legislature

School Funding
5:47 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Inslee Scolds Legislature On School Funding, But Cautions Court On Sanctions

Washington Governor Jay Inslee speaks to reporters at a Capitol news conference. The Democrat says it’s “entirely appropriate” for the Supreme Court to highlight the seriousness of the state’s school funding crisis, but he cautions against sanctions that might curtail funding to vulnerable citizens.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the legislature has not “acted appropriately” in the face of the McCleary decision on school funding. But he cautioned the state Supreme Court Thursday not to impose sanctions that would penalize other areas of state government. The governor’s comments came one day after the high court held a hearing to consider whether to hold the state in contempt. 


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Government and Politics
6:16 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Washington Justices Weigh Contempt, Sanctions Following Hearing

Following a contempt hearing, members of the McCleary family, who sued the state of Washington over school funding, answer questions from the media on the steps of the Washington Supreme Court.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Wednesday in a historic hearing that could result in sanctions against the state legislature.


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Washington Primaries
6:37 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Two Republicans Advancing In Washington Congressional Race

Washington congressional candidate Clint Didier.
Credit Clint Didier campaign

Washington’s August primary appears to have delivered an historic first. Two Republicans are likely to advance to the November election in central Washington’s Fourth Congressional District. Never before has the state’s top-two primary produced two contenders of the same party for a Congressional seat. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Washington Midterms
6:36 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Nearly $33M So Far In Washington Mid-Term Elections

The House Chamber at the Washington state Capitol in Olympia
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Washington’s August primary is less than a month away. It’s a midterm election year with no statewide offices on the ballot. Even so, already nearly $33 million has been contributed to campaigns. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins takes a look at who’s giving.

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Idaho Marijuana Laws
7:29 am
Fri June 20, 2014

How One Young Girl Could Change Idaho’s Strict Marijuana Laws

Clare, Alexis and Micheal Carey.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Northwest News Network

Unlike Washington and Oregon, Idaho doesn’t have any form of legal marijuana. In fact in 2013 Idaho lawmakers passed a resolution saying they would never support legalizing marijuana for any reason. But one year later, during the 2014 legislative session many of those same lawmakers held closed door discussions about creating an exception to the state’s strict anti-pot laws. As Adam Cotterell reports it was because of a Boise girl and her mom.

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Digital Privacy
6:04 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

The Balance Between Privacy And Public Safety Debated in Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are wading into the debate on the balance between personal privacy and public safety.
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Oregon lawmakers are wading into the debate on the balance between personal privacy and public safety. Advocates on both sides weighed in on the issue before an Oregon Senate panel Thursday.

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Oregon Protest Restrictions
5:00 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Oregon Court Allows Rule Banning Overnight Protests At Capitol

Michele Darr was among the protesters arrested for trespassing during a 2009 anti-war demonstration at the Oregon capitol.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

The Oregon Legislature has the right to ban protestors from using the capitol steps overnight. That's the upshot of a ruling Thursday by the Oregon Supreme Court. The case involved anti-war protesters speaking out against the deployment of Oregon National Guard troops to Iraq and Afghanistan back in 2009.

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Millennial Politicians
11:04 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Despite Party Differences, Millennial State Lawmakers Find Common Ground

The four youngest members of the Washington legislature are two Democrats and two Republicans who find generational common ground in spite of their political differences.
Credit Austin Jenkins

The Washington legislature is trending a bit younger these day.  Nine of the 147 members are under-34 year olds. 

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Education Funding
6:08 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Wash. Lawmakers Deliver K-12 Funding Report To High Court

State Supreme Court justices had set an April 30 deadline for Washington lawmakers to detail plans to add billions to the state’s education budget.
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It’s no grand pact for beefing up Washington’s education budget, but a legislative committee did deliver a report on the subject to the state’s high court. 

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Washington State Archives Flood
6:01 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Flood At Washington State Archives; County Birth and Death Records Wet

Blue tarps protect historic records from flood waters dripping down from above at the Washington State Archives in Olympia.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Cleanup efforts are underway at the Washington State Archives in Olympia after a newly installed kitchen sink line caused a flood overnight. 

Among the historic records that got wet: marriage and birth records from the late 1800s. But the damage could have been much worse. 

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