Politics

Joy and smiles at the end of it all | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — Democratic lawmakers greeted the end of the 2019 Legislative Session with warm embraces, wide smiles, and for some, irrepressible joy. There was no… Continue reading

Forums coming for potential candidates

Officials from the Kitsap County Auditor’s Office’s Elections Division will host two events to help potential candidates for office in 2019 learn what they need… Continue reading

Breaking the Grip of Militarism: The Story of Vieques | Lawrence Wittner

Vieques is a small Puerto Rican island with some 9,000 inhabitants. Fringed by palm treesand lovely beaches, it attracts substantial numbers of tourists. But, for… Continue reading

Impeachment and the Hamlet Conundrum | Raging Moderate

Everybody is talking about it. Well, around it: vacillating, cogitating, salivating, fluctuating, aspirating, constipating, meditating, figure-eighting, and to prove they’re serious, polling. We’re referring, of… Continue reading

Mayor Medina says he won’t challenge Peltier for council seat

Bainbridge Island Mayor Kol Medina said this week he won’t be running for the at-large position on the Bainbridge city council when he seeks re-election… Continue reading

Remand issued on ethics complaint: Ethics Board does not waver from decision on Councilman Peltier’s conflict of interest

The view of Bainbridge Island’s Ethics Board has not changed: City Councilman Ron Peltier had a conflict of interest when he refused to support a… Continue reading

Legislature adjourns on time with new budget, new spending | 2019 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Legislature adjourned minutes before its midnight deadline on April 28, ending its 105-day session on time for the first time… Continue reading

Most Americans Reject Trump’s “America First” Policy | Lawrence Wittner

As president, Donald Trump has leaned heavily upon what he has called an “America First” policy. This nationalist approach involves walking away from cooperative agreements… Continue reading

Official Lapdog Barr and the Mueller Report | Raging Moderate

The eagerly awaited report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Investigation was finally released, and it cleared up the situation like a forty-pound dirtball dropped from… Continue reading

Forum focuses on banning puppy mill sales

Kitsap Aware, a forum series on Justice and Citizenship, will present “Adopt, Don’t Shop: The Movement to Ban Puppy Mill Sales” as its next program… Continue reading

Shakespeare Talks about Peace | Ellen Birkett Lindeen

April 23 is the day the world celebrates what is thought to be Shakespeare’s day of birth, and then 52 years later, definitely his day… Continue reading

Best session ever for Inslee | The Petri Dish

Jay Inslee looks to be enjoying his best legislative session as governor. By the time it wraps up, the Democratic governor should get 15 of… Continue reading

Bainbridge council pulls plug on Trump impeachment resolution

Councilman Deets will persue personal statement instead

On Impeachment, Will Democrats Put Country Over Party? | Dick Polman

Just suppose, for the sake of argument, that a Democratic president had acted as a doormat for Russia, indulging and amplifying an unprecedented soft invasion… Continue reading

The Legislature’s 2019 hits and misses | 2019 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA – The 2019 Legislative Session began Jan. 14 and is scheduled to end on April 28, if the operation, transportation, and capital budget all… Continue reading

Trump’s New Plan: Boot Families From Public Housing | John L. Micek

The Trump administration is upping the ante in its war on undocumented immigrants with a new proposal to boot them from public housing — all… Continue reading

What Would Make Congress Better? | Lee H. Hamilton

A couple of weeks ago I was speaking to a group of students and decided to start with a point-blank question: Is Congress doing a… Continue reading

Bainbridge city attorney finds flaws in two recent Ethics Board opinions

Bainbridge Island City Attorney Joe Levan has issued two memos that point out several legal flaws in a pair of opinions issued last week by… Continue reading

Chernobyl’s Deadly Effects Estimates Vary | John LaForge

April 26 marks the 33rd anniversary of the 1986 radiation disaster at Chernobyl reactor Number 4 in Ukraine, just north of Kiev the capital. It… Continue reading

Former Bainbridge mayor announces run for council

Kirsten Hytopoulos to file to run for position held by Councilman Ron Peltier