Politics

House Democrats propose budget that includes new taxes | 2019 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - The House of Representatives’ budget proposal includes a capital gains and real estate excise tax along with business and occupation tax changes to… Continue reading

 

Bainbridge council to offer support for Green New Deal

The Bainbridge Island City Council may throw its political clout behind the Green New Deal. The Green New Deal — based on resolutions introduced in… Continue reading

 

There’s Will to Act on Guns in America. So Why Don’t We? | John L. Micek

Six days. That’s how long it took New Zealand’s parliament, led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with the support of opposition leaders, to ban military-style… Continue reading

 

Lawmakers propose an increase in school levy rates | 2019 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Voter-approved school levy lid rates would rise from $1.50 to $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed property, under Senate Bill 5313, currently under consideration… Continue reading

What Democratic Socialism Is and Is Not | Lawrence Wittner

In recent weeks, Donald Trump and other Republicans have begun to tar their Democratic opponents with the “socialist” brush, contending that the adoption of socialist… Continue reading

Billions more to spend | The Petri Dish

Let the budget games begin. Lawmakers learned Wednesday how much the state is expected to collect in taxes during the next two-year budget cycle. It’s… Continue reading

Congressman Kilmer recognized for bipartisan work in Congress

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer was honored with a 2019 Legislative Action Award by the Bipartisan Policy Center, a national think tank that says it works… Continue reading

California and the Death Penalty | Peter Funt

SAN FRANCISCO - Gov. Gavin Newsom has not only acted swiftly to save 737 souls on California’s death row, but he has also had the… Continue reading

School District Bonds voting requirements to remain the same after Senate vote fails | 2019 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - School District Bonds will still need 60 percent of the vote, after a Senate constitutional amendment failed to get the two-thirds vote required… Continue reading

State revenue forecast shows a $554 million increase for 2019-21 | 2019 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Legislators have $554 million more to spend than originally projected for the next biennium, according to the March review released by the Economic… Continue reading

Putting Our Better Angels to Work | Robert C. Koehler

Nationalists — white or otherwise — need “invasions” on a regular basis in order to stay revved up and equal to the cause. Thus: “We… Continue reading

Kitsap lawmakers hold town halls

Legislators representing Kitsap County’s 23rd Legislative District will host two town hall meetings on Saturday, March 23, to provide an update on the 2019 Legislative… Continue reading

The Rich Are No Smarter Than You | Matthew Johnson

Nothing makes me angrier than stupid rich people getting unfair advantages. These same entitled rich people then turn around and fight against so-called “entitlement” programs… Continue reading

Presidential Hopeful Pete Buttigieg (Who?!) Elevates Our Discourse | Dick Polman

Pete Buttigieg isn’t likely to be the next Democratic presidential nominee, Most people have no clue who he is, don’t know how to pronounce his… Continue reading

Judging U.S. War Crimes | Kathy Kelly

Chelsea Manning, who bravely exposed atrocities committed by the U.S. military, is again imprisoned in a U.S. jail. On International Women’s Day, March 8, 2019,… Continue reading

Councilman Peltier apologizes to Ethics Board for outburst at earlier meeting

Bainbridge Island Councilman Ron Peltier has sent a letter to the city’s Ethics Board apologizing for his behavior at the board’s last meeting. At that… Continue reading

Artificial Morality | Robert C. Koehler

Artificial Intelligence is one thing. Artificial morality is another. It may sound something like this: “First, we believe in the strong defense of the United… Continue reading

Daylight saving all the time proposed for state | 2019 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA — Washington residents could vote to make daylight saving time year-round under a bill state senators passed on Tuesday, March 12. Engrossed Substitute Senate… Continue reading

Trump’s Nightmare Budget | Mel Gurtov

Two things can be said with certainty about Trump’s 2020 budget request: It is DOA, dead on arrival, in the House; and it is a… Continue reading

America Stuck on a Rollercoaster of Spin | Raging Moderate

The problem is more obvious than half a leech on the sneeze guard of a salad bar: We’re paying much too much attention. Our national… Continue reading