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State’s attorneys: Win protects law, individuals

The state of Washington's attorneys celebrated a federal appeals court refusal to reinstate President Donald Trump’s partial immigration ban as a legal victory for constitutional…

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…

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…

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…

WA: More conservative, and more divided, than you think

In a year when election outcomes shocked many people in the polling industry into self-reflection, Seattle pollster Stuart Elway came out feeling pretty good. Elway,…

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…

Lawmakers try to curb student debt

Though many universities offer financial aid counseling, student loan borrowers — busy balancing classes, work and extracurricular activities — might never seek out these services…

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…

Divided, police reform advocates push dueling initiatives

After an initiative to change Washington’s law on prosecuting police officers for the use of deadly force fell short of the 250,000 signatures it needed…

Busting the myth of two Washingtons

In the wake of the election, some would tear Washington state asunder. The returns showed a deep red-blue divide between rural and urban areas, as…

Washington dawdles as megaquake looms

Back in the summer of 2015, an article on “The Really Big One” in the New Yorker had just captured national and Northwest attention with its…

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…

Puget Sound really is a political bubble, and it’s getting worse

Gerrymandering. Literally and figuratively, there’s perhaps no uglier word in politics. As a Democratic-leaning political consultant who studies voting patterns, I hear a lot about…

What an Obamacare repeal would mean for Washington

Republicans are taking aim at Obamacare – could Washington save it? With Thanksgiving come and gone, Americans are shopping — not just for holiday gifts,…