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January 26, 2015 at 6:02 PM

GOP senators’ bill to kill Bertha and tunnel project goes nowhere

UPDATE, 12:22 p.m.: Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, Tuesday afternoon announced that the bill to stop the Highway 99 tunnel project and tunnel drill Bertha would not get a hearing in the state Senate. “While I understand my colleagues’ concerns regarding the Seattle tunnel project, a bill to shut down a project of this size is not realistic,” said King, who…


Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: bertha, doug ericksen, Michael Baumgartner

December 20, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Ethics board calls for clearer rules on gifts to lawmakers

A state ethics panel is calling for clearer rules about how often lobbyists can take lawmakers out for free meals. Writing in response to a recent complaint about meals received by five state senators, the Legislative Ethics Board said this week that unless rules are clarified, it would be “unfair” to punish any lawmaker for getting…


Comments | More in State government | Topics: doug ericksen, free meals, Legislative Ethics Board

March 26, 2013 at 4:52 PM

State Senate committee hosts climate change skeptic

Updated OLYMPIA — The Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee hosted a global warming skeptic on Tuesday who testified for more than an hour that it’s a bunch of hooey. Don Easterbrook, an emeritus geology professor from Western Washington University, told lawmakers that there is no global warming, that the Antarctic ice sheet is not…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: climate change, Don Easterbrook, doug ericksen

October 4, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Join us for Thursday’s 1 p.m. live chat on Initiative 1185 — the Doug and Doug show!

Good Morning:   Join us Thursday at1 p.m. on the Politics Northwest blog for a live chat on Initiative 1185. If passed by voters, the initiative would continue earlier efforts requiring a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to raise taxes. This initiative is a son — or cousin — of previous initiatives passed by voters over the…


Comments | More in homepage, Live chats, Politics Northwest, State budget, State Legislature | Topics: doug ericksen, doug macdonald, intiative 1185