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January 17, 2015 at 9:52 PM

Tax fights, subversive acts, State of the State: your week in review

It’s been a head-spinning week keeping up with the tangled-web problems and solutions that lawmakers began fiddling with in Olympia during the 2015 state Legislature’s first week. Here’s what happened: 1. Senate Republicans add big hurdle for new taxes 2. State at critical crossroads, Inslee tells split lawmakers 3. Republican Rep. Manweller on why he dissed Supreme Court at Inslee’s speech 4. Bill…


Comments | More in Governor, Minimum wage, State Legislature | Topics: 2015 legislative session, guns, Jay Inslee

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….


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

December 10, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Senate GOP adds a committee and subtracts some Democrats

Though it still calls itself the Majority Coalition Caucus, Republicans won an outright majority of the state Senate in last month’s election. As such, when the coalition Tuesday evening announced committee chairs for the upcoming legislative session, it did away with the handful of Democrats that had served as committee chairs or co-chairs. The name of one Democrat,…


Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Majority Coalition Caucus, mark miloscia, Tim Sheldon

February 12, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Conservative senators removing names from majority caucus website

OLYMPIA — A handful of conservative Republican state senators are removing their names from the website of the GOP-led Majority Coalition Caucus to protest recent decisions by its more moderate leaders. Sen. Janéa Holmquist Newbry has already removed her name from the website’s roster page, while Sens. Pam Roach and Don Benton said they and another member…


Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Don Benton, Janea Holmquist-Newbry, Joe Fain

December 10, 2013 at 3:57 PM

State Senate majority plans to pick up where it left off last session

The state Senate majority caucus congratulated itself Tuesday for surviving a year and vowed to pursue legislation that did not pass last session, including changes to K-12 education and workers compensation. The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus was born a year ago when Democratic Sens. Rodney Tom, of Medina, and Tim Sheldon, of Potlatch, announced…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State government, State Legislature | Topics: Majority Coalition Caucus, rodney tom, Tim Sheldon

November 12, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Big issues remain, but Senate GOP open to gas-tax hike

State Senate Republicans are willing to consider a gas-tax increase of 11.5 cents a gallon for highway and ferry construction, and even to allow new local taxes for King County Metro Transit, according to a proposal forged over the holiday weekend. It would avoid the tolling of Interstate 90 to help pay for construction of…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: Majority Coalition Caucus, transportation, Washington State Legislature

July 17, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Poll: Lawmakers get D+ for work this year

Well, at least it wasn’t an F. State lawmakers received a D+ from voters in a new poll about the 2013 Legislative session. Seventeen percent of respondents to The Elway Poll did give the lawmakers an F, while 29 percent chose D, 34 percent chose C, 11 percent chose B and 1 percent chose A (and 9…


Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: 2013 legislative session, grades, Majority Coalition Caucus

January 31, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Rodney Tom meets ‘King Rodney Tom’ portrait outside Capitol

OLYMPIA — Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, it turns out, can appreciate quality artwork even when it’s a parody portrait depicting him as a monarch. The Medina Democrat, who angered his own party by forming a majority coalition with Republicans, laughed off a “King Rodney Tom” painting when he encountered it outside…


Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Fuse Washington, Majority Coalition Caucus, Mark Schoesler

January 30, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday politics: a different take on Rodney Tom, gender neutral state code

Good Morning. A new take on Rodney Tom conversion? The new leader in the state Senate, he of the Majority Coalition Caucus, is an enigma for some Democrats who wonder how he can call himself a Democrat when he joined with Republicans to form the Republican-leaning group. Republican John Carlson has an


Comments | More in Education, homepage, Marijuana, Politics Northwest, Secretary of State, State Legislature | Topics: dry cleaning, Gary Alexander, gender neutral language

January 17, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Roach praises herself, scolds press, announces book in rambling news conference

In a rambling, hour-long news conference, beleaguered state Sen. Pam Roach on Thursday enumerated her life accomplishments, lectured reporters and announced that she is writing a book. The book, to be titled “The Caucus,” will be about “what it’s like to be in the Senate Republican caucus,” the six-term Auburn senator said. Roach called the news…


Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Jim West, Majority Coalition Caucus, mike hewitt

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