Bill on animals locked in cars clears Washington Senate

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A bill that makes it a civil offense to lock a pet in a car under dangerous conditions won unanimous approval from the Washington state Senate Friday morning. With little debate, senators approved the bill 49-0 to expand Washington's animal-protection laws. The measure now heads to the House for consideration. If...

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Obama, Netanyahu on collision course over fate of Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is speaking to Congress at the request of Republicans. His visit was coordinated without the Obama administration’s knowledge, deepening tensions between two leaders who have never shown much affection for each other.

Key campaigner for Obama aiding Netanyahu opponents

Jeremy Bird, national field director for President Obama’s 2012 campaign, is drawing attention for his consulting work in support of an Israeli organization campaigning to replace Israel’s current government.

Wisconsin governor in lead at conservative conference

Thirteen potential candidates each got 20 minutes at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker got the loudest applause, with Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz close behind. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson seemed to be the grass-roots champion.

How your U.S. lawmaker voted

WASHINGTON — Here’s how the state’s members of Congress voted on major issues in the week ending Feb. 27. House Higher-education savings plans By a vote of 401 for and 20 against, the House on Feb. 25 passed a bill (HR 529) to expand the types of tax-free expenditures that can be made from earnings...

Gas-tax increase hits surprise bump in state Senate

The GOP-controlled Senate began floor votes Friday on a state transportation package, only to have the progress brought to a halt by Democrats, who tried to use a recent GOP rules change on tax votes against the Republicans.

Seattle releases subsidized-preschool implementation plan

Mayor Ed Murray's administration has released an implementation plan for Seattle's new subsidized-preschool pilot program, which launches in September. Voters endorsed the Seattle Preschool Program last year when they approved a ballot measure raising property taxes to subsidize early learning. The measure authorized a $58 million property-tax levy to fund a four-year pilot, which will subsidize...

GOP’s Jeb Bush working to reassert conservative credentials

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — As Florida's governor, Jeb Bush was among the nation's most conservative state chief executives. He's quietly embarking on work to convince the right flank of the Republican Party that he would be that same kind of conservative in the White House. Eight years removed from office, Bush is viewed by...