Politics

Back to taxes | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — Funny how things change around here in the turn of a calendar year. Back on Feb. 16, 2017, I wrote in this space:… Continue reading

 

Maybe All Threats of Mass Destruction are ‘Mentally Deranged’ | John LaForge

After Trump’s Sept. 23 bombast at the United Nations where he claimed the U.S. might “have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” the… Continue reading

 

Democratic lawmakers unveil conflicting budget proposals | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Democrats in both chambers of the state Legislature are at odds over adding more funding to public education and how to cut property… Continue reading

 

The Trump Administration’s War on Workers | Lawrence Wittner

When Donald Trump was running for the presidency, he promised that, if he was elected, “American worker[s] will finally have a president who will protect… Continue reading

War and Poverty: A Compromise with Hell | Robert C. Koehler

It’s so easy to paper over the real American security void with verbiage about strength vs. weakness and the endless need to upgrade the military.… Continue reading

Lawmakers clash over gun legislation amid another discussion on mass shootings | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Washington state lawmakers introduced a multitude of bills early this 2018 session on issues of gun regulation to address the multiple incidences of… Continue reading

Is There a Trump-Russia Conspiracy? | Mel Gurtov

Now that Russia’s interference in U.S. politics since at least 2014 is “official” with Robert Mueller’s indictments — the evidence is “incontrovertible,” H. R. McMaster,… Continue reading

Trump’s 56th week in office | In cartoons

We begin this week’s introduction to our continuing cartoon chronicle of the 45th president with a riddle. Which is louder: the sound of the latest… Continue reading

Now Is The Time To Politicize Gun Violence | Blair Bess

Now is the time to politicize gun violence. In the wake of the recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, how can we not? It’s tiresome… Continue reading

Trump Wants New Bridges Without Paying For Them | John L. Micek

President Donald Trump’s plan to spend $200 billion in federal money to somehow spur $1.5 trillion in state, local and private investment in infrastructure reconstruction… Continue reading

State forecast projects over a billion in additional tax revenue | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - State economists project that over a billion dollars in additional tax revenue will be flowing into government accounts over the next several years,… Continue reading

First Amendment rights for student newspapers moves through Legislature | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Lawmakers are considering adding protections for high school and college newspapers, allowing student journalists to determine their own content. SB 5064, sponsored by… Continue reading

Legislators host Bremerton, Poulsbo town halls

The 23rd District state legislators will host town hall meetings on Saturday, Feb. 17 in Poulsbo and Bremerton. Rep. Sherry Appleton, D-Poulsbo, Rep. Drew Hansen,… Continue reading

Republican Cherry Picking | Raging Moderate

We all know what “cherry picking” is. Sifting through available evidence to pluck out the bits and pieces that support one particular narrative while ignoring… Continue reading

Proposal to eliminate the death penalty passes the state Senate | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A bill to eliminate the death penalty in Washington state is a step closer to being signed into law. SB 6052 passed by… Continue reading

State Democratic lawmakers push labor union-friendly bills while Republicans cry foul play | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - While state Democrats push a set of labor-union backed bills, Republicans decry the effort as special-interest politics. Some Republicans object to two bills.… Continue reading

Was There Really a Breakthrough in US-North Korea Relations? | Mel Gurtov

In the aftermath of the “Korean spring” at the Winter Games, some observers waxed euphoric over the potential for direct U.S.-North Korea talks. The apparent… Continue reading

Congressman Kilmer hosts telephone town hall Thursday

U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer will hold a telephone town hall later this week. The call-in event is planned for 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. Residents… Continue reading

Signs of Hope | Lee H. Hamilton

Call me a contrarian. Or even a Pollyanna. But when everyone around me is filled with gloom and despair, seeing dire portents in every political… Continue reading

Former U.S. Secretary of State Kerry in Olympia to advocate for governor’s carbon tax | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - At the request of Gov. Jay Inslee, former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited the state Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 13 to… Continue reading