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May
15th

UPDATE: Gov. Inslee, 200-300 senior citizens to take a stroll around Capitol grounds at noon Thursday

UPDATE – About 200 seniors joined Gov. Inslee for the short walk today.  He also signed a proclamation for Older Americans Month.

Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to take a short walk with Washington senior citizens on the Capitol Campus on Thursday, part of the Washington Senior Lobby’s events inside the Legislative Building to mark Older Americans Month.

The noon walk from the state Capitol steps grew out of an impromptu promise Inslee made March 11 during a telephone town hall with AARP Washington members. The Democrat said at the time that walking is important to health and he suggested

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April
16th

Could this be the day Senate Democrats’ take their stab at a procedural coup?

Senate Democratic Leader Ed Murray made clear Monday that his minority caucus is looking for a way to seize control of the Senate and force votes on a pair of controversial bills blocked by the Republican-dominated Majority Coalition Caucus. The move to go to the 9th Order of Business, which lets lawmakers bring bills directly to the floor from committee with a simple majority vote, could open a Pandora’s Box for the majority and would have to occur before Wednesday’s 5 p.m. cutoff.

At issue are an abortion-insurance bill, which has support from at least 25 Senate members, and a

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April
11th

$82M replacement of GA Building looks like hard sell in Senate

The Senate’s capital budget author Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, says that a House plan to replace the state General Administration building with a new structure next door is a no-go for him – at least this year. But he also said it could be a topic for negotiation when the House and Senate start talks to reconcile their rival $3.6 billion capital-construction budgets in the next week.

“For me I think it’s a nonstarter until we have a full plan for what to do with the State Library and the Archives,’’ Honeyford said before today’s Senate Ways and

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April
6th

Key Democrats voted for Senate budget to avoid gridlock, set up House negotiation on revenue

In the end, 30 lawmakers in the divided Washington state Senate agreed on a budget Friday night that sent many messages and served one purpose above all others.

It got the Senate out of possible gridlock – even while some Republicans had qualms about the state’s growing reliance on federal health-care money to serve the poor and most Democrats voting in favor had criticisms about cutting aid to the poor, too.

“This is the new way of doing things,’’ Sen. Andy Hill, the Redmond Republican and leading budget author whose floor speech touched on the two-party effort to write the

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April
6th

Why liberal Democratic Sen. Karen Fraser voted for the GOP-led budget

The decision on whether to support a Senate Republican-crafted budget Friday night came down to a simple home-district principle for liberal Democratic Sen. Karen Fraser of Thurston County: collective bargaining.

The two-year budget plan that sailed off the Senate floor on a bipartisan vote of 30-18 had money in it to pay for all of the state’s more than two-dozen collective bargaining agreements – as well as a wage increase for low-paid home-care workers who work privately but are paid by tax dollars through Medicaid. At the same time, Fraser said it was a flawed budget

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March
16th

UPDATE – Democratic lawmakers defend failure to pass gun control bill during 22nd LD town hall

A legislative town hall meeting at the Capitol on Saturday morning sent clear messages to 22nd Legislative District lawmakers about things they already knew: They should keep working to pass a background-checks law for all gun buyers, raise revenues by closing tax exemptions or passing an income tax, and protect the elderly and infirm from further budget cuts.

The trio of Democratic lawmakers in the liberal district – Sen. Karen Fraser of Thurston County, Rep. Sam Hunt of Olympia and Rep. Chris Reykdal of Tumwater – defended their failure to produce results on a universal background checks bill that locked

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March
11th

South Sound lawmakers in the 2nd, 22nd districts holding town hall meetings on Saturday

 

Republican Reps. Gary Alexander and J.T. Wilcox are planning a few town hall meetings Saturday in the 2nd Legislative District. The three events are in:

  •  Graham – 10-11 a.m.: Graham Fire Station No. 4, 23014 70th Avenue E.
  •  Lacey – 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Lacey Fire Station No. 34, 8407 Steilacoom Road SE.
  • Yelm – 3:30-4:30 p.m.: Yelm Public Safety Building, 206 McKenzie Avenue SE,

More details are here. The 2nd is a sprawling district that runs from the outskirts of south Lacey to Rainier, Yelm, and into Eatonville in Pierce County.

Three

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March
4th

22nd District lawmakers Fraser, Hunt, Reykdal holding town hall Saturday, March 16

 

 

The three state legislators representing Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater plan a town hall meeting for voters on Saturday, March 16, at the O’Brien Building on the state Capitol Campus. Sen. Karen Fraser of Thurston County, Rep. Sam Hunt of Olympia and Rep. Chris Reykdal of Tumwater are all Democrats.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon in House Hearing Room A on the ground floor of O’Brien. Rep. Hunt announced the event today in a newsletter to constituents including links for a campus map and also parking information.

There is no charge for on-campus parking

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