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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

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

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

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

New initiative seeks state $13.50 minimum wage | The Petri Dish

A coalition led by statewide labor groups recently filed an initiative to push the minimum wage to $13.50 an hour and allow workers to earn paid sick leave.

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.

Decision could avert dueling carbon measures on 2016 ballot | The Petri Dish

Competing initiatives strive to combat climate change — one might fare better with the public

McCleary funding plan? Not this year | The Petri Dish

Eight lawmakers entrusted with drafting a school funding plan in line with the tenets of the state constitution and dictates of the Supreme Court won't complete their task this year.

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.

The Petri Dish: Young, moderate recruits bolster Republican ranks

There’s never been a figure in Washington politics quite like Frank Chopp.

The Petri Dish: Syrian refugees welcome, Inslee says

“At a time when millions of Syrian families are attempting to flee ISIS and seek refuge in safer parts of the world, including the United States, there are some who say it’s time to close our doors to people whose lives are in peril,” Inslee said in a prepared statement.

Eyman ‘elated’ over I-1366’s success | The Petri Dish

Voters have spoken and no one could be pleased more by what they said than Tim Eyman.