Lands commissioner backs Inslee

Woman who gave state the Hirst decision

Getting behind Gov. Jay Inslee’s big push for a carbon tax, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz sent a letter to state leaders yesterday declaring that climate change poses a threat to state lands and waters.

Inslee lashes out at sessions of pot crackdown

Joins western states in marijuana war

Gov. Jay Inslee expressed a defiant attitude toward U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who announced on Thursday the rescinding of Obama-era guidelines that assisted the legalization of non-medical marijuana in Washington, seven other states and the District of Columbia.

‘Trigger modifications’ bill being introduced

Measure aims at rapid-fire capabilities

A bill is being introduced in the state Senate to ban gun parts intended to increase a firearm’s rate-of-fire.

Ferguson wants death penalty abolished

Lawmakers may make up bill to eliminate executions

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is pushing lawmakers to eliminate the death penalty and require first-degree murder convicts to serve life sentences without the possibility of parole.

Bill could give ruralites relief from Hirst

Van De Wege introduces bill to allow wells for five years

A pre-filed Senate bill could give rural residents temporary relief from the state Supreme Court’s Hirst decision if it is signed into law.

Interior opens up offshore drilling, Inslee plans fight

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the next step for responsibly developing the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2019-2024.

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Council adds to 6-year plan

It was a light night of business for the first City Council meeting of the year Monday.

Ready for imposed $1 spike for gasoline?

Republicans will fight the governor’s carbon tax

Are you ready for the state to add another dollar to the price of gasoline? A local legislator says that just may be the case.

Republican state chair steps down

Party will select new chair at winter party gathering

The longtime Chairman of the Washington State Republican Party, Susan Hutchison, will step down from her leadership role on Feb. 4.

Eastern Washington lawmaker welcomes mistrial

Shea hopes for federal land management change in West

An Eastern Washington lawmaker instrumental in uncovering whistleblower documents in the “Battle of Bunkerville” standoff in Nevada is hopeful the effort will bring improved land management practices to the Pacific Northwest, and the entire West.

Republicans cool to Gov. Inslee budget plans

They want spending controlled

Republicans are the minority in state government now, but that does mean they’re going away. They are warming to Gov. Jay Inslee a bit.

Inslee, Ferguson vow net neutrality fight

State officials to use bully pulpit for concessions

On the eve of the Federal Communications Commission’s vote to repeal the so-called “net neutrality” rules, Gov. Jay Inslee and State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said they will be fighting back.

Democrats propose voting rights law

Local legislators say this ploy is nothing new

Sen. Rebecca Saldaña, D-Seattle, introduced a Washington Voting Rights Act to the state Senate on Wednesday.

Newhouse: Family could pay $0 tax on $52,000

Republican tax plan a boon for rural residents

A family of four with an income of $52,000 per year could get away without paying income tax under a plan offered by Republicans.

Newhouse poses streamlining bill

Bill would make it easier to do water projects

Republican Congressman Dan Newhouse of Sunnnyside and Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) introduced a bill H.R. 4419 yesterday that would streamline the Bureau of Reclamation’s and Bureau of Indian Affairs’ environmental planning and study process for new water projects.