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Candidates for Washington State governor, from left, Washington's Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Dr. Raul Garcia and Richland school board member Semi Bird.

With Inslee out, candidates are lining up for Washington governor

Candidates for Washington State governor, from left, Washington's Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Dr. Raul Garcia and Richland school board member Semi Bird.

May 29, 2023, 6:02am Election

With Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declining to run for a fourth term in 2024, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz have announced tentative bids to replace him. Other elected officials are lining up to declare their interest for the two statewide seats they would leave… Read story

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

‘Not tools of self-defense’: Ferguson makes case for Washington’s new semiautomatic rifle ban

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

May 25, 2023, 7:36am Latest News

Courthouse sparring is ramping up in a case that could eventually decide whether Washington’s newly adopted ban on the sale of semiautomatic rifles is constitutional. Read story

Workers cut away an old expansion joint on Interstate 5 in Seattle, during 2022.

Washington roads chief: Transportation system is on ‘glidepath to failure’

Workers cut away an old expansion joint on Interstate 5 in Seattle, during 2022.

May 24, 2023, 6:00am Editor's Choice

Washington’s roads czar is warning that the state transportation system is “on a glidepath to failure” after lawmakers put too much money into building new projects and not enough into upkeep.  Read story

FILE - Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at the Washington state Capitol in Olympia, Wash., Tuesday, April 25, 2023.

Gov. Inslee fires first director of Washington equity office

FILE - Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at the Washington state Capitol in Olympia, Wash., Tuesday, April 25, 2023.

May 23, 2023, 5:30pm Latest News

Gov. Jay Inslee’s office has fired the first director of a new state office to promote equity in state government. Read story

FILE - Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at the Washington state Capitol in Olympia, Wash., Tuesday, April 25, 2023.

Inslee vetoes collection of Washington drivers’ odometer readings

FILE - Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at the Washington state Capitol in Olympia, Wash., Tuesday, April 25, 2023.

May 16, 2023, 3:51pm Latest News

Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed a bill Monday that would have required the state to ask drivers to volunteer their odometer readings, a precursor to a long-discussed and still theoretical tax on miles traveled that could replace Washington’s tax on gasoline. Read story

The Washington State Capitol in Olympia.

Lawmakers will take another shot at Washington’s drug-possession law

The Washington State Capitol in Olympia.

May 14, 2023, 6:05am Clark County News

State lawmakers will be back in Olympia this week for a special session to take on the state’s soon-to-expire drug-possession law. Legislators failed to reach agreement on a “Blake fix,” after Senate Bill 5536 was voted down 43-55 just hours before the 2023 session adjourned. Read story

Amazon employees work inside Amazon's Kent fulfillment center in Kent, Washington, Friday, July 22, 2022.

Amazon, other Washington companies soon must say how fast workers are working

Amazon employees work inside Amazon's Kent fulfillment center in Kent, Washington, Friday, July 22, 2022.

May 1, 2023, 6:02am Business

Washington workers at risk of getting injured on the job may soon receive more protection from state regulators, due to two worker safety bills that recently passed the Legislature. Read story

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee hands a pen to Rep. Drew Hansen, D-Bainbridge Island, left, after signing House Bill 1469, which shields abortion and gender-affirming care patients and providers from prosecution by out-of-state authorities and prevents cooperation with investigations, Thursday, April 27, 2023, at the University of Washington's Hans Rosling Center for Population Health in Seattle.

Washington, Minnesota become trans refuges, shield abortions

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee hands a pen to Rep. Drew Hansen, D-Bainbridge Island, left, after signing House Bill 1469, which shields abortion and gender-affirming care patients and providers from prosecution by out-of-state authorities and prevents cooperation with investigations, Thursday, April 27, 2023, at the University of Washington's Hans Rosling Center for Population Health in Seattle.

April 27, 2023, 1:57pm Latest News

Washington and Minnesota won’t cooperate with attempts to prosecute out-of-state patients seeking reproductive or gender-affirming procedures and treatment, under new laws signed Thursday by the two states’ Democratic governors. Read story

Sara Jones, right, with "We the People Against Communism," yells at guests lining up to enter the Capitol while she protests ahead of the signing of firearms regulation bills by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Tuesday, April 25, 2023, in Olympia, Wash.

New Washington gun law already faces federal court challenge

Sara Jones, right, with "We the People Against Communism," yells at guests lining up to enter the Capitol while she protests ahead of the signing of firearms regulation bills by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Tuesday, April 25, 2023, in Olympia, Wash.

April 25, 2023, 1:14pm Latest News

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a trio of bills meant to address gun violence Tuesday, one banning the sale of certain semi-automatic rifles, one imposing a 10-day waiting period on firearms purchases, and one clearing the way for lawsuits against gun makers or sellers in certain cases. Read story

Legislators swear in on the first day of the legislative session at the Washington state Capitol in Olympia, Wash., on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023.

Inside the stunning fall of Washington’s drug-possession legislation — and what comes next

Legislators swear in on the first day of the legislative session at the Washington state Capitol in Olympia, Wash., on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023.

April 25, 2023, 8:08am Courts & Crime

Finger-pointing and frustration reigned in the Capitol after a proposed deal to penalize drug possession fell apart on the final day of the legislative session. Read story