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6 environmental issues to watch in Olympia

OLYMPIA – Should Washington businesses and consumers pay to offset their impact on the global climate? Should the state keep water in streams to preserve…

Inslee has a plan to fund schools — but no one else does

Washington lawmakers are in for a messy 60-day session with no clear solution on how to come up with the final $1 billion needed to…

Will state Democrats revive an abortion coverage bill?

To Elissa Goss, enacting a state law to require that maternity insurance also cover abortions would provide a safety net against what the Trump administration…

Jeff Sessions’ marijuana move puts Seattle, state on the defensive

They knew this day would come. But the relative silence from Attorney General Jeff Sessions on legal marijuana over the last year had perhaps given…

Sad about 2018? Much of Washington state isn’t

As we enter 2018, Washingtonians have a bit of spring in their step. Despite what many thought was a downer 2017, a new Elway Research…

Olympia’s two influential leaders will battle it out

A lobbyist vented in the Elway Poll's comments section, blaming Republican and Democratic leaders alike for the 2017 legislative deadlock, which infamously included a near-shutdown…

Could decades-old technology have prevented Amtrak crash?

Eleven months before Monday's derailment of an Amtrak train on its inaugural trip east of Puget Sound, Lakewood Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen had a question…

Five years after Sandy Hook, what is Washington doing about guns?

Five years after a gunman killed 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, some state lawmakers see a…

Is I-940 a path to reducing police shootings?

The police action was tragic, fatal, possibly unnecessary. But was it malicious? Probably not. Take your pick: In Ferguson, Missouri, people rioted in the streets…

A new political group will target the forgotten voters

As things fall apart, to bastardize W.B. Yeats, two veteran lawmakers hope to rekindle the vital center in American politics. Chris Vance, a former Republican…

Court says Legislature isn’t done on McCleary. So what now?

The state Legislature needs to speed up its compliance with the Washington state Supreme Court's McCleary ruling, the court announced Wednesday in a unanimous 9-0…

Democrats poised to have total control of Olympia

A couple weeks ago, state senate candidate Manka Dhingra hit the sidewalks knocking on doors. She ended up talking with a small government Trump Republican.…

Jenny Durkan will be Seattle’s next mayor

Jenny Durkan became Seattle's new mayor after Cary Moon conceded on Wednesday. Here is the full list of results in major races across Seattle and…

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 —…