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Inside the high-stakes chess match over school funding

After a long wait, the debate over state education funding got underway in earnest last week, as Democrats grappled with the year’s first major proposal…

Drive now, talk later: Lawmakers look at traffic safety

A pair of road-safety proposals —  one increasing penalties for drunk driving, the other aimed at unleashing police on distracted drivers — face important reviews in…

Seattle judge blocks Trump’s immigration ban

When Judge James Robart announced this afternoon that he would be ruling from the bench, the crowd gathered in his Seattle courtroom held its collective…

Take my gun: Bill aims to stop suicides

State lawmakers are looking at a bill to let Washingtonians experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts voluntarily block themselves from buying a gun — and get…

State Senate and EPA: Can Doug Ericksen balance it all?

The Trump administration has already directly affected Washington’s lawmakers in at least one way: Wednesday, the state Senate found itself waiting on Washington, D.C. Or,…

Washington will take a swing at Trump’s order

In a new legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson is asking a federal court to declare…

Legislature’s school debate lurches into gear

The state’s school funding debate managed to lurch forward last week, as Senate Republicans released a long-awaited education plan just as their Democratic counterparts unsuccessfully…

Protesters descend on SeaTac to decry Trump’s immigration ban

The abrupt ban on immigration from seven Muslim nations hit Washington state Saturday, with an unconfirmed number of foreign nationals being detained at Sea-Tac Airport.…

Flag burning: Is Trump resistance going too far?

Around the intersection the faces were grim, and strangely quiet. Minutes earlier, the marchers had been loud, rowdy in the performative, almost rote way protests…

Senate Democrats promise to pick a fight

Call it a slow-motion fistfight. Senate Democrats promised Thursday that they will try to take advantage a temporary tie in the state legislature created by…

They railed against environmental regs. Now they’ll lead the EPA.

Two of Washington state’s radical small-government lawmakers will soon be taking leading roles in shaping national environmental policy. To fill temporary positions with the Environmental…

Behind closed doors, state GOP seeks school solutions

Lawmakers convince. They cajole and coerce, and sometimes even cooperate. This year, though, mostly they've been doing a lot of waiting — as Democratic legislators…

The real fight for control of the state lies ahead

The legislative session is getting into high gear, with Republican control of the state Senate playing a big role in how lawmakers and the governor…

Lawmaker wants to head off Seattle’s safe-consumption sites

One King County legislator is working on a plan that could dramatically change the conversation around heroin and addiction treatment in Seattle, by short-circuiting any…