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Category: State Legislature
August 27, 2014 at 11:53 PM

With Spokane’s newest City Council member, an Olympia connection

The Spokane City Council this week appointed city worker Karen Stratton to a vacant seat its council. In his story for The Spokesman-Review, friend and former colleague Nick Deshais points out that Stratton has a connection to the Capitol Campus: Her mother was Lois Stratton, a longtime state lawmaker. Appointed to a Spokane state House seat in 1979, according to her official…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Karen Stratton, Lois Stratton, spokane

August 7, 2014 at 6:37 PM

District 35: Travis Couture concedes as Sen. Sheldon holds onto second

Election results updated Thursday evening gave us new numbers in a some area legislative primaries, and at least one candidate has conceded. Democratic state Sen. Tim Sheldon is holding steady in second place in District 35 behind Democratic challenger Irene Bowling. Bowling leads with 35.2 percent to Sheldon’s 33.4 percent. Republican Travis Couture, in third place with…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, State legislative races, State Legislature | Topics: Cathy Dahlquist, claude burfect, irene bowling

August 5, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Some quick highlights from Tuesday’s vote count

The first results from Tuesday’s primary have been announced. Remember, the top two vote-getting candidates head to the November general election. Here’s a quick roundup: – Seattle voters are so far approving, 52 percent to 47.5 percent, a city measure to establish a Seattle Park District with taxing authority. – Republican state Sen. Pam Roach of Auburn narrowly leads challenger Republican Rep. Cathy Dahlquist,…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, State legislative races, State Legislature | Topics: Clint Didier, jim mcdermott, John Lovick

July 30, 2014 at 10:38 PM

More GOP campaign mailer intrigue

On Tuesday, we wrote about a GOP campaign mailer calling a Democrat state Senate candidate too Republican for his district. Today, we’ve got a brand new mailer. This time, the state GOP mailer praises its own candidate, Mark Miloscia, for “standing up to the party bosses and out-of-touch politicians.” Wait, what? Is the state Republican Party developing self-loathing issues? Actually,…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest, State legislative races, State Legislature, Washington state Republican Party | Topics: mark miloscia, Washington State Legislature

July 25, 2014 at 8:19 AM

State Rep. Mike Hope resigns from Legislature

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — State Rep. Mike Hope has resigned following the revelation he’s been registered to vote in two states since last summer. The (Everett) Herald reports that the Mill Creek Republican informed Gov. Jay Inslee of his resignation Thursday. Hope was not running for re-election. A Democratic activist in Snohomish County alerted the chief…

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April 14, 2014 at 12:06 PM

State Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom drops re-election bid

State Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, a Medina Democrat who joined with Republicans to give them control of that chamber, told colleagues Monday morning that he is dropping his bid for re-election. Tom, 50, a polarizing figure who started his career as a Republican before becoming a Democrat and then switching his caucus allegiances, cited health…

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April 4, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Inslee vetoes drone bill

The Associated Press Gov. Jay Inslee has vetoed a bill that would have placed new regulations on police use of drones in Washington state. The News Tribune reports the governor also announced Friday he will prevent state agencies from buying or using the technology for the next 15 months. Inslee says he chose to veto the bill…

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Comments | More in Governor, State government, State Legislature | Topics: drones, gov. jay inslee, Washington State Legislature

April 1, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Cathy Dahlquist to challenge Pam Roach for state Senate

Update | 3 p.m. Democrat Jonathon Dunn, who had been challenging Roach, announced Wednesday afternoon he will instead run for the state House seat being vacated by Dahlquist. Original post State Rep. Cathy Dahlquist announced Tuesday night she will challenge fellow Republican state Sen. Pam Roach this fall, setting up a rare battle between two lawmakers of the…

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April 1, 2014 at 5:40 AM

Inslee signs bills to add state developmental-disability services

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed legislation to start to reduce a massive backlog of developmentally-disabled residents waiting for state help. Senate Bill 6387, sponsored by Redmond Republican Andy Hill, and House Bill 2746, sponsored by Lakewood Democrat Tami Green, are expected to together give services to some 5,000 families through a new program…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: andy hill, developmental disabilities, Jay Inslee

March 21, 2014 at 3:32 PM

State Sen. Don Benton considers $150,000 “litter fee” for The Columbian

State Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, has come under intense scrutiny from his local newspaper, The Columbian, especially since he landed a six-figure job as head of Clark County’s environmental services department. The paper has reported aggressively on Benton’s business background, his questionable job qualifications and recently revealed he was being paid for…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State government, State Legislature | Topics: State Sen. Don Benton, The Columbian

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