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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,…

Inslee proposes record budget. Republicans recoil.

Adding to education plans previewed Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee has rolled out a new two-year state budget of $46 billion that includes major additions for…

Inslee: Fund schools by taxing polluters, investment earnings

Gauntlet, thrown. Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday unveiled what will likely be the banner proposal of his second term: a funding package designed to fill…

The magic and the madness of foster parenting

This essay originally appeared in The Evergrey, a new daily newsletter that helps Seattleites make the most of their city. Sign up here. I was…

Eyman initiative is starving rural Washington

Down the road from city hall in the eastern Washington town of Lind, construction of a wastewater treatment plant is well under way. The $3.2…

Ending Washington’s biggest budget battle

It's a multi-billion-dollar elephant in the room. Or not — because, unlike the proverbial elephant, this beast gets mentioned incessantly. So what should we call…

Seven true-blue ways to survive Trump

Many of us are still trying to process what to do as Donald Trump prepares to take over all branches of the federal government. We…

State election winners: Dems, women and mass transit

Amid the stunning success of Donald Trump, voters in Washington on Tuesday proved again that this corner of the country is a left-leaning stronghold with occasional splashes…

Election live blog: Dispatches from an upside-down evening

Election Day is here! This year, Washington decides who will be governor, secretary of state, superintendent of schools and a whole lot more. The 7th Congressional district…

If Legislature flips, here’s how priorities will change

Dreams of the tables being turned are among the fondest in all of politics. A vote peeled off here, a deal struck over there —…

Reading the Washington results: a smart person’s guide

It’s an Election Night ritual. Washington State political wonks – perennial and fair-weather – gather ‘round the electronic hearths of their laptops and smartphones. They…

Seattle’s suburbs: Up for grabs on Election Day

It’s been a dozen years since then-state senator Barack Obama’s “there is not a liberal America and a conservative America” speech to the Democratic National…

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,…