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Democrats say they are cracking the school-funding code

You can expect the state Legislature to go into overtime session — maybe into the summer — because the House Democrats and Senate Republicans’ budget proposals…

Republicans play their first card in budget game

State Senate Republicans staked out their first budget bargaining position Tuesday — a $43 billion proposal that does not stand a chance of surviving intact…

Ferguson: We saw Trump in court, and we conquered

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson expects to decide in the next few days whether his office will launch a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s latest…

Hometown crowd peppers Ericksen with EPA, environment questions

At home in Whatcom County on Saturday, Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen faced a host of environmental questions, including about his bicoastal role as a…

Avoiding the truth about lead poisoning can hurt WA kids

Washington lags behind the nation in finding and dealing with kids exposed to excessive levels of lead. Lawmakers and the governor are looking at ways…

Seattle to Vancouver in an hour: Is that our future?

The dream is to send super-fast trains — the type capable of going 250 miles per hour — between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. Gov. Jay…

Climate plan targets state’s biggest polluters

The Washington Department of Ecology launched a major initiative this week to trim the state’s carbon emissions and combat climate change. As a part of…

Initiative could block justices’ consideration of donors’ cases

Rep. Matt Manweller, R-Ellensburg, is suspicious that campaign contributions may influence Washington Supreme Court’s justices. “There is a perception out there that decisions are going to…

The search for peace on Icicle Creek

Icicle Creek is born high in the Cascades, a couple miles southeast of Stevens Pass, and meanders about 30 miles southeast through the Wenatchee National…

30th District race poses new worries for legislative Democrats

One Saturday this summer, 11 Republican legislators descended on Federal Way, simultaneously doorbelling for House GOP candidate Teri Hickel. Reps. Larry Haler of Richland and…

School fine has Olympia’s attention

The $100,000 daily fine got the governor and Legislature’s attention. Gov. Jay Inslee and members of the Legislature’s four caucuses plan to meet Sept. 24…

Rising Eastside senator will pass on governor’s race

Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond, told his circle of supporters Friday afternoon that he won't run for governor in 2016. For the past several months, Hill…

Chris Vance for U.S. Senate: A longshot candidacy?

Chris Vance looks to Slade Gorton, Maria Cantwell and George Nethercutt for inspiration. Each of those three knocked out a deeply-entrenched congressional icon from Washington…

In climate fight, Inslee tests limits of executive power

A top state Republican lawmaker says Gov. Jay Inslee’s plan to use executive action to trim carbon emissions is not supported by state law, citing…

State sues the feds, citing “toxic roulette” for Hanford workers

Diana Gegg says her right side shakes at times, she gets fierce headaches, and she stutters when she’s nervous. David Krug says part of his…
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