Washington State Legislature

  The Washington Supreme Court has heard the arguments. Now it must decide whether to hold the state in contempt for failing to submit a complete plan to fully fund schools.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle attorney Phil Talmadge about the ongoing showdown between the State Supreme Court and the Washington State Legislature over funding K-12 education. Talmadge is a former state supreme court justice and a former state senator.

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Ross Reynolds talks with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the ongoing showdown between the Washington State Supreme Court and state lawmakers over funding public education.

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Marcie Sillman talks with State Senator Curtis King about how to fund the expensive Washington ferry system. King, a Republican from Yakima, is co-chair of the Senate Transportation Committee.

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Ross Reynolds talks with Austin Jenkins of the Northwest News Network about what the August primary election returns say about this fall's state legislative races. Also, Reynolds talks with political strategist Randy Pepple about what the August 5 primary election means for Republicans.

Democrats may face an uphill battle in their bid to win back the Washington state Senate. Early primary election returns Tuesday night showed Republicans polling well in several key districts.

This is the week undocumented students in Washington will become eligible for state college tuition aid. The Real Hope Act is just one of dozens of new state laws that take effect Thursday, 90 days after the Washington Legislature adjourned.

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David Hyde talks to Tacoma News Tribune columnist Peter Callaghan about the progress state lawmakers have made on finding a way to fund public schools in Washington state.

Midterm Elections: Will Democrats Take Control Of The State Senate?

May 27, 2014

Steve Scher talks to writer and political consultant Chris Vance about key races that might tip the scale in favor of Senate Democrats.

Republican strategists are eyeing state legislatures this year in hopes of taking more control of the legislative process.

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Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW's Ann Dornfeld about the Washington State Legislature's progress on fulfilling the state Supreme Court's education mandate.

Wednesday is the deadline for the Legislature's report on meeting the requirements of the McCleary decision on school funding.

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The state Supreme Court will not get the K-12 education funding plan it demanded from the state Legislature by the end of April.

The court called for the plan in January after finding that state lawmakers had not made enough progress toward amply funding basic education as required by the state Constitution.

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As Washington state Senator Rodney Tom announced his decision to not seek re-election this week, how does his departure change the dynamic in the legislature.

Also, Boeing is shipping nearly 2,000 engineering and research jobs out of the state. After the big push for friendly tax breaks for the company, is this a betrayal? 

Steve Scher reviews these stories and more with news analyst Joni Balter, Crosscut's Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and Livewire host Luke Burbank.

By next January, Washington lawmakers should have clearer guidance on when it’s OK to accept free meals from lobbyists.

One of the most influential and controversial members of the Washington legislature made a bombshell announcement Monday.

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