Politics

Head of state employment agency to join Biden administration

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Employment Security Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine, who came under fire for delays in unemployment benefit payments and the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars to fraud during the pandemic, is leaving her position to join…

Washington state introduces bill to increase state gas tax

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Lawmakers in Washington state have introduced legislation that could increase the state gas tax, making it the highest in the country at 67.4 cents a gallon. The proposal calls for a 18-cent increase a gallon in…

Bill to expand sports gambling introduced in Legislature

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A bill to expand sports gambling in Washington state beyond Indian casinos and into privately-owned card rooms has been introduced in the state Legislature for the second consecutive year. The Senate bill seeks to expand sports…

Senate impeachment trial arguments to start February 9

The second Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is scheduled to begin on February 9 after Senate leaders reached a deal to push it back, giving Trump's legal team more time to prepare and Senate Democrats a chance…

Idaho House OKs plan to let lawmakers call special sessions

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A constitutional amendment allowing the part-time Idaho Legislature to call itself into a special session passed the House on Thursday and is headed to the Senate. With a 51-18 vote, the House mustered the two-thirds threshold…

Culp campaign withdaws lawsuit alleging voter fraud

KING CO., Wash. -- The campaign for former gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp has withdrawn its lawsuit against Secretary of State Kim Wyman and several county auditors alleging voter fraud in the November 2020 election. In the months after his loss…

Idaho Senate starts effort to wrest power from Gov. Little

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho senators on Wednesday joined their House colleagues in introducing legislation seeking to wrest power from Republican Gov. Brad Little on emergency declarations like the one dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Four pieces of Senate legislation,…

Rep. McMorris Rodgers votes 'no' to impeaching President Trump

WASHINGTON D.C. - Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted against impeaching President Donald Trump on Wednesday, though the House did impeach him for his role in the deadly Capitol riot. McMorris Rodgers was the only Washington representative to vote "nay" on…

Rep. Newhouse says he will vote to impeach President Trump

WASHINGTON D.C. -- Representative Dan Newhouse (R) joined other House Republicans on Wednesday, saying he will vote to impeach President Donald Trump. Newhouse is the second GOP representative from Washington state who has indicated they will do so. Rep. Jaime Herrera…

Idaho Legislature asks judge to nix lawsuit over virus rules

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Legislature says a judge shouldn’t force its leaders to make additional accommodations for lawmakers during the coronavirus pandemic. Two Democratic lawmakers, Reps. Sue Chew of Boise and Muffy Davis of Ketchum, sued the Legislature…