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Olympia

State lawmakers introduce bill to abolish death penalty

State lawmakers introduce bill to abolish death penaltyWashington state lawmakers in the House have introduced a measure to abolish the death penalty.
  • Olympia
  • 9 hours, 15 minutes ago
Politics

Summit: Sarah Palin 'seriously interested' in 2016 race

Summit: Sarah Palin 'seriously interested' in 2016 raceAt least nine potential Republican presidential contenders gathered Saturday in Iowa for the first cattle call of 2016.
  • Politics
  • 2 days, 16 hours ago
Politics

Special coverage: State of the Union Address

Special coverage: State of the Union AddressThe address presented by the President of the United States to a joint session of the United States Congress, traditionally in January. It allows the President to report on the condition of the nation and to outline the legislative agenda for the coming year.
  • Politics
  • 6 days, 23 hours ago
Olympia

Inslee not backing off calls for new taxes

Inslee not backing off calls for new taxesGovernor Inslee wants to tax top earners, polluters to pay for schools and roads.
  • Olympia
  • 1 week, 6 days ago
Olympia

Key lawmakers want gas tax, not 'cap-and-trade'

Key lawmakers want gas tax, not 'cap-and-trade'Despite calls from the Governor to charge polluters to fund transportation, lawmakers don't expect the idea to go far.
  • Olympia
  • 1 week, 6 days ago
Politics

Raising new taxes for schools more difficult

Raising new taxes for schools more difficultTwo-thirds majority needed for Senate vote on taxes.
  • Politics
  • 2 weeks ago
Olympia

Education likely to highlight new session in Olympia

Education likely to highlight new session in OlympiaThe 105-day legislative session in Olympia begins Monday.
  • Olympia
  • 2 weeks ago
Politics

First step in state budget will be agreeing on base dollars

First step in state budget will be agreeing on base dollarsLeaders of the Washington state Legislature can't start to discuss the next two-year state budget yet.
  • Politics
  • 2 weeks, 4 days ago
Politics

Inslee plan: No tolls, ferry costs for electric car owners

Inslee plan: No tolls, ferry costs for electric car ownersThe plan would cost the state a few million dollars. The hope is to reduce carbon emissions.
  • Politics
  • 2 weeks, 4 days ago
Local

Success reported after ban on warehousing mentally ill

Success reported after ban on warehousing mentally illOne month after the state supreme court banned warehousing of the mentally ill, hospitals are reporting early success
  • Local
  • 2 weeks, 6 days ago
Politics

Edward Brooke, first African-American elected U.S. senator, dies

Edward Brooke, first African-American elected U.S. senator, diesFormer U.S. Sen. Edward W. Brooke, a liberal Republican who became the first black in U.S. history to win popular election to the Senate, died Saturday.
  • Politics
  • 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Local

New laws go into effect in Washington

New laws go into effect in WashingtonA new set of laws are going into effect in Washington. From garbage to paychecks, here's what you need to know.
  • Local
  • 3 weeks, 4 days ago
Tacoma

Tacoma voters may soon decide $15 minimum wage debate

Tacoma voters may soon decide $15 minimum wage debateTacoma could be the next city in Washington to implement a $15 minimum wage, but the decision may soon be in the hands of voters.
  • Tacoma
  • 1 month, 1 week ago
Politics

Senator wants to screen 'The Interview' at campaign event

Senator wants to screen 'The Interview' at campaign eventThe Interview may not be seen in a movie theater anytime soon, but Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk would like to screen the comedy at a fundraiser for his re-election campaign to send a message to North Korea.
  • Politics
  • 1 month, 1 week ago
Local

E-cigarette shops unhappy with 95% vapor tax proposal

E-cigarette shops unhappy with 95% vapor tax proposalIf Governor Jay Inslee gets his way, electronic cigarette smokers will soon be helping to fill the state budget gap. He wants to impost a 95 percent tax on any and all vapor products.
  • Local
  • 1 month, 1 week ago
Care

Health exchange to flip to direct premium payment

Health exchange to flip to direct premium paymentThe change was prompted by all the problems the exchange has had in making sure payments are correctly transferred.
  • Care
  • 1 month, 1 week ago
Politics

Gov. Inslee proposes capital gains tax for Washington

Gov. Inslee proposes capital gains tax for WashingtonInslee wants to spend most of his budget on public schools. Washington is under court order to increase K-12 education funding.
  • Politics
  • 1 month, 1 week ago
Local

Tougher distracted driving laws could be coming

Tougher distracted driving laws could be comingIt's not illegal to do a number of other things on your phone when you drive, but they can be as distracting as texting.
  • Local
  • 1 month, 1 week ago
Local

Teacher: Pre-k funding would help full-time kindergartners

Teacher: Pre-k funding would help full-time kindergartnersCurrently 40 percent of kindergarten is full-day.
  • Local
  • 1 month, 1 week ago
Olympia

Inslee wants carbon tax to fund transportation

Inslee wants carbon tax to fund transportationWashington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday announced his 12-year, $12 billion plan for rebuilding the state's transportation infrastructure. He said a third of the cost will be covered by a new tax on carbon pollution.
  • Olympia
  • 1 month, 1 week ago
Politics

Governor wants to beat deadline on education suit

Governor wants to beat deadline on education suitGov. Jay Inslee has a plan for putting $2.3 billion more into preschool through college education and workforce training and for meeting the state's obligation to the Supreme Court a year early.
  • Politics
  • 1 month, 1 week ago
Politics

Hillary Clinton: Data drives progress for women

Hillary Clinton: Data drives progress for womenAppealing to fairness isn't working to achieve progress for women, Hillary Clinton says.
  • Politics
  • 1 month, 1 week ago
Politics

Sen. Murray helps restore Hanford funds

Sen. Murray helps restore Hanford fundsDemocratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray says millions of dollars in proposed budget cuts for the cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation have been averted.
  • Politics
  • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Politics

Justices: Agencies must explain records redaction

Justices: Agencies must explain records redactionWashington's Supreme Court says agencies must give a brief explanation when they decide to withhold or redact records requested under the Public Records Act.
  • Politics
  • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Olympia

Inslee will propose $1 billion in tax hikes

Inslee will propose $1 billion in tax hikesWashington Gov. Jay Inslee will propose a $1 billion tax package when he releases his new budget.
  • Olympia
  • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Local

State lawmakers work on proposals to support police body cameras

State lawmakers work on proposals to support police body camerasSupport for body cameras is growing stronger, but Washington's public disclosure law has police agencies shying away.
  • Local
  • 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Local

Could Starbucks CEO run for president?

Could Starbucks CEO run for president?The CEO of Starbucks made a speech this morning that seemed -- at times -- to be more about politics than coffee. Could Howard Schultz be thinking about running for president?
  • Local
  • 1 month, 3 weeks ago