| Mar 9, 2012
| 6:28 PM
When you are dealing with billions of dollars, there are a lot of things that people can disagree on. But you can boil the recent state budget impasse down to two big items -- items that many are calling gimmicks. They will clearly be the focus when the...
| Apr 11, 2012
| 5:52 PM
The Washington State Legislature adjourned Wednesday morning less than eight hours into a special session where the House and Senate finally passed a supplemental budget proposal.
On Tuesday night, Democratic and Republican leaders announced they had...
| Jan 19, 2012
| 3:18 PM
Washington moved one step closer Thursday to legalization of same-sex marriage in the state, with conservative state Sen. Jim Kastama, D-Puyallup, announcing he will vote in favor of the gay marriage bill in the Legislature.
Kastama becomes the 24th...
| Jan 30, 2012
| 3:46 PM
State Sen. Jim Kastama, D-Puyallup, is criticizing a proposal that might mean the Guaranteed Education Tuition program won’t cover the future cost of a year of a child’s education at a state university after all, the News Tribune of Tacoma...
| Feb 23, 2012
| 5:05 PM
After weeks of speculation, former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels has announced his next move — a run for secretary of state. He will be running to filled the spot vacated by Sam Reed, who is retiring.
Nickels is a longtime Democrat who has been active...
| Feb 23, 2012
| 12:45 PM
The in-laws of Josh Powell called for change Thursday in how Washington state protects children.
Their grandsons, Charlie, 7, and Braden, 5, were killed Feb. 5 by their father, Josh Powell, who also killed himself in his rental home during a state-...
| Mar 5, 2012
| 6:29 PM
Three Democrats in the Washington state Senate crossed the aisle to help Republicans pass a budget, 25-24, last week. The budget would close the state's billion-dollar budget gap by cutting spending, including for education programs.
It was a coup for...