Politics

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

Senator Murray: Release of ‘untruthful’ memo is ‘disgraceful’

U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) said the country needs the truth about Russian meddling in the 2016 Presidential Election, and criticized President Trump’s role as… Continue reading

State Senate advances bill that would require health plans to cover contraception and abortion | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - The state Senate approved a measure that would provide greater access to birth control and other reproductive health services, including abortions. Passed by… Continue reading

With protectors like these | Tom H. Hastings

“Another such victory and I will be undone.” - Greek king and general Pyrrhus after a string of “victories” over the Romans that decimated the… Continue reading

Trump the Unifier? Don’t Buy It | John L. Micek

President Donald Trump, who’s never been shy about hammering his rivals and skewering his opponents, used his first State of the Union speech Tuesday night… Continue reading

Bipartisan bills target Cold War-era prohibition on nuclear attack preparations | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - For the first time in more than 30 years, emergency planning in Washington state could include preparations for potential nuclear attacks, with bipartisan… Continue reading

Cooke Aquaculture fined $332,000 for Cypress Island farmed salmon escape | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - The state Department of Ecology announced Tuesday that Cooke Aquaculture will be penalized for violating the terms of its water quality permits in… Continue reading

Shaking future for fish pens | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — Not long ago, some of the loudest political voices railing against the danger of farming Atlantic salmon in the waters of Puget Sound… Continue reading

State lawmakers still grappling with court mandated education funding | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Despite the passage of last year’s bipartisan agreement to fully fund K-12 public education with a property tax hike, the state Legislature is… Continue reading

A bill before lawmakers would outlaw concealed carry on private property | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A proposal before lawmakers could make it a crime for someone to carry a concealed weapon into a friend’s home without permission. The… Continue reading

What to Look For in a Politician | Lee H. Hamilton

Have you already made up your mind about how you’re going to vote — at least by party — in this year’s important elections? I… Continue reading

Students lobby for state funded tuition grants | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - University of Washington students from the Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma campuses met with lawmakers in support of higher education bills during the annual… Continue reading

Kitsap County Auditor to retire at end of current term

Kitsap County Auditor Dolores Gilmore said she will not seek re-election to a second term this year. Gilmore, who was elected to her current post… Continue reading

Who Is a Hero? | Lawrence Wittner

In the aftermath of World War II, the U.S. occupation authorities in Germany, checking on the effectiveness of their “denazification” program, polled Germans on whether… Continue reading

Shut Up or Shut Down | Blair Bess

Chaos theory has been called the study of predicting “inherently unpredictable” systems. It is also an apt description of the study of the Trump presidency.… Continue reading

Affirmative action could make a comeback in Washington state | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Seattle area Democratic lawmakers could repeal a 20-year-old voter initiative meant to outlaw preferences based on race and gender in college admission, public… Continue reading

Warning: 24-Hour News Causes Truth Decay | John L. Micek

With his famed utterance that everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts, the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan had to have… Continue reading