Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Rich Smith

How “Free Fairs” Failed

Plans for free fairs came to a screeching halt after lawmakers, uh, just sorta checked in with relevant parties. 400tmax/Getty ImagesFree tickets to Washington State Fairs and free parking at Washington State Parks ranked among the most highly coveted...

Here's What Happened in Olympia

Last Thursday the Washington State Legislature closed up shop with less than an hour left to go, barely making the deadline to avoid a special session. That particular fact matters to your life in no way at all, though...

Washington State Drops Major Coin on Affordable Housing

More like these please RICHARD THEIS / EYEEM / GETTY IMAGESThis session lawmakers in Olympia failed to move on legislation to increase the supply of market-rate housing statewide, which means Washington’s hot-hot market will stay hot, and our...

Slog PM: Legislature Closes Up Shop, Cherry Blossoms Peak Next Week, Ukraine Still Going Through Hell

This evening the House held a lovefest for House Democratic Majority Leader Pat Sullivan (left), who will retire this year. SCREENSHOT from TVWThe Washington State Legislature is closing up shop today: Democrats in the Legislature expect to wrap up...

Washington State to Shore Up Abortion Protections Ahead of Expected Surge

In what's shaping up to be a not-so-stellar session for progressive policy, HB 1851 looks like one of the good and urgently needed bills Democrats pushed through this year despite much bleating and gnashing of teeth from the other...

Only One Member of Congress from Washington Wants to Fix the Supreme Court

For liberals, the Court is out of reach for a generation. But it doesn't have to be that way. Geoff Livingston / GETTY IMAGES The Supreme Court has sucked for as long as I have been alive, and at...

Slog PM: Cops Clear 3rd Ave and Establish Patrols, Happy (Sad) Cutoff Day in Olympia, and NATO Nixes No-Fly Zone

A womb and a tomb. Lester BlackHappy cutoff day!! Anything that wasn't a budget or that wasn't necessary to implement a budget needed to pass out of the House or Senate in Olympia today at 5 pm. I'll...

Unions Split on Deal to Expand Uber and Lyft Driver Protections Statewide

House Bill 2076 might give ridehail drivers outside Seattle a pay raise and some benefits, but other labor groups say the cost of the deal runs too high. NYCSHOOTER/GETTYA new proposal in Olympia tests whether Washington state Democrats want...

Inslee Moves Up Date to Lift Indoor Mask Mandate to March 12, Joining Other West Coast States

Judging by the CDC's new standards, Inslee thinks the state as a whole will be be out of the "high-risk category" by March 11. Lester Black The governors of Washington, Oregon, and California announced a plan to lift indoor...

After a Big Sickout, House Dems Revive Proposal to Authorize Legislative Union

In this house we delay the right of our workers to collectively bargain until we see the results of a study. Lester BlackEarlier this week the effort to allow legislative branch workers to unionize took a step forward, but...

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