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The vanishing auditor | THE PETRI DISH

It took 207 days of campaigning through two elections in 2012 for Troy Xavier Kelley to secure the job as Washington’s state auditor. It required only a few minutes Monday to erase nearly every scratch of evidence he is still in office.

Lawmakers in Olympia may get a raise | THE PETRI DISH

State lawmakers are up for a raise in the next two years.

Washington state will sit out presidential primary | THE PETRI DISH

You know the quadrennial quandary in this state about how to make the presidential primary meaningful? There’s an answer for 2016: It won’t be, so it’s going to be canceled.

Pot may be on the ballot again come November | THE PETRI DISH

There’s a good chance marijuana will be in front of voters again this fall. This time, though, the decision will be whether to keep the industry out, not whether to let it in.

No fanfare expected for budget talk | THE PETRI DISH

There will be no pomp or ceremony today when Gov. Jay Inslee plans to sit down with the Democrat and Republican leaders of the House and Senate to talk budget.

Lawmakers will ask voters for reconsideration of class size initiative | THE PETRI DISH

Five months ago voters said they wanted smaller classes in Washington public schools. Seven months from now lawmakers want to ask them, "Did you really mean it?"

Auditor watch continues | THE PETRI DISH

No one but Troy Xavier Kelley knows how long he will be the state auditor of Washington.

Hump Day in Olympia | THE PETRI DISH

March 5 was Hump Day in the 2015 legislative session, day 53 of 105, after which lawmakers adjourn. At least that’s their hope. Here are five landmarks of the Olympia session thus far and the road ahead.

Transportation plan on the way | THE PETRI DISH

Any day now the state Senate will be voting on a plan to raise the gas tax and car tab fees in order to pay for billions of dollars in transportation projects.

Rubber about to hit the road on Senate transportation package | THE PETRI DISH

The wait is nearly over. Senate Republicans, after two years of avoidance, are putting the final touches on a multibillion-dollar transportation package and could make it public as early as Thursday.

Test scores will haunt lawmakers again this year | THE PETRI DISH

OLYMPIA — Lawmakers, teachers and the state public schools chief are gearing up for another battle over whether student test scores should be used to evaluate teachers and principals.

Election issues get a close look in Olympia | THE PETRI DISH

Lawmakers are looking at ways to make the election process cheaper for voters, easier to see who is funding campaigns and harder to run initiatives with financial consequences.

Inslee to take a different tack this session | THE PETRI DISH

Gov. Jay Inslee says he is approaching the upcoming session of the Legislature “very differently” than he did in his first two years as the state’s chief executive.

More laws on the political horizon | THE PETRI DISH

With the start of another year comes the promise of another session of the state Legislature and the prospect — no, make that a guarantee — of more laws.

A D.C. Christmas | THE PETRI DISH

Tis two days after session and all through the Dome, not a member is working since they all have gone home ...

Gun owners plan to defy I-594 at protest in Olympia | THE PETRI DISH

Chris Erickson describes himself as “your typical gun owner who wants to be left alone.”

Residential areas rebel against legal pot | THE PETRI DISH

When Snohomish City Council members voted to ban recreational marijuana businesses in the city, they joined a growing rebellion against the state’s newest industry.

Inslee’s water quality standards cause a panic | THE PETRI DISH

For months, there’s been a drumbeat of panic that new water quality standards based on how much fish people eat could drive Boeing and other companies out of Washington.

Cities, counties keep eyes on pot money | THE PETRI DISH

OLYMPIA — The financial stakes of the state’s new marijuana industry are no longer theoretical.

Political punt means Inslee will fill empty House seat | THE PETRI DISH

It was not the case Monday that the Snohomish County Council could not decide which of three Republican gentlemen should temporarily occupy an empty seat in the state House of Representatives.