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Shelved since 2018, this WA gun law may finally be implemented soon

That annual background-check provision – which was tucked inside a sweeping package of other gun regulations – is a unique idea to further strengthen firearms regulations. The existing background-check system generally screens...

WA's state budget forecast grew $762M despite recession worries

The numbers released Friday by the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council provide key information as state lawmakers and Gov. Jay Inslee prepare to write a new two-year state budget. That...

WA sees higher voter turnout but a drop east of the Cascades

In her quest to oust longtime incumbent Murray, Republican challenger Tiffany Smiley ran up big margins in Yakima County, taking 64% of the vote. The veterans’ advocate hailed by Republicans as a...

Election deniers are trailing up and down the ballot in WA races

In Tuesday night’s initial election returns, Simpson trailed longtime Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey by a nearly 3-to-1 vote margin.Election skeptics in Washington had a tough night. Republicans who have played up...

Kent, Gluesenkamp Perez race could determine the future of Congress

Voters will choose between Kent, a Trump-endorsed America First special forces veteran and intelligence operative, and Gluesenkamp Perez, a rural Skamania County Democrat who owns an auto shop in Portland.Unlike many races...

The Murray/Smiley Senate race may be Washington's priciest ever

Murray, a five-term incumbent and member of the Democratic leadership, faces perhaps her fiercest election challenge since first winning election to the Senate in 1992. The contest between her and Smiley has...

WA candidate accused of inflating military service by own father

But that narrative deflated this week, after Shavers’ father, Brett Shavers, penned a letter detailing how the candidate never served on a submarine and isn’t yet an attorney. In a statement, Shavers...

Tukwila voters consider a big hike in minimum wage

Tukwila, pop. 22,000 or so, is sandwiched between Seattle and SeaTac and is tied to the statewide minimum hourly wage, currently $14.49. It has a diverse population, according to city statistics: 44%...

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