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December 29, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Lawmakers nix the session’s State of the Judiciary speech

State lawmakers have decided to forgo one custom that they’ve had since the 1990s: a State of the Judiciary speech.

The speech, given by the state Supreme Court’s chief justice, has been given at the start of every budget session – which is every odd-numbered year – in a joint address to the House and Senate. The practice goes back to at least 1995; here’s footage of the one given by Chief Justice Barbara Madsen in 2013.

In state politics, 2014 will go down as the year the court held legislators in contempt for not making enough progress to fully fund public education. Earlier this month, some lawmakers protested the court’s action by filing a bill to make court races partisan.

In a recent Facilities and Operations Committee meeting, lawmakers decided not to schedule the State of the Judiciary address. Legislative leaders, however, insist the decision is not in retaliation for the contempt ruling.

“I don’t think either chamber is eager to go after the Supreme Court,” said House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan,  D-Covington. “This is not a slap in the face to the court.”


Comments | More in State Legislature, State Supreme Court | Topics: Mark Schoesler, McCleary decision, Pat Sullivan

July 30, 2014 at 10:38 PM

More GOP campaign mailer intrigue

On Tuesday, we wrote about a GOP campaign mailer calling a Democrat state Senate candidate too Republican for his district. Today, we’ve got a brand new mailer. This time, the state GOP mailer praises its own candidate, Mark Miloscia, for “standing up to the party bosses and out-of-touch politicians.” Wait, what? Is the state Republican Party developing self-loathing issues? Actually,…


Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest, State legislative races, State Legislature, Washington state Republican Party | Topics: mark miloscia, Washington State Legislature

April 4, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Inslee vetoes drone bill

The Associated Press Gov. Jay Inslee has vetoed a bill that would have placed new regulations on police use of drones in Washington state. The News Tribune reports the governor also announced Friday he will prevent state agencies from buying or using the technology for the next 15 months. Inslee says he chose to veto the bill…


Comments | More in Governor, State government, State Legislature | Topics: drones, gov. jay inslee, Washington State Legislature

March 5, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Lawmakers say human traffickers must register as sex offenders

Washington would become the first state to require human traffickers to register as sex offenders, according to the prime sponsor of a bill that won unanimous approval Wednesday in the state Senate. The bill, which earlier gained passage in the House, now goes to the governor’s desk. House Bill 1791  designates the crime of human trafficking in…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: human trafficking, prostitution, sex offender

November 20, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Poll: Most voters wish Machinists had accepted Boeing offer

A new Stuart Elway poll found that most Washington voters wish the Machinists union had accepted Boeing’s offer to build the 777X in this state in exchange for contract concessions. “By a margin of 56 to 31 percent, residents interviewed last weekend for The Elway Poll said they would have voted for the proposed contract “if…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Boeing, legislature, Machinists

November 12, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Big issues remain, but Senate GOP open to gas-tax hike

State Senate Republicans are willing to consider a gas-tax increase of 11.5 cents a gallon for highway and ferry construction, and even to allow new local taxes for King County Metro Transit, according to a proposal forged over the holiday weekend. It would avoid the tolling of Interstate 90 to help pay for construction of…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: Majority Coalition Caucus, transportation, Washington State Legislature

November 9, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Legislature approves billions in tax breaks for Boeing

Update| 3:12 p.m. OLYMPIA — It’s a wrap. The Legislature on Saturday afternoon approved extending tax incentives worth more than $8 billion for Boeing until 2040. Along with the tax package, lawmakers voted to spend millions of dollars on worker-training programs and an effort to ease permitting for large aerospace-manufacturing sites. The bills now go to Gov. Jay…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: Boeing, Macihinists, tax breaks

May 6, 2013 at 11:28 AM

State analysis shows King County pays more in taxes than it gets

Democratic State Rep. Reuven Carlyle released a new state analysis showing King County is a large net exporter of tax dollars to the rest of the state. Carlyle, of Seattle, contends there’s a misconception in the Legislature and elsewhere “that tax dollars are consumed by city living, whether that’s social programs or…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State budget, State Legislature | Topics: Gary Alexander, legislature, Rep. Reuven Carlyle

April 16, 2013 at 10:02 AM

House Democrats propose slimmed-down $8.4 billion transportation tax package

House Democrats on Tuesday released a slimmed-down transportation tax package that would spend $8.4 billion on various projects, including extensions of Highways 167 and 509 as well as work on Interstate 405 and I-5. Back in February they released a plan to spend nearly $10 billion. The new version drops proposals for a politically…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: legislature, transportation package, Washington State Legislature

April 11, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Senate Democrats apologize to LaHood – for Republicans

State Senate Democrats sent a letter of apology to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood for what they viewed as a rude reception on Wednesday by the GOP-led majority caucus – a charge Republicans dispute. “It was appalling to see the tenor of the reception he received from Sen. (Don) Benton and the Republican majority,…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: governor, Jay Inslee, legislature

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