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January 23, 2015 at 12:16 PM

Proposal would improve disclosure of legislators’ finances

At the request of the state Public Disclosure Commission (PDC), a bipartisan group of lawmakers has proposed a bill aimed at improving disclosure of personal finances of state legislators and other state officials. Senate Bill 5308 would fix one longstanding flaw in the personal financial disclosure forms (known as F1s) by requiring a more accurate accounting…

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Comments | More in State government, State Legislature | Topics: personal financial disclosures, Public Disclosure Commission

January 21, 2015 at 1:11 PM

Treasurer: Inslee budget spends too much of rainy-day fund

It’s State Treasurer Jim McIntire’s job to worry about the state’s credit rating and financial health. And McIntire, a Democrat, has concerns about Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed 2015-17 budget proposal, which McIntire says sweeps too much out of the state’s “rainy-day” fund. In a letter to Inslee last week, McIntire said he opposed Inslee’s proposal…

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Comments | More in Governor, Politics Northwest | Topics: budget, gov. jay inslee, rainy-day fund

January 20, 2015 at 2:46 PM

Martin Moore says ‘pro-life’ conversion happened a few months ago

OLYMPIA — In announcing his intent Tuesday to leave the Democratic Party and run for the Legislature as a Republican, Federal Way City Councilmember Martin Moore made much of his previous status as a “pro-life” Democrat, saying the party has grown intolerant of such views. Moore’s conversion on abortion apparently was quite recent. In June 2013, when he ran…

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January 20, 2015 at 10:49 AM

Another Democrat switches parties to run for Federal Way legislative seat

Updated, 4:24 p.m.: Read more here about Moore’s quire-recent (2013) change on the issue of abortion.   Updated at 12:38 p.m. with comments from Carol Gregory: In what is becoming a pattern in the Federal Way-area’s 30th Legislative District, a Democrat has switched parties to run for the state Legislature as a Republican. Federal Way City Councilmember Martin…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: 30th legislative district, Carol Gregory, Martin Moore

January 20, 2015 at 8:58 AM

Susan Hutchison re-elected
to lead state GOP

Former KIRO TV news anchor Susan Hutchison has been re-elected as chairman of the Washington State Republican Party. Meeting in Skamania County over the weekend, GOP state committee leaders unanimously picked Hutchison for a two-year term, according to a party news release. Hutchison will serve through January 2017. She was first elected in 2013 after…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, Washington state Republican Party | Topics: Susan Hutchison, Washington State Republican Party

January 14, 2015 at 1:08 PM

Bill filed to require one-year ‘cooling off’ for state officials before lobbying

Legislation banning top state officials from lobbying state government for a year after leaving their jobs was introduced Wednesday in the state House of Representatives. The proposal – which we wrote about last week – would apply the one-year “cooling off period” to state legislators, statewide elected officials, the directors and senior staff of major state agencies…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Attorney General Bob Ferguson, lobbying rules, Rep. Reuven Carlyle

January 14, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Republican Rep. Manweller on why he dissed Supreme Court

Corrected version OLYMPIA — There has been plenty of tension lately between legislators and the state Supreme Court over the court’s McCleary ruling and contempt order finding lawmakers failing their constitutional duty to amply fund public schools. Lawmakers have filed a bill to force justices to declare partisan affiliations and run for…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State government, State Legislature, State Supreme Court | Topics: McCleary decision, Rep. Matt Manweller, State Supreme Court

January 12, 2015 at 3:58 PM

In twist, Democrats elevate GOP state Sen. Pam Roach to leadership

Update: post updated with comments from Sen. Roach and Sen. Chase. OLYMPIA – A leadership squabble put a twist into the opening day of the Legislature Monday, as minority Democrats helped install controversial Republican state Sen. Pam Roach as Senate president pro tempore. In what amounted to a mini coup, Democrats sided with Roach and Sen….

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State government, State Legislature | Topics: Majority Coalition Caucus, State Sen. Pam Roach, state Sen. Tim Sheldon

January 8, 2015 at 11:41 AM

Inslee appoints Federal Way school board member to Legislature

Gov. Jay Inslee has named Federal Way School Board member Carol Gregory to fill the 30th District State House seat vacated by the Oct. 29 death of Rep. Roger Freeman. Gregory, a Democrat, was the first choice of Democratic party groups and was recommended unanimously by the Metropolitan King County Council last month. The 30th District…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: appointment, Carol Gregory, gov. jay inslee

January 6, 2015 at 11:32 AM

Poll: voters open to Inslee’s taxes on carbon and capital gains

With the state Legislature set to convene next week to grapple with a multi-billion-dollar budget shortfall, a new Elway Poll finds voters may be willing to accept tax increases as part of the solution. In a sign the state might finally be shaking off the Great Recession blues, the poll found that — for the first…

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Comments | More in Governor, State government, State Legislature | Topics: capital gains tax, carbon tax, Elway Poll

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