College students seek tax breaks on text books, tuition relief for veterans, immigrants

  For many, December is a time for holiday cheer. For interest groups in Washington state, it's also a time for strategy. The Columbian┬áreported earlier this week on what Southwest Washington business […]

Chandler will play key role next year in state budget talks

State Rep. Bruce Chandler, R-Granger, was appointed recently to serve as ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, a committee that makes key state budget decisions in Olympia. Chandler represents the […]

Rivers, Stonier named co-chairs of Career and Technical Education Opportunities Task Force

A new education task force that focuses on readying teens for a range of careers -- not just jobs that require a college degree -- will be lead by two […]

Stonier joins committee to oversee new education reforms for struggling schools

State Rep. Monica Stonier was tapped recently to help monitor a new education-reform law that lets state officials step in when public schools display a record of failure. Along with approving […]

Pike encourages high school girls to enter essay contest sponsored by NRA, women’s policy group

State Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, sent out a media advisory last week encouraging high school girls in her district to enter a NRA-sponsored scholarship essay contest. The winners will receive […]

Pike posts new Facebook letter to teachers

State Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, took to Facebook again this week, this time to deliver a nicer message to the state's public teachers. In a post made Monday, Pike thanked the […]

Rep. Pike spurs Facebook debate over teacher wages

State Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, prompted a heated discussion on her Facebook page after posting an "open letter to public educators" on Friday that some Facebook users called condescending to […]

Local legislators’ proposals face last major cutoff before session ends

Wednesday marked the last big deadline for non-budgetary bills in the Legislature, and some proposals by Clark County's legislators fared better than others. Here's a quick roundup of where some […]

Gov. Inslee to oust former Congressman Baird from education council

After less than a year of service, Southwest Washington's former Congressman Brian Baird is being replaced as chair of the recently-created Washington Student Achievement Council, according to media reports. Baird was […]

Many bills of local interest clear Wednesday’s cutoff

By Lucas Wiseman The Columbian/Murrow News Service Wednesday was the Legislature's deadline for many bills to pass out of policy committees. Here is a look at some bills that made it, and […]

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