Was It Really A Budget Compromise or Did the Democrats Actually Win?

Did the Democrats pull off a surprise victory in Olympia?

04/11/2012 By Josh Feit

Morning Fizz

"I'll Try to Take Solace in the Fact That..."

Monday Edition. Caffeinated News & Gossip.

04/09/2012 By Morning Fizz


Democrats Salivate Over Zarelli Disability Story

The AP reports that the author of a budget that would eliminate the Disability Lifeline receives a monthly disability payment---and Democrats salivate.

04/05/2012 By Josh Feit

This Washington

Does McKenna's Platform Contradict GOP Budget Proposal?

McKenna platform says skipping a pension payment is irresponsible.

03/21/2012 By Josh Feit

Morning Fizz

With Groucho Marx Aplomb

Friday Edition. Caffeinated News & Gossip.

03/16/2012 By Morning Fizz

This Washington

Zarelli Budget Proposal Keeps Unpopular Bank Loophole Intact

The governor, the house Democrats and Republicans, and the senate Democrats all recommended scrapping the $20 million bank loophole. Not Sen. Zarelli.

03/15/2012 By Josh Feit

This Washington

Truly Bipartisan Bill on Debt Limit May Cause Problems for Zarelli Budget

Debt limit compromise raises questions about Zarelli budget.

03/06/2012 By Josh Feit

This Washington

BUDGET COUP UPDATE: GOP Seizes Control of Senate, Passes Their Own Budget, Special Session Looms

THIS POST WAS UPDATED AFTER THE GOP SUCCESSFULLY PASSED THEIR ALTERNATIVE BUDGET. Republicans unveil budget proposal with constitutional amendments. Set to "ram it down our throats," Democratic ways & means chair Murray says.

03/02/2012 By Josh Feit

This Washington

Murray Budget in Hands of Conservative Democrats

Will the Roadkill Caucus Democrats deliver the state budget to the Republicans?

03/01/2012 By Josh Feit


Tuesday Jolt: Gay Marriage Winners and Losers

The response to Gov. Gregoire's call for gay marriage.

01/10/2012 By Afternoon Jolt

This Washington

Gregoire Pitches, Defends Sales Tax in State of the State Speech

Gov. Chris Gregoire proposes a transportation package, an all-cuts budget, a sales tax to buy back some of those cuts, and a gay-marriage bill.

01/10/2012 By Josh Feit

This Washington

Republican Budget Leader Proposes Batch of Reforms

Sen. Joe Zarelli backs up reform rhetoric with list of recommendations.

12/08/2011 By Josh Feit


Glimmers of Hope: Past (Budget Negotiations) as Prologue

Looking to find something to be happy about in a year that offered little more than grim political choices, Cola readers point to developments from 2011 that give them hope. Here's state Sen. Joe Zarelli's (R-18) response.

12/06/2011 By Sen. Joe Zarelli

This Washington

Q&A of the Day: Senate Leader Pushes Expansion of Rainy Day Fund

Republican ways and means leader makes the case for putting more dollars into the rainy day fund.

08/29/2011 By Josh Feit

Morning Fizz

A Knockout Performance

Monday Edition: Swing votes; the special session in Olympia; and Shakespeare at Seattle Center.

04/25/2011 By Morning Fizz

On Other Blogs

The Seattle Times: Weight of Budget Cuts Falling on Undocumented Immigrants

The Seattle Times tallies up the effect of budget cuts on undocumented immigrants and plans to target them in the next biennium's budget.

04/04/2011 By Andrew Calkins