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TransAlta Bill Gets a Reprieve

After failing in the house, a bill to phase out coal at Centralia's controversial coal plant moves forward in the senate.

02/18/2011 By Josh Feit

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Friday Salmon Bake

Oh the Seattle Salmon. They've got some more wiki leaks. This time from King County Executive Dow Constantine

02/18/2011 By Josh Feit

This Washington

Benefits Bill for Officers Passes First Hurdle

A bill that would give benefits to survivors of officers who suffer heart attacks or strokes in the line of duty passes its first hurdle in the senate.

02/18/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

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Cola on KUOW

I'll be on Weekday with Steve Scher this morning at 10 am. 94.9 FM. KUOW.

02/18/2011 By Josh Feit

Article

ZAP!

Are Seattle City Light’s metal streetlight poles a danger to you (and your dog)?

02/18/2011

Morning Fizz

"This Isn't Only a Jewish Concern."

Friday Fizz: Morning prayers; Murray vs. McGinn; Murray vs. his caucus; the U-Pass; the return of Joe Mallahan; and more.

02/17/2011 By Morning Fizz

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On PubliCola Today

Big gulp of Cola today. Take a sip. Links after the jump: 1) Your daily Morning Fizz. 2) Erica talks parking with Joel Connelly on KUOW. ... 3) ... And the tunnel veto with John Carlson, and Zipcar tolling and the vulnerable users bill with Ken Schram,

02/17/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

Jolt

Afternoon Jolt: Republican Budget Leader, Alexander, Refuses to Sign Budget Deal, Criticizes GOP Colleague for Compromising.

THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH COMMENTS FROM ALEXANDER. Afternoon Jolt: Rep. Gary Alexander and the budget deal.

02/17/2011 By Afternoon Jolt

City Hall

UW Transportation Spending Rose As Department Lobbied for Tax Break

Representatives of the University of Washington seek a break on the city's commercial parking tax at a time when the department's budget, particularly expenditures on salaries and benefits, has increased dramatically.

02/17/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

City Parks Need New Funding Sources to Survive, Report Concludes

A new report concludes that thanks to a systemic shortfall, the city's parks department can't survive at its current level without additional funding sources.

02/17/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

This Washington

Why Was State Sen. Steve Hobbs in on the Budget Negotiations?

Was state Sen. Hobbs' role in this week's budget negotiations a sign of a conservative coup over his liberal colleagues? Or did liberal senate majority leader Sen. Lisa Brown quietly outmaneuver him?

02/17/2011 By Josh Feit

On Other Blogs

Seattle Times Op/Ed: City Attorney Says State Should Legalize Pot

Seattle Times: City attorney Pete Holmes says the state legislature should "lead the way" nationally and legalize marijuana.

02/17/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

This Washington

Mileage-Based Insurance Bill Gutted

A bill that would require insurers to offer mileage-based car insurance---the more you drive, the more you pay---emerges from committee in gutted form.

02/17/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

McGinn Officially Vetoes Tunnel Agreements

Mayor Mike McGinn makes it official, vetoes three agreements on the deep-bore tunnel.

02/17/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

This Washington

Amendment Filibuster Hits Signature Gathering Bill

Republican senators sought to dismantle and hold up Sen. Sharon Nelson's initiative reform legislation with a slew of trivial amendments.

02/17/2011 By Andrew Calkins

News

Officer Birk Could Have Been Charged With Manslaughter

LawNerd argues that King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg could have charged SPD officer Ian Birk with manslaughter in the shooting of John T. Williams. Photo copyright Sean Balch 2011.

02/17/2011 By Advokat