The Washington state Senate voted unanimously Monday to authorize $544 million in bonds for school construction projects, including $10 million for security upgrades spurred by the deadly Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
A Republican-dominated coalition in the state Senate is pursuing a leak investigation and declining to turn over documents related to a controversial state lawmaker.
In her final speech before she leaves office, Gov. Chris Gregoire on Tuesday urged the Legislature to focus on education and transportation in the coming months of the new legislative session that started this week.
Sen. Ed Murray, the newly anointed Democratic leader in the state Senate, said Wednesday he intends to run for Seattle mayor next year.
Democrats are likely to retain their majority in the state Senate, but three undecided races will determine their margin over Republicans.
Marijuana legalization, gay marriage and a Republican governor are just three of the five major issues with this year’s election.
Whether Republicans or Democrats take control of the state Senate next year will be up to voters in a handful of districts.
Republican hopeful Brad Toft, who is running for a crucial Washington state Senate seat, has been exaggerating his education credentials, suggesting on his website that he has university degrees even though he doesn’t have any.