Progressive Taxation

Democratic Lawmakers Push a Sales Tax Exemption for Low-Income Households

State lawmakers already approved this program in 2008—but then the recession hit. It was never fully funded.

02/07/2019 By Hayat Norimine

Olympia Dispatch

10 Bills to Watch for This Legislative Session

Democratic lawmakers will be busy tackling a progressive agenda in the coming months.

01/22/2019 By Hayat Norimine

This Washington

Inslee's Capital Gains Tax Excludes Sale of Investment Homes

The proposed biennial budget plays it safe.

12/13/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Olympia Dispatch

House Democrats Suspend Tacoma Legislator from Committee Post After Harassment Allegations

"It really felt to me that if I wanted to work in the Legislature, this was something I needed to compromise on."

05/10/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Olympia Dispatch

A Bill Would Decriminalize Sexting for Minors

"This is a bill that is about 10 years overdue."

02/13/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Olympia Dispatch

House Approves Bill to Remove Statute of Limitations for Rape

State representatives voted 90-8 in favor of the bill.

02/09/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Olympia Dispatch

State Will Uphold Its Ban on Rent Control

Nicole Macri's bill to repeal the state ban failed to make it out of committee on Friday.

02/05/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Breaking News

Passengers Killed After Amtrak Train Derails onto I-5

The Amtrak train was on its way to Portland when it derailed off a bridge over I-5 near Olympia.

12/18/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Election 2017

45th District Independent Is Voting for Dhingra

Parker Harris received 7 percent of the votes in the August primary for the race to be the next 45th District state senator.

08/28/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Q&A

Jessyn Farrell on the Mayor's Race, State Legislature, and Her Future

The former state representative says she's in mourning—not over the mayor's race, but over losing her legislative seat.

08/24/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Olympia

PCOs Pick Javier Valdez to Replace Jessyn Farrell

Valdez will fill the vacancy immediately after the King County Council's approval Monday.

06/12/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Guest Opinion

State Senate's Only Woman of Color Sets Big Agenda for Her Freshman Year

Bring on 2017 says Rebecca Saldaña.

12/30/2016 By Rebecca Saldaña

Morning Fizz

Patty Murray Set to Challenge Trump on Russian Hack and Cabinet Nominees

Murray versus Trump, Sawant versus landlords, and the King County Council for...?

12/12/2016 By Josh Feit

Day Trips

A Full Day in Olympia

Just an hour's drive south, spend a day in Washington's capital city tasting moonshine, touring government buildings, and shooting guns—not necessarily in that order.

09/19/2016 By Allison Williams

Morning Fizz

Seattle Police Make Several Pot Delivery Arrests in Recent Buy Bust Operation

Pot delivery, rural socialism, and single-family zoning.

04/21/2016 By Josh Feit

Morning Fizz

Slave to the Spine: The Politics of Building Light Rail to the Suburbs

Ridership numbers and minority commuters, email privacy protections, and Democratic dollars.

04/07/2016 By Josh Feit

Morning Fizz

Legislators Reach Budget Deal, and Disappointment in Olympia

Democrats vote no on final budget.

03/30/2016 By Josh Feit

Morning Fizz

King County Labor Council Endorses Jayapal

Democrats agree on everything (almost), Republicans agree with nothing (except tax breaks).

03/17/2016 By Josh Feit

Morning Fizz

Special Session Begins Today as Legislators Deadlock Over Budget

This year's latest legislative failure sets stage for next year's McCleary meltdown.

03/11/2016 By John Stang

Morning Fizz

Democrats Help Pass Charter Schools Bill, Special Session Likely as Budget Negotiations Continue

Last days in Olympia as Democrats and Republicans squabble over supplemental budget.

03/10/2016 By Josh Feit