Democrats http://www.kplu.org en Democratic lawmakers seek to overturn supermajority for taxes http://www.kplu.org/post/democratic-lawmakers-seek-overturn-supermajority-taxes <p>Washington voters consistently send Democratic majorities to the statehouse. But four times over the past 20 years they&rsquo;ve also voted to require a supermajority of the legislature to raise taxes. Most recently, in 2010. Now a group of Democratic lawmakers and their allies are challenging the constitutionality of that two-thirds rule.</p><p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 17:42:13 +0000 Austin Jenkins 4248 at http://www.kplu.org Poll: Latinos unhappy with both major parties http://www.kplu.org/post/poll-latinos-unhappy-both-major-parties <p>A national poll released Monday shows Latinos are unhappy with both major political parties. The poll posed several questions to Latino registered voters about their attitudes toward candidates and the 2012 election.</p> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 17:43:21 +0000 Northwest News Network 3435 at http://www.kplu.org Democrats’ long reign In Washington could be imperiled http://www.kplu.org/post/democrats%E2%80%99-long-reign-washington-could-be-imperiled <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; It&rsquo;s been a good run for Democrats in Washington state. They&rsquo;ve held the governor&rsquo;s office for nearly thirty years, the state House for a decade and the Washington Senate since 2005. But that political dominance could be imperiled.</p><p> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 00:42:41 +0000 Austin Jenkins 2757 at http://www.kplu.org Democrats’ long reign In Washington could be imperiled Murray urges supercommittee to not get "boxed in" by pledges http://www.kplu.org/post/murray-urges-supercommittee-not-get-boxed-pledges <p>U.S. Senator Patty Murray has debuted in her newest high profile role. The Washington Democrat co-chairs the so-called supercommittee on federal debt reduction. It held its first meeting today in Washington, DC., and Murray provided opening remarks.</p><p>This fall, the deficit cutting committee will recommend $1.2 trillion in spending cuts over the next ten years.</p><p> Thu, 08 Sep 2011 22:10:25 +0000 Colin Fogarty 2581 at http://www.kplu.org Murray urges supercommittee to not get "boxed in" by pledges Republicans want governor to renegotiate labor contracts http://www.kplu.org/post/republicans-want-governor-renegotiate-labor-contracts <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-956883.mp3</p><p>It&#39;s not quite Wisconsin, but Republicans &ndash; and a lone Democrat - in Washington are taking a jab at state employee unions. They&#39;ve introduced legislation to not fund union contracts negotiated by the governor.</p><p> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 15:05:49 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 967 at http://www.kplu.org Republicans want governor to renegotiate labor contracts Lawmakers face budget blues in 2011 session http://www.kplu.org/post/lawmakers-face-budget-blues-2011-session <p>Washington lawmakers are singing the blues over the state’s budget woes. The legislature convenes Monday for a 105-day session. Once again, majority Democrats are confronted with a multi-billion dollar budget shortfall.</p><p> Wed, 05 Jan 2011 15:45:05 +0000 Austin Jenkins 471 at http://www.kplu.org Lawmakers face budget blues in 2011 session Cliffhanger over control of state legislature http://www.kplu.org/post/cliffhanger-over-control-state-legislature <p>New batches of mail-in ballots show Republicans are gaining seats in the Washington state House and Senate but it's not known yet which party will control the Legislature.</p> Thu, 04 Nov 2010 01:36:37 +0000 Gary Davis 94 at http://www.kplu.org Cliffhanger over control of state legislature