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State money for postage-paid ballots might not be enough

Snohomish County gets $166,000, but if turnout is high this year, it might cost more.

Photo by Matt Phelps

President, governor or retirement — only Inslee knows his plan

What we do know is that he’s off to Iowa in June to deliver the keynote address at a party fundraiser.

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Photo by Michael O’Leary/Everett Herald                                Photo by Michael O’Leary/Everett Herald

Eyman says he will spend $500K of his own money on initiative

The conservative activist’s self-financing claim points to a lack of deep-pocketed donors.

Photo by Michael O’Leary/Everett Herald                                Photo by Michael O’Leary/Everett Herald
Secretary of State pushes for pre-paid postage for ballots

Secretary of State pushes for pre-paid postage for ballots

Kim Wyman is asking Gov. Jay Inslee for the authority to reimburse counties for postal costs.

Secretary of State pushes for pre-paid postage for ballots
By Taylor McAvoy

Olympia stunner: Compromise over police use of force

It was not always a civil process, but two diametrically opposed groups managed to find common ground.

By Taylor McAvoy
Governor Jay Inslee signs a ban on bump stocks on Tuesday, March. 6. Photo by Taylor McAvoy

Bump stock ban becomes law; semiautomatics bill up next

It will be illegal in Washington to sell or own devices that make semiautomatic guns fire more rapidly.

Governor Jay Inslee signs a ban on bump stocks on Tuesday, March. 6. Photo by Taylor McAvoy
By Taylor McAvoy

Lawmakers are now at odds over a Sound Transit car-tab fix

The Senate and House disagree over whether lost revenue from a lower fee should be offset right away.

By Taylor McAvoy
State Senate OKs new way to calculate Sound Transit car fees

State Senate OKs new way to calculate Sound Transit car fees

It should result in reduction of the cost of vehicle licenses. The bill now goes to the state House.

State Senate OKs new way to calculate Sound Transit car fees
By Taylor McAvoy

Inslee vetoes public records bill; lawmakers get a do-over

Meantime, news organizations, including this one, have agreed to pause a lawsuit over access.

By Taylor McAvoy
By Taylor McAvoy
By Taylor McAvoy
They agree on a tax cut and now have to decide how to do it | Editorial
They agree on a tax cut and now have to decide how to do it | Editorial
State House speaker talks taxes, death penalty, and harassment

State House speaker talks taxes, death penalty, and harassment

Democrat Frank Chopp has had the speaker title since 1999, and he says he’s not retiring this year.

State House speaker talks taxes, death penalty, and harassment
Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with Sound Publishing staff during a meeting on Jan. 20 at the Bellevue Reporter office. Photo by Matt Phelps/Kirkland Reporter

Judge delivers crushing blow to Inslee’s Clean Air Rule

It was the centerpiece of the governor’s crusade against climate change. Now it’s gone.

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with Sound Publishing staff during a meeting on Jan. 20 at the Bellevue Reporter office. Photo by Matt Phelps/Kirkland Reporter
For opponents of a carbon tax, an initiative threat looms

For opponents of a carbon tax, an initiative threat looms

If legislators don’t act on the governor’s legislation, a plan could land on the November ballot.

For opponents of a carbon tax, an initiative threat looms

Inslee: ‘It’s our state’s destiny … to fight climate change’

In his State-of-the-State address, the governor made the case for an ambitious carbon tax.

Dems say GOP tax plan doesn’t add up for everyone

Dems say GOP tax plan doesn’t add up for everyone

Rep. Suzan DelBene’s amendments to restore deductions, that the bill does away with, were rejected.

Dems say GOP tax plan doesn’t add up for everyone
Initial returns point to a power shift in the state Senate | Editorial

Initial returns point to a power shift in the state Senate | Editorial

Democrats went to bed Tuesday night confidently declaring their party will control the levers of legislating in state government by the end of the month.… Continue reading

Initial returns point to a power shift in the state Senate | Editorial
Enough or not enough, that is the McCleary question

Enough or not enough, that is the McCleary question

OLYMPIA — When the legal battle on education funding returns to the state Supreme Court Tuesday, the leader of Washington’s public school system will be… Continue reading

Enough or not enough, that is the McCleary question
The Legislative Building is shown June 30 at the Capitol in Olympia. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

When it comes to majorities, Democrats must use them or lose them

Some hope that a Democratic victory in the Senate race will spur a bipartisan Hirst compromise.

The Legislative Building is shown June 30 at the Capitol in Olympia. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Lawmakers want to know if Sound Transit conned them on costs

But they didn’t ask for testimony from the transportation committee members who negotiated the bill.