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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.

 

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.

 

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

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

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.

By Taylor McAvoy
By Taylor McAvoy

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.

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.

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.

Viewers in the gallery applaud as Gov. Jay Inslee makes his annual state-of-the state address before a joint legislative session Tuesday in Olympia. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

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.

Viewers in the gallery applaud as Gov. Jay Inslee makes his annual state-of-the state address before a joint legislative session Tuesday in Olympia. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

Initial returns point to a power shift in the state Senate | The Petri Dish

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

Inslee unveils plan to fully fund education with $5B in new and higher taxes

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled a $46.7 billion budget proposal Wednesday that fully funds public schools, provides state employees a raise, freezes college tuition… Continue reading

Questions remain for Oso commission | Jerry Cornfield

Establishing a commission to examine the causes and consequences of the Oso mudslide is taking longer than Snohomish County Executive John Lovick and Gov. Jay Inslee imagined.

Opening Day 2016: Inmate releases, clean air rules and a minimum wage hike

State lawmakers began the 2016 legislative session on Monday with a bit of ceremony featuring comments by Republican and Democratic leaders.

A poem for Congress | Jerry Cornfield

‘Tis two days after session and all through the Dome, Not a member is working since they all have gone home;

Back from Paris, Inslee takes aim at carbon pollution

Nothing like a few days away from the office to get one’s spirit rejuvenated and energy recharged.

State lawmakers get stern warning on education

Democratic and Republican lawmakers are finding themselves once again falling down a rabbit hole in their Sisyphean efforts to cure the real and perceived ailments of the state’s public schools. And now they face a deadline of sorts to figure a way out.

Some Oso answers can wait | Jerry Cornfield

You may notice the daily media briefings on the Oso mudslide getting shorter and tenser with less said and more questions asked. Families are still the story of the Oso mudslide – and the other questions can wait.

Unanswered questions from 2013 | Jerry Cornfield | The Petri Dish

The year 2013 left a ration of questions to be answered in the course of 2014. Here is a sampling.

Lessons learned at Oso disaster | Jerry Cornfield

That venerable adage ‘It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it’ came to mind Tuesday as President Barack Obama departed the Oso firehouse.