Local Politics

Politics Inslee suggests statewide cap on carbon-fuel emission Inslee suggests statewide cap on carbon-fuel emission
Gov. Jay Inslee says he supports a statewide cap on carbon-fuel emissions, one of several ideas he says can get the state closer to reaching goals set in 2008 to cut global warming pollution.
Politics Public safety levy would add police, jailers Public safety levy would add police, jailers
Umatilla County voters will decide Nov. 5 on two local option taxes that would add 18 patrol deputies to the sheriff's office, provide round-the-clock coverage across the county and increase the jail capacity by almost 40 percent.
Politics Washington, Colorado seek banking changes for marijuana Washington, Colorado seek banking changes for marijuana
The governors of Washington and Colorado are asking the federal government for changes in banking regulations to allow marijuana-related banking and the states continue implementing their voter-approved legal marijuana industries.
Politics State Supreme Court rules comfort dog in court was OK State Supreme Court rules comfort dog in court was OK
The state Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the presence of a "comfort" dog during courtroom testimony from a developmentally disabled victim did not violate the defendant's right to a fair trial.
Politics State court: Medical necessity OK reason for pot State court: Medical necessity OK reason for pot
People busted for marijuana can argue they needed it for medical reasons, even if they failed to follow the requirements of the state's medical marijuana law, the Washington Supreme Court said Thursday.
Politics Should Oregon tax e-cigs? Should Oregon tax e-cigs?(Photo Gallery)(Video)
Electronic cigarettes aren't prohibited in bars and restaurants like traditional cigarettes. They aren't taxed. And in many states, buyers aren't legally required to be 18.