Jerry Cornfield

Water-use bill passage makes way for overdue capital budget

A lot of the money will to go to housing, schools and projects in Snohomish County and statewide.

New leaders coming to county, state political parties

Hillary Moralez of Bothell takes over as chair for the Snohomish County Democratic Party.

FILE - This Tuesday, May 30, 2017 file photo, former Washington Gov. John Spellman, second from left, leaves a memorial service in Renton, Wash. Spellman, the last Republican governor elected in Washington, has died at age 91. Spellman’s son, Seattle attorney David Spellman, confirmed his death Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren,File)

John Spellman was last GOP governor of Washingon

He had spent recent weeks “being very disappointed with the Cougs and the Huskies,” his son said.

FILE - This Tuesday, May 30, 2017 file photo, former Washington Gov. John Spellman, second from left, leaves a memorial service in Renton, Wash. Spellman, the last Republican governor elected in Washington, has died at age 91. Spellman’s son, Seattle attorney David Spellman, confirmed his death Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren,File)

Gun control debate flares anew in Olympia

A two-hour hearing covered a package of gun-related legislation.

Proposed bill ties affordable housing with sales tax funds

Bill would allow counties to receive a share of the tax collected from sales within its borders.

Water rights bill clears first legislative hurdle

Agreement on a so-called Hirst fix has vexed the Legislature for a year.

Lawmakers may be facing last chance to price carbon their way

Because groups that view carbon tax as a preferred weapon against climate change are joining forces.

Inslee: ‘It’s our state’s destiny … to fight climate change’

In his State-of-the-State address, the governor made the case for an ambitious carbon tax.

Lots to do in 60 days as state lawmakers open their session

Democrats have a two-vote majority in the House (50-48) and a one-vote edge in the Senate (25-24).

State lawmakers begin new session with old problems to solve

On the 2018 Olympia agenda: construction budget, water policy and clearing up car-tab chaos.

How to contact your state lawmakers — and other fun facts

The 2018 session of the Washington Legislature in Olympia runs from Jan. 8 to March 8.

Snohomish GOP rep says he was sexually harassed at Capitol

Dan Kristiansen says it happened about a decade ago in Olympia. After he called her out, it ended.

State leaders say they’ll resist any federal crackdown on pot

The U.S. attorney general is rescinding an Obama-era policy that allowed states to do their own thing.

Sedro-Woolley mayor chosen to fill vacant state Senate seat

Keith Wagoner will need to run, and win, in this year’s election if he wants to continue serving.

Eyman isn’t letting a bad 2017 slow him down in the new year

Mukilteo’s purveyor of initiatives saw his causes foiled and his political influence jeopardized.

It was tweets, tragedies, taxes and unfinished business

Everett got its first elected female mayor and the long-sought opening of a dedicated WSU building.

Who gets Kirk Pearson’s state Senate seat? We did some math

The 39th District covers swaths of rural Snohomish and Skagit counties, and a sliver of King County.

Rogue electors are undeterred by their latest legal setback

Each had signed a pledge to support the Democratic nominee when they were chosen by peers.

Inslee’s sales pitch to Boeing: Choose Washington for new jet

Four years ago, tax breaks worth an estimated $8.7 billion helped land the 777X in Everett.

No capital budget means no jobs for 52 state workers

If the March deadline isn’t met, as many as 300 more employees could be out of work.