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  • Low Expectations
  • Low Expectations

    The Washington Legislature adjourned last week. Here's what they accomplished — and what they neglected to do
  • Who's Paying?
  • Who's Paying?

    Sen. Andy Billig's new bill would keep "dark money" from infiltrating Washington state elections
  • On the Agenda
  • On the Agenda

    Here's what to expect from the Idaho and Washington 2014 legislative sessions
      Expect a short session in Boise this year as lawmakers prepare for the primaries in May. As lawmakers head to Olympia next week, they can breathe a sigh of relief.
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  • A New Day
  • A New Day

    Four new laws that change the way Washington works.
      Four new laws that change the way Washington works.
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  • 'I Was Crying'
  • 'I Was Crying'

    Governor Gregoire signs a suicide prevention law. Plus, Spokane’s budget forecast.
      Governor Gregoire signs a suicide prevention law. Plus, Spokane’s budget forecast.
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  • A New Challenger
  • A New Challenger

    Nancy McLaughlin eyes the state Senate. Plus, students grounded at SFCC.
      “I’ve been thinking for quite some time knowing that there’s term limits with City Council,” says McLaughlin, whose two terms on the council will end next year. “I’ve loved my time on City Council. [I] wonder if I can take my experience to a higher level, if I can take my experience to the 3rd District.
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  • Much Ado About Linens
  • Much Ado About Linens

    Unions and the state square off over the unglamorous task of doing laundry
      The Washington state Department of Social and Health Services squares off with the Service Employees International Union over the unglamorous task of doing laundry.
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  • Trouble Holding Liquor
  • Trouble Holding Liquor

    Sorting out Washington's new booze law. Plus, a new judge, and an uninvited sheriff.
      Sorting out Washington's new booze law. Plus, a new judge, and an uninvited sheriff.
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  • Big-Screen Beer
  • Big-Screen Beer

    A bill in Olympia could allow you to drink at the Garland. If the theater can afford it.
      There’s nothing finer than watching a second-run movie for a fistful of dollars while drinking a cold beer.Thanks to some legislation slowly making its way through Olympia, this may soon be poss
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  • Come and Get It
  • Come and Get It

    There is $32 million of unclaimed property in Spokane County. Is any of it yours?
      The state of Washington is holding dentist Mike Condon’s money. Nothing you could buy a yacht with — between $50 and $100. Maybe it got lost in the mail. Maybe it got sent to a doctor in t
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  • Seventh in the Nation
  • Seventh in the Nation

    Washington's big gay week. Plus, revolution and a challenge.
      The conference’s opening reception is this Friday, Feb. 17, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane. It will feature spoken word and music, along with a screening of the short film “Maria Full of Hope,� and it’s free to the public.
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  • What the Frack?!
  • What the Frack?!

    Marriage equality, a social backlash, a sporty lawsuit, gas and justice gets a new leader.
  • Unchartered Territory
  • Unchartered Territory

    Washington state has repeatedly rejected charter schools, but one group of legislators hasn't given up.
      Idaho has 43 such charter schools âeuro;” publicly funded, offering free tuition, but not controlled by the school district. Just across the border in Washington, however, charter schools are banned. But in the 60 days of the new legislative session in Olympia, one group of bipartisan legislators wants to change that.
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