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Didier files for Congress (Clint Didier Facebook page)
Didier files for Congress (Clint Didier Facebook page)
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Clint Didier to Challenge Rep Newhouse for Congressional Seat

Two years after losing a hotly contested and close race to Rep. Dan Newhouse, Clint Didier is giving it another run.

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Steve Simmons to run for State House, seen on Newstalk 870's Meet In The Middle Program (Newstalk 870)
Steve Simmons to run for State House, seen on Newstalk 870's Meet In The Middle Program (Newstalk 870)
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Country Gentleman Co-Owner to Run vs. Haler For State House

Steve Simmons, co-owner of the popular Country Gentleman Restaurant in Kennewick, formally announced Wednesday he will seek election to the Washington State House of Representatives. He will be running for Position 2 in the 8th Legislative District. That district includes the Tri-Cities in the South, and rural parts of Benton County in the North. He will be running against incumbent  Republican Larry Haler.

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New poll says WA voters want super majority requirement for tax increases (Getty Images)
New poll says WA voters want super majority requirement for tax increases (Getty Images)
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Poll Says WA Citizens Favor 2/3 Majority for Tax Increases

According to the prestigious Washington Policy Center, most Washington residents favor a super majority when it comes to raising taxes.

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Oregon legislature passes new birth control legislation
Oregon legislature passes new birth control legislation (Newstalk 80 file image)
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Oregon Legislature Passes New Birth Control Legislation

A new measure was approved by the Senate and now head to the Governor. One of them could affect insurance rates in Oregon.  The other still pending Senate approval.

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Former Franklin Coutny Sheriff Richard Lathim
Former Franklin Coutny Sheriff Richard Lathim (Franklin County)
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Former Franklin County Sheriff Seeks to Replace Resigning Legislator

In the wake of the resignation of a GOP Legislator on charges of falsifying reimbursement forms, a former Franklin County top lawmaker announced Friday he is seeking her seat.

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Washington state capitol
Washington state capitol (Washington state legislative website)
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Legislature Called Back for Special Session in Olympia

2015 is shaping up to look a lot like 2014, in that the Washington state legislature has unfinished business. Whether or not it turns into a cranky dispute with Gov. Inslee remains to be seen.

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Walla Walla State Penitentiary - Site of Death Row
Walla Walla State Penitentiary - Site of Death Row (washington state penitentiary website)
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Did Procedural Mix-Up Cause Anti-Death Penalty Bill to “Die” in Legislature?

There was so much hype about this proposed legislation which would replace the death penalty with life in prison.

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Bill would abolish the Death Penalty in Washington State
Bill would abolish the Death Penalty in Washington State (Photo by Douglas Doig/Evening Standard/Getty Images)
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House Legislator Introduces Bill That Would Repeal Washington State’s Death Penalty

Following the introduction of a bill that would do away with Death Row, the House Judiciary Committee this week has heard testimony on both sides about this bill.

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Big issues besides taxes, gas, and environment facing legislature
Big issues besides taxes, gas, and environment facing legislature (Washington state legislative website)
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These Bills Will Be Large Battlegrounds in State Legislative Session

Everyone is talking about the budget, transportation, and Gov. Inslee's environmental proposals as the state legislature starts it's 2015 session this week.   But there are some returning issues that will be very big this year.

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Website allows you to easily see how YOUR legislators are performing
Website allows you to easily see how YOUR legislators are performing (WA state legislative website- wa.gov)
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Website Allows You To See How Your WA Legislators Vote During 2015 Session

The Washington Policy Center is once again rolling out its popular legislative "watchdog" website to allow citizens to see how legislators are voting on important issues.

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