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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…

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0 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…

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0 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…

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0 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…

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0 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…

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

March 26, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Democrats in Olympia push U.S. constitutional amendment on campaign finance

OLYMPIA — Democrats used a state Senate committee hearing Tuesday to vent about how increasing political spending by corporations poses “a threat to our democracy.” State Sen. Adam Kline and state Rep. Jamie Pedersen, both from Seattle, urged the Senate Government Operations Committee to adopt a measure to show support for an amendment to the United States…

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0 Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Adam Kline, campaign finance, Citizens United

February 11, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Senate Democrats introduce six bills on guns and mental health

After nearly a month of discussions in the state House about a wide range of proposals to reduce gun violence, the state Senate is getting into the debate. Senate Democrats introduced six bills Monday dealing with firearm restrictions and mental health that may face resistance in the GOP-controlled chamber. The most high-profile measure would require background checks…

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0 Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: gun violence, mental health, Mike Padden

January 22, 2013 at 4:18 PM

State Senate scales back plans to investigate Roach leak

The state Senate has apparently scaled back plans to investigate who leaked documents involving state Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, to the media. The Associated Press reported earlier this month that Roach violated Senate policy by verbally attacking a Senate Republican staffer last year. The information came from leaked documents. Republicans,…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: investigation, Karen Fraser, leaks

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…

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

January 15, 2013 at 8:28 PM

State Senate panel lifts sanctions against Sen. Pam Roach

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — A state Senate panel has removed sanctions against a Republican lawmaker despite fresh allegations that she mistreated staff members in the Legislature. The Senate Facilities and Operations Committee decided Tuesday night that Sen. Pam Roach can now resume direct contact with staff. Republican Sen. Don Benton, who chairs the committee, declined to…

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