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February 7, 2015 at 10:47 AM

Whales, personhood, vaccines: your political week in review

Busy week in the realm of politics, both in Olympia and elsewhere in the state. To recap: 1. Lawmakers heard bills that would: bring back psychiatric boarding, open the Woodland Park Zoo to public-records and open-meetings laws and ban whale captivity. 2. And abortion foes pushed parental notification and personhood bills. 3. Meanwhile, industrial hemp got state…


Comments | More in Marijuana, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: Jay Inslee, mike o'Brien, Pam Roach

February 5, 2015 at 7:52 PM

Pam Roach offers lessons in winning and government: ‘I won’

OLYMPIA – In an email promoting Thursday’s public hearings on a trio of bills that would change the ballot-initiative process, activist Tim Eyman predicted the hearing would include “fireworks.” Fireworks did ensue — but not from Eyman. After criticizing a panel of spokespeople testifying for one of the bills at the Senate Government Operations and Security Committee, Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, shut…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: ballot initiatives, Don Benton, Marko Liias

January 28, 2015 at 3:55 PM

Which GOP lawmakers got donations from state-worker unions

UPDATED 8:09 P.M.: A spokesman for Service Employees International Union 775 guided me to a few additional donations that union made, so I updated their chart to include those. ORIGINAL POST: OLYMPIA — We wrote a story for Wednesday about Republican Party lawmakers’ skepticism over state-employee raises legislators will approve, deny or disregard this session, which comes in More

Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: Brian Dansel, Pam Roach, Services Employees International Union

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…


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,…


Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, State legislative races, State Legislature | Topics: Clint Didier, jim mcdermott, John Lovick

April 1, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Cathy Dahlquist to challenge Pam Roach for state Senate

Update | 3 p.m. Democrat Jonathon Dunn, who had been challenging Roach, announced Wednesday afternoon he will instead run for the state House seat being vacated by Dahlquist.   Original post State Rep. Cathy Dahlquist announced Tuesday night she will challenge fellow Republican state Sen. Pam Roach this fall, setting up a rare battle between two lawmakers of the…


Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Cathy Dahlquist, Pam Roach

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

February 7, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Gun-violence victims complain about treatment at hearing

OLYMPIA — A group of gun-violence victims delivered a letter to state Senate leaders Friday, complaining they were disrespected at a committee hearing last week. The eight victims, a mix of survivors and family members of people who died in shootings, wrote that the structure of a Senate Law & Justice Committee hearing on gun-sale…


Comments | More in Gun initiative, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: Brian Judy, Jeannie Darneille, Mike Padden

August 19, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Pam Roach for state GOP chair?

Add another possibility to the race for chair of the Washington State Republican Party: state Sen. Pam Roach. Roach, R-Auburn, stood with other candidates Sunday at a GOP meeting in Pierce County and answered questions as though she is running for the job, event attendees confirmed. (You can see photos of Roach addressing the crowd…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, Washington state Republican Party | Topics: GOP chair, Pam Roach

June 26, 2013 at 5:43 PM

State Senate approves scaled-back overhaul of DUI laws

The state Senate unanimously approved a set of changes to drunken driving laws Wednesday afternoon, but not before amendments stripped out two of the original proposal’s toughest provisions. The provisions, which would have increased mandatory minimum jail sentences and made DUI a felony on the 4th time, instead of the 5th, were removed after negotiators decided…


Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: DUI, Jay Inslee, Mike Padden

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