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The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

January 28, 2013 at 1:31 PM

New bill in Olympia would give letter grade to schools, reward ‘A’ earners

This post has been updated to reflect a pending amendment to the bill and to include a comment from House education committee Chairwoman Sharon Tomiko Santos. Republicans in the state Senate introduced a bill Monday morning that would assign a letter grade — A, B, C, D or F — to each public school based on the…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Cathy Dahlquist, education, grading

January 28, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Legislators to focus on labor and education during week three of session

With the session in full-swing, Washington state legislators will consider bills on issues from wolves to elections – and everything in between. Here’s a look at this week’s big topics: Senators will look at several bills regarding worker compensation throughout the week. Today, the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor will hold a public hearing regarding Senate…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: education, family and medical leave, K-12 schools

January 28, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Monday politics: New Obama in, Palin out, Don Benton everywhere

Good Morning. New Obama in office: Many political observers are talking about President Obama’s inaugural address and how, in the second term, he may just  let his views  hang out there. He does seem to be developing new ways to maneuver around partisan gridlock. The latest example is gun control. Instead of calling up a bunch…

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Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, Port Commission, State Legislature | Topics: assault weapons ban, budget chairwoman, Don Benton