Politics

Approaching the Apocalypse, the Doomsday Clock Moves Forward | Robert F. Dodge

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has just moved their Doomsday Clock forward to two minutes till midnight. Midnight represents nuclear apocalypse. The Clock is recognized… Continue reading

Trump’s 53rd week in office | In cartoons

It’s the 53rd week of Donald J. Trump in the White House and we can’t even look at Jell-O the same way anymore. Thanks, Trump!… Continue reading

Workplace bullying and sexual harassment bills go before lawmakers | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Proposals before the state Legislature would grant new protections from sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace. The bills come after national reports… Continue reading

Jared Kushner is Bad for Middle East Peace | Blair Bess

Diplomacy is not a transactional affair. This seems lost on self-proclaimed Middle East expert and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner. The ever-increasing number of questionable business… Continue reading

Dubious Partnership: The US and Saudi Arabia | Mel Gurtov

In recent months Donald Trump has shown no hesitation to comment critically on political developments in Iran, Pakistan, Venezuela and North Korea. He supported protests… Continue reading

Senate votes to extend college financial aid to state Dreamers | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A bipartisan effort in the Senate passed a bill Wednesday afternoon that would extend financial opportunities in higher education to some undocumented immigrant… Continue reading

Vetoed manufacturing tax cut again pushed in bipartisan effort | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Legislators are once again pushing for an across-the-board manufacturing tax cut that was vetoed during the previous legislative session by Democratic Gov. Jay… Continue reading

Trump and His Toadies Don Tinfoil Hats | Dick Polman

A wild animal is most dangerous when it’s cornered. We’re seeing that now. Putin chump Donald Trump, aided by obsequious fright-wing Republicans and amplified by… Continue reading

Lawmakers consider a bill to raise the legal tobacco age | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Washington state lawmakers are considering a bill that could raise the legal age to purchase any nicotine product from 18 to 21 years… Continue reading

Perpetrators of domestic violence harassment could lose firearm rights | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A proposed bill would add harassment to a list of domestic violence crimes for which someone can have their firearm rights revoked. SB… Continue reading

From Russia With Love… Sort Of | Blair Bess

Americans who lived through the Cold War were taught that the Soviet Union was not our friend. They possessed weapons that could obliterate us with… Continue reading

Governing by scapegoat | Robert C. Koehler

Got a problem? Simplify and project. When you have a country to govern and you have no idea what to do — and, even more… Continue reading

Reign of Error | Raging Moderate

It’s been quite a year, the exact reverse of that whole “time flies when you’re having fun” thing. These last twelve months have slogged by… Continue reading

Orca Protection Act aims to protect Pacific Northwest’s iconic whales | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Washington state’s orca whale population could receive a wealth of new legislative support, as a Senate committee Tuesday afternoon heard a bill that… Continue reading

Lawmakers want to rein in Washington’s many tax breaks

OLYMPIA - Six hundred ninety-four. That’s how many separate tax breaks and exemptions saved taxpayers — but cost the state — a little over $100… Continue reading

Q&A with House Speaker Frank Chopp | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — Since the turn of the century, no one’s dominated the legislating landscape quite like House Speaker Frank Chopp. In his reign, the Seattle… Continue reading

Kushner and China: Where Money Talks | Mel Gurtov

Add Jared Kushner’s all-too-cozy relationship with the Chinese to the long list of Trump administration corruption, conflicts of interest, and unholy foreign entanglements. I have… Continue reading

Bills would to limit opioid prescriptions, invest in treatment options | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - In an effort to tackle the opioid addiction epidemic, state legislators, Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Democratic Governor Jay Inslee are rolling out… Continue reading

Once again, lawmakers consider requiring health plans to cover abortions | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A bill to expand birth control choices for women is before the Legislature for the fifth year in a row. Senate Bill 6219,… Continue reading

Ballot initiative threat has energy industry warming to governor’s proposed carbon tax | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - With environmental activists threatening a carbon tax ballot initiative, some manufacturing and energy companies are opting to work with lawmakers on Democratic Gov.… Continue reading