Politics

[8/21/19] Pressure Mounts On Shea to Resign

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Numerous opponents are calling for a conservative state lawmaker to resign after reports that he was collecting intelligence on local progressive leaders. The union of the Spokane Police Department has joined Spokane City Council members in calling for state Rep. Matt Shea’s resignation. The Guardian and The Spokesman-Review have recently reported that the Spokane Valley […]

[8/15/19] Hawkin’s “Listening Tour” Hits the Road in September

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Sen. Brad Hawkins has announced the times and locations for his third annual 12th District “listening tour” in early September. Similar to his first two listening tours, Hawkins will visit all four counties in the legislative district with his legislative staff.  This year’s tour builds on previous tours, returning to Leavenworth, Cashmere, Quincy, Wenatchee, Pateros, Twisp, […]

[8/8/19] Repeal of Affirmative Action Makes Ballot

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A measure that seeks to repeal an initiative to restore affirmative action in Washington state will be on the November ballot. The secretary of state’s office said yesterday that it certified Referendum 88 for the general election. The opponents of Initiative 1000, which passed the Legislature in April, had 90 days to gather 129,811 valid […]

[8/6/19] Inslee Campaign Costs Washingtonians Thousands

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Gov. Jay Inslee has spent more than half his days traveling out of state on the campaign trail in the five months since declaring his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination. Between March 1 and the end of July, Inslee was on the road for all or parts of 90 days out of 153, or […]

[8/6/19] Did you Vote Today-Deadline 8PM

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It’s Primary Election Day in Washington state. Ballots must be postmarked today or placed in a ballot drop box before 8 tonight. On the ballot for Chelan County this primary are the mayoral positions for the Cities of Chelan and Entiat, City of Wenatchee City Council Member District At-Large A and Peshastin Water District Commissioner […]

[8/1/19] First Female Speaker for Washington State

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Democrats have elected the first female speaker of the House in Washington state. State Rep. Laurie Jinkins of Tacoma was chosen yesterday after a caucus meeting and vote at a hotel conference room in SeaTac. She was one of four women representatives seek the top spot after Frank Chopp, the state’s longest-serving speaker, announced he […]

[7/9/19] Long Runs Again

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Democrat Carolyn Long has announced that she will once again seek to unseat incumbent Republican U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler. Yesterday, Long held three kickoff events across Washington’s 3rd Congressional District – which covers the southernmost portion of western and central Washington. Long was a political newcomer in her 2018 race, but the Washington State […]

[7/5/19] Initiative Deadline Nears

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The signature deadline is today for an initiative that would require tax increases approved by the Washington state Legislature to expire after one year unless voters also approved the increases through ballot measures. Critics of I-1648 say it could wreck the state budget, which targets 11 tax increases passed by lawmakers this year. The initiative […]

[6/27/19] New Voter Registration In WA

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Washington state intends to move ahead with a new voter-registration system ahead of the Aug. 6 primary despite concerns from election officials in a handful of counties about problems they’ve encountered. Concerns stem from the transition from the previous system to the new $9.5 million project, called VoteWA. In addition to shutting down the state’s […]

[6/18/19] Senator Fined

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The Legislative Ethics Board has fined Democratic Sen. Sam Hunt $1,000 because his legislative assistant booked a room on the Capitol campus for a campaign-related event. The board issued its finding Friday and released it publicly on Monday. The order notes that $500 of the fine will be suspended provided Hunt has no further ethics […]