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Washington State Auditor
5:49 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Attorney: Troy Kelley Knew Of Federal Inquiry Nearly Two Years Ago

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley
Washington Legislature

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 4:28 pm

An attorney who once sued Troy Kelley says the Washington State Auditor has known about a federal probe into his past for nearly two years.

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Government and Politics
3:35 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Cut-Off Deadline Means Washington Lawmakers Down To The Wire

Brianhe Wikimedia

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 3:23 pm

Washington lawmakers face a 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday to pass bills out of their House of origin.

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Government and Politics
3:18 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Washington State Senator Apologizes After 'Colored' Remark

Washington state Senator Jim Honeyford of Yakima
Washington Legislature

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 9:47 am

Washington state Senator Jim Honeyford of Yakima has apologized after using the term “colored” to refer to people of color.

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Mental Health
5:46 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Bill Would Allow Families Of Mentally Ill To Petition For Involuntary Treatment

Joel Reuter was a 28-year old Seattle man who was killed in a standoff with police in 2013 after firing a gun from his balcony.
Doug Reuter

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 5:48 pm

For the first time, the Washington state Senate has passed a version of “Joel’s Law.”

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Education
3:58 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Education Spending In Focus As Washington Legislature Nears Halfway Mark

The House Chamber inside the Washington State Capitol in Olympia.
Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 3:47 pm

Washington lawmakers are approaching the halfway mark of their 105-day session. Hot issues include marijuana, mental health, oil trains and cap-and-trade.

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Immigration
5:32 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Immigrant Deportation Debate Spills Over To State Capitol

A bill in the Washington House would direct local police and jails to stop coordinating with federal agencies on immigrant deportations.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 5:33 pm

The congressional wrangling over immigration policy -- which threatens to cut off Homeland Security money later this week -- is spilling over to the Washington State Capitol in a fashion.

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Public School Funding
4:34 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Controversial School Reforms Could Complicate Funding Debate In Washington State

Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 4:01 pm

Washington lawmakers are in contempt of court over school funding. But it’s a couple of non-funding issues that could create a partisan rift.

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Congressional Per Diem
3:57 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Wash. State Senators Receive Higher Per Diem After Blasting 2014 Hike

The Washington Capitol in Olympia.
File photo by Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 5:37 pm

Three Washington state senators received a boost in their per diem last month, despite previously saying they wouldn’t take a raise in their daily allowance.

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Government And Politics
4:02 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Politics Swirl Around Labor-Backed Minimum Wage, Sick Leave Policies

WSDOT Flickr

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 3:32 pm

Paid sick leave and a boost in the minimum wage are among the top priorities of organized labor in Washington state this year.

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Fantasy Sports
4:18 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Washington Lawmakers Consider Legalizing Fantasy Sports

Washington state lawmakers are considering whether to legalize fantasy sports contests like this one on FanDuel.com.
FanDuel.com

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 2:52 pm

On the eve of the Super Bowl, Washington state lawmakers are considering whether to legalize fantasy sports contests.

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