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Inside the race for the scandal-ridden auditor’s office

In the wake of Troy Kelley’s wretched four-year term as Washington state auditor, both candidates for the position say they want to restore public confidence…

Next lands commissioner will rule one-fourth of Washington

In 1968, Richard A.C. Greene ran for Washington Commissioner of Public Lands on the promise that if he were elected, he would "go out fearlessly…

Will campaign cash corrupt the state Supreme Court?

A late-October bombardment of spending from some of Washington’s richest people, aimed at depriving State Supreme Court Justice Charlie Wiggins of another term, is making…

The last days of Washington’s surreal governor’s race

Interviews with state candidates usually follow a predictable track: Policy is talked. Records are defended. Experience is pointed at, and explained to be the perfect…

Map: Where you can survive on WA’s minimum wage

Many Republicans have characterized Initiative 1433, which would raise the statewide minimum wage by $4 over the next four years, as a decree from the…

The 8 districts that will decide who controls the Legislature

Open your social media feeds this month, and it will look like there is only two people running for election in November. But in Washington,…

Can Washington reduce the high number of maternal deaths?

A woman is more likely to die in childbirth or as a result of it here than in, say, Turkey. Really. In fact, the maternal…

Bryant got aggressive in gubernatorial debate. But did it work?

To the extent that a state-level political debate — not shown in its entirety on any major network — is ever anyone’s big chance, last…

Donors playing both sides of governor’s race — but much less than 2012

As their first debate approaches Monday evening, the latest poll shows about 16 percent of Washington voters remain undecided between Governor Jay Inslee and Republican nominee…

The scandals of former Gov. Gary Locke

Former Gov. Gary Locke is one of the biggest success stories in Washington history. Raised in Seattle’s Yesler Terrace housing projects by working-class immigrant parents,…

Election live blog: Washington state 2016 primary results

Washington voters gave Democratic state Sen. Pramila Jayapal a ticket to the November ballot for the 7th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of…

Primary sharpens fight to control Legislature

Could Washington Democrats take both houses of the state Legislature this year? With most of Washington’s votes counted Tuesday night, it wasn’t out of the…

Pressure rises to ban assault rifles in Washington

Spurred by recent mass shootings and the Supreme Court’s refusal to overturn an assault weapons ban in Connecticut, a leading gun control organization, Washington CeaseFire,…

State Republicans hit new fundraising lows

Editor's note: The numbers in this article and accompanying charts were drawn from the Federal Election Commission and the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission last week.…

Lt. Governor race gets bloody

The realist, the fighter, the outsider, and the really, really experienced one — that’s how you might think about the four top candidates in the race for…

Election 2016: A quick guide to your primary ballot

It's the middle of summer. Time for enjoying some sun, catching up on some reading and … voting. There's wide agreement that holding a primary…

Election 2016: Breaking down the ballot initiatives

In our Election 2016 podcast series, veteran journalist Enrique Cerna talks with KCTS 9 political analyst Joni Balter and Crosscut.com’s managing editor Drew Atkins about…

Washington trails the nation in mental health treatment

Update: Shortly following publication of this story, a federal judge found the state in contempt regarding a ruling mentioned in this piece, focused on providing…

Unpacking a packed 43rd LD debate

Last week, Gender Justice League executive director Danni Askini — a well-known and liked civil rights activist — dropped out of the crowded race for…

Inslee to allow severe layoffs for state spending watchdogs?

There’s extra money flowing in to state government, enough that the Legislature added $200 million in new spending in the supplemental budget passed last week.…

Starting today, we make it harder for poor people to eat in Washington

Starting today, thousands of Washington’s poorest people will find it harder to buy food, as a safety net established in the wake of the Great…

New law fights “doc-shopping” by addicts

OLYMPIA – Calling addiction to opiates and similar drugs “a scourge,” Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday approved legislation that seeks to make better use of…

Legislators manage 11th-hour action on budget

After a special session lasting some two weeks, state legislators approved an operating budget Tuesday containing major concessions by Democrats on two top priorities —…