Jay Inslee

Oregon, Washington leaders sound off on federal government shutdown

Oregon and Washington’s political leaders from the state and federal levels released statements Friday night about the federal government shutting …

Portland, OR

Washington State Senate votes to ban conversion therapy

The Washington State Senate voted 32-16 to ban license therapists from subjecting LGBTQ-identifying youth to conversion therapy designed to change …

LGBTQ

The cost of carbon: Pay now or pay later

Doing nothing on climate change costs more than doing something, even Gov. Jay Inslee’s modest carbon tax.

Climate

Murray, Cantwell say legal marijuana relies on banking

Two weeks ago, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded Obama-era marijuana rules. These rules included the Cole memo, which states the federal …

Cannabis

Frustrated governors still waiting for offshore drilling meeting with Trump administration

They are bridesmaids, not brides. They could use a hug, or at least a handshake.<p>Governors of states along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts desperately want the Trump administration to whisper the same magic words to them that it whispered to Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), who learned from Interior …

Ryan Zinke

Gov. Inslee signs capital budget, water bill

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed both a $4.2 billion capital budget that pays for construction projects across the state, as well as a compromise bill on a …

Business

King County’s prosecuting attorney: ‘We don’t need the death penalty’

It is time for a frank discussion about the death penalty in Washington state. As chief of staff and then elected leader of the state’s largest …

Prison

State Lawmakers Just Missed a Huge Affordable Housing Opportunity—By One Day

Still, they did manage to approve $106 million for affordable housing. by Heidi GrooverSeattle needs 27,500 more low-income housing units by 2030, …

Housing

Foster Parents Advocate for Stronger Rights

“Whenever I go anywhere, I walk in with seven kids,” started Kittitas County resident Jessica Hanna with a chuckle, “So it’s kind of crazy.” While …

Seattle

As Trump Pushes Offshore Drilling, Local Lawmakers Push Back

<i>This segment is part of The State of Science, a series featuring science stories from public radio stations across the United States. A version of</i> …

Ryan Zinke

Ballot Initiative Threat Has Energy Industry Warming to Governor’s Carbon Tax Plan

With environmental activists threatening a carbon tax ballot initiative, some manufacturing and energy companies are opting to work with lawmakers on …

Climate

Limiting pain-med supply to 7 days among ways state leaders propose to fight opioid crisis

What Lisa Janicki wished she asked her son, and the pain she hopes no other family has to experience, compelled her to testify on a bill introduced …

Government

What does a two-tier licensing system mean?

Loading...<p><b>SEATTLE, Wash.</b> - For years, Washington residents have expressed confusion over whether their driver’s licenses will get them through …

Cox Media Group

Lawmakers pass water bill, $4 billion in construction

The state Legislature approved more than $4 billion in construction projects across the state after reaching a deal on a contentious water issue that …

Business

‘It’s just a matter of time before someone else dies’: Report details trouble at Washington institution for disabled people

OLYMPIA — Two residents at a state institution for developmentally disabled people choked to death while eating in recent years — and a new report …

Automatic Voter Registration Could Come to Washington

Voting advocate Sean Jacobson has grown accustomed to hearing about the many barriers that young adults face in becoming politically engaged. As an …

Government

Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Dazed & Confused about American Marijuana Law

In a move that will surprise few people, conservative Attorney General Jeff Sessions—who has previously touted “state’s rights” as being of critical …

Cannabis

Interior official blasts resignation of parks advisory board

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. Interior Department official reacted harshly Wednesday to the resignation of most members of a board that advises it on national parks, suggesting the move was politically motivated and their work was flawed.<p>Todd Willens, associate deputy secretary of the department, …

U.S. Politics

A Democrat won a reliably GOP seat in Wisconsin, causing angst among some Republicans. Not so fast, say others

The Wisconsin state Senate district was reliably red, a place where winning came easy to Republican candidates up and down the ticket.<p>But that’s come to an end.<p>Democrats on Tuesday won a surprising victory in Wisconsin’s Senate District 10, part of what’s become a wave of wins nationwide in state …

Elections

2018 could see wave of West Coast climate pollution pricing

SEATTLE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - If elected officials get their way, the entire West Coast of North America could be putting a price on pollution by the end of this year.<p>As state legislature sessions opened this month, Washington state Governor Jay Inslee called for a carbon tax and Oregon …

Climate

How progressive federalism can help preserve net neutrality

Last month, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to completely gut the 2015 net neutrality rules that protected Americans from egregious, anti-competitive, and anti-consumer internet service provider practices. With this move, the FCC abdicates its longstanding oversight over harmful …

Internet

Good Idea: Weekend Road Trip to Canada. Bad Idea: Bringing Weed.

My girlfriend and I got busted by a drug-sniffing dog at the border. by Katie HerzogIt's winter in Seattle, when all you want to do is curl up with a …

Seattle

Death penalty is no longer needed in Washington

It is time to abolish the death penalty in Washington state.<p>A proposal in the Legislature sponsored by state Sen. Maureen Walsh, R-College Place, is …

Death Penalty

Slow-moving landslide has Washington town on high alert

UNION GAP, Wash. (AP) — A slow-moving landslide in a fertile farming region in Washington state has forced evacuations as officials prepare for what they say is inevitable — the collapse of a ridge that sits above a few dozen homes and a key highway.<p>People in Washington are especially wary of …

Elaine Thompson

Department of Licensing has shake-up after immigration controversy

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The deputy director of the Department of Licensing is out, and the department announced immediate steps Monday to stop disclosure …

Immigration

Some businesses backing Washington carbon tax measure

Microsoft Corp., REI and other businesses joined environmental and other groups Tuesday in testifying in support of Gov. Jay Inslee's ambitious …

Climate

Five things to know about Medicaid work requirements

The Trump administration released landmark guidance this week aimed at allowing states to impose work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries, a …

ObamaCare

WA won't automatically hand over license info to ICE

Washington's Department of Licensing (DOL) will no longer simply hand over personal information when federal immigration authorities ask for it, the …

Immigration

Parents arrested after 13 victims, ages 2 to 29, discovered held captive in California home

Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>><p>Updated:Tuesday, January 16 2018 8:02 PM EST2018-01-17 01:02:00 GMT<p>Police in the Virginia suburbs of the nation's …

Crime

The next GOP panic: Governors' races

Republicans concede that a handful of once-competitive battlegrounds are nearly out of reach for them in 2018.<p>Buoyed by November election results, a surge in fundraising and expectations of a massive liberal wave, Democrats are preparing for an assault on one of the GOP’s most heavily fortified …

Elections