Follow us:

Politics Northwest

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

Category: State Legislature
October 20, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Ethics board clears state Sen. Pam Roach in free trip abroad

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — A recent opinion by a legislative ethics board clears Republican state Sen. Pam Roach of ethics violations for all-expenses-paid trips in 2013 to Turkey and Azerbaijan. The board’s ruling, released Sunday, appears to give lawmakers more leeway to accept free trips, the News Tribune of Tacoma reported Monday. State law allows officials…

More

Comments | More in State legislative races, State Legislature

October 14, 2014 at 6:20 PM

How a California billionaire gets his money into a Washington Senate campaign

In late September, political reporter Jim Brunner wrote about how California billionaire and climate activist Tom Steyer had decided to drop $1 million into Washington state’s elections to help Democrats regain control of the state Senate. One of ways the Steyer money is being used is to try to unseat Republican Sen. Andy Hill in the 45th…

More

Comments | More in 2014 elections, State legislative races, State Legislature | Topics: 2014 elections, andy hill, Matt Isenhower

September 18, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Forecast: State revenue grows, but won’t pay all the bills

Lifted by rising tax revenues, projections for the state’s general-fund revenue has nudged up, but it still won’t cover many of the costs lawmakers need to fund in the upcoming session, according to the state Office of Financial Management (OFM). OFM announced Thursday it had upped the forecast of revenue for the current budget cycle (2013-2015) by $169 million over its June…

More

Comments | More in State budget, State government, State Legislature | Topics: McCleary decision, psychiatric boarding, revenue

September 9, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Local leaders urge Inslee to support clean-fuel standards

Over 60 local government leaders today sent a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee urging him to find a way forward on adopting clean-fuel standards. The letter was posted by the Washington Coalition for Clean Fuels Jobs and includes some heavy-hitter signatures: King County Executive Dow  Constantine, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and  Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland. The letter,…

More

Comments | More in Governor, State Legislature | Topics: climate change, environment, gov. jay inslee

September 8, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Democrat lawmakers send letter to NRA over lobbyist’s remarks

We wrote in late July about comments made by a National Rifle Association (NRA) lobbyist who compared the proposed background checks initiative to the beginning of Nazi oppression of Jews before World War II. Neither the lobbyist, Brian Judy, nor the NRA have commented on that episode. Now, four Democrat legislators have sent a letter to the NRA demanding that the organization dissociate itself…

More

Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative, State Legislature | Topics: 2014 elections, i-594

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…

More

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…

More

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,…

More

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,…

More

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…

More

Comments | More in State government, State Legislature | Topics: Mike Hope, Washington Legislature

Next Page »