We look forward to the beginning of the legislative session and the ending of the Seahawk’s season -- as long as that’s at the Super Bowl

The new year brings the beginning of the legislative session for Olympia as lawmakers make their annual trip to town.

And, in what we hope will become another annual trip, the Seattle Seahawks have control over their possible return to the Super Bowl.

Both are big news for South Sound and big news projects for The Olympian.

Our seasoned Capital Bureau continues its comprehensive coverage. Two reporters cover the state house full time and an intern from the University of Washington joins them for the session. This bureau produces daily stories and watchdog pieces for The Olympian and The News Tribune. We also have the combined resources of the Associated Press and our news partners The Seattle Times and KIROTV.

You can follow all the activity on our Capital Update app, and our coverage in print.

Together, you will know what’s going on “on the hill.”

New this year, veteran political editor Brad Shannon will be watching the session from a different point of view. He is bringing his encyclopedic knowledge and decades of experience to The Olympian’s editorial page. Shannon will sit across the table from the movers and shakers in politics and discuss the issues of the day, holding them accountable to the readers as he has done for years as a reporter.

Meanwhile, how ‘bout those ‘Hawks? While the fans and team enjoy the bye week, our sports team is getting ready for the playoffs. Getting home-field advantage means a continuation of the game-day coverage we’ve had all season, with writers and photographers on and off the field, but we’re ready to travel to Arizona!

You’re sure to have seen Olympian photographer Tony Overman’s great action shots, including the one where Marshawn Lynch lost his helmet in the grip of a defender. Overman says the intensity of the fans is palpable on the field and he’s looking forward to that energy getting even stronger in the playoffs.

We’re also working on some special mementos of the season as we lead up to the Super Bowl.

Thanks for reading.