It’s a familiar position for the party, which has held the trifecta since 2018. In that time, Democrats have crossed a number of items off their legislative wish list, including most recently the passage of a capital-gains tax, gun laws and a carbon cap-and-trade law.
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After picking up a couple seats in the November election, Democrats appear poised to do more, but they do face some barriers, including an uncertain economy and ongoing court challenges.
For this episode of the Crosscut Reports podcast, host Sara Bernard speaks with state politics reporter Joseph O’Sullivan about the remaining items on that wish list. Drawing on a near-decade of covering Olympia, O’Sullivan tracks the trends that will help shape the session and tells us what he expects from lawmakers, including actions on guns, housing and the state budget.
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