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Charles Longshore, author of the Judicial Discretion Act, testifies at a committee hearing while incarcerated at Washington Corrections Center.

Lobbying the Legislature from behind bars

Charles Longshore, author of the Judicial Discretion Act, testifies at a committee hearing while incarcerated at Washington Corrections Center.

April 22, 2024, 6:01am Latest News

Charles Longshore is the author of a bill Washington lawmakers considered this year that would have allowed judges to review and shorten long prison sentences. Read story

A voter heads to a ballot drop box Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, in Seattle. Voters in Washington state have a crowded ballot to fill out for this week&rsquo;s election, with a referendum on affirmative action and an initiative on the price of car tabs among the things they are being asked to decide.

WA ballot initiatives: Pro and con campaigns gear up to woo WA voters

A voter heads to a ballot drop box Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, in Seattle. Voters in Washington state have a crowded ballot to fill out for this week&rsquo;s election, with a referendum on affirmative action and an initiative on the price of car tabs among the things they are being asked to decide.

April 21, 2024, 6:05am Editor's Choice

How much should Washington tax the rich? Read story

David Stuebe

Washougal Mayor David Stuebe to run for Rep. Paul Harris’ state House seat, plans to keep mayor job

David Stuebe

April 19, 2024, 12:30pm Clark County News

Washougal Mayor David Stuebe announced Thursday that he is running as a Republican for the 17th Legislative District, Position 2, seat in state House of Representatives. Read story

Alexis Crousare of Vancouver waits with her 4-year-old English lab and diabetic alert dog, Vader, on June 17, 2021, before the Clark College commencement ceremony at Kim Christiansen Field. Crousare earned her associate's degree through Clark College's Running Start program, which allows high school students to take college courses before they graduate.

WA’s incoming high school juniors will be allowed to enroll in college courses this summer

Alexis Crousare of Vancouver waits with her 4-year-old English lab and diabetic alert dog, Vader, on June 17, 2021, before the Clark College commencement ceremony at Kim Christiansen Field. Crousare earned her associate's degree through Clark College's Running Start program, which allows high school students to take college courses before they graduate.

April 17, 2024, 6:02am Latest News

This summer, Washington’s high schoolers will be able to get an even earlier start on college courses. Read story

High-capacity rifle magazines are removed from display at Freddie Bear Sports on Jan. 11, 2023 in Tinley Park, Illinois, after legislation banning the sale of rifle magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds and pistol magazines capable of holding more than 15 rounds as well as several guns classified as assault weapons, in Illinois.

WA has passed lots of new gun laws. Could they be in legal trouble?

High-capacity rifle magazines are removed from display at Freddie Bear Sports on Jan. 11, 2023 in Tinley Park, Illinois, after legislation banning the sale of rifle magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds and pistol magazines capable of holding more than 15 rounds as well as several guns classified as assault weapons, in Illinois.

April 16, 2024, 7:35am Editor's Choice

When a Cowlitz County judge ruled last week that Washington’s ban on high- capacity magazines is unconstitutional, he added one line, on Page 43 of his 55-page opinion, that could just be a little-noticed throwaway, or could prove shockingly prescient. Read story

Foam takeout containers will be banned in Washington as of June 1.

Foam coolers, takeout containers will be banned in Washington starting June 1

Foam takeout containers will be banned in Washington as of June 1.

April 16, 2024, 7:30am Business

Those foam clamshell containers long used by restaurants for takeout food will soon be illegal statewide in Washington. Read story

(Joshua Hart for The Columbian)

Washington extends emergency graduation waiver for class of 2024

(Joshua Hart for The Columbian)

April 12, 2024, 8:19am Editor's Choice

Washington school districts will be able to keep waiving certain graduation requirements for high school students in the class of 2024. Read story

State GOP chair files 3 new initiatives to Washington state voters

April 11, 2024, 5:04pm Newsletter

The chair of the state’s Republican Party is attempting to get three more initiatives on Washington’s November ballot, with the latest round taking on controversial issues heading into the 2024 campaign season. Read story

A new state law is requiring the city of Vancouver to allow duplexes, fourplexes and even sometimes sixplexes in any single-family home neighborhood.

How Washington’s local governments have moved to allow for denser housing

A new state law is requiring the city of Vancouver to allow duplexes, fourplexes and even sometimes sixplexes in any single-family home neighborhood.

April 11, 2024, 1:34pm Business

Washington lawmakers in recent years have passed laws to require local governments to allow for more housing density with duplexes, triplexes or attached dwelling units. Read story

Sen. Annette Cleveland answers a question on rent control during a 49th Legislative District town hall on Saturday, April 6, 2024 at Fourth Plain Community Commons in Vancouver.

Contentious 49th District town hall: Residents criticize Sen. Cleveland on rent limit bill

Sen. Annette Cleveland answers a question on rent control during a 49th Legislative District town hall on Saturday, April 6, 2024 at Fourth Plain Community Commons in Vancouver.

April 8, 2024, 6:02pm Clark County News

A Saturday town hall hosted by 49th Legislative District lawmakers turned contentious over such hot-button issues as housing and education. Read story