Politics

It’s Time To Disarm The Gun Debate | Robert C. Koehler

The “gun debate” is the national schism that seemingly cannot be bridged. Those on one side see the loosely regulated presence of 300 million firearms… Continue reading

Trump’s 59th week in office | In cartoons

The headlines turned pretty Stormy for President Trump in his 59th week in the White House. Our cartoon chronicle of the 45th president continues with… Continue reading

State Legislature passes last minute budget deal and property tax cut | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - On the final day of the 2018 Legislative Session, lawmakers approved a last-minute supplemental budget deal that funnels roughly $1 billion to K-12… Continue reading

Sexual assault survivors break silence to fight for law reform | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - One could hear a pin drop between the phrases in their stories. Nine women testified, many fighting tears, but breaking the silence. “Most… Continue reading

Compromise may have won out | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — To fully appreciate a peace accord reached this week on rewriting state law on the use of deadly force by police, consider the… Continue reading

GOP women to meet next week

Bainbridge Island Republican Women will welcome a guest speaker at its meeting next week. Mariya Frost from the Coles Center for Transportation Policy at the… Continue reading

Law enforcement, activists come to agreement on police use of force | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - In a last-minute effort lawmakers, cops and community activists reached a deal on lowering the legal standard for prosecuting officers who kill in… Continue reading

New laws targeting sexual harassment await governor’s pen | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Four key bills targeting sexual harassment passed both chambers and were waiting to be signed by the Washington State governor before the end… Continue reading

Trump Can Help Bring Peace to Korea, by Following South Korea’s Lead | Kevin Martin

The developments regarding Korea this week are astonishing. We may be witnessing a breathtaking outbreak of peace, when not very long ago a nuclear war… Continue reading

The Steel Dossier | Blair Bess

Every candidate for office makes promises. Only the truly ignorant attempt to keep each and every one once elected. There is a learning curve in… Continue reading

Student newspapers gain new free speech protections | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A bill expanding free speech for high school and college newspapers passed both chambers by wide margins in the last hours before the… Continue reading

Union-friendly home healthcare worker bill approved by state Legislature | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - House Democrats passed a controversial bill that restructures how home healthcare workers contract with the state despite all 48 Republican members refusing to… Continue reading

Keeping Kids Safe, and Out of Prison | Peter Funt

A compassionate program designed to keep youngsters out of the criminal justice system was implemented five years ago in Broward County, Florida — the very… Continue reading

Bill to outlaw Atlantic salmon net pen farming before governor | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - The fate of the state’s fish farming industry is in jeopardy following the Legislature’s passage of a bill that would prohibit new, renewed… Continue reading

Ignorance and greed: Trump’s war on the environment | Mel Gurtov

“There is a cooling, and there’s a heating. I mean, look, it used to not be climate change, it used to be global warming. That… Continue reading

Washington State expands abortion coverage | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - After five years in the making, the Reproductive Parity Act passed both chambers by slim margins and largely along party lines. SB 6219… Continue reading

‘You Sit in a Corner and Pray You Don’t Get Shot’ | John L. Micek

SILVER SPRING TOWNSHIP, Pa. - When Maddie Levy saw the students fleeing Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., last month, she saw something… Continue reading

Washington becomes the fourth state to ban bump stocks | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A controversial gun control bill to ban bump stocks was signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee. SB 5922 passed both chambers in… Continue reading

Advocacy Billboards Spread Beyond ‘Missouri’ | Peter Funt

CHICAGO - Along Interstate 294 a billboard campaign was launched this week to educate people about the hijab headscarf that’s frequently worn by Muslim women.… Continue reading

Washington students urge lawmakers to pass gun regulations | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - More than 100 students from Seattle- and Olympia-area high schools rallied at the Capitol building in Olympia in support of gun legislation. They… Continue reading