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Democrats block early GOP presidential primary

Washington’s 2016 presidential primary voting appears stuck on May 24 instead of being moved up to March, when the results would have a much larger chance…

Vying for governor, Bill Bryant seeks to expand his brand

The first job for Bill Bryant, the only declared GOP gubernatorial candidate so far, is to tell Washingtonians that he exists. As a Port of…

Jean Godden’s City Council career in peril

Seattle City Councilmember Jean Godden appeared unfazed as she dangled 184 votes away from the end of her political career. Godden placed third Tuesday evening…

Lawmaker takes a shot at top education job

State Rep. Chris Reykdal, D-Olympia, said Thursday that he is running for Washington’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. That makes him the second official candidate for…

Lawsuit aims to halt Eyman initiative

Opponents of Tim Eyman’s latest anti-tax ballot measure filed a lawsuit Thursday, alleging that the initiative promoter’s new proposal is unconstitutional. If passed by Washington’s voters in…

Governor promises to put a lid on greenhouse gas emissions

Gov. Jay Inslee plans to install a regulatory cap on carbon emissions using existing laws. On Tuesday, he ordered the Washington Department of Ecology Tuesday to…

Continued failure to fund K-12 education, McCleary plaintiffs argue

The McCleary plaintiffs argue that the Washington legislature is still dragging its feet on its constitutional duty to adequately fund basic education, and that Washington…

Inslee might swallow ‘poison pill’ to reduce carbon in fuel

Gov. Jay Inslee is considering whether he wants to swallow a Republican-concocted “poison pill” or not. That “poison pill” is language in the 16-year, $16…

Legislature writes own report card for court

Is the Washington Legislature getting the job done on fixing its overcrowded classroom in Grades K-3? No one really knows. Many legislators have admitted that. On…

Ocean acidification: a problem up the coast, too

A recently published study shows Alaska’s shellfish industry faces the same ocean acidification troubles as Washington’s harvesters. And extrapolating from the study’s results, it's possible…

Washington burning: Wildfires are adding up

Wildfires have burned about 74,000 acres of Washington since June 1 — roughly twice the acreage that burned in the same period in 2014. And…

In Hanford, the hunt for black holes and gravity waves enters new era

In 2000, Betsy Weaver got hooked on a vision of things unseen. As a student at Washington State University, Weaver’s physics program was visited by…

Small nuke reactors: Search for site is planned

  The Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council will begin searching for potential sites to  locate small modular reactors. That information came from a recent…

To be continued: Argument on school taxes

A $3.5 billion tax fight appears to be brewing in Olympia for 2016 or 2017 over how to overhaul Washington’s school levy system. The overhaul…

All done: Legislature heads home after longest session

In the final act of a record-setting 178-day legislative session, the Washington House on Friday approved $5.3 billion worth of bonds by a 63-29 vote.…