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Republicans say big Democratic majorities in Olympia would mean higher taxes, more regulation. The Legislature would "look like the Seattle City Council," said state Republican... [Read More]
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Initial ballots show Democrats leading not just in the usual handful of Puget Sound-area swing districts. Democratic candidates were beating Republicans in normally deep-red places,... [Read More]
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Two Democrats are leading in the 11-way race to replace Washington state Senate Democratic Majority Leader Sharon Nelson of Maury Island. As of Tuesday evening's... [Read More]
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Washington is widely considered to have one of the more secure elections systems, in part because the state's mail-in balloting means the state has a... [Read More]
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The Initiative 1634 campaign would keep in place the city of Seattle's recently-enacted soda tax, but bar other local governments from taking up such measures. [Read More]
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More women are running for the Washington state Legislature this year — than possibly ever. But after breaking records for female representation a couple of... [Read More]
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Washington Democrats this year are fighting hard to win election in state legislative districts where the party hasn't scored victories — or in some cases,... [Read More]
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Gov. Jay Inslee proposes reforming Washington's troubled mental-health system by sending more patients to community hospitals. [Read More]
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Sawyer's attorney accused state House Democrats of politicizing an investigation into allegations that the lawmaker engaged in inappropriate behavior and may have created a hostile... [Read More]
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Sawyer's attorney accused state House Democrats of politicizing an investigation into allegations that the lawmaker engaged in inappropriate behavior and may have created a hostile... [Read More]
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The internal review documented that about $145,000 of the Cedar Creek Corrections Center's purchases since July 2016 were made outside of state guidelines. [Read More]
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An independent investigator has found evidence supporting some of the allegations of inappropriate behavior made against Rep. David Sawyer, D-Parkland, House Democratic leaders said. [Read More]
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The letter grade is a backslide from the "B-plus" Washington earned in 2016 on a similar report. States have made strides in the past decade... [Read More]
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Corey Koscielniak's frustrating effort to cancel a recurring donation to Hillary Clinton's organization, Onward Together, provides a glimpse into the opaque world of quasi-political 501(c)(4)... [Read More]
In the largest gun-rights rally at the Washington state Capitol in years, demonstrators brought American flags and semi-automatic rifles. The event comes a day after... [Read More]
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Judge Christine Schaller said state lawmakers acted improperly when they passed an amendment to Initiative 940 before actually approving the initiative itself. [Read More]
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Democrats are hoping for a national electoral wave that could extend down to local races to solidify their control of the state Legislature. The 47th... [Read More]
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Washington Rep. J.T. Wilcox is the new Republican state House minority leader. His first test is to guide GOP candidates through the November elections in... [Read More]
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Nearly one-third of the 62 homes found immediately south of the Capitol are owned or used by lobbyists, corporations or unions, according to a review... [Read More]
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Several women have stepped forward publicly in recent months with stories of harassment or inappropriate workplace behavior by former and current Washington lawmakers. [Read More]
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