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Tom Banse

NPR — Regional Reporter

Bio: Reporter for Northwest NPR stations. I cover breaking news and features about policy, business, science & human interest topics. RT is not an endorsement.

Location: Olympia, WA

Beats: Business and Finance, Politics, Environment, Metro Seattle

MT @KPLU: Liquor stores with high shoplifting rates could lose licenses under new law in WA state. #waleg bit.ly/QA42OO

Dave Levinthal

Center for Public Integrity — Senior Political Reporter

Bio: Senior political reporter @PublicI. Buffalo emissary, @SyracuseU alum, fake arctic explorer. Email dlevinthal@publicintegrity.org.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Beats: Politics, U.S., Metro D.C.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, under $ ethics scrutiny (ow.ly/vLL64), spends $42K on legal fees in Q1 ow.ly/vLKDG #waleg

Jim Brunner

Seattle Times — Politics Reporter

Bio: Seattle Times political reporter. Sloppy guitarist, baseball geek, irritable before coffee. VP Pacific NW Newspaper Guild. email: jbrunner@seattletimes.com

Location: Seattle, WA

Beats: Politics, Metro Seattle

Retirement of @tomrodney shrinks #waleg interchangeable first/last-name caucus. Still have Ross Hunter, Charles Ross, Brian Blake...
GOP problem w. @tomrodney exiting 48th LD race: in 2012, the district went 61% Obama, 35.5% Romney. Also, 51% Inslee, 45.5% McKenna #waleg
RT @nfib_wa: #waleg take note, WA ranks near bottom. RT @FreeEnterprise: Chart: Top states for entrepreneurship: bit.ly/1hCE0QW via…
Democrats recruit Bellevue's Shari Song to run in key Federal Way-area legislative race (by @brianmrosenthal) bit.ly/1n8JlEM #waleg
Interesting to see intraparty challenges for Republican Pam Roach & Democrat Maralyn Chase. Bookend fights over moderation in #waleg?
RT @Jordan_Schrader: Sen. @pamroach1 has a challenger, and it's a fellow Republican: Rep. Cathy Dahlquist. thenewstribune.com/2014/04/01/312… #waleg #w…
RT @melissasantos1: Sen Adam Kline holds his retirement gift from @pamroach1 - the senators w/ NRA lobbyist Brian Judy #waleg http://t.co/o…
RT @ashannstew: .@TVWnews needs funding for new equipment, but some lawmakers say it's not a priority: blogs.seattletimes.com/politicsnorthw… #waleg

Paul Monies

The Oklahoman — Energy Reporter

Bio: Reader. Writer. Data nerd. Native Scotsman. Honorary Texan & Okie. Energy reporter at The Oklahoman. (All opinions are my own.)

Location: Oklahoma City

Beats: U.S. Regional, Environment, Energy

RT @Gus_Folo_Money: Boeing spent $80K lobbying #WAleg in Oct&Nov 2013—$60 in Nov when $8.7B tax break considered. Read more: http://t.co/Lq…

Kate Martin

Tacoma News Tribune — Government Reporter

Bio: Tacoma City Hall reporter for @thenewstribune. Watchdog, data digger, GIS enthusiast; Pulling back the curtain on ██████████

Location: Tacoma, WA

Beats: Politics, U.S. Regional, Metro Seattle

MT @brianmrosenthal: Today's SCOTUS ruling won't affect local/state races in Washington state blogs.seattletimes.com/politicsnorthw… #waleg
MT @melissasantos1: Dudes need to stop telling me I look like "a woman on a mission" when I'm walking around the Capitol. #waleg

Kyle Stokes

NPR — Education Reporter

Bio: Youth & Education Reporter for @KPLU. Budding Seattleite. Golden Gopher born, Mizzou Tiger bred, and when I die, a Twins fan dead. http://bit.ly/kystokes-ethics

Location: Seattle

Beat: Education

Members of #waleg panel charged with upping WA's ed. spending will meet again on April 29: bit.ly/1hRJNCe via @melissasantos1 #waedu
.@waOSPI praises @OurVoiceWEA vote to support ballot initiative to lower class sizes, says #waleg needs to find funding for it. #waedu
55 percent of WA residents have "fair amount" or "great deal" of trust in state gov't, says @galluppoll bit.ly/1qeURAf #waleg #wagov
RT @BhamSD: Superintendent Dr. Baker's Op-Ed on the recent #waleg session: no cuts, but not enough $$ for education ow.ly/uUhyn
If @usedgov pulls WA's #waiver from much-maligned #NCLB, the state could be a "test case" for others bit.ly/1jwm8ds #waedu #waleg
To comply with high court's ed funding order, #waleg will have to make "substantial cuts" in the rest of the budget feedly.com/e/ui1SIuY9
RT @AustinJenkinsN3: The Capitol campus has a different look this Monday after Sine Die. #waleg pic.twitter.com/3q5H1umjaU
Where the fate of WA's #NCLB waiver now stands, and why it matters bit.ly/1qLYPBB on @KPLU #waedu #waleg
RT @cruickshank: One reason why #waleg rejected teacher evaluation bill: nobody could defend reliance on standardized testing. #waedu http:…
Always good chatting with @afhyslop... she pointed out some ways how U.S. Dept. of Ed might flex a bit on WA's #NCLB waiver. #waedu #waleg
Some wins in #waleg on education, says @GovInslee, but "diisappointments" on funding and teacher evaluations 1.usa.gov/1cFQMlZ #waedu
WA's #NCLB waiver appears lost after #waleg fails to reach a deal on a teacher evaluation bill: bit.ly/1kQfiDH #waedu
Washington public schools will get almost $60M more, but no cost of living raise for teachers in #waleg budget deal: bit.ly/1lCr0PC
RT @melissasantos1: State one step closer to requiring 24-credit diploma for high school graduation bit.ly/N8v9yy #waleg #waedu
WA U.S. Senators @PattyMurray & @CantwellPress join Dems' climate change all-nighter bit.ly/1kKzhDM by @KPLUBellamy #waleg
Bill in #waleg seeks renewal of WA's canine rivalry, requiring @UWAthletics and @GonzagaBulldogs to play annually bit.ly/1i3RQ2c
RT @RachelAPOly: Pics by @ElaineMThompson of @GovInslee joining 'walking school bus' in Seattle this morning: bit.ly/1kfpkLS #waleg
"Big deal" if Wash. loses #NCLB waiver? Depends how much money constitutes "a lot" to you: bit.ly/1iwalvm via @melissasantos1 #waleg
State #pot czar says legal #marijuana can't get too cheap. If it does, heavy use rises: bit.ly/N18lR7 via @gabrielspitzer #waleg
How often do Wash. state reps dine out on lobbyists' dime? #WAleg bill demanding answer to that question appears dead bit.ly/1glX7OY

Austin Jenkins

Capitol Reporter, Northwest News Network

Bio: Capitol reporter @nwnewsnetwork. Statehouse, state government, politics. Thoughts are my own. RT is not an endorsement Olympia, WA http://t.co/31kmQovHwT

Location: Olympia, Washington

Beats: Politics, U.S. Regional, Metro Seattle

Youth access to marijuana remains a concern under legalization: m.nwnewsnetwork.org/?utm_referrer=… #waleg #marijuana
Coming up at 7 and 10pm on @TVWnews "Inside Olympia" exit interviews with Justice Jim Johnson and Senator @traceyeide #waleg #wasupremecourt
"I am staying in the House." House budget chair @rosshunter quashes rumors he would run for #waleg Senate seat being vacated by @tomrodney
Outright ban on meals unlikely since "infrequent" meals are allowed in the law. Timeline for new rule: possibly next fall #waleg
Hodgin also suggests free meal practice in Olympia has become anything but "infrequent." Offers list of synonyms: rare, sporadic, few #waleg
Citizen Richard Hodgin filed ethics complaint over meals. Says #waleg more worried about their "food security" than that of low income.
Washington Senate Majority Leader Tom Won't Seek Re-Election nwnewsnetwork.org/post/washingto… #waleg
If @traceyeide retirement dimmed Dems chance of winning back Wash Senate, then @tomrodney retirement puts control of Sen back in play #waleg
BREAKING: Sen Majority Leader Tom announces to @WashingtonMCC that he will not run for re-election due to personal health and family. #waleg
After fatalities nationwide, Washington regulators target party buses: nwnewsnetwork.org/post/after-fat… #waleg #partybus
Following lead of House, Senate panel votes 4 to 3 to increase Senator per diem to $120/day during session: kplu.org/post/wash-sena… #waleg
WA Senate F&O cmte votes 4 to 3 to raise session per diem to match House at $120/day up from $90/day. First per diem raise since 2005 #waleg
Washington's New 24/7 Sobriety Program Runs Into Snags: nwnewsnetwork.org/post/washingto… #waleg
The Capitol campus has a different look this Monday after Sine Die. #waleg pic.twitter.com/3q5H1umjaU
Thanks @MarkWrightKING5 for having me on to wrap up the #waleg session on @king5seattle "Inside Politics" king5.com/news/politics/…
#WALEG Adjourns With No Action On Medical Marijuana, Gas Tax: nwnewsnetwork.org/post/washingto…
"Big wins" but "a lot left undone" says @GovInslee at post sine die news conference #waleg #wagov
Washington legislature has adjourned sine die after a 60-day election year session #waleg pic.twitter.com/7kdVVN3apo
RT @BradShannon2: #WaLeg on verge of adjourning session on time for only 12th time since yearly sessions began in 1980. Look it up: http://…
Levy swap already in play for 2015 for K12/McCleary response say lawmakers. But @GovInslee panned it on campaign trail #waleg
House budget chair Hunter says "things that are not agreed to by both sides are not in this budget." #waleg
RT @KPLU: $60 million to public schools, no COLA for teachers — Budget Deal Struck In Washington Legislature bit.ly/1lCr0PC #Waleg
WA House and Senate will soon sign budget conference report then race to pass budget off both floors today, final day of session #waleg
WA budget deal: more $ for K12, no teacher COLAs and tax break closures and extensions (except pot) left out in bipartisan truce #waleg
Facing Ethics Charge, Washington Lt. Gov. Wants Legal Defense Fund: nwnewsnetwork.org/post/facing-et… #waleg
House budget chair Hunter in wings moments ago: "We're working out final details and I expect that we'll be going home tomorrow" #waleg
House Transpo chair Clibborn confirms what senate said re gas tax pkg this session: "Our issue is put to bed for now" #waleg
Senate MCC caucus leaders all but declare gas tax package dead for session. Partisan blame game begins. #waleg
Senate R leader Schoesler says "big picture" budget issues are settled and on time departure is still possible #waleg
9th Order effort fails. Ds outvoted #waleg
Senate R leader Schoesler says these two issues are being worked with House and asks members to reject 9th Order. Roll call vote now #WaLeg
Minority Senate Ds try 9th order effort to bring homeless housing and veterans in-state tuition bills to floor. #waleg
RT @KPLUMEHOST: Doesn't look like #waleg will crack down on lobbyist-paid meals. @AustinJenkinsN3 at 8:06: bit.ly/YhDwY9. http://t…
RT @KPLUMEHOST: @ 7:04: @AustinJenkinsN3: #waleg near end+@gabrielspitzer: nat'l attn for WA probation reform:bit.ly/YhDwY9. http:…
Inslee, Teachers' Union Clash Over Evaluation Measure: nwnewsnetwork.org/post/inslee-te… #waleg
.@GovInslee wants lawmakers to send him testing/teacher eval bill to keep fed waiver/$. Teachers' union rally outside against it #waleg
.@GovInslee calls on #waleg to send him veterans in state tuition bill. House/Senate can't agree on whose bill goes to Gov.
In Great Recession WA lost 189k not 205k jobs. State economist: Recession wasn't as deep in WA as thought. Job recovery is now 193K #waleg
WA Employment Security announces state has "recouped" Great Recession job losses of 189,000. Still 221,900 looking for work. #waleg
From @hereandnow: Washington State Approves Financial Aid For Undocumented Students: hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/02/27/was… #waleg
House Democrats - on heels of Senate Democrats - propose to close 4 tax exemptions to fund teacher COLAs and early learning. #waleg
Washington Senate Includes Nearly Two Dozen Tax Breaks In Budget Plan: nwnewsnetwork.org/post/washingto… #waleg
Senate budget writer Andy Hill unveils supplemental budget. Says it is not "a second bite at the apple" meaning no major rewrite #waleg
RT @brianmrosenthal: If you want to spend your lunch hour watching @AustinJenkinsN3, @jcamden and me talking about #waleg, well, you can: h…

Adam Lynn

Tacoma News Tribune — Courts Reporter

Bio: Adam Lynn writes about criminal and civil courts in Pierce County, Wash., and likes to photograph Tacoma and its environs.

Location: Tacoma, Wash.

Beat: Crime and Justice

RT @jmartin206 The most important juvenile justice reform you didn't hear about this #waleg session seati.ms/1g8qVE5

Mark Morey

Online Content Manager, Yakima Herald-Republic

Bio: Online content manager @yakima_herald. Interests: social media, emergency services, nonprofits, crisis communications. mmorey@yakimaherald.com

Location: Yakima, Wash.

Beat: U.S. Regional

RT @Jim_Brunner: Big loss for us and #waleg coverage MT @awgarber My last tweet as S. Times reporter. New job as Seattle Police media advi…

Drew Mikkelsen

KING 5 TV Seattle — South Bureau Chief

Bio: KING-5's South Bureau Chief. Husky/SF Giants fan. Family man. Retweeting is not an endorsement.

Location: Olympia, WA

Beat: Metro Seattle

US and WA flags lowered at Capitol in Olympia for #530slide victims #waleg pic.twitter.com/VaBG2Y64Hm
When the Sen. Minority Leader is on Maury Island & you need her on-camera, hop on the ferry. #notabaddayforit #waleg pic.twitter.com/y33mLPDNj6
WA Sen. Minority Leader, Sharon Nelson, "incredibly optimistic" D's will regain control of Senate w/out Sen. Rodney Tom in Olympia. #waleg
State Utilities/Transpo. Comm. wants new regulations for party busses. Chaperones needed for 21 & under trips, no double-deckers. #waleg
.@GovInslee signing budget. Says he's "very disappointed and frustrated" more $ wasn't generated for K-12. #waleg pic.twitter.com/7FiAKWAjFD
Drone bill NOT on @GovInslee's list of bills to be signed at 10am. He has until tomorrow to veto, otherwise it becomes law. #waleg
Gov. has 2 days to sign bill to limit use of drones. @GovInslee says bill has "complex issues." #Waleg pic.twitter.com/cyEwltkCJW
Budget negotiators signing #waleg budget. Sen Hill says it's an agreement "Most people are pretty happy with." pic.twitter.com/G6JtJmsFVv
Latest medical marijuana reform bill would close dispensaries. Lobbyist says that's great news for black market pot dealers #waleg
Your gas tax won't be going up, but lots of other #waleg issues are still up in the air. One day til session ends. kng5.tv/1etItF4
Special session? @GovInslee says he doesn't talk about overtime when the game's still in the 4th quarter. #waleg session ends tomorrow.
Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, introduces #waleg bill to require Gonzaga and U-Dub play each other in hoops every year. #waleg
#waleg Sen Tracey Eide (D) won't run for relex. My fav quote of hers: "I don't know what the hell I'm voting for!" king5.com/news/Senate-Re…
WA lawmakers (House) will vote this am on whether bottled water should face a sales tax to pay for schools. #waleg
Seattle woman makes emotional plea on abortion bill to #waleg. @KING5Seattle 530pm.
Parents of man killed in SWAT standoff in Seattle asking legislators to give families a way to get help for mentally ill loved ones #waleg
.@govinslee is meeting with R's this afternoon about potential transportation pkg. Says no "breakthru" but "serious" discussions #waleg
.@govinslee met w/ Boeing machinists 2day. Says they're "not overly subtle" about how difficult the vote was.He says he respects that #waleg
.@govinslee says there's no reason lawmakers should go to a special #waleg session. pic.twitter.com/WEWMNBPsM1
Not many press conferences like this at #waleg. These folks are not happy with Gov.'s death penalty moratorium. king5.com/news/cities/ol…
"I don't want revenge,I want justice." Gov's death penalty moratorium criticized in Oly by loved ones of murder victims.@KING5Seattle #waleg
Woman whose mother was killed: "We deserve justice." She's upset Gov. Inslee didn't consult them about death penalty moratorium #waleg
R's and D's from Olympia have found a place to work together: a gun range. My story on the Legislative Shootout at 5pm @KING5Seattle #waleg

Ethan Chung

Deputy Editor, 425 Magazine and South Sound Magazine

Bio: Deputy editor @425magazine + @southsoundmag. @spjwash prez. I write about #food #travel #health. I want to tell your story: pitchethan@gmail.com.

Location: Seattle/Bellevue/Tacoma/Hilo

Beats: Arts and Entertainment, Health, Travel, Food and Dining, Metro Seattle

RT @brianmrosenthal: Proud to share a byline with @awgarber for the third day in a row: Our step-back on what #waleg 2014 left for 2015 htt…

Katherine Long

Seattle Times — Higher Education Reporter

Bio: Higher education reporter, The Seattle Times. Email: klong@seattletimes.com

Location: Seattle, WA

Beats: Metro Seattle, Education

RT @CouncilofPresWA: .@GovInslee, @UW, & legislative leaders at the dedication of @UWBothell's new STEM building, Discovery Hall! #waleg ht…
RT @melissasantos1: Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, D-Bothell, plugging @seattletimes Education Lab series on Senate floor right now. #waleg
RT @brianmrosenthal: RT @elliotsuhr: Gov. Inslee signs the Real Hope Act into law. First bill to be signed this session. #dreamact #waleg h…

Gene Johnson

Associated Press — Reporter

Bio: Seattle-based writer for The Associated Press. Pun-free pot reporting. Get me at ejohnson@ap.org.

Location: Seattle

Beat: Metro Seattle

RT @AP_Phuong: After 60-day session, large number of bills left for dead as #waleg adjourned. @LisaBaumann bit.ly/1iL3hPZ

Kathleen Cooper

Tacoma News Tribune — Business Reporter

Bio: Reporter for The News Tribune, covering big business and real estate. Wife. Mom of a pre-schooler. Stepmom of a teenager. Tired. Happy. (Work: 253-597-8546)

Location: Tacoma, Wash.

Beat: Business and Finance

RT @Jordan_Schrader: From #waleg budget deal: Tacoma gets its $400,000 to help fund a UW law school campus.

Kirsten Kendrick

Morning Edition Host, KPLU

Bio: Sports nut. Jazz fan. Humor lover. Local host for NPR's Morning Edition on KPLU-FM, Seattle/Tacoma.

Location: Seattle, Washington

Beat: Metro Seattle

#waleg adjourns with major issues left unresolved. @AustinJenkinsN3 reports at 8:04: bit.ly/YhDwY9.
At 7:04: in-depth wrap-up from @AustinJenkinsN3 on #waleg adjourn + @kystokes on budget bickering at @SeattleSchools: bit.ly/YhDwY9
#waleg adjourns with major issues left unresolved. @AustinJenkinsN3 reports at 6:04: bit.ly/YhDwY9.
At 5:04: in-depth wrap-up from @AustinJenkinsN3 on #waleg adjourn + @kystokes on budget bickering at @SeattleSchools: bit.ly/YhDwY9
#Waleg has adjourned. Listen to @KPLU 5-9a for reports from @AustinJenkinsN3 in Olympia: kplu.org.
RT @AustinJenkinsN3: Washington legislature has adjourned sine die after a 60-day election year session #waleg pic.twitter.com/7kdVVN3apo
RT @KPLU: $60 million to public schools, no COLA for teachers — Budget Deal Struck In Washington Legislature bit.ly/1lCr0PC #Waleg
Doesn't look like #waleg will crack down on lobbyist-paid meals. @AustinJenkinsN3 at 8:06: bit.ly/YhDwY9. bit.ly/1ivgB6n.
Doesn't look like #waleg will crack down on lobbyist-paid meals. @AustinJenkinsN3 at 6:06: bit.ly/YhDwY9. bit.ly/1ivgB6n.
At 5:04: @AustinJenkinsN3 on end looming for #waleg + @gabrielspitzer on nat'l attn for WA probation reform: bit.ly/YhDwY9.

Donna Blankinship

Associated Press — Reporter

Bio: Reporter for The Associated Press. Lives in Bellevue, works in Seattle. Beats: education, philanthropy, science. Mom of a college student. dblankinship@ap.org

Location: Seattle

Beats: Science, Health, U.S. Regional, Metro Seattle, Education

RT @RachelAPOly: King County substance abuse board wants Legislature to hike minimum age to buy tobacco in Washington to 21 bit.ly/1mA0E1Z #waleg
MT @melissasantos1 @GovInslee vetoes drone regulations, puts 15-month moratorium on state agency drone use bit.ly/1oyvfRr #waleg
MT @melissasantos1 Inslee unhappy with how little $$ the Legislature put toward education this year. Says #waleg "chose to punt" #WAedu
US ed official: WA #nclb waiver not dead despite #waleg inaction on teacher evaluation bill (from @AP) m.apnews.com/ap/db_268748/c…
Legislature passes few key bills, leaves many dead (from @AP) #waleg m.apnews.com/ap/db_268748/c…
RT @RachelAPOly: My updated story and photo gallery from tonight's #waleg adjournment: bit.ly/1eyUbyc
RT @thenewstribune: State budget includes money for Tacoma law school bit.ly/1hiQ0IX #waleg
MT @RachelAPOly WA House passes budget on a 85-13 vote. #waleg Adds money for classrooms, #STEM scholarships, early learning, mental health
Maybe he should wait until they do some work MT @melissasantos1 Gov giving flowers to #waleg mbrs working in Senate pic.twitter.com/VeFv0jWJR1
In-state tuition veteran bill stuck in Legislature (from @AP) #waleg m.apnews.com/ap/db_268748/c…
In-state tuition veteran bill stuck in Legislature (from @AP) #waedu #waleg m.apnews.com/ap/db_268748/c…
RT @RachelAPOly: Welcome to day 54 of the #waleg. There's a 5 p.m. deadline today for all non-budget-related bills to be voted off the floo…
Inslee to keep pushing teacher-evaluation bill (from @AP) #waedu #waleg m.apnews.com/ap/db_268748/c…
Looks like Bob is reading email RT @RachelAPOly Bob the cat helps @ByManuelValdes file video at the AP Olympia office pic.twitter.com/UNJrfvzryP
Good explanation of waiver talk in #waleg MT @tacomaupdates Expected impact of loss of NCLB waiver would be on Tacoma bit.ly/1kUN4EI
Bipartisan deal in works on WA teacher evaluations: More details here. bellinghamherald.com/2014/02/25/349… #waedu #waleg
Update coming soon, but governor's office says bill within a few days MT @itsonlywords When will we know the details? #waleg #waedu
Gov. Inslee says he's reached a deal with lawmakers from both parties over teacher evaluations, #nclb waiver #waedu #waleg
Another WA education funding plan joins the mix (from @AP) #waedu #waleg m.apnews.com/ap/db_268748/c…

Brian M. Rosenthal

Seattle Times — State Government Reporter

Bio: @SeattleTimes state government reporter. Especially interested in politics/policies regarding mental health, guns & social services. brosenthal@seattletimes.com

Location: Seattle, Washington

Beats: Health, Politics, Metro Seattle

MT @TVWnews Live at 12pm w/ Legislative Ethics Board discussing how often #WAleg legislators should get free meals: tvw.org/index.php?opti…
New @USPIRG report: WA is 18th in government spending transparency (gets a B). TX is 4th (with an A-) uspirg.org/reports/usp/fo… #waleg #txlege
From the weekend: Gains, frustrations for state’s mental-health system in legislative session seattletimes.com/html/localnews… #waleg
Here's an issue I didn't think about during #waleg 2014: Wash. regulators targeting party buses nwnewsnetwork.org/post/after-fat… (by @AustinJenkinsN3)
Just in: A group seeking to reduce public-school class sizes will announce the launch of a 2014 statewide initiative on Monday. #waleg
Former appointed state Sen. Nathan Schlicher trying to return to Legislature: thenewstribune.com/2014/04/03/313… (by @Jordan_Schrader) #waleg
Today's big U.S. Supreme Court ruling won't affect local/state races in Washington state, per state agency: blogs.seattletimes.com/politicsnorthw… #waleg
Remember our story on huge backlog for disability services? (seattletimes.com/html/localnews…). #WALEG starting to address it: blogs.seattletimes.com/politicsnorthw…
RT @Jordan_Schrader Federal Way Dem Roger Freeman announces he's running for a 2nd term in the House, not for the Senate. #waleg
Proud to have shared @awgarber's last 3 Seattle Times bylines: bit.ly/NpbuKN, bit.ly/1fXZWuW, bit.ly/1merYoj #waleg
Great @PotReporter story on the state of medical marijuana after lawmakers failed to act this session: seattletimes.com/html/localnews… #waleg
Lt Gov Owen on #waleg '14: “Nobody was saying we struck gold. It was about a hope that we can find it in the future" seattletimes.com/html/localnews…
Proud to share a byline with @awgarber for the third day in a row: Our step-back on what #waleg 2014 left for 2015 seattletimes.com/html/localnews…
Well, this place seems somewhat emptier today than last night. Thanks for following along for #waleg 2014: pic.twitter.com/R1PxQENKnL
Caption this: Washington State Patrol vehicles line the road to the state Capitol on the day after #waleg 2014 pic.twitter.com/CTvqfcAf8J
Inslee on failure of medical-marijuana bill: "Frankly it seemed to me there was some changing of minds that went on." #waleg
Inslee on #waleg: "In a short session, we had some big wins in education and healthcare but there's a lot left to do" pic.twitter.com/tK8bP10Iqp
The 2014 session of the Washington State Legislature is officially over. #waleg pic.twitter.com/7Ct6UjMIbJ
RT @BradShannon2: #WaLeg on verge of adjourning session on time for only 12th time since yearly sessions began in '80 leg.wa.gov/History/Legisl…
RT @ashannstew: Lawmakers lining up at House and Senate doors. They'll meet in the middle to adjourn #waleg 2014. pic.twitter.com/n82DLO7akM
Horse-trading at its finest: State House votes 96-0 to approve Senate version of veterans bill; Senate votes 41-8 to OK homeless bill #waleg
Our full story on #waleg 2014: "As legislative sessions go, this was largely a forgettable one": seattletimes.com/html/localnews… (with @awgarber)
Just in: The state House is about to vote on the heretofore stalled bill giving in-state tuition to out-of-state veterans. #waleg
With four hours left in #waleg 2014: The governor is in the (washington state) house.
The Washington state House just voted 85-13 to OK the bipartisan supplemental budget plan that adds $155 million to state spending. #waleg
Just confirmed: The oil-transportation bill, like the teacher-eval bill and Joel's Law (mental-health commitments) is all but dead, #waleg
The first @seattletimes take on today's bipartisan deal on supplemental state operating budget: blogs.seattletimes.com/politicsnorthw… (by @awgarber) #waleg
RT @TVWnews: TVW will cover budget agreement signing live: tvw.org/index.php?opti… #waleg
Just in: State lawmakers will meet at 12:30 p.m. today to formally sign the budget proposal that negotiators have agreed to. #waleg
Just got call from reader demanding to know if #waleg would finish on time. First time I've seen a real person care (politicos don't count)
A rare Garber/Rosenthal byline: Hope dwindling on key policy measures as state Legislature nears session’s end seattletimes.com/html/localnews… #waleg
My story with @awgarber on the state of #waleg on day 59 of this year's 60-day legislative session: seattletimes.com/html/localnews…
For the first time, an appointee of Gov. Jay Inslee has resigned due to opposition from state Senate: blogs.seattletimes.com/politicsnorthw… #wagov #waleg
.@PamRoach1 just gave me a preview of her forthcoming book. She says she will call the press "a gaggle of geese on a kernel of corn." #waleg
Literally would not be possible to have better weather for the countdown to the end of #waleg 2014. Wow. pic.twitter.com/RVzfu6d35T
WA House ed chair Sharon Tomiko Santos says she has not heard the teacher-evaluation bill will be brought to the floor for a vote. #waleg
State House GOP Leader Dan Kriastiansen says lawmakers met until 5 a.m. last night/this morning and came close to agreement on budget #waleg
Full house in weekly GOP presser on second-to-last day of #waleg 2014. Lawmakers say they're close to budget deal pic.twitter.com/eNsMdHCWb0
State Senate GOP Leader Mark Schoesler on budget talks: "The big picture is put to bed and they're down to the many, many details." #waleg
If we buy all of these out today, does that mean #waleg is required to finish on time? pic.twitter.com/AMOuaL5t2Q
WA Sen budget chair Andy Hill on if #waleg will finish on time or go to special session: "I haven't notified my landlord" about extra time
Blog post: Washington state lawmakers OK compromise bill to seal "great majority" of juvenile court records blogs.seattletimes.com/politicsnorthw… #waleg
Bills to address meals gifted by lobbyists to state lawmakers appear to have died in #waleg: kplu.org/post/lobbyist-… (by @AustinJenkinsN3)
Just another day at #waleg --> RT @MarikaLilly: Well, isn't this lovely? Thanks for the beautiful music Navy Sailors. pic.twitter.com/CU1HfMxkzm
Epic kicker on hilarious @jcamden piece: "The hobgoblin of consistency rarely haunts the minds of legislators" spokesman.com/blogs/spincont… #waleg
RT @melissasantos1 From the weekend: Legislature still divided on changing teacher evaluations bit.ly/1fNeTjb #waleg #waedu
Washington State Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson sits down for an interesting Q&A with @awgarber: seattletimes.com/html/localnews… #waleg
From yesterday by AP: State Senate passes bill aimed at merging medical and recreational marijuana systems seattletimes.com/html/localnews… #waleg
Just in: Lawmakers agree to give themselves another wk on bills related to veterans tuition, homeless funding blogs.seattletimes.com/politicsnorthw… #waleg
New headline on today's story: "Olympia politicians' egos may kill veterans bill everyone likes" seattletimes.com/html/localnews… #waleg
RT @RachelAPOly Democrats calling for a roll call vote on whether or not to adjourn. This is the most excitement I've seen all day #waleg
The state Senate is adjourning for the night, preventing the chance of any more fun on this, the second-to-last day before cutoff. #waleg
One of the healthier meals of cutoff week. RT @melissasantos1 Press Corps dinner at press table in the senate #waleg pic.twitter.com/bLUtJ8Kddy
Blog post: Final approval given for bill to take away guns from domestic abusers: blogs.seattletimes.com/politicsnorthw… #waleg
Only in Olympia: A bill supported by Gov. Inslee and every single member of #waleg may still die due to squabbling: blogs.seattletimes.com/politicsnorthw…
Most important news out of the presser --> MT @melissasantos1: Photo of press corps waiting for @govInslee. pic.twitter.com/tJnQfN71jl
Homeless advocates are ringing a bell at the Capitol thousands of times today to symbolize those in the state without shelter. #waleg
Overheard from a state rep to a staffer just now: "There are so many people here right now! And I don't know who they are." #waleg
RT @melissasantos1 SB 6145 to make the Ostrea lurida the WA state oyster passes House 94-4. #waleg
Washington State House going to the floor now to debate and vote on its proposed supplemental budget. #waleg
As expected, the Senate budget panel just passed Joel's Law (making invol commitment easier) after amending the start date to 2017. #waleg
With 13 days left in #waleg 2014, the state House held zero committee hearings and voted on three minor bills before adjourning today.
New Sen teacher-eval bill is similar to what failed last mo. Unexpected bc #waleg had appeared to reach deal last wk: seattletimes.com/html/localnews…
How exactly will Washington's state Dream/Real Hope Act be implemented? @KatherineLong explains: seattletimes.com/html/localnews… #waleg #WAedu
RT @Jordan_Schrader Senate committee's Angel-Hobbs power sharing turns contentious over homelessness money: thenewstribune.com/2014/02/28/307…#waleg
More on state Senate Law & Justice panel approving this #waleg session's lone politically feasible gun-control bill: blogs.seattletimes.com/politicsnorthw…
Famously media-quiet state House Speaker Frank Chopp will meet this afternoon with reporters for the first time this session. #waleg
We have reached the point in #waleg when the Legislative Meeting Schedule includes committee mtgs for "interim planning." The end is nigh.
Inslee on agreement to fund more mental-health beds: "It's going to be a bipartisan success. It's a good thing." #waleg #wagov
Seattle Times story --> RT @awgarber State House Dems propose closing tax breaks to pay for education #waleg seattletimes.com/html/localnews…
RT @elliotsuhr: Gov. Inslee signs the Real Hope Act into law. First bill to be signed this session. #dreamact #waleg pic.twitter.com/YjiR84Mmit
RT @ashannstew Watch @GovInslee sign bill to give financial aid to immigrant children: bit.ly/1exaY3I #waleg #DREAMact
Photo: State House Democrats now rolling out their #waleg supplemental budget proposal pic.twitter.com/xxJgqOIhQj
State Sen. Andy Billig, influential Democrat on education issues, says Inslee's proposal is "logical solution" blogs.seattletimes.com/politicsnorthw… #waleg
Inslee on making state test scores part of teacher evaluations: "Doing nothing is not an option if we want to preserve that funding." #waleg
AP: State Senate Democrats propose to end $100 million in tax breaks to support education bit.ly/1gA7C2B #waleg
Seattle Times reporter @awgarber: Washington State Senate proposes $96 million increase in state spending #waleg blogs.seattletimes.com/politicsnorthw…
If you want to spend your lunch hour watching @AustinJenkinsN3, @jcamden and me talking about #waleg, well, you can: tvw.org/index.php?opti…
Nice @Crosscut roundup of a contentious suicide prevention bill currently being debated in Olympia: crosscut.com/2014/02/24/und… #waleg
State Sen. Tim Sheldon, a conservative Potlatch Democrat, pens op-ed on why he supported the state Dream Act: centralkitsapreporter.com/opinion/246247… #waleg
Gov. Jay Inslee plans to sign the Dream/Real Hope Act on Wednesday at 2 p.m., per news release. #waleg #wagov

Erika Niedowski

Associated Press — Reporter

Bio: Rider of bikes, wearer of hoodies, noticer of things, reporter of stories for The AP. I also play hockey.

Location: Providence, RI

RI calamari officially jealous. RT @ByManuelValdes: BREAKING: Legislature OKs bill designating official oyster for Washington state. #waleg

Thanh Tan

Seattle Times — Multimedia Editorial Writer and Columnist

Bio: Journalist! Multimedia producer/writer/columnist with @SeaTimesOpinion. Likes: storytelling, film, food, music, health, outdoors, ladyhood. Need to know/tell.

Location: Seattle, WA

Beats: Opinion and Editorial, Metro Seattle

BLOG: As #WALeg extends #financialaid to #dreamers, #Congress should reconsider #immigration reform seati.ms/1lzQeBm @seatimesopinion
Photo: Beating the drum. Today’s #SeattleTimes editorial: More work to do to end #sextrafficking in... tmblr.co/Zgyo0y1BHWhW6
Bipartisan experiment fails. @SeaTimesOpinion BLOG: #WALeg #transportation co-chairs, allies turn against each other seati.ms/OoeRmu
RT @SeaTimesOpinion: Editorial: #WALeg #WASenate must protect people w/ #disabilities in #supportedliving settings. Pass #HB1574 #HB2634. h…
Updated: Status of anti-#trafficking bills in #WALeg. Less than a week before sine die. blogs.seattletimes.com/opinionnw/2014… via @seatimesopinion
Time running out for #WALeg to pass anti-#trafficking bills. Status check on the blog: seati.ms/1kAuLrr via @SeaTimesOpinion
Today's @SeaTimesOpinion editorial: #Washington's #homeless are victims of legislative malpractice. seati.ms/1kBfyX0 #WALeg
RT @k8riley: No brainer: Former sex workers/victims should be able to have arrest records cleared to rebuild lives. #waleg http://t.co/pjAG…
RT @SeaTimesOpinion: #WALeg: Give #sextrafficking victims a chance to clear their #criminal records, rebuild lives. Our editorial: http://t…
RT @brianmrosenthal: Gov. Jay Inslee plans to sign the Dream/Real Hope Act on Wednesday at 2 p.m., per news release. #waleg #wagov

Andrew DeMillo

Associated Press — Capitol Correspondent, Little Rock Bureau

Bio: I'm the Capitol Correspondent for the Little Rock bureau of The Associated Press, a new dad, an avid runner and an unapologetic UGA fan.

Location: Little Rock, AR

Beat: Politics

Attn: #arleg RT @ElaineMThompson: Keep calm and sine die RT @RachelAPOly: for sale outside of the #waleg gift shop pic.twitter.com/dBHGpNM1CF
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