Governor Inslee orders Cal Anderson tree memorial restored

BY: - August 23, 2023

Gov. Jay Inslee wants the memorial to trailblazing lawmaker Cal Anderson restored on the Capitol Campus this week. The governor on Wednesday ordered the Department of Enterprise Services to “immediately replant a tree along Cherry Lane and ensure the continued care of the memorial site,” Jaime Smith, Inslee’s executive director of communications, wrote in an […]

Reichert’s bid adds an early twist to the 2024 governor’s race

BY: - July 6, 2023

The emergence of a politically experienced Republican candidate is reshaping the contours of next year’s race for governor. Dave Reichert, who served seven terms in Congress after a stint as King County sheriff, registered a political committee on June 30, clearing the way for him to raise money for a campaign. On Friday morning, King […]

Why Hilary Franz sees a path to victory in the 2024 governor’s race

BY: - June 7, 2023

Olympia may be the center of government power in Washington but when Hilary Franz talks about why voters next year should send her to the governor’s office there, she points to credentials she’s gained in other parts of the state. Now in her second term as state public lands commissioner, Franz says the job has […]

Lawmakers tried to regain Capitol dome access. Inslee said ‘no’

BY: - May 17, 2023

Mark Schoesler has been to the top of the state Capitol dome. Most of the longtime senator’s legislative colleagues have not. And they won’t likely get there any time soon. Schoesler, a Republican, authored a provision in the state capital budget to make access possible but Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed it before signing the […]

Hilary Franz speaks in front of podium along with supporters who hold signs that say "Hilary Franz for Governor."

Franz kicks off gubernatorial campaign at Seattle event

BY: - May 15, 2023

SEATTLE – Housing, reproductive health, climate change and rising living costs are all top of mind for 2024 gubernatorial hopeful Hilary Franz.  Franz, Washington’s public lands chief, made her first foray onto the campaign trail Monday at the Edgewater Hotel pier, in front of a large mural of orcas and a group of supporters.  Franz, […]

Candidates will be forced to reveal donors of money shifted to new campaigns

BY: - May 11, 2023

The state’s campaign finance watchdog on Thursday called for ending the practice of allowing candidates to shift surplus money from prior races into new campaigns without disclosing the source of those dollars. A unanimous Public Disclosure Commission issued new guidance requiring candidates to identify the donors and treat their contributions as if they are for […]

Public lands chief Hilary Franz joins race for governor

BY: - May 10, 2023

Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz almost ran for governor in 2020. This time around she’s all in. Franz, a Democrat, launched her campaign Wednesday to succeed Gov. Jay Inslee, who said last week he would not seek a fourth term in 2024. If elected, she would be the state’s third woman to serve in the […]