Bryant got aggressive in gubernatorial debate. But did it work?

To the extent that a state-level political debate — not shown in its entirety on any major network — is ever anyone’s big chance, last…

Primary sharpens fight to control Legislature

Could Washington Democrats take both houses of the state Legislature this year? With most of Washington’s votes counted Tuesday night, it wasn’t out of the…

The fight for the tough job running state schools

It seemed like a scenario that would create news headlines so big that they would force action in Olympia. A Washington Supreme Court ruling that…

Lt. Governor race gets bloody

The realist, the fighter, the outsider, and the really, really experienced one — that’s how you might think about the four top candidates in the race for…

West Coast farmworkers gear up for a long fight

On the side of a dusty road just south of Bellingham, a Northwest story of fruit, farms and labor unfolded. There on a Friday afternoon…

Legislators manage 11th-hour action on budget

After a special session lasting some two weeks, state legislators approved an operating budget Tuesday containing major concessions by Democrats on two top priorities —…

How wildfires pump millions into Washington’s rural economy

On a sunny March day just south of Yakima, Greg Bailey is standing next to his firetruck. For now the truck looks like any other…

In corrections scandal, a new problem for Inslee?

In a hearing Wednesday, lawmakers on the Senate Law and Justice Committee turned their attention to why a smaller fix to sentence calculations at Department…

Legislators hope for express exit from Olympia

Legislators are working quickly on how to bring back more than two dozen bills vetoed by Gov. Jay Inslee — without creating an opening for…

Behind Jay Inslee’s most radical move

When Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed 27 bills last week, he partially made good on his threat to hold up the entire legislative process until lawmakers…

At last minute, kids’ mental health bill loses partial funding

Republicans in the state Senate cut out part of a bill aimed at addressing children's mental health issues Thursday, a maneuver that bill supporters said was…

Inslee tries to break Legislature of a bad habit

On the last day of the Legislature's regular session — the time allotted for lawmakers to do their job in Olympia — the mood in the…

Under the gun, lawmakers race to the finish line

As the last hours of the Legislature's regular 2016 session wind down, lawmakers have cleared the big hurdle to keeping charter schools open, leaving the…

Republicans hold the right cards in Olympia

In the wings of the state Senate on Friday evening, a whisper came around: A long-stalled education bill would be brought to a vote. A…

Does better school funding require a new deadline?

After an earlier fight over a deadline for funding schools seemed close to dividing the Legislature, some Republicans are pushing to create even firmer timing for having…
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