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April 17, 2013 at 3:21 PM

State House approves bill to protect job applicants from giving up passwords

OLYMPIA – The state House voted unanimously Wednesday afternoon to approve a compromise version of a bill aimed at prohibiting businesses from asking job applicants and employees for passwords to social networking sites like Facebook. The bill, which has been hotly debated this legislative session, is one of dozens of efforts taking place in legislatures across…

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0 Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Facebook, Jeff Holly, Mike Sells

April 2, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Teachers union apologizes to Democratic senator after doorbelling at his house

OLYMPIA — The Washington Education Association has apologized to state Sen. Steve Hobbs after the teacher of one of Hobbs’ sons left a negative flier at the senator’s house. The flier accused Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, of “ignoring his duty to reduce our kids’ crowded classrooms” and urged residents to contact him. A group of teachers knocked…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: doorbelling, Rich Wood, Steve Hobbs

April 1, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Key lawmaker: Abortion-insurance bill won’t get a vote in the Senate

OLYMPIA — One of the most contentious social issues of the 2013 legislative session won’t get a vote in the state Senate Health Care Committee, the chairwoman announced Monday afternoon. The so-called Reproductive Parity Act, which narrowly passed the Democrat-controlled state House on a party-line vote in February, would require health-insurance plans to cover abortions. Supporters…

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0 Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Randi Becker, Reproductive Parity Act, rodney tom

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 —…

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

February 22, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Effort to re-overhaul teacher evaluations dead in Legislature

Unlike in two previous sessions, it looks like lawmakers this year will not significantly change the way public-school teachers are evaluated. Senate Bill 5246, this session’s major proposal dealing with teacher evaluations, did not get approved at the last Senate education committee meeting of the week on Thursday night. Today is technically — with some exceptions…

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0 Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: rodney tom, Steve Hobbs, steve litzow

January 10, 2013 at 8:37 AM

So much for avoiding social issues: Abortion coverage back on table

Although Senate Republicans vowed not to get bogged down by social issues in the upcoming legislative session, a big one is primed to smack them in the face. State Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, plans to reintroduce legislation that would require health-insurance plans covering maternity care to also pay for abortions. The Legislature goes into session…

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0 Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, State budget, State Legislature | Topics: legislature, Reproductive Parity Act, rodney tom

July 19, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Darcy Burner, Suzan DelBene virtually tied in 1st District poll; John Koster leads

A new 1st Congressional District poll, by the consultant firm Strategies 360, shows the race tightening as ballots are being mailed this week, with Democrats Darcy Burner and Suzan DelBene virtually tied. Republican Snohomish County Councilman John Koster, who also ran for Congress in 2010, should easily advance past the Aug. 7 primary, with 36 percent of…

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0 Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Darcy Burner, Darshan Rauniyar, John Koster

July 15, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Suzan DelBene drops $1 million into campaign for Congress

Suzan DelBene dropped $1 million of her own money into campaign, giving her a huge edge in advertising spending as a host of Democrats jostle toward toward the Aug. 7 primary in the hot 1st Congressional District race. FEC quarterly reports filed this weekend, which cover fundraising and expenses April through June, show fellow Democrat Darcy…

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0 Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Darcy Burner, John Koster, laura ruderman