Republicans plan a vote Dec. 4 as the first step in picking a new state House member to replace Jan Angel.
The lawyer for the state Public Disclosure Commission is leaving the election-watchdog agency to become the state's open-government watchdog.
The former superintendent of the sex-offender lockup on McNeil Island improperly worked under a contract he had negotiated as superintendent, state auditors say.
Mechelle Winder imagined herself living out the dream she shared with her husband when she bought a home in DuPont after he was killed in Iraq six years ago. That was what they planned to do together at the end of his tour with Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 1st Special Forces Group.
Rep. Gary Alexander's departure from the 2nd district seat is one of several vacancies in the works at the Legislature ahead of the 60-day session that begins in January. Alexander also lost to Mary Hall in the Thurston County auditor's race on Nov. 5, leaving Republicans without an office in the Democrat-dominated county government.
The Supreme Court threw out Tim Eyman's initiative requiring two-thirds majorities in the Legislature to approve tax increases without a public vote. Democrats led by state Rep. Sam Hunt are looking at repealing what's left - a less-known requirement that voters give their nonbinding opinion on the Legislature's tax increases that do get supermajorities.
The line is growing for possible successors to Dwight Pelz, the Washington state Democratic Party chairman who extended his party’s hold on statewide offices since 2006. He never lost a major race, but did see slippage the state Senate slip into Republican hands when two Democrats joined a majority coalition with the GOP in January.
Initiative 522 will go down as a loss for advocates of labels on genetically engineered or modified foods. But Yes on 522 campaigners say they'll be back with another ballot measure in the next presidential election cycle when younger and more plentiful voters can be expected to cast ballots.
Insurance Commissioner Kreidler says he'll block Obama's plan to let consumers keep old health plans
Just hours after President Obama said insurers can let consumers keep insurance plans another year under health reforms, Washington state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said he is "staying the course" on reform and won't let that happen.
Gov. Jay Inslee said after the Machinists District 751 union rejected Boeing's contract offer, Boeing is opening a national competition for 777X jet-making jobs. He pledged in a late-evening news conference at the state Capitol that Washington is ready to compete - not just with a skilled aerospace workforce but also a package of tax incentives the Legislature approved on Saturday and he signed into law on Monday.
A group of people who were children when they were sworn in by then-Gov. Booth Gardner in 1989 to be keepers of the state’s centennial time capsule have reconvened for the first time in 24 years.
The Washington state Senate gave overwhelming backing to two Boeing Co. bills Saturday morning, including a 42-to-2 vote in favor of favorable tax rates worth $8.7 billion for aerospace firms through 2040. The House approved a training bill and was debating the tax measure in the afternoon.
State legislative leaders began teeing up a two-bill package in Olympia today [Thursday] that is aimed at keeping the Boeing Co.’s manufacture of a new 777X jet in Washington as well as a new wing assembly plant for the state. But with a transportation tax package also up in the air amid negotiations, it’s not clear how long the session will go.
In a state where the Boeing Co.’s political clout is legendary, lawmakers return to Olympia on Thursday to answer the company’s latest wish list — even though some aren’t sure exactly what’s on the agenda or why it has to happen now.
Tacoma state Sen. Steve O'Ban wrote in a letter Wednesday that a proposed gas-tax increase by the Legislature must pay for a major widening project on Interstate 5 near Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
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