Despite new majority, state Democrats won’t scramble for a capital gains tax

OLYMPIA — While Democrats in the state Legislature have supported enacting a capital gains tax to fund public education in the past, they aren’t itching to pass one this legislative session now that they control both the statehouse and the governorship.
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State lawmakers to again consider eliminating capital punishment

A bill to be introduced this session would eliminate the death penalty in Washington state and require people convicted of first degree murder to serve life sentences without the possibility of parole.
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Gov. Inslee lashes back at Sessions on marijuana

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee expressed a defiant attitude toward U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who announced on Jan. 4 the rescinding of Obama-era guidelines that assisted the legalization of non-medical marijuana in Washington, seven other states and the District of Columbia.
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New Washington state lands commissioner promises balance in meeting operational goals

OLYMPIA — Hilary Franz became the state’s new Commissioner of Public Lands in January after being elected to office in November.
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