Jerre Redecker: Legislative coverage for those on the go

OlympianJanuary 12, 2014 

With the start of the legislative session, life changes for many who live or work in Olympia. As the state capital newspaper, The Olympian has always put a high priority on state government coverage.

We have the largest news team on the hill, with political reporting veterans Brad Shannon, Jordan Schrader and Melissa Santos, and columnist Peter Callaghan. In addition, the Capitol bureau includes photographers and a legislative intern.

On the editorial side, The Olympian’s editorial board invites lawmakers, policymakers, lobbyists and agency heads to explain their legislative agendas. The editorial opinions are separate from news coverage, offering another place for readers to become informed.

Readers will find daily coverage, including a dedicated page inside The Olympian, and an improved mobile app that offers extended statehouse coverage on your iPhone, iPad or Android device.

The Capital Update app is free to newspaper subscribers or available as an in-app purchase for nonsubscribers for $49.99 a year. Here’s what you’ll get:

 • Up-to-the-minute news about what’s happening in Olympia, from the Legislature to Washington state agencies.

 • Breaking news alerts pushed to your smart phone and tablet.

 • In-depth political coverage from the most experienced bureau of Capitol reporters in the state.

 • One-stop-reading for political news gathered from more than 20 other news outlets and opinion pages.

 • Daily update of top bills to watch and key contacts at the Capitol.

To sign up, go to and click the “Capital Update” link.

And, thanks for reading.

Jerre Redecker is senior editor of The Olympian.

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