Clibborn: Contractors will finish “or never get another job”

Clibborn: Contractors will finish “or never get another job”

Rep. Judy Clibborn (D-Mercer Island), chair of the House Transportation Committee, says she’s confident the Seattle tunnel project will be completed, because she says if it fails, the contractors ”will never get another job in the world.” In a wide-ranging interview, Clibborn also expressed confidence that lawmakers will come up with a transportation package this year. While the Governor is now proposing a carbon [...]

January 24, 2015 at 10:14 pm Comments are Disabled

Attorney General Ferguson: Raise smoking age to 21

Attorney General Ferguson: Raise smoking age to 21

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson proposes raising the state smoking age to 21. Ferguson says Washington would be the first state to raise the legal age for purchasing and possessing tobacco and vapor products to 21, though some cities and counties have tried it. According to the Attorney General’s office, Alabama, Alaska, New Jersey and Utah already prohibit the sale [...]

January 21, 2015 at 5:09 pm Comments are Disabled

Olympia forecast? High chance of gridlock

Olympia forecast?  High chance of gridlock

After watching the first week of the 2015 legislative session, Crosscut columnist Knute Berger and Republican consultant Chris Vance predict high chance of gridlock. The governor’s State of the State speech is dominated by his proposal to create a carbon pollution charge. Gov. Jay Inslee does not mention the State Supreme Court ruling holding the legislature in contempt of court over [...]

January 17, 2015 at 12:56 pm Comments are Disabled

Inslee proposes carbon pollution charge

Inslee proposes carbon pollution charge

At his State of the State address, Gov. Jay Inslee pushed lawmakers to enact a new charge on industries that release carbon pollution.  Inslee would use the funds raised from the carbon charge to pay for education and transportation.  Republicans responded that such a charge would hurt businesses and that before pumping in more money into transportation, voters need to see [...]

January 13, 2015 at 11:35 pm Comments are Disabled

Inslee: Legislators should raise taxes without public vote

Inslee: Legislators should raise taxes without public vote

A new Elway poll suggests voters may be open to Governor Jay Inslee’s proposals to start a capital gains tax and a carbon pollution charge.  But the governor says, the legislature should enact the taxes without a public vote.  In this video interview, Gov. Inslee also says he’s confident lawmakers will see the need to increase taxes, and he addresses his campaign [...]

January 8, 2015 at 12:01 am 1 comment

Election 2014 results and analysis

Election 2014 results and analysis

From gun measures to education to key races for state legislature, full election 2014 coverage with analysis from Crosscut’s Knute Berger and Paul Guppy with the Washington Policy Center.  

November 4, 2014 at 11:06 pm Comments are Disabled

Battle in the suburbs

Battle in the suburbs

Our look at key legislative races continues in Federal Way, where Republican Mark Miloscia and Democrat Shari Song are competing for an open  seat, that could affect the balance of power in the State Senate.

November 1, 2014 at 3:46 am Comments are Disabled

Primary drama: One race to watch

Primary drama: One race to watch

Most legislative races don’t get much attention, especially in the August primary.  But the State Senate race in the 35th district, stretching across Mason County and parts of Thurston and Kitsap, is particularly intriguing in the primary.  Incumbent Democrat Tim Sheldon, who attracted statewide attention when he crossed party lines to caucus with Republicns, is now being challenged from both [...]

July 26, 2014 at 11:58 am Comments are Disabled

Senator’s blunt assessment of Governor, fellow lawmakers

Senator’s blunt assessment of Governor, fellow lawmakers

State Senator Rodney Tom talks about his sudden decision not to seek re-election this fall.  The Democratic senator, who joined Republicans to form a majority coalition caucus, speaks bluntly about who he blames for the lack of a state transportation package.  And he talks about his role as majority leader and the petty things he won’t miss about the legislature.

May 4, 2014 at 8:12 pm Comments are Disabled

Mayor Murray’s new “waterfront office”

Mayor Murray’s new “waterfront office”

With the state’s tunnel-boring machine stuck and the city’s seawall project over budget, newly-elected Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says he will create a new Office of the Waterfront.  In an interview with Bryan Johnson, Murray says the new city office will report directly to the Mayor and will coordinate efforts of the Department of Transportation, Planning and Development, Parks and [...]

February 10, 2014 at 11:06 pm Comments are Disabled