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State shutdown could wreck your 4th — and a lot more

People going to state parks for the Fourth of July weekend are in line to take the first hit. If the Washington Legislature cannot pass…

9-year-old wants to make Bigfoot state’s official ‘cryptid’

If any place can claim to be the official home to Bigfoot, it’s Washington state. That’s why Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, promises to keep…

Inslee: Budget deadline is non-negotiable

If the Washington Legislature’s sluggish budget talks drag beyond June 30, Gov. Jay Inslee will block any move to use stop-gap legislation to keep the…

State government stumbles toward shutdown

The Mariners’ annual early season swoon. The Washington Legislature’s annual deadlocked overtime sessions. Both are yearly rites of the late spring. Both frustrations are so…

Why can’t Seattle and the rest of WA just get along?

Why do they hate us? Olympia simmers with dislike for Seattle. The 900-pound gorilla of state politics and the economy is hard for many to…

Legislature paves way for more farm, forestland development

State Rep. Liz Pike was hard at work, baking cookies. Ninety-eight cookies to be precise — one for each member of the Washington House of…

Washington is ‘shockingly’ unprepared for a nuclear attack

From his offices at Columbia University, Dr. Irwin Redlener spends his days thinking about the unthinkable. An earthquake opens up beneath midtown Manhattan, for example.…

Legislature back for a second chance on budget talks

After some weekend gamesmanship aimed at embarrassing the opposite party, legislators launch a special today with one big task: writing a state budget for the…

Legislature: What, us worry about finishing on time?

Think of a chess game that won’t begin because neither side wants to move the first pawn. That is how Washington state’s Legislature has tackled…

West Coast to Trump: It’s time for a divorce

Driving from Seattle to southern California, one is reminded of the ongoing tectonic shifts in the landscape that have shaped us — rippled hills, volcanoes…

Washington river among the nation’s ‘most endangered’

It’s back. Actually, it never left. The Snohomish Public Utility District still has a plan to divert part of the South Fork Skykomish River above…

Carbon tax is down but don’t count it out

Could 2017 be the year Washington emerges as the first state to tax emissions of a greenhouse gas? Barring some unusual turn of events as…

Poor gargoyles. We’re smashing Seattle’s history as we build

A very bad thing just happened in terms of historic preservation in Seattle. The long-expected demolition of the old Seattle Center Arena started across Speight…

Washington fights for internet privacy that Congress took away

On Monday, President Donald Trump signed a law that allows internet providers to sell your personal information without your permission. On Tuesday, Washington legislators from…

If Canada ups its oil shipping, should we worry?

Every week, a barge laden with a crude oil called dilbit makes the journey from Vancouver, B.C., to Tacoma, winding its way through the passages…

Democrats say they are cracking the school-funding code

You can expect the state Legislature to go into overtime session — maybe into the summer — because the House Democrats and Senate Republicans’ budget proposals…

Can you hear me now? Legislature may help phone service

A massive new cellular network — with up to 1,200 transmitters in Downtown Seattle alone — could be on the way, possibly with a big…

Ferguson: We saw Trump in court, and we conquered

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson expects to decide in the next few days whether his office will launch a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s latest…

The loser bills in Washington Legislature

While the Legislature set a steady cadence of progress on some bills, Democrats and Republicans also began notching their first notable defeats of the session…

State immigrant protections no match for Trump

With an executive order from the governor, a lawsuit and a trio of bills, Democratic leaders in Olympia have shaped a response to President Donald…

Avoiding the truth about lead poisoning can hurt WA kids

Washington lags behind the nation in finding and dealing with kids exposed to excessive levels of lead. Lawmakers and the governor are looking at ways…

Confirmed: Republicans were $1 billion short on school funding

Republican state senators knew all along they’d have to come up with some extra money to pay for education, but now it looks like they’ll…

A future star in Olympia?

It’s mid-morning, and Sen. Rebecca Saldaña is in her office, listening to a briefing from a nonprofit. Somewhere nearby, a phone rings with the odd…