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January 12, 2015 at 3:29 PM

State Senate will require two-thirds approval for new taxes

OLYMPIA – On the first day of the state’s 2015 legislative session, the battle over whether lawmakers should raise new tax revenue took on a new dimension. Republicans in the state Senate pushed through a new rule requiring the chamber to have a two-thirds majority to enact any new taxes. Twenty-six senators approved the rule change. The rule will apply…

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December 22, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Higher taxes, traffic citations, collective rights: Host of marijuana bills pre-filed

Going into the start of the legislative session next month, lawmakers will be looking at a host of issues around marijuana. Pot reporter Evan Bush already has written on a proposal to slash pot taxes and fold medical marijuana operations into the state’s regulated system. While I didn’t see that plan yet filed during…

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December 9, 2014 at 7:00 AM

King and Pierce County councils squabble over legislative vacancy

A squabble with possible partisan overtones has erupted between the King and Pierce County councils over the process to fill a vacant legislative seat. Rebuffing a request for a joint meeting with its Republican-controlled Pierce County counterpart, the King County Council voted unanimously Monday to back Federal Way School Board President Carol Gregory for the 30th…

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November 29, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Minimum-wage rally planned for Thursday in Olympia

The group Working Washington, which has been advocating for a higher minimum wage, is planning to bring its message to the state Capitol. But unlike the demonstrators who gathered for recent state Supreme Court hearings on education funding and sex-trafficking, the rally will come after a lower-key event: a State House Labor & Workforce Development committee More

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April 21, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Joan McBride defers to Cyrus Habib for state Senate run

Former Kirkland Mayor Joan McBride is stepping aside to allow freshman state Rep. Cyrus Habib to run for the state Senate. Instead, McBride said Monday morning she’ll run for Habib’s House seat in the Democratic-leaning 48th Legislative District, which includes parts of Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond. The move, essentially a swap of the two Democrats on the…

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