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Morning Wire: Cap gains, Emergency powers, US Rep. Kim Schrier

We are at day 95 of the session, with essentially no talk of a special session. It wasn’t that long ago that it seemed like...Read More

Morning Wire: Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, Working Families Tax Credit, US Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Today is day 93 of the 105-day legislative session. For such an abnormal period of time, with most of the session activities conducted virtually, this...Read More

Morning Wire: Budget negotiations, Sen. Murray, Audit of jails

I interviewed US Rep. Kim Schrier this week, who framed something for me that I thought was interesting and a shift. She said that the...Read More

Morning Wire: Rep. Mike Sells, Blake decision bill, Debt-based license suspensions

My Gonzaga Bulldogs went down in a stunningly flat performance last night to Baylor in the NCAA Men’s College Basketball National Championship. It was a...Read More

Morning Wire: Tax & budget bills, Revenue pickup, COVID-19 & educational outcomes

Washington was one of just 7 states waiting until May 1 to allow all residents over 16 to be vaccinated — until yesterday when Inslee announced the...Read More

Morning Wire: Sen. Christine Rolfes, Economic relationships, Budget proposal

Today is day 79 of the 105-day session, but the end game has been set. My guess is capital gains will barely pass. The Working...Read More

Morning Wire: K-shaped recovery, Budget proposals, Equity bills

This is an increasingly tense time of the session. Folks are tired from long hours of advocacy and policy making. We are close to the...Read More

Morning Wire: Washington’s safety net, Transportation budgets, Climate legislation

A big thank you to former Sec. of State Sam Reed and former Rep. Larry Seaquist! They both became recent supporters of the Wire through a sustaining...Read More

Morning Wire: Messaging capital gains, Gary Locke, Rep. Alex Ramel

My old friend Sen. Paull Shinn once explained to me: â€śNinety percent of people in Olympia play defense. Only nine percent can play offense. But only one...Read More

Morning Wire: Capital gains, K-12 funding, Public safety bills

A big thank you to Keep Washington Rolling and to Early Start Washington for sponsoring this edition. Because of their support, the support of our...Read More