Troy Kelley, House budget and teacher evaluations: Your week in review | Politics NW Now

OLYMPIA -- It's been a week of revelations in the Troy Kelley investigation situation, topped off by the release of the House Democrats' budget proposal. The highlights: 1. On Monday, State Auditor Troy Kelley declined to take questions about the search of his home and subpoena of his office by federal agents. 2. On Tuesday, parents...

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Obama golfs with big money, oil moguls in Florida

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