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March 3  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Democratic U.S. Reps. Rick Larsen and Jim McDermott were among those absent when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress Tuesday.

Larsen said in an email:



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March 2  |  By Jerry Cornfield
A bill to ratchet up the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour is scheduled to be voted on by the state House of Representatives Tuesday.

Officials with the House Democratic caucus say House Bill 1355 will be brought to the floor in the afternoon.



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March 2  |  By Jerry Cornfield
The state Senate on Monday overwhelmingly approved a bill requiring the Washington State Patrol to issue a special alert statewide when mentally impaired older adults go missing.



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February 17  |  By Jerry Cornfield
A tip of the hat to AP's Rachel La Corte for her story on Lt. Gov. Brad Owen's admonishment of Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn.

You can read the piece here.



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February 16  |  By Jerry Cornfield
An Everett lawmaker said today she will introduce a bill that could lead to reducing Boeing's multi-billion dollar tax break if the aerospace giant trims its overall workforce in the state.

Democratic Rep. June Robinson said in a statement that the bill aims to ensure aerospace tax incentives are used to benefit the taxpayers in Washington,



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February 13  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Tim Clemans of Seattle won’t be getting any of the estimated 600 million emails of state employees he sought – so he’s decided to ask for more.



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February 12  |  By Jerry Cornfield
A Seattle man should learn today how the state of Washington will answer his request for millions of emails generated by government agency employees.

Tim Clemans requested the records from all "state-level agencies" on Feb. 5. State law requires each agency to reply by Thursday with how many of its records are responsive to the request and when they would be available.



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February 11  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Senate Republicans are putting the final touches on a multi-billion dollar transportation package and could make it public as early as Thursday.



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January 26  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Democratic state Rep. Ruth Kagi is trying again to impose consequences on gun owners who fail to keep their firearms out of the reach of children and something tragic happens.

Under a bill she introduced Monday, a person could be charged with child endangerment if they leave a gun in a place where a child finds it and then uses the weapon to threaten, injure or, worse, kill someone.



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January 12  |  By Jerry Cornfield
One of the more anticipated sessions of the state Legislature begins Monday with a bit of intrigue, a rally and talk of how much fish the average Washingtonian consumes.

In the next 105 days, the lawmakers will wrestle with matters like school funding, transportation and taxes. Here are some of the questions to be answered.



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January 7  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Those specialized license plates with the Seattle Seahawks logo proved a monster hit in 2014.

Fans of the world champions bought 13,398 of them through mid-December to make it the second most popular specialty plate in Washington, according to a report delivered to state lawmakers Wednesday.



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January 6  |  By Jerry Cornfield
A statewide poll released today found voters are most concerned about education and supportive -- at least right now -- of new taxes on carbon pollution and capital gains pushed by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Forty-two percent identified education as the most important issue for the Legislature to focus on in 2015 followed by the economy, according to the survey conducted by Seattle pollster Stuart Elway.



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January 2  |  By Jerry Cornfield
The arrival of 2015 means students, staff and alumni of Seattle University now have another place to show their school spirit -- the license plate of their cars, trucks, trailers and motorcycles.



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December 16  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled a 12-year, $12 billion transportation proposal Tuesday that would be paid for with an array of fees and a new carbon pollution charge rather than a higher gas tax.

Of the total, $5.9 million is earmarked for highway projects, according to materials released by the governor’s office.



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December 15  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday said he wants to give public schools and colleges a $2.3 billion boost in the next budget.



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December 15  |  By Jerry Cornfield
The state Auditor’s Office revealed Monday that professional hackers breached security defenses of state agencies several times earlier this year and put loads of sensitive data potentially at risk.

Fortunately, Auditor Troy Kelley ordered the cyber attacks and taxpayers financed them. And, most importantly nothing was lost.



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December 8  |  By Jerry Cornfield
House Democratic leaders have unveiled a new committee structure for the 2015 session that creates a panel to oversee marijuana and gambling matters and axes those dealing with school and health care spending bills.



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December 2  |  Jerry Cornfield
He presided over the legal challenge of the historic 2004 gubernatorial election.

She led the statewide campaign to preserve Washington's gay marriage law in 2012.

Now John Bridges and Anne Levinson will put their legal acumen and political knowledge to work enforcing the state's labyrinth of campaign spending laws as members of the Public Disclosure Commission.



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December 1  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Gov. Jay Inslee is inviting leaders of the House and Senate transportation committees to weigh in on the multi-billion dollar transportation package he's drafting before its public release.



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November 14  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Melinda McCrady, communications and policy director for the House Democratic Caucus and a confidante of powerful House Speaker Frank Chopp, is stepping down.



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October 24  |  By Jerry Cornfield
The biggest spenders in a race for an open state House seat in Snohomish County are not the candidates but two political committees funded largely by labor groups.



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October 23  |  By Jerry Cornfield
One Everett law enforcement group is getting its name erased from a television ad supporting Initiative 591 -- and a second might soon seek to do the same.



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October 14  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Washington lawmakers now have a limit on how often they can eat and drink on the dime of lobbyists and others trying to influence them.

They will be able to accept no more than 12 free meals from lobbyists each year under new rules adopted Tuesday by a legislative ethics panel.



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October 1  |  By Jerry Cornfield
Communities throughout Washington need more resources and their emergency responders require more training to be ready to deal with accidents involving oil trains.

That's the message of a draft report released Wednesday by Gov. Jay Inslee.



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September 11  |  By Jerry Cornfield
The state Supreme Court on Thursday found the state Legislature in contempt for not producing a detailed plan for funding public schools but won’t immediately punish lawmakers.



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September 5  |  By Jerry Cornfield
An alliance of tribes is rejecting Gov. Jay Inslee’s approach to revising the state's water quality standards and will ask the Environmental Protection Agency to enact new rules for Washington.



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