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February 7, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Democrats question GOP’s removal of moderate from key panel

OLYMPIA — The state House Republican Caucus has removed Rep. Mike Hope from the Judiciary Committee, a move some Democrats say was retaliation for the moderate member joining with them last year to support universal background checks for gun sales. Hope, a former Seattle police officer who lives in Lake Stevens, was replaced on the committee…


Comments | More in Gun initiative, State Legislature | Topics: Dan Kriastensen, Initiative 594, Jamie Pedersen

October 22, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Spokane Valley lawmaker Larry Crouse to step down

The longest serving Republican in the state House plans to step down at the end of the year, according to a statement released Tuesday. State Rep. Larry Crouse, R-Spokane Valley, said his Dec. 31 resignation is for family reasons. The 68-year-old’s statement cited the fact that both he and his wife Peggy have endured health…


Comments | More in State government, State Legislature | Topics: Dan Kriastensen, Larry Crouse, resignation