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Washington Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson is out of a job. The Republican-led Washington Senate voted Friday afternoon not to confirm Peterson three years after she was appointed by Democratic Governor Jay Inslee.

Police agencies in Washington state would not be allowed to rate officers by how many traffic tickets they hand out under a proposal put forward by a former Spokane police officer.

Is the tax on legal marijuana in Washington too high?

Washington lawmakers return to the Capitol on Monday for a short election-year session. They say getting bipartisan agreement on a school funding plan is a top priority.

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Another candidate has joined the 2016 race for Washington State auditor. It’s a Seattle attorney who’s never run for public office.

The auditor’s job is to shine a light on how public dollars are spent…or misspent.

Democrat Jeff Sprung said he’s had a similar career focus - fighting for taxpayers. And he wants to bring that experience, and a fresh perspective, to state government.

“I’m an outsider to Olympia and I have no stake in fighting old battles," Sprung said. "For the job of the people’s watchdog, I think that’s exactly what’s needed.”

September’s deadly Aurora Bridge accident in Seattle and the 2015 fire season are on the agenda as Washington lawmakers return to the Capitol on Thursday and Friday.

Money is pouring into a highly competitive special election to fill an open seat in the Washington state House. But tracing where that money comes from is no easy task.

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Most voters in Washington should have their November ballots in hand by the end of this week. It’s an off election year. But there’s one hot legislative race that has implications for future control of the Washington state House.

After a record-long session, Washington Governor Jay Inslee and legislative leaders still aren’t done. They’ll resume talks on schools funding on Monday afternoon in SeaTac after an unprecedented ruling from the state Supreme Court.

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The State Supreme Court has again ruled the legislature’s efforts to fully fund public schools are falling short.  But this time, they’re adding a penalty to their ruling.  

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