidate Manka Dhingra hit the sidewalks knocking on doors. She ended up talking with a small government Trump Republican.…

State GOP says Sound Transit misled the public

Sound Transit deliberately misled the Legislature and voters on last year's $54 billion transit expansions package, GOP Senators say. After two recent hearings, Republicans on the…

Washington’s pot industry isn’t as green as you’d think

Washington’s pot is a bit more potent than the national average. And the state’s teens are more likely to smoke marijuana than young people nationwide. Although we have the…

Murakami attempts an upset against González

In the Aug. 1 primary election, there was a clear winner in one of the at-large Seattle City Council races. One-term incumbent Lorena González led…

Hanford has a starring role in Nobel Prize

Twenty-three years ago, a Hanford-based space observatory was on the drawing board. It hadn’t been built yet, and only two concrete slabs — each two…

State, Seattle take the opioid fight to court

Twelve-year-old Matthew Dennis of Kirkland fought leukemia in a Seattle area hospital with opioids being used to manage the pain through a drip IV. He…

Another legislative loser: Hugo House in Seattle

Fiction writers — novelists, short storytellers and aspiring novices — tend to be white in Seattle. To Sonora Jha, Hugo House’s writer-in-residence, writers of color have…

Another incident involving a Native woodcarver and Seattle police

Virtually on the eve of the seventh anniversary of Native-American woodcarver John T. Williams’ death by Seattle police — an event that helped spur a…

Will the biofuels era take off at Sea-Tac?

Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration wants Washington to become the nation’s leader in aviation biofuels. One big aspect of that push would be to have Sea-Tac…
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