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A rebate to green up your yard work

Sen. Reuven Carlyle wants to pay you to upgrade that gas-powered leaf blower you’ve been using to clear your yard and antagonize your neighbors. Carlyle,...Read More

Traditional retail, big tech spar over retail theft, online fencing of stolen goods

The massive generational fight over America’s retail customers was on display in a House committee this week as name-brand brick-and-mortar retailers sparred with their rivals...Read More

Whatcom County appoints 22-year-old to Ericksen’s seat, sets up race against Shewmake, who beat his mother in 2020

Per The Bellingham Herald, the Whatcom County Council has appointed Simon Sefzik to the 42nd District state Senate seat formerly held by the late Republican...Read More

Maverick goes to court over tribal sports betting monopoly

The state’s largest non-tribal gambling operator went to court Tuesday to try to overturn the monopoly on sports betting that the Legislature awarded to Washington...Read More

As the session opens, watch the process, not the speeches

I first started paying attention to legislatures in 1991, when I was a 25-year-old punk reporter trying to stay awake on the early broadcast shift...Read More

Nazi police scandal could have been an October surprise in Kent mayor’s race

The newly re-elected mayor of Kent is dealing with a fairly hairy police scandal that could have been an even hairier October surprise during her...Read More

No ballot initiatives made it to the 2022 Legislature

For the third year in a row, the Legislature convenes with no ballot initiative placed before it by signature drive. The last successful signature drive...Read More

Introducing the future of the Washington State Wire

As the Washington Legislature convenes, kicking off the year of government and politics in earnest, I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself as...Read More

The Sunday Observer: Inslee’s interesting Chicago detour

The Sunday Observer is a weekly feature of The Washington Observer, the Wire’s new sister publication. For more of the Observer, check it out on...Read More

Washington’s natural gas usage increased in 2020

The 2020 fuel mix report was released this week, and shows that while coal-fired power decreased slightly, the use of natural gas increased.  The report,...Read More