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New lawsuit targets Title Only bills

The legality of Title Only bills is being challenged in a new lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court. Led by former Washington Attorney General...Read More

Lessons from the 2019 elections according to David Goldstein, Tim Eyman, and Heather Weiner

The 2019 elections in Washington State created a mix of story lines and lessons. Between fiercely contested local races to controversial statewide ballot measures, the...Read More

Inslee’s “why” problem

Even if you aren’t a fan of Inslee, you knew exactly why he was running for president. If you lived under a rock in Kansas,...Read More

Attorney General Ferguson Garners First-Ever Conviction Under Animal Trafficking Act

Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that Donald Frank Rooney of Everett has pleaded guilty to trafficking in species threatened with extinction under a voter-approved...Read More

Homelessness takes center stage in local elections

When Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart conceded the Spokane mayoral race, he spoke of a politics that sucked the life out of his campaign,...Read More

I-976 and the multibillion-dollar question

Should I-976 survive the legal challenge headed its way, a multibillion-dollar budget gap will need to be filled. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle...Read More

Four things that are different after Amazon’s step into local elections

This 2019 election in Seattle was something else. I’m not sure anyone quite has a coherent theory of what ultimately took place in a way...Read More

Sen. Maureen Walsh won’t seek re-election

State Senator Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, is announcing she will not seek re-election to her seat, but will complete the last year of her term,...Read More

Q&A: President Fawn Sharp on why Tribal Nations are poised to lead the global response to climate change

Quinault Indian Nation President Fawn Sharp was recently elected president of the National Congress of American Indians, winning 61 percent of the vote. Sharp ran...Read More

Old tensions boil over in I-976 vote

When the first round of election results were released on Tuesday evening, Senator Phil Fortunato was not surprised at what he saw. In a conversation...Read More