Washington state legislature

News about the Washington legislature and lawmakers.

Courtesy of Timm Ormsby

Democratic Representative Timm Ormsby is running for re-election against Republican Bob Apple, a former Spokane city councilman, in Washington’s Third Legislative District. Ormsby chairs the House Appropriations Committee, which writes that chamber’s version of a state budget.

Apple did not answer our requests for an interview. Ormsby did.

You can hear our entire interviews with the candidates at our website, but we provide short segments here as part of our SPR Voters’ Guide series.

Courtesy of JJ Wandler

Republican Representative Joel Kretz is running for re-election against independent candidate JJ Wandler in Washington’s Seventh Legislative District. 

Kretz did not answer our requests for an interview. Wandler did.

You can hear our entire interviews with the candidates at our website, but we provide short segments here as part of our SPR Voters’ Guide series.

Maycumber, Davenport Vie For Seventh District House Seat

Oct 21, 2020
Washington House Republican communications

Republican Representative Jacquelin Maycumber is running for re-election against Democrat Georgia Davenport in Washington’s Seventh Legislative District. 

You can hear our entire interviews with the candidates at our website, but we provide short segments here as part of our SPR Voters’ Guide series.

Washington House Republican communications

Republican Rep. Jenny Graham is running for re-election against Democrat Tom McGarry in Washington’s Sixth Legislative District. 

You can hear our entire interviews with the candidates at our website, but we provide short segments here as part of our SPR Voters’ Guide series.

Washington House Republican communications

Republican Representative Mike Volz is running for a third term against Democrat Zack Zappone in Washington’s Sixth Legislative District. 

You can hear our entire interviews with the candidates at our website, but we provide short  segments here as part of our SPR Voters’ Guide series.

Courtesy of Marcus Riccelli

Democratic Rep. Marcus Riccelli is running for another term against Republican Laura Carder in Washington’s Third Legislative District. 

Courtesy of Rob Chase

Voters in Washington’s Fourth Legislative District are choosing between two candidates to fill an open seat in the state House of Representatives.

The candidates are Democrat Lance Gurel, who ran unsuccessfully last year for a seat on the Spokane Valley City Council, and Republican Rob Chase. He’s a former two-term Spokane County treasurer who started this election cycle challenging Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers before switching to run for the state House. He was encouraged to run by the departing representative, Matt Shea.

Washington Senate Republicans

Spokane Valley state Senator Mike Padden is running for another term in Washington’s Fourth Legislative District. The Republican is a former District Court. He’s challenged by Democrat John Roskelley, a former Spokane County Commissioner and world-famous mountaineer.

You can hear our entire interviews with Mike Padden and John Roskelley at our website, but we provide shorter bites here as part of our SPR Voters’ Guide series.

Doing Your Voting Homework? Check Out These Debates

Oct 14, 2020
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Candidate debates are a traditional way for voters to get to know candidates. Some are formal, others less so.

Democrats Marko Liias and Denny Heck held a debate last Thursday on statewide television. You can stream it on TVW or hear it Thursday at noon on KPBX or Thursday at 6 pm on KSFC.

Here are other debates featuring candidates for public office in Washington and Idaho, with links you can click to watch.

Washington Senate Democrats

Andy Billig is running for a third term as a state senator in Washington’s Third Legislative District. The Democrat from Spokane serves as Senate Majority Leader. He’s challenged by Republican Dave Lucas, who ran two years ago for the state House in the Third District.

Washington House Republican communications


Rep. Bob McCaslin [R-Spokane Valley]  is running for re-election to the state House seat in the Fourth Legislative District that he has held for three terms. His opponent is Democrat Lori Feagan.

Doug Nadvornick asks his views on a variety of issues, including the state’s response to the coronavirus, funding for public health and wildfire prevention and suppression, and police reform.

Courtesy of Lori Feagan

Lori Feagan is a Spokane Valley nurse practitioner who is running for a state House in Washington's Fourth Legislative District. Her opponent is Rep. Bob McCaslin [R-Spokane Valley].

Doug Nadvornick asks her views on a variety of issues, including the state’s response to the coronavirus, funding for public health and wildfire prevention and suppression, and police reform.

Courtesy of JJ Wandler


JJ Wandler is a Spokane businessowner (and Seattle restaurant owner) who is running as an independent candidate for a state House seat in Washington’s Seventh Legislative District. His opponent is Rep. Joel Kretz (R-Wauconda), who hasn’t answered our requests for an interview.

Doug Nadvornick asks Wandler’s positions on a variety of issues, including the state’s response to the coronavirus, funding for public health and wildfire prevention and suppression, and police reform.

Courtesy of Timm Ormsby

Rep. Timm Ormsby [D-Spokane] is running for re-election to the Washington state House in the Third Legislative District. His opponent is Republican Bob Apple, who hasn’t answered our requests for an interviews.

Doug Nadvornick asks Ormsby’s positions on a variety of issues, including the state’s response to the coronavirus, funding for public health and wildfire prevention and suppression, and police reform.

Courtesy of Georgia Davenport

Democrat Georgia Davenport is challenging Republican Representative Jacquelin Maycumber for a seat in the state House in Washington’s Seventh Legislative District.

Doug Nadvornick asks her positions on a variety of issues, including the state’s response to the coronavirus, funding for public health and wildfire prevention and suppression, and police reform.

Washington House Republican communications

Republican Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber [R-Republic] is running for a third term in the state House in Washington’s Seventh Legislative District. She’s challenged by Democrat Georgia Davenport.  

Doug Nadvornick asks her positions on a variety of issues, including the state’s response to the coronavirus, funding for public health and wildfire prevention and suppression, and police reform.

Republican Laura Carder is challenging Marcus Riccelli for a state House seat in Washington’s Third Legislative District.

Doug Nadvornick asks her positions on a variety of issues, including the state’s response to the coronavirus, funding for public health and wildfire prevention and suppression, and police reform.

Courtesy of Marcus Riccelli

Marcus Riccelli is a Democratic state representative in Washington’s Third District. He’s challenged by Republican Laura Carder

Doug Nadvornick asks his positions on a variety of issues, including the state’s response to the coronavirus, funding for public health and wildfire prevention and suppression, and police reform.

Courtesy of Tom McGarry

Tom McGarry is a Spokane attorney and commissioner for Spokane Valley Fire District 9. He’s a Democrat. He’s challenging Rep. Jenny Graham [R-Spokane] for the state House seat she holds in Washington’s Sixth Legislative District.  

Doug Nadvornick asks his positions on a variety of issues, including the state’s response to the coronavirus, funding for public health and wildfire prevention and suppression, and police reform.

Washington House Republican communications

Rep. Jenny Graham [R-Spokane] is running for a second term in the state House in Washington’s Sixth Legislative District. She’s challenged by Democrat Tom McGarry.  

Doug Nadvornick asks her positions on a variety of issues, including the state’s response to the coronavirus, funding for public health and wildfire prevention and suppression, and police reform.

Courtesy of Zach Zappone

Democrat Zach Zappone is challenging Rep. Mike Volz (R-Spokane) for a seat in the Washington state House in the Sixth Legislative District.

Doug Nadvornick asks his positions on a variety of issues, including the state’s response to the coronavirus, funding for public health and wildfire prevention and suppression, and police reform.

Courtesy of Rob Chase

Republican Rob Chase is challenging Democrat Lance Gurel for a state House seat in Washington’s Fourth Legislative District. Chase is a former two-term Spokane County treasurer.

Doug Nadvornick asks his positions on a variety of issues, including the state’s response to the coronavirus, funding for public health and wildfire prevention and suppression, and police reform.

Courtesy of Lance Gurel

Democrat Lance Gurel is challenging Republican Rob Chase for a state House seat in Washington’s Fourth Legislative District. Gurel is a certified public accountant who runs his own company.

Gurel tells Doug Nadvornick about the issues he considers most important for the 2021 legislature. Doug asks his positions on a variety of issues, including the state’s response to the coronavirus, funding for public health and wildfire prevention and suppression, and police reform.

Courtesy of Mike Padden

Sen. Mike Padden (R-Spokane Valley) is running for another term in the Senate in Washington’s Fourth Legislative District. His opponent is former Spokane County Commissioner John Roskelley.

In this interview, Padden talks with Doug Nadvornick about the issues he considers most important for the 2021 legislature, about his support for a special session. Doug also asks his positions on other issues, including the state’s response to the coronavirus, funding for public health and wildfire prevention and suppression, and police reform.

Keith Currie Photography

Democrat John Roskelley is challenging Sen. Mike Padden for a seat in Washington’s Fourth Legislative District. Roskelley is a former Spokane County commissioner.

In this interview, Roskelley tells Doug Nadvornick about the issues he considers most important for the 2021 legislature. Doug asks his positions on a variety of issues, including the state’s response to the coronavirus, funding for public health and wildfire prevention and suppression, and police reform.

Raukuten

 

A bill being proposed in the Washington state Senate would allow people to own and carry spring blade knives.

Spring blade knives, the kind that you can open with one hand, popularly known as "switch blades,” were outlawed back in the 1950’s in numerous states across the country.

A bill in the Washington State House proposes to remove the gray wolf from state endangered species protections in some northeast counties.

The state Fish and Wildlife Commission has listed gray wolves as an endangered species for the entirety of the state and has adopted a gray wolf conservation and management plan.

That plan calls for a certain number of breeding pairs in various recovery areas across the state.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law Tuesday a four-year suspension of a voter-approved class size measure. He also signed a two-year delay of a biology test graduation requirement.

Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

This week Washington’s legislature avoided any government shutdown by passing a state operating budget. They have also approved a transportation revenue package and emergency drought relief funding, among other things. There is still more work to do, but one local lawmaker already says the Spokane area will benefit greatly from the budgeting.

Typically, the Washington legislature is done long before Oregon because of how the legislative calendars work in each state. But not this year.

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