In today’s Open Mike, opinion editor Frank Purdy returns to discuss the latest developments in the Legislature and the current special session.

With the Senate controlled mostly by Republicans and the House controlled by Democrats, the Legislature hasn’t yet passed an operating budget for the 2013-2015 biennium. Many expect them to take all 30 days to come to an agreement, if not longer.

Gov. Jay Inslee has also said he wants lawmakers to use the extra time to pass a transportation-funding package and new legislation to crack down on drunken drivers.


Open Mike takes you inside the newsroom of the Yakima Herald-Republic, where Mike Faulk will speak with a Herald-Republic staff member to gain his or her perspective on a newsworthy event or an aspect of the newsroom operation. Each segment will be available by noon Wednesday at