Brad Shannon is political editor at The Olympian and can be reached at 360-753-1688 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
One hundred and fourteen days into the Legislature's work, lawmakers are holding a hearing on something that has been talked about since the beginning: eliminating tax exemptions.
Tim Eyman is seeing red and headed to the Capitol to defend his Initiative 1053 on Wednesday. Voters approved the measure by a 64 percent margin last November, and as we reported Sunday, Democratic Sen. Ed Murray is holding a hearing to consider changes to it.
Washington's three-month-long tax amnesty for businesses has delivered an unexpectedly fat cash bonanza, giving House and Senate budget writers an extra $182 million to help close their differences in Olympia.
Secretary of State Sam Reed is scheduled to speak about his long history in the politics of Thurston County on Tuesday, May 10, during the monthly lunch meeting of the Thurston County Republican Women's Club. He also is receiving a life-time achievement award from the Thurston Republican Party.
In vetoing the medical marijuana bill, Gov. Chris Gregoire cited worries about a potential threat to state employees. Advocates for the bill, though, say the federal government can't prosecute state employees just for doing their job in regulating pot.
Sporadic legislating continues at the Legislature. Today it's the Senate's turn for a little official business.
The latest Elway Poll finds Washingtonians more pessimistic about the future and crankier than even in January. Even President Obama cant catch a break, Stuart Elway's latest findings show, and that can't be good for the states majority party 18 months before the next election.
Gov. Chris Gregoire put her signature on Senate Bill 5769 this morning in Centralia, bringing to an end a long fight over emissions from the Alberta-based TransAltas local coal-fired power plant.
The Washington Alliance for Retired Americans plans a forum Saturday afternoon to explore the history and future of Social Security. The free event is from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at The Evergreen State College and features speakers from labor and retiree groups.
Budget talks are quietly taking place at the Capitol in the first three days of special session. House budget negotiators led by Democratic Rep. Ross Hunter sent an offer to the Senate Thursday morning. And the Senate was working to send back an answer, Senate Ways and Means Committee chairman Ed Murray, D-Seattle, said a few hours later.