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Rachel La Corte

Correspondent and occasional photographer for The Associated Press, covering politics & breaking news in Washington state. Previous @AP life: Miami & Tampa
Olympia, WA
Correspondent — Associated Press
Jun 12, 2014

RT @BradShannon2: Justice Madsen sets show cause hearing Sept 3 in #McCleary school funding case. Could #waleg be held in contempt? courts.wa.gov/content/public…

Jun 12, 2014

RT @Jordan_Schrader: WA Supreme Court orders state to court to explain why it shouldn't be held in contempt for school funding #mccleary #waleg

Mar 27, 2014

Gov. Jay Inslee signs bill banning tanning beds for Washington state youth: bit.ly/1hZZSaQ #waleg

Mar 14, 2014

The sad reality of an AP reporter on sine die. Everyone else goes to the bar, while I file story and pics alone in my office. #waleg

Mar 14, 2014

RT @BradShannon2: #WaLeg on verge of adjourning session on time for only 12th time since yearly sessions began in 1980. Look it up: http://…

Mar 13, 2014

Senate passes supplemental budget on a 48-1 vote. #waleg

Mar 13, 2014

RT @Jordan_Schrader: .@VoteBaumgartner says of #waleg critics:"Sometimes the press likes to climb up the twin icy peaks of Mount Sanctimoni…

Mar 13, 2014

The budget is on the next Senate order of consideration. #waleg

Mar 13, 2014

House is on the floor to pass the supplemental budget. #waleg

Mar 13, 2014

RT @CallaghanPeter: Rep.Condotta says there won't be any work on Med Mal, even a study to come up with a reg system. #waleg

Mar 13, 2014

RT @AustinJenkinsN3: House budget chair Hunter says "things that are not agreed to by both sides are not in this budget." #waleg

Mar 13, 2014

House just adjourned until 10 a.m. tomorrow, the alleged final day of #waleg

Mar 12, 2014

In case you were wondering, the House is indeed still here and in caucus. Uncertain whether more floor votes are expected tonight. #waleg

Mar 12, 2014

House members returning to the floor to run a few more bills tonight. I'm hearing pared-down medical marijuana bill likely tomorrow. #waleg

Mar 12, 2014

Senate just adjourned until 10 a.m. tomorrow. #waleg

Mar 12, 2014

I have gotten bipartisan, bicameral assurances of #waleg adjournment tomorrow night. I will believe it when I see the mass exodus out of Oly

Mar 12, 2014

RT @drewmikk: Special session? @GovInslee says he doesn't talk about overtime when the game's still in the 4th quarter. #waleg session ends…

Mar 11, 2014

Budget negotiations continue, Senate is adjourned until 9 a.m. & House is in caucus. Follow @LisaBaumann for any news there tonight. #waleg

Mar 10, 2014

No further floor action in the House tonight, @Jimmoeller says. #waleg

Mar 10, 2014

Senate just adjourned until 10 a.m. tomorrow; will hear bills before Ways & Means starting at 6:30 p.m. tonight. #waleg

Mar 10, 2014

Am hearing boos in the House after Democrats announce yet another caucus. #waleg

Mar 10, 2014

Happy start of the last week of #waleg (T-minus 4 days to sine die)

Mar 08, 2014

Senate is adjourned until 1 p.m. Monday; House is back on the floor same day at 10 a.m. #waleg

Mar 07, 2014

Senate is back on the floor at 9 a.m. tomorrow #waleg

Mar 07, 2014

The House just adjourned and is taking the weekend off. Back on the floor at 10 a.m. Monday, which made lawmakers applaud. #waleg

Mar 07, 2014

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 floor.

Mar 06, 2014

And with that 26-23 vote to adjourn, I'm now heading to the bar. #waleg

Mar 06, 2014

Democrats are calling for a roll call vote on whether or not to adjourn. This is the most excitement I've seen all day. #waleg

Mar 06, 2014

Sen. Rolfes says chamber has been at ease for much of evening, many important bills left to pass. #waleg

Mar 06, 2014

Senate @WashingtonMCC trying to adjourn until 10 a.m. tomorrow, Democrats object. #waleg

Mar 06, 2014

The House just adjourned until 10 a.m. tomorrow. The Senate is still in caucus, which it went into after a lengthy "rostrum" break. #waleg

Mar 05, 2014

I second that motion MT @melissasantos1 a rep said during the state oyster floor debate: "Let's get the schuck out of here." #waleg

Mar 05, 2014

House is adjourned. Both chambers quit early tonight, which means #waleg will likely run looooong tomorrow.

Mar 05, 2014

RT @melissasantos1: ETA for Senate to return to the floor is 2:15 p.m., I'm told #waleg

Mar 04, 2014

After hours of delay over amendment meltdown, Senate passes transportation supplemental budget on bipartisan 44-5 vote. #waleg

Mar 04, 2014

And just like that, contentious amendments withdrawn & rejected and Medina and Seattle now NOT on the hook for 520 cost overruns. #waleg

Mar 04, 2014

Numerous pizza boxes just arrived in the Senate D wings. Definitely not going home any time soon. #waleg

Mar 04, 2014

It's starting to look like it might be a long night in the Senate. #waleg

Mar 04, 2014

The House passed its budget on a 53-44 and is adjourned until tomorrow. Senate is currently off the floor and 'at ease.' #waleg

Mar 04, 2014

I might need earplugs in the House. The group voice votes on amendments are really, really loud today. #waleg

Mar 04, 2014

The House is on the floor to run their budget. But first, more than two dozen amendments to debate. #waleg

Mar 03, 2014

The House is adjourned until 10 a.m. tomorrow. #waleg

Feb 27, 2014

RT @Anna_Davis14: Observations from Beef Day at #waleg--some lawmakers stand in line, others cut to the front, everyone enjoys a lung-full …

Feb 25, 2014

House budget proposal roll out will take place at noon tomorrow, according to press release from @WAHouseDems. #waleg

Feb 24, 2014

RT @brianmrosenthal: Gov. Jay Inslee plans to sign the Dream/Real Hope Act on Wednesday at 2 p.m., per news release. #waleg #wagov

Feb 24, 2014

RT @melissasantos1: Senate majority confirms budget announcement will come at 3 p.m. today. #waleg

Feb 18, 2014

In non-cutoff news: It's potato day at #waleg. Free baked potatoes for everyone starting at 11 a.m., 3rd floor mezzanine of the Capitol

Feb 18, 2014

House just sent out a list of 26 bills they're about to take up on the floor, so yeah, we might be here a while. #waleg

Feb 18, 2014

We've officially passed hour 12 in #waleg today. House is currently "at ease" and Senate is on the floor.

Feb 14, 2014

The House just adjourned until 9 a.m. Monday. #waleg

Feb 14, 2014

.@senatorfain says that the Senate is likely to adjourn by 4 p.m. today. Not yet sure if the House plans another late night. #waleg

Feb 07, 2014

Of the 9 #waleg hearings that were scheduled today, 5 were canceled. I'm presuming it's due to the very light dusting of snow outside.

Jan 14, 2014

Inslee says he doesn't have exact number but suggests an increase in range of $1.50 to $2.50 an hour over the current $9.32 an hour. #waleg

Jan 14, 2014

Inslee is renewing a call for a transportation revenue, saying transpo is the "backbone" of the state's economy. #waleg

Jan 14, 2014

RT @jcamden: Inslee: We need to stop downplaying the importance of McCleary action. Must not let judicial action on education happen. #waleg

Jan 14, 2014

Says state must weigh tax breaks against "the increasing call for action" on education. #waleg

Jan 14, 2014

Gov. Jay Inslee says that in the coming days he will unveil a plan to put $200M into schools in response to recent court order. #waleg

Dec 18, 2013

RT @EssexKIRO7: JUST IN: @GovInslee and transportation chairs say negotiations for a revenue package have failed. #waleg will try again in …

Dec 13, 2013

RT @brianmrosenthal: Inbox: Gov. Jay Inslee to unveil his proposed 2014 supplemental budget next Tuesday at 11 a.m. #wagov #waleg

Austin Jenkins

Capitol reporter @nwnewsnetwork. Statehouse, state government, politics. Thoughts are my own. RT is not an endorsement Olympia, WA http://t.co/31kmQovHwT
Olympia, Washington
Capitol Reporter, Northwest News Network
Oct 14, 2014

No reporting requirement for meals but Sen Pedersen wants to request that board ask #waleg require reports to PDC

Oct 14, 2014

#waleg ethics board caps lobbyist-paid-meals at 12 per/yr for lawmakers and by doing so defines "infrequent" meals for first time. Unanimous

Oct 14, 2014

Wash Public Disclosure Commission Exec Dir compares lobbyist reporting system/technology to VHS in era of Blue Ray #waleg

Oct 02, 2014

Coming up @7 on @TVWnews "Inside Olympia" we handicap fall #waleg races with Sinderman & Vance plus update on WA Health Exchange w/Onizuka

Sep 25, 2014

Coming up @ 7pm on @TVWnews "Inside Olympia" @waDSHS Sec. Quigley on budget cuts et al plus foster parents assoc co presidents #waleg #wagov

Sep 24, 2014

RT @Jim_Brunner: Tom Steyer's @NextGenClimate confirms plan to play in #waleg races, including support of @matt_isenhower in 45th LD & Tami…

Sep 18, 2014

RIGHT NOW: On @TVWnews "Inside Olympia" Wa DFW Dir Phil Anderson on wolves and grizzly reintroduction #waleg #wagov

Sep 12, 2014

Wa Exec Ethics Board agrees to ethics settlement w/Lt Gov Brad Owen:$15k civil penalty for using state resources to run non profit #waleg

Sep 11, 2014

Contempt order signed by Chief Justice Madsen. Says if #waleg satisfies court then no sanctions. If not, sanctions to be determined later.

Sep 11, 2014

BREAKING: Wa Sup Ct finds state in contempt over school funding lawsuit but will wait on sanctions until after 2015 #waleg session.

Sep 05, 2014

RT @EssexKIRO7: About to Join Bill Radke and the reporters round up on @KUOW at 10a. Talking #gohawks, @Mayor_Ed_Murray on education, @wacourts on #waleg

Sep 04, 2014

At 7&10pm on@TVWnews "Inside Olympia" not #Seahawks tackling. But tackling school $ & state budget as Sup Ct ponders sanctions #waleg #wagov

Aug 19, 2014

For purposes of meals cap, meal is defined as a sit down affair. Hosted receptions won't count as meal. #waleg Ethics Board

Aug 19, 2014

Proposal for 12 meals per year cap paid for by lobbyist passes 5 to 3. #waleg "infrequent" now defined for first time.

Aug 19, 2014

Board member Pittman says 12 meal cap higher than he wanted. Adds it doesn't preclude 20 meals if #waleg lawmaker pays his or her own tab

Aug 19, 2014

.@brandonvick "nervous" about setting meal cap without formally surveying his House R caucus. Says he will be a "no" vote on 12/yr #waleg

Aug 19, 2014

Proposal for 15 lobbyist paid meals per year per legislature fails. Back to proposal for 12 meals. #waleg

Aug 19, 2014

Motion on the #waleg Ethics Board table to define infrequent meals as 15 times per calendar year. And there's a second. Now discussion.

Aug 19, 2014

#waleg Ethics Board considering cap on lobbyist-paid meals for lawmakers. 1 per month cap and 3 per year cap proposals on the table now.

Aug 05, 2014

Perhaps most noteworthy: #waprimary top two may deliver 2 Rs to ballot in #wa04 - a first in a CD. Also in #waleg 31st Roach v Dahlquist

Aug 04, 2014

Confirmed: @TomSteyer @NextGenClimate plan to play in 3 to 4 key #waleg 2014 races in coord with state enviros. Goal: "pro-climate majority"

Jun 27, 2014

At 10pm on @TVWnews "Inside Olympia" licensed marijuana growers @Auric_AG on stocking stores plus city/county reps on moratoria/bans #waleg

Jun 19, 2014

Coming up at 7pm on @TVWnews "Inside Olympia" meet the team that helps lawmakers to let evidence trump politics in the #waleg

Jun 17, 2014

Washington Revenue Forecast up by "modest" $387M through June 2017. $146M this biennium. $241M next biennium. #waleg #wagov

Jun 17, 2014

Range of options #waleg ethics board considering for defining "infrequent" lobbyist-paid meals ranges from 3 per year to 52 per year.

Jun 17, 2014

#waleg ethics board grappling with the definition of "infrequent" when it comes to lobbyist-paid meals. Also questions about reporting meals

Jun 16, 2014

Is WA Supreme Court overstepping on K-12 funding? Republican-led #waleg panel has just started work session on "separation of powers"

Jun 12, 2014

WA Supreme Court summons "state" to "appear before ...Court to address why the State should not be held in contempt" re: basic ed #waleg

May 29, 2014

Tonight at 7&10 pm on @TVWnews Inside Olympia: the wildland fire and drought forecast plus fighting public assistance fraud @waDSHS #waleg

May 23, 2014

Can the inventor of the @Sonicare_US toothbrush re-invent Washington state governance? Right now on @TVWnews "Inside Olympia" #waleg

May 14, 2014

.@wastatepatrol trooper vehicles avg 12 mpg. Question about alt fuels for pursuit vehicles met with joke about fueling on "hot air" #waleg

May 14, 2014

At Jt Transpo Mtg @wastatepatrol presents robust defense of $40m Motorola digital radio system despite delays, coverage issues. #waleg

May 09, 2014

On @TVWnews Inside Olympia right now: @WADOCNews Sec Warner on overcrowding followed by teamsters union/staff perspective #waleg #wagov

Apr 25, 2014

10pm @TVWnews "Inside Olympia" @tomrodney predicts @Rep_CyrusHabib wins his Senate seat + oil export proposal @VancouverUSA port #waleg

Apr 17, 2014

.@rosshunter: "I want to fix school funding. I have more leverage to do that as a (#waleg) budget chair." So will @Rep_CyrusHabib get in?

Apr 17, 2014

"I am staying in the House." House budget chair @rosshunter quashes rumors he would run for #waleg Senate seat being vacated by @tomrodney

Apr 15, 2014

Sen. Jamie Pedersen suggests a requirement that #waleg lawmakers who accept meals file their own disclosure reports not just lobbyists.

Apr 15, 2014

Outright ban on meals unlikely since "infrequent" meals are allowed in the law. Timeline for new rule: possibly next fall #waleg

Apr 15, 2014

Ethics Board Chair Hoover has indicated twice now that rule defining "infrequent" meals will be forthcoming. #waleg

Apr 15, 2014

Lobbyist-paid meals an issue following reporting last year by @ByMikeBaker and me. Ethics Board punted to legislature. #waleg punted back.

Apr 14, 2014

If @traceyeide retirement dimmed Dems chance of winning back Wash Senate, then @tomrodney retirement puts control of Sen back in play #waleg

Mar 25, 2014

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

Mar 14, 2014

"Big wins" but "a lot left undone" says @GovInslee at post sine die news conference #waleg #wagov

Mar 14, 2014

RT @BradShannon2: #WaLeg on verge of adjourning session on time for only 12th time since yearly sessions began in 1980. Look it up: http://…

Mar 13, 2014

Levy swap already in play for 2015 for K12/McCleary response say lawmakers. But @GovInslee panned it on campaign trail #waleg

Mar 13, 2014

House budget chair Hunter says "things that are not agreed to by both sides are not in this budget." #waleg

Mar 13, 2014

WA House and Senate will soon sign budget conference report then race to pass budget off both floors today, final day of session #waleg

Mar 13, 2014

WA budget deal: more $ for K12, no teacher COLAs and tax break closures and extensions (except pot) left out in bipartisan truce #waleg

Mar 12, 2014

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

Mar 12, 2014

House Transpo chair Clibborn confirms what senate said re gas tax pkg this session: "Our issue is put to bed for now" #waleg

Mar 12, 2014

Senate MCC caucus leaders all but declare gas tax package dead for session. Partisan blame game begins. #waleg

Mar 12, 2014

Senate R leader Schoesler says "big picture" budget issues are settled and on time departure is still possible #waleg

Mar 11, 2014

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

Mar 11, 2014

Minority Senate Ds try 9th order effort to bring homeless housing and veterans in-state tuition bills to floor. #waleg

Mar 06, 2014

.@GovInslee wants lawmakers to send him testing/teacher eval bill to keep fed waiver/$. Teachers' union rally outside against it #waleg

Mar 06, 2014

.@GovInslee calls on #waleg to send him veterans in state tuition bill. House/Senate can't agree on whose bill goes to Gov.

Mar 05, 2014

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

Mar 05, 2014

WA Employment Security announces state has "recouped" Great Recession job losses of 189,000. Still 221,900 looking for work. #waleg

Feb 26, 2014

House Democrats - on heels of Senate Democrats - propose to close 4 tax exemptions to fund teacher COLAs and early learning. #waleg

Feb 24, 2014

Senate budget writer Andy Hill unveils supplemental budget. Says it is not "a second bite at the apple" meaning no major rewrite #waleg

Feb 20, 2014

.@brianmrosenthal I didn't even realize it was your debut. You act like an old pro. Great conversation with you and @jcamden thanks! #waleg

Feb 19, 2014

WSU forms new Advisory Board for Undocumented Students. First mtg scheduled Feb 21. In works before Dream/Real Hope Act passed. #waleg

Feb 11, 2014

.@GovInslee says one year review of death penalty leads to his decision to impose a moratorium on capital punishment #waleg #wagov

Jan 30, 2014

Right now on @TVWnews "Inside Olympia" House Labor Chair Sells has strong words on Boeing and then we debate gun rights/gun control. #waleg

Jan 23, 2014

House Ds propose $12/hr min wage over 3 years. Say it is response to worst income disparity since 1920s. Prospects in #waleg? Dim this year.

Jan 14, 2014

RT @Jim_Brunner: For short #waleg session, Inslee has called for new $$ for schools, min. wage hike, climate action, gas-tax package and mo…

Jan 14, 2014

It felt kinda chilly here in the House chamber. Must be an election year and perhaps interim was too short for 2013 memories to fade. #waleg

Jan 14, 2014

Just unfollowed @BobbyJindal out of fear that I will accidentally attribute something @GovInslee says to Jindal. #waleg #dropdownmenu

Dec 20, 2013

Right now on @TVWnews Inside Olympia one on one intvw w/@GovInslee on Transpo, Boeing, climate change, year one in ofc #wagov #waleg

Dec 18, 2013

After 12 negotiating sessions #waleg and #wagov gas tax pkg negotiators say NO deal. House, Senate, @GovInslee to resume talks in January.

Dec 17, 2013

Budget chair @SenatorAndyHill offers recipe for longterm budgeting: pot taxes, internet sales tax and "reprioritizing spending"#waleg #wagov

Dec 17, 2013

.@GovInslee says he's not done proposing closing tax exemptions. GOP response from Senate budget chair Andy Hill shortly #waleg #wagov

Dec 17, 2013

.@GovInslee just called Washington's sales tax dependent revenue system an "old jalopy" that doesn't generate sufficient taxes #waleg #wagov

Dec 17, 2013

.@GovInslee says he "fully intends to rectify" teacher and state employee COLAs in next 2yr budget #waleg #wagov

Dec 17, 2013

.@GovInslee proposes to open additional medium security unit at Walla Walla to address overcrowding concerns #wagov #waleg

Dec 17, 2013

.@GovInslee proposed budget update includes $10m in bargained rate increases for home daycare providers but no teacher COLAs #waleg #wagov

Dec 17, 2013

.@GovInslee says he is proposing a "hold steady" budget in a "get ready " year. #waleg #Wagov

Dec 17, 2013

.@GovInslee proposes update to two year budget. His main theme: "Demand for state services outpaces state revenue collections" #wagov #waleg

Dec 06, 2013

Rep. Short says she "resents" @GovInslee suggestion that "we don't care." Gov says lack of path forward "disappointing to me" #waleg #wagov

Dec 06, 2013

Last mtg of @GovInslee climate change group includes zero consensus and GOP Rep Short calling Gov "disingenuous" #waleg #wagov

Brian M. Rosenthal

@HoustonChron Austin bureau reporter focused on health and human services. Midwesterner struggling to become a Texan. Previously at The @SeattleTimes
Austin, Texas
State Government Reporter — Houston Chronicle