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State GOP says Sound Transit misled the public

Sound Transit deliberately misled the Legislature and voters on last year's $54 billion transit expansions package, GOP Senators say. After two recent hearings, Republicans on the…

Will Democrats control WA? Independents may decide

In a half-filled hall on Microsoft’s Redmond campus, two first-time candidates presented voters with a choice: maintain the balance of power in Olympia or undo…

How much can really be done on gun control locally?

After one of the deadliest shootings in American history, Washington residents are questioning what if anything can be done locally to prevent similar tragedies from…

Another legislative loser: Hugo House in Seattle

Fiction writers — novelists, short storytellers and aspiring novices — tend to be white in Seattle. To Sonora Jha, Hugo House’s writer-in-residence, writers of color have…

The state with a big tax problem? Ours

Washington state’s vibrant and diverse economy doesn’t hint at it. Neither does Seattle’s red-hot construction and tech boom, nor the sheer wealth of some of…

Sanctuary-repeal efforts could go on ballot in Spokane, Burien

Update: On Thursday, Sept. 14, a Superior Court judge ruled against putting Burien's sanctuary status on the November ballot. Earlier this year, Burien's City Council…

In a changing Eastside, who will control the state Senate?

The maze of a suburban cul-de-sac with one road curving into another had Rituja Indapure slightly lost. A candidate for Sammamish City Council, Indapure was…

No deal on well drilling, so no deal on capital budget

The University of Washington lost out on more than $130 million in state construction money Wednesday due to legislative Democrats and Republicans being unable to…

Inslee uses veto power and GOP isn’t having it

Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed a business tax break Friday, prompting a GOP threat that it will try to override that veto or retaliate by withholding…

Initiative would allow prosecution of police in shootings

The language of De-Escalate Washington — a proposed  initiative that would heighten training requirements for police officers and change state laws surrounding justified use-of-force —…

School funding fix: Not even close, says McCleary lawyer

Can the new state budget live up to its hype of fixing Washington’s education woes? The plaintiff’s attorney in the Washington Supreme Court's 2012 McCleary…

In nick of time, Legislature approves budget

With the approval of a new budget, Washington has managed to escape a state government shutdown. Barely. The Legislature passed its $43.7 billion budget for…

Budget deal: Seattle will pay to fund schools

If you’re a Seattle area resident, especially one who buys a lot online from out-of-state vendors and drinks bottled water, your state taxes are probably…

In Olympia, lawmakers see the finish line

Democratic and Republican budget negotiators in Olympia reached a handshake deal Wednesday morning that they believe will head off a looming government shutdown. Few details…

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 rights 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…