state government en Despite ruling, political parties continue fight against top-two primary <p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 18px; font-size: 12px;">Washington's major political parties are indicating they'll press on with their battle to overturn the state's top-two primary. This despite yet another court ruling Tuesday upholding the voter-approved primary system.</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">A federal district judge in Seattle ruled voters are not confused when they see the words "prefers Republican party" or "prefers Democratic party" next to a candidate’s name on the ballot.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 17:30:53 +0000 Austin Jenkins 522 at Lawmakers convene to address budget gap <p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 18px; font-size: 12px; ">It was short and bittersweet. Washington lawmakers convened Saturday in a rare, lame duck special session. Their job: take a bite out of the billion dollar hole in the current two-year budget. Lawmakers passed three pieces of legislation.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Sun, 12 Dec 2010 05:13:32 +0000 Austin Jenkins 348 at Lawmakers convene to address budget gap Cliffhanger over control of 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 Cliffhanger over control of state legislature