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Washington Legislative Session
4:41 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Washington Legislature Heads Into Fraught Home Stretch

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 4:17 pm

For the second time this week, minority Democrats in the Washington Senate have tried to force a vote on a controversial insurance measure that deals with abortion coverage. The parliamentary move Wednesday highlights partisan tensions as the deadline for adjournment approaches.

Democrat Karen Keiser led the effort to revive the so-called Reproductive Parity Act. On the floor of the Senate, she said the bill has enough votes to pass. “But," she said, "the Majority Caucus leadership has been not inclined to bring this bill to the floor.”

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Wash. Senator Ill
6:59 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Washington Senate Majority Could Be Imperiled By Sick Member

Republican Mike Carrell

The serious illness of a Washington state Senator could threaten to alter the balance of power in that legislative chamber. The majority is now potentially short a critical vote.

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Work Injuries
6:22 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Controversial Injured Workers Measures Pass Washington Senate

The new Republican-dominated majority in the Washington state Senate has approved a series of controversial measures that deal with injured workers. The votes Monday were a key test of the Majority Coalition’s one vote advantage. The most controversial of the proposed laws would lower the age when permanently injured workers are eligible to choose a lump sum insurance payout.

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Education Reform
4:57 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Washington Senate Democrats: GOP Pushing 'Cookie-Cutter' Education Reforms

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 4:59 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Democrats in the Washington Senate are on the attack over a series of Republican-backed education reform measures. At a news conference Friday, the Democrats accused Republicans of getting boilerplate legislation from a corporate-backed education foundation run by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

Democrat Andy Billig serves on the Senate K-12 committee. He highlighted two specific proposals: letter grades for schools and holding back struggling third graders.

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College Bound
5:31 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Fight Brewing Over College Bound Scholarship

First it was Washington’s guaranteed tuition program. Now the new majority leader of the state Senate has another college access program in his budget-cutting sights: College Bound.

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Leaked Senate Report
4:07 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Democrats In Washington Senate Slam Majority For Leak Investigation

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 4:00 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The partisan fallout continues in the Washington state Senate over its response to how a controversial Republican senator treats staff. Minority Democrats took to the Senate floor Wednesday to accuse the new majority of caring more about who leaked a report about Senator Pam Roach than creating a safe workplace.

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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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