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December 31, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Our top 10 most-read Politics NW posts of 2014

Before we look ahead to 2015, let’s look back at what piqued your interest in the last year. Here be the 10 most-read Politics NW posts of the last year: 10. Former Seattle Mayor McGinn takes new job, says no plans to seek return to elected office 9. Supreme Court finds Legislature in contempt on education funding 8….

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Education, Gun initiative, Seattle City Council, State legislative races, State Supreme Court | Topics: 2014 elections, Barack Obama, Jay Inslee

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.”

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

December 19, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Lawmakers jab Supreme Court: bill would make races partisan

You could call it The “Go Pound Sand” Act of 2015. Rep. Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis In a shot at the state Supreme Court, 19 state representatives — including three Democrats — have filed House Bill 1051, which would turn races for the state’s high court into partisan contests. (The court’s nine justices are now elected…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, State Legislature, State Supreme Court | Topics: McCleary, Rep. Richard DeBolt, Washington State Supreme Court