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Problems first identified six years ago at a Washington state plant where deadly nuclear waste is supposed to be treated in the future continue to plague the multi-billion dollar facility, U.S. investigators have said. The Tri-City Herald reports that the Government Accountability Office said in a report released ...
The 7,500th environmentally friendly vehicle has been purchased in Washington state, ending the state's tax exemption program for clean-alternative fuel, electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles. The Olympian reported Tuesday that a resident purchased the vehicle in March. The Washington Department of ...

Washington state marijuana business owners are urging regulators to require cultivators to test adult-use crops for pesticides, a move that has triggered alarm bells among smaller growers. Some cultivators hope such a move — already adopted in other states — would inspire confidence among consumers ...
“Over his seven terms,” the Seattle Times wrote in a 1991 profile, “he has specialized in complex legislation that carries little or no political benefit – regional power conservation, broadcast deregulation, the breakup of AT&T, elections laws. These days, he spends most of his time sorting through the ...
The Supreme Court seems unlikely to allow Washington state to get out from under a court order to restore salmon habitat by removing barriers that block fish migration. April 18, 2018, at 1:23 p.m.. April 18, 2018, at 1:23 p.m.. U.S. News & World Report. Justices Skeptical of Washington State Over Salmon Habitat. More.
The president's recent announcements of new tariffs on certain goods from China has drawn retaliatory responses by the Chinese government that could hit Washington state exports like cherries, apples and wine. “If it turns into a good, positive negotiation, in the end, then it's good,” Wilcox said. But that ...

Voting rights supporters have been on the defensive for most of this battle, and Democrats have not always spent their political capital championing suffrage for all. That's changing. This year, Democrats in four states have passed landmark legislation to make voting easier and fairer for everyone, and ...
"Late yesterday, the administration once again put politics over sound policy and over decades of sound practice. By adding a question about citizenship status to the 2020 census the president once again seeks to use immigrants and refugees for political theater," said King County Executive Dow ...
The death penalty will live on in Washington after the latest effort to abolish the practice came to a screeching halt in the final week of the 2018 legislative session. Senate bill 6052 marked the most successful attempt in the past five years — and possibly ever — to erase the state's death penalty and replace ...
Kagi and Clibborn join a growing list of lawmakers who will not seek re-election this year. That includes Rep. Jay Rodne, R-Snoqualmie, and Rep. Dan Kristiansen, R-Snohomish. Share story. By. Agatha Pacheco. Seattle Times staff reporter. The Washington Legislature will say goodbye to two veteran ...

An attempt to levy a tax on fossil-fuel polluters has died in the state Legislature. There were not enough votes to advance Gov. Jay Inslee's plan, which would have made Washington the first U.S. state to impose a straight tax on carbon-dioxide emissions from fossil fuels. This file photo shows the RockTenn ...
“If it works in the state of Washington, it's going to be tried in 10 states next year and 35 states the year after that,” said Michael McKenna, a Republican energy lobbyist and political strategist who ... The proposed Washington state tax is $12 a ton, although it would increase at $2 per year until it reaches $30.
Utah-based Lighthouse Resources, which operates coal mines in Montana and Wyoming, sued Washington state officials in federal court in Tacoma in November. The lawsuit alleges state officials violated federal laws in denying permits for its $680 million Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview project.
Having lawmakers' records completely open, with disputes over access settled through the court system, would allow opposing political interests to constantly attack lawmakers, Rolfes said in an interview. A handful of lawmakers did not share such views. Rep. Christine Kilduff, D-University Place, wrote in ...
In court, the main argument against the State of Washington was related to how much lawyers can review the president's decision making. The Trump administration wrote and argued in court that the president should have unreviewable authority to take this action. This means that the president's action in ...
An analysis by the newspaper showed that candidate contributions totaling about $203,000 helped campaigns for both the Washington state House and Senate between 2012 and 2016, the most recent election year for which reliable data is available from the National Institute of Money in State Politics, ...
Here's a story that really speaks to the political clout of motorists. Democrats in the state of Washington recently gained the majority in the State Senate and now control both arms of the state legislature. Tops on the their agenda: lowering taxes on drivers. They're so motivated to do it, they're willing to steal ...
Relief from soaring property taxes — in 2019 — proposed in Washington state budget agreement. Originally published March 7, 2018 at 6:35 pm Updated March 9, 2018 at 11:14 am. The state Legislature, which meets in the Capitol in Olympia, is scheduled to end its 2018 regular ession on Thursday. (Ted S. Warren/AP).


 

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