Inslee’s story checks out, says Senate Corrections investigator

An investigator hired by the Republican-controlled state Senate says that Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee appears to have been telling the truth when he said he…

Transgender threat? Other states don’t see an issue

Legislators seeking to roll back a recent ruling on transgender rights have warned of safety risks to women. But how much evidence of trouble is…

Tensions high in Olympia after transpo boss’s firing

Everybody in Olympia, it seems, keeps a list. For each party, it's a list of things the other side has made fail — environmental issues for…

Corrections head steps down

The embattled head of the state Department of Corrections abruptly resigned Saturday, suggesting that he was trying to satisfy a “need for blood” on the…

Legislature moves toward housing reforms

A package of bills aimed at housing affordability and tenants’ rights reform appears set to move forward in Olympia, a sign of cautious progress in…

Legislators to drug companies: show us your numbers

State legislators aren’t sure how far they will go with any measure to confront drug companies over rising costs for prescription drugs. But the lawmakers…

Sawant’s rent control plan is DOA in Olympia

No one imagined Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant's rent control proposal would be wildly popular in the Washington Legislature, but it appears city lobbyists have…

Senate Democratic leader will offer homeless funding proposal

After widely publicized shootings in a sprawling Seattle encampment and reports of rising homelessness across the state, the leader of the Senate Democrats will propose…

To fight suicide, UW initiative partners with gun rights groups

Amid the hustle and bustle of afternoon meetings at the state Legislature the other day, four people walked across the capitol campus, converging from different…

Transgender rights hearing draws a crowd to Olympia

Supporters and foes packed a hearing room to capacity in Olympia today, hoping to get a chance to let the Senate Commerce and Labor committee…

Key leader threatens education plan

A Senate Republican committee head has warned that the bipartisan education plan authored by the governor's education task force may be blocked in the State Senate unless major…

Pot (bill) brings lawmakers, Seattle together

Before heading home for the weekend Friday, state lawmakers had time to squeeze in a public hearing for one more bill — and it had a…

Will Washington rethink Boeing’s tax breaks?

In a packed Olympia hearing room, union members and Boeing employees pounded home a single message Tuesday: Boeing broke a promise. As much as at…

Local bans on marijuana stores face potential state crackdown

Call it the dilemma of the law-abiding stoner: in a state that legalized marijuana three years ago, it’s still possible to live in a town…

Why it took the state nearly 4 years to address prison-release error

Speaking to a committee of the State House of Representatives, the new head of the Department of Corrections – recently faulted with the early release of up…
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