Washington Senate

Wash. Senate Session
5:28 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Opening Prayer In Washington Senate Stirs Marriage Controversy

On an already tense first day of session in the Washington State Senate, the opening prayer became a source of controversy. It had to do with the issue of same-sex marriage.

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Senate Power Grab
5:08 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Democrats React Angrily To Power Grab In Wash. Senate

Democratic Senators Rodney Tom, left, and Tim Sheldon will caucus with Republicans.
Credit Washington Legislature

Some Washington Democrats are reacting angrily to a power grab in the state Senate. A coalition of Republicans and two breakaway Democrats announced Monday they will seize the majority, but share power.

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Wash. Education Funding
5:03 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

New Wash. Senate Majority Will Not Promise $1B More For Schools

Democratic State Senator Rodney Tom answers reporter questions. He will lead a new majority coalition in the Washington Senate.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

A big shake-up in the control of the Washington state Senate could have major implications for how lawmakers address funding for schools next year. A coalition of Republicans and two breakaway Democrats announced Monday it has just enough votes to depose the current Democratic majority.

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Wash. Legislative Races
5:40 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Philosophical Control Of Washington State Senate Hangs In Balance

Republican state Senator Don Benton (L) and Democratic challenger Tim Probst are separated by only 105 votes.
Credit Northwest News Network

Two southwest Washington legislative races are headed for hand recounts. They are that close. One of them could hand control of the Washington state Senate to a coalition of Republicans and conservative Democrats.

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Abuse Claim Against Senator Dropped
4:17 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Wash. Senate Lawyer Settles Verbal Abuse Claim Against Sen. Pam Roach

State Senator Pam Roach
WSDOT Flickr

A staff attorney for Washington state Senate Republicans has agreed to drop his $1.75 million hostile workplace claim, and will receive no damages. The agreement announced Friday follows allegations that Senate leaders failed to protect the lawyer from verbal abuse by Sen. Pam Roach.

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Wash. Senate Candidate Threatened
5:09 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Wash. Man Arrested For Threatening Legislative Candidate

Eileen Qutub, a Republican candidate for Washington State Senate, received threatening emails.
Northwest News Network

A Vancouver, Wash., man has been arrested for allegedly threatening a state Senate candidate. The Clark County sheriff's office took Gary Owen into custody Thursday on charges of sending two threatening emails to Eileen Qutub , a Republican. She described the letters as "vile" and "sexually perverted" and said that Owen threatened to shoot her in the head.

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Rossi Returns To Senate
5:41 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Dino Rossi Back In Washington State Senate

Dino Rossi will fill the Washington State Senate seat vacated by Cheryl Pflug.
Northwest News Network

Dino Rossi is back in the Washington State Senate. The King County Council picked him Monday to fill a vacancy.

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Senate Workplace Claim
4:11 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Republican Take-Over Of Wash. Senate Results In $1.75M Workplace Claim

State Senator Pam Roach.
Photo credit: WSDOT/Flickr" Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A Republican takeover of the Washington state senate last month could prove costly. A longtime lawyer for the Senate Republican caucus is now demanding $1.75 million in damages. He says to muster enough votes to control the senate, Republicans lifted sanctions against a senator who created a hostile work environment.

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