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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…

Despite some GOP support, death penalty ban faces tough road

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, with backing from some Republicans as well as by fellow Democrat Gov. Jay Inslee, is embarking on a new push to abolish…

Inslee defends his budget, promises to resist Trump

Gov. Jay Inslee today gave a spirited defense of his tax plan for the state, while vowing to resist any major changes by the Trump…

Day 1 in Olympia, and etiquette is already out the window

An agreement, then a last-minute snub: That’s what Democrats allege took place last week during negotiations over the state’s school funding crisis. Republican legislators skipped…

5 things to watch in Olympia this year (besides education funding)

Last Thursday, just before 10:30 in the morning, Washington State Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island, uttered what may become the watchword of the coming legislative…

Taxing the rich: A solution to Washington’s budget mess?

If only Washington had taxable brothels and gambling. Or oil reserves. Or hordes of flip-flopped tourists descending on our rocky beaches, dollar bills falling out…

Inslee proposes record budget. Republicans recoil.

Adding to education plans previewed Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee has rolled out a new two-year state budget of $46 billion that includes major additions for…

Inslee: Fund schools by taxing polluters, investment earnings

Gauntlet, thrown. Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday unveiled what will likely be the banner proposal of his second term: a funding package designed to fill…