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April 25, 2013 at 5:54 PM

GOP blames Democrats for special session — with four days left in regular session

The GOP-led majority in the Senate held a preemptive news conference Thursday to blame Democrats for potentially dragging the Legislature into special session – four days before the regular session is set to end. “We are calling on the House of Representatives to do their job,” said Senate Deputy Republican Leader Don Benton, of Vancouver. “The…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: Sen. Don Benton, sen. ed murray, Sen. Rodney Tom

January 31, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Senate committee considers changes in motorcycle laws

A number of bills before the state Senate could relax regulations on Washing­­ton motorcycle riders, allowing them to ride without helmets and sometimes drive through red lights. Senate Bill 5141 would allow motorcyclists to proceed through red lights, in certain instances. Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, said he filed the bill because many motorcycles aren’t heavy enough to prompt…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: Motorcycles, Sen. Curtis King, Sen. Don Benton

January 23, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday politics: abortion poll; gun control and Senate; Rodney Tom and his district

Good morning. Tuesday marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. NBC and the Wall Street Journal took the opportunity to offer a poll that shows a new majority now favors abortion. The poll is interesting, because poll numbers on this topic have been bopping around in recent years. Take a look.  In Olympia, meanwhile,…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Joe Biden, parental notification, poll

January 22, 2013 at 11:35 AM

New bills in Leg re: helmets, veterans and child crisis care

While the rest of the state celebrated Martin Luther King  Jr. Day, state lawmakers worked through the holiday and filed a number of bills on topics ranging from veterans to motorcycle helmets. On Monday, state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, filed Senate Bill 5143, which would remove mandatory helmet use for motorcycle riders age 18 or over….


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: foster care, motorcycle helmets, Rep. Mike Hope

January 21, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Monday politics: Inaugural in D.C., conservatives and the gender gap, legislators to watch

Good Morning. Happy MLK and second inaugural day. President Obama will be sworn in (again) to his second term today. Here is a link to the schedule, the ceremonial swearing in, the festivities, all of it. Question: Is there an excitement/enthusiasm gap between this inauguration and Obama’s first one in 2008? You make the call. Update:…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Cathy McMorris Rodgres, Chris Christie, inaugural

January 18, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Flurry of bills to start the legislative session

State legislators have no shortage of things to do this session. One week into the session,more than 350 bills have been filed. While some of these bills will never see the light of day, there are a few stand-outs: Legislators from both the House and Senate filed bills regarding “voluntary termination of a pregnancy,” otherwise known…


Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: abortion, healthcare, maternity care