GOP to review lawmaker’s comments on surveillance of foes

Politics 04/26/19, 16:35

Republicans in the Washington state House of Representatives will conduct a review of the actions of a controversial state representative who reportedly suggested spying on political enemies. Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, has been dogged this week by the release of text messages from 2017 in which he appeared to condone ...

Democrats criticize GOP state rep for chats about spying

U.S. 04/22/19, 15:24

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and other state Democrats are criticizing a conservative state representative for appearing to support spying on political opponents.The Guardian newspaper reported Saturday it had obtained the contents of chats involving Republican Rep. Matt Shea, of Spokane Valley, and three other men proposing to confront leftists with ...

Legislature passes halfway mark, key deadline

Health 03/14/19, 19:18

Washington lawmakers are now more than halfway through a 105-day legislative session that has so far included debate over a public health insurance option, raising the smoking age, tightening rules on school vaccination exemptions and a plastic bag ban, among other proposals.A key deadline also passed Wednesday, by which time ...

Inslee eyes national climate fight, has struggled at home

Politics 03/04/19, 15:35

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee kicked off his presidential campaign with a call for making the fight against climate change the nation's "first, foremost and paramount duty," and the former Democratic congressman says his long history as an advocate for the environment sets him apart from other candidates. "This is a compelling ...

Gov. Inslee to talk climate with former California governor

California 01/17/19, 20:28

Gov. Jay Inslee met Thursday with former California Gov. Jerry Brown to discuss climate issues, including a proposal for utilities to provide carbon-free electricity by 2045 that is working its way through the Washington Legislature.Last September, Brown, a Democrat who left office last week as California's longest-serving governor, signed legislation ...

Washington Legislature begins 105-day session

Politics 01/14/19, 18:20

Washington lawmakers started their 105-day legislative session Monday, tasked with writing a new two-year state budget while addressing a variety of costly issues, including addressing the state's troubled mental health system.Democrats increased their margins in both legislative chambers after the November election, and now hold a 28-21 majority in the ...

Things to watch in Washington Legislature this year

Health 01/13/19, 11:03

The 105-day legislative session in Washington state begins Monday.For the first time in years, lawmakers are set to write a new two-year budget without a primary focus of satisfying a court mandate on education funding.But they still return to Olympia this year with a variety of costly issues. The issues ...

Legislative leaders to outline plans for upcoming session

Health 01/10/19, 18:00

Funding schools and fixing the state's struggling mental health system are top priorities for the upcoming legislative session, lawmakers and the governor said Thursday during panel discussions in Olympia."We are in a crisis when it comes to mental health in this state," said Sen. Manka Dhingra, D-Redmond, who chairs the ...

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