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December 19, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Lawmakers jab Supreme Court: bill would make races partisan

You could call it The “Go Pound Sand” Act of 2015. Rep. Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis In a shot at the state Supreme Court, 19 state representatives — including three Democrats — have filed House Bill 1051, which would turn races for the state’s high court into partisan contests. (The court’s nine justices are now elected…


Comments | More in 2014 elections, State Legislature, State Supreme Court | Topics: McCleary, Rep. Richard DeBolt, Washington State Supreme Court

November 8, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Class-size measure widens lead in weekend vote count

The statewide initiative to reduce K-12 class sizes widened its lead Saturday. As of Saturday evening, I-1351 was passing with 50.5 percent of the vote, a lead of 18,495 votes. The widening margin is due largely to the measure’s popularity in King County, where more votes were counted Saturday and I-1351 has now captured 54.5 percent of…


Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: Initiative 1351; class size, McCleary

March 14, 2013 at 3:28 PM

House Republicans hope to put $556 million more into education

OLYMPIA — State House Republicans unveiled an education budget proposal Thursday that would increase K-12 spending by $556 million without raising taxes over the next two years. The budget would dedicate $817 million to respond to a state Supreme Court order to increase basic education funding, including by expanding full-day kindergarten, reducing class sizes in kindergarten…


Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: budget, education, Gary Alexander

March 6, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Days after losing state Supreme Court case, Republicans seek to lay off justices

OLYMPIA — Struggling to respond to a state Supreme Court order to put more money into education, some state Senate Republicans on Wednesday came up with a way to save a bit of money: reduce the size of the court. Senate Bill 5867, introduced Wednesday morning, would reduce the court from nine members to five…


Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: McCleary, Michael Baumgartner, State Supreme Court

March 6, 2013 at 12:56 PM

State Senate OKs bills for grading schools and letting principals veto teacher placement

OLYMPIA — The state Senate narrowly approved two contentious education policy bills Wednesday after a heated debate. The bills, to give A-F letter grades to schools and to give principals a veto in teacher placements, are top Republican priorities but are strongly opposed by Democrats. The letter grades passed 26-23, while the principal veto passed 27-22 —…


Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: education, John Smith, McCleary