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  • A preview of the special legislative session

    A preview of the special legislative session
    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 special legislative session starts Monday.
  • Budget clears Legislature after all-night session

    Budget clears Legislature after all-night session
    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...

    State moves step closer to legalization of gay marriage

    State moves step closer to legalization of gay marriage
    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...

    A potential 'bait and switch' for state's Guaranteed Education Tuition program?

    A potential 'bait and switch' for state's Guaranteed Education Tuition program?
    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...

    Ex-Mayor Greg Nickels to run for Washington secretary of state

    Ex-Mayor Greg Nickels to run for Washington secretary of state
    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...