Latest Olympia News

Eyman trial over campaign funds paused because of illness

Nov. 18, 2020 9:38 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Thurston County Superior Court judge has paused a civil trial involving anti-tax initiative promoter Tim Eyman after a state attorney informed the court that a family member of a member of its legal team had become ill. Judge James Dixon on Wednesday recessed the trial until...

State seeks to bar Eyman from controlling political money

Nov. 16, 2020 8:42 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state is seeking to bar initiative promoter Tim Eyman from having any future financial control of political committees as a judge hears arguments that he solicited kickbacks, laundered donations and flouted campaign finance law in a long-running scheme to enrich himself....

Secretary of State Kim Wyman wins 3rd term in Washington

Nov. 5, 2020 10:14 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Secretary of State Kim Wyman has been reelected to a third term, continuing a more than five-decade trend of Republicans holding that office and becoming the lone statewide elected Republican on the West Coast. With nearly 53% of the vote, she defeated Democratic state Rep. Gael...

Republicans lose one of two statewide elected offices

Nov. 4, 2020 10:25 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Republicans have lost one of the two statewide elected positions they held in Washington state. Incumbent Secretary of State Kim Wyman was holding off Democratic state Rep. Gael Tarleton with more than 52% of the vote, but Treasurer Duane Davidson lost to his Democratic challenger,...

Gov. Jay Inslee thanks the voters of Washington state after winning his third term, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 in Olympia Wash. (Steve Bloom/The Olympian via AP)

Jay Inslee wins 3rd term as Washington governor

Nov. 4, 2020 2:06 AM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee has become the first incumbent elected to a third term in Washington state in more than 40 years, beating Republican challenger Loren Culp, Inslee, who briefly ran for president last year, has been a frequent critic of Republican President Donald Trump,...

AG's letter halts order for people living in cars to move

Oct. 28, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A letter from the Washington state Attorney General’s Office has halted the city of Olympia’s plans to order a community of vehicle residents to relocate. More than half of the vehicles had already left the area by Tuesday afternoon, The Olympian reported. Tuesday was...

Radio host back on air with apology for transphobic tweet

Oct. 27, 2020 10:28 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — With apologies and saying he was praying for healing, radio host Dori Monson was back on the air Tuesday. Monson disappeared from KIRO Radio 97.3 FM for 2½ weeks after a tweet described as transphobic, The Seattle Times reported. In a statement posted on the station’s website,...

Ballots mailed-in are ready to be sorted at the King County Elections office Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Renton, Wash. Election officials there said that 280,000 county ballots had already been returned, nearly 20% of the total sent to voters. Washington state is one of five states, along with Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, and Utah, that conduct elections entirely by mail-in voting. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

More than 17% of Washington voters have returned ballots

Oct. 20, 2020 8:21 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Voters in Washington state are returning their ballots much earlier than in previous years, with 17.6% of the state’s more than 4.8 million voters already having cast their votes two weeks before Election Day. The secretary of state’s office reported that as of Tuesday...

Oregon killing suspect killed by cops had gun in pocket

Oct. 14, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Four officers fired over 30 rounds at Portland, Oregon, fugitive Michael Reinoehl after they cornered him in his car Sept. 3 outside a Washington apartment complex where he had been hiding out, a sheriff’s official said Tuesday in an update on the investigation. Thurston County...

Seahawks radio host Monson suspended after transphobic tweet

Oct. 9, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Dori Monson has been suspended indefinitely by Bonneville Seattle from hosting the Seahawks’ pregame and postgame radio shows following a post on Twitter mocking transgender people, The Seattle Times confirmed Friday. Monson sent the tweet Wednesday night during the Washington...