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Culture trumps strategy, or why legislators failed to learn from the mistakes of Congress

Sometimes, you have to jam something through the legislature. Sometimes you can’t wait to let stakeholders get too engaged, too organized and too mobilized to...Read More

Podcast: Looking Ahead to the 2018 Elections

The 2018 legislative and congressional elections will be some of the most active, high cost, and potentially divisive in recent memory. With midterm elections right...Read More

Wire Insider: Nancy Hirsh

Nancy Hirsh is the Executive Director of NW Energy Coalition. She joins us as a “Wire Insider” to talk about putting a price on carbon,...Read More

New bill would promote school safety in wake of mass shooting

OLYMPIA — A bill introduced Friday by Sen. David Frockt would align the age and background check requirements for the purchase of certain rifles with those already...Read More

Carbon tax passes in fiscal committee, gets lukewarm support from some Democrats

On Thursday afternoon, the bill to put a tax on carbon emissions took another step forward in the Legislature. The bill was voted out of...Read More

Statements from legislative caucus leaders on Legislative Public Records Act

Leaders from all four caucuses in the Legislature released the following comments following the announcement of SB 6617, a bill to exempt the Legislature from...Read More

O’Ban requests task force to prevent mass shootings

Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, has requested a proviso to the 2018 supplemental operating budget for funding to create a legislative task force to prevent...Read More

Bill to remove the Legislature from Public Records Act quickly runs into opposition

On Thursday afternoon, the House and Senate State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections committees came together for a joint work session on SB 6617, a...Read More

Capital gains tax unlikely to pass in the Senate

This week, House and Senate Democrats released their supplemental budget proposals. Both budgets focused on funding education, supporting mental health services, and providing property tax...Read More

Zeiger: Senate budget invests in 167/Meridian interchange

The state Senate released its supplemental transportation budget this week. It includes funding for design and engineering for a full single-point urban interchange at Meridian...Read More