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A Fond Farewell to the Legislative Life

What can you say when you’re about to leave a place where you’ve played virtually your entire adult life? Where you lived and loved and...Read More

Washington State Wire Is Growing — Accepting Applications For A Second Reporter

Washington State Wire is looking for a few good applicants. Inquire within. Due-date for applications is March 28....Read More

Washington State Wire is Growing!

Washington State Wire is looking for a reporter -- someone who loves the legislative fray as we do. Inquire within. Applications due March 28....Read More

After All the Fuss and Bother, an Unremarkable Session Comes to an End

You can say the 2014 legislative session started with low expectations, and it lived right up to them. Washington lawmakers ended their 60-day session just...Read More

Could This be the Same Don Benton? — Correspondence Has Legislature Snorting With Laughter

When state Sen. Don Benton wrote a blistering email the other day excoriating House Republicans who voted for a measure that would make it harder...Read More

Business leaders gather to lay out new framework

While legislative session is in full swing, over 100 business leaders are gathering this Thursday in Seattle to discuss policy and industry initiatives well into...Read More

Cheeky Bill Spotlights Serious Statehouse Issue — Court, Inslee Step on Legislative Branch, GOP Lawmakers Complain

If you’re in on the joke, you can’t help laughing when you read the latest bill from state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane. It declares that...Read More

Hobbs Loses Half a Gavel – Senate Majority Coalition Forces Co-Chairmanship and Triggers Uproar on Senate Floor

The issue involved may not cause the earth to shake, but you could feel the statehouse rumble Monday as the state Senate took its first...Read More

Democrat Steve Hobbs Survives as Sole Chair of Banking Panel, For Now

Democrat Steve Hobbs has survived another day as full chairman of the state Senate’s Financial Institutions, Housing and Insurance Committee, due to the absence of...Read More

Sen. Steve Hobbs Bumped to Co-Chair of Financial Institutions Committee – Will Share Duties With Jan Angel

State Sen. Jan Angel moves up and Steve Hobbs moves over – that’s the word, official at last, from the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus. The...Read More