When Sen. Ann Rivers announced this month she is running for chairwoman of the Clark County Council, she included a second announcement that's rarer among politicians: She plans to keep her seat in the state Senate.
Rep. Jim Moeller, speaker pro tempore of the Washington House, says Gov. Jay Inslee is an "eternal optimist." The governor's budget, Moeller said, which would charge polluters and includes a new capital gains tax, was indicative of such optimism.
Carrying hand-lettered signs that read "Black lives matter" and "We the people," about 75 students, staff and faculty gathered in front of the library at Washington State University Vancouver on Wednesday to speak out about police treatment of black men.
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said Wednesday that she has secured federal funding for transportation projects, including in Vancouver, and new oil train safety measures as part of the 2015 government funding bill.