Politics

State legislators combat federal ruling on net neutrality | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Democrats in the state Senate are pushing back against the Federal Communications Commission through a number of bills designed to protect net neutrality… Continue reading

After #MeToo and #TimesUp | Laura Finley

I’m writing today about hashtags. In particular, I want to focus on what happens now that we’ve said #MeToo and #TimesUp. Like many women and… Continue reading

High hopes, busy feet: Bainbridge heads off to the second Women’s March | Photo gallery

There were handmaids clad in crimson, many a head capped in pink, and one big orange guy in stripes leading the parade, as a cheery… Continue reading

Trump’s 52nd week in office | In cartoons

Happy anniversary. When we first started this cartoon chronicle of the Trump presidency a year ago, we wondered if it would still be going a… Continue reading

Seattle Women’s March 2.0 | Photo gallery

Taylor McAvoy of the WNPA Olympia News Bureau was on the scene of the Seattle Women’s March 2.0 in Seattle on Saturday, Jan. 20. Here… Continue reading

Baseless accusations: Shut it down? | Tom H. Hastings

Good morning. Your federal government is shut down. Trump said he thought that would be good. We will see if the portions of his base… Continue reading

Wolff’s Book Resonates Because Trump Keeps Confirming It | Dick Polman

Nobody is more stunned about the stratospheric sales of “Fire and Fury” than the guy who wrote it. Michael Wolff and I were talking backstage… Continue reading

Senator Murray: ‘This is no way to run the government’

U.S. Senator Patty Murray said Republicans in Congress and President Trump were more interested in “pointing fingers and playing political games” than working to get… Continue reading

Gov. Inslee: Federal government shutdown ‘creates chaos, confusion and uncertainty’

OLYMPIA - Washington Gov. Jay Inslee called on Congress to “do its job” following its failure to keep the federal government funded and operating past… Continue reading

Year One Report Card: Donald Trump Failing | Wim Laven

One year into his presidency Donald Trump has failed and is showing no growth in his role. As of Jan. 18, 2018, 53-58 percent of… Continue reading

Senator Rolfes: Capital budget makes key investments in Kitsap County | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA – Projects on Bainbridge Island will receive more than $2.5 million in the capital budget approved by the Washington State Senate Thursday. The biggest… Continue reading

Legislature passes bill to settle water-use dispute | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - One of the year’s most important legislative battles in Washington state came to a surprisingly quick conclusion Thursday evening when a water-use bill… Continue reading

Lawmakers advance a voluntary waiver of gun rights for those at risk | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A bill giving people at risk of suicide the option to voluntarily give up their right to keep a firearm passed the Senate… Continue reading

Merit-Based Compassion | Peter Funt

President Trump’s vulgar language and racist views regarding immigration obfuscate serious debate over a key policy about which many reasonable people disagree. The buzzword is… Continue reading

State lawmakers re-consider eliminating statute of limitations on sex crimes | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A bill passed in the State House of Representatives last year offers some hope for people who were sexually assaulted years ago and… Continue reading

One Year In, Trump Remains His Own Worst Enemy | John L. Micek

When it came to a recent column about President Donald Trump’s preference for “executive time” that includes a healthy dose of cable news viewing and… Continue reading

Secretary of State Wyman: Change date for Presidential Primary, Primary Election | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman wants to move the state’s Presidential Primary ahead by nearly three months, from May to March. Two… Continue reading

Five firearm bills go before state lawmakers | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Nearly 1,000 people from law enforcement, gun rights groups, gun violence prevention groups, veterans, and Washington State residents signed in to support or… Continue reading

The Presidency | Lee H. Hamilton

Because we live in such tumultuous political times, it’s easy to believe that today’s intense public focus on the Trump presidency is something new —… Continue reading

Gov. Inslee praises former Gov. John Spellman for his legacy and ‘civility in politics’

OLYMPIA - Former Washington Gov. John D. Spellman was “unafraid to do the right thing,” Gov. Jay Inslee said after Spellman’s family announced his passing… Continue reading