Politics

Something different in the air | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — There’s been a noticeable climate change in the state Senate since Democrats regained the majority. A victory in a special election last fall… Continue reading

Washington’s Blame Game | Blair Bess

Pointing fingers is a Washington pastime. The blame game currently playing out between Republicans and Democrats has been raging over issues ranging from the treatment… Continue reading

Lawmakers consider a plan to help homeless college students | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A pilot project before lawmakers would provide funding for six college districts to provide services for homeless students. The plan requires the Washington… Continue reading

Bill to tax oil in pipelines, update state oil spill contingency plans advances in state Senate | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A bill that would tax oil in pipelines to fund oil spill prevention planning passed out of a state Senate committee — but… Continue reading

Bigfoot eludes state recognition yet again | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - The mythical Sasquatch, an integral piece of Pacific Northwest folklore, got another shot at recognition this year with a bill that would name… Continue reading

Bainbridge Island Republican Women welcome guest speaker at next meeting

Bainbridge Island Republican Women will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 at Wing Point Golf & Country Club. Dee Drewry, the president of the… Continue reading

From Bipartisan to Treasonous | Raging Moderate

During the State of the Union Address, President Donald Trump said many hopeful things, including that he wants to work with Democrats. Yeah, right. He… Continue reading

Post-Truth and the Dreamers | Andrew Moss

“Post-truth is pre-fascism.” This statement closes one chapter of historian Timothy Snyder’s recent book, “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century.” Snyder wrote the… Continue reading

Inslee pushes back against offshore drilling in Washington | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee said he will resist any Trump Administration plan to develop offshore drilling in Washington state, in an attempt to protect… Continue reading

Poor posture: Trump’s nuclear doctrine resumes Cold War | Robert F. Dodge

While elected officials of our increasingly dysfunctional democracy debated “memogate,” the world became more dangerous as Trump’s Nuclear Posture Review was officially released on Friday,… Continue reading

Program before lawmakers could strengthen mental health crisis response | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A proposed pilot project would partner mental health professionals and local law enforcement officers on calls that involve a mental health crisis. HB… Continue reading

The Middle East Peace Process: A Cruel Joke | Mel Gurtov

Three brief reports on Jan. 25 concerning Israel-Palestine-U.S. relations sum up the new situation created by Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital… Continue reading

Trump’s 54th week in office | In cartoons

The state of the uniom is stromg. The use of spellcheck at the White House? Not so much. Perhaps you missed this small story, buried… Continue reading

Washington health insurance market in flux | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Washington state’s health insurance market is increasingly volatile. While the number of people without insurance has decreased every year since 2013, monthly premium… Continue reading

Republican lawmakers call for further car tab tax reductions, transit authority accountability | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - On the heels of the state House approved bill to reduce car tab taxes, Sen. Steve O’Ban, R–University Place, and Rep. Mark Harmsworth,… Continue reading

Yemen’s crisis belong to all of us | Robert C. Koehler

What’s a little cholera — excuse me, the worst outbreak of this preventable disease in modern history — compared to the needs of a smoothly… Continue reading

Proposed law would make tampons and pads free for community college students | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Amid national and state-wide awareness of women’s healthcare, Washington state lawmakers are considering a bill that would require community and technical colleges to… Continue reading

Carbon tax plan advances in the state Senate | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A tax on carbon emissions proposed by Governor Jay Inslee has taken a big step forward. On Feb. 1, the state Senate Energy,… Continue reading

Exclusive: Trump’s 2019 State of the Union Speech | Peter Funt

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States and my fellow Americans: Last year’s State of the Union… Continue reading

Donald, Donald, Donald, we told you a million times not to exaggerate | Tom H. Hastings

In his little munchkin voice — surprising coming from such a big fat man — and his chemically hardened helmet hair, Donald Trump gave us… Continue reading