Politics

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

Congressman Kilmer hosts telephone town hall this week

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer wants to talk about the year ahead for Congress, and will host a telephone town hall to get input this week… Continue reading

Legislature takes important step toward resolving capital budget issue | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Washington state’s elusive capital budget was brought closer to realization Monday afternoon, Jan. 15, when a Senate committee approved a bill that allocates… Continue reading

An Olympic Glimmer on the Horizon – North Korea and South Korea Stepping Down the Escalation Ladder | Patrick T. Hiller

The world is a month away from the PyeonChang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. My friends in South Korea have already bought tickets for… Continue reading

Lawmakers say DISCLOSE Act would bring campaign donations out of the shadows

OLYMPIA - A proposed Senate bill and its companion in the House could provide Washington citizens greater transparency on elections across the state. Senate Bill… Continue reading

State lawmakers hear a proposal to outlaw sexual orientation conversion therapy

OLYMPIA - Lawmakers re-heard a bill on Thursday, Jan. 11 that would ban the practice of conversion therapy on any patient under 18 years old.… Continue reading

The Year of ‘Nonviolence or Non-Existence’ | Rev. John Dear

It was early 1968. Since the previous spring Martin Luther King Jr. had been pursuing a course that for many was unthinkable. He had deliberately… Continue reading

Trump’s Comments Recall a Racist Past in Immigration Policy | Jose-Antonio Orosco

The condemnation of Trump’s remarks on immigration has been swift and widespread. Most of the denunciations cast his ideas as seriously out of line with… Continue reading

Trump’s 51st week in office | In cartoons

Speechless. Words escape us after President Trump’s comments on Haiti and African nations at the close of his 51st week in the White House. So… Continue reading

Gun rights activists call for a halt to five firearm bills | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - About 100 gun rights supporters rallied on the steps of the Capitol building in Olympia on Friday, Jan. 12. Most held signs and… Continue reading

Water use set to weigh heavily on lawmakers | 2018 Legislative Session

With the 2018 Washington State Legislative Session kicking off, a 2016 state Supreme Court decision on water continues to make waves in the House and… Continue reading

Senator Murray to President Trump: No drilling off Washington Coast

U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and a group of 21 U.S. Senators representing coastal states have told the Trump Administration that they don’t want oil… Continue reading

Congressman Kilmer: Keep Washington state out of Trump’s offshore drilling plan

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) said Washington should be added to the list of states exempt from President Trump’s offshore drilling plan. On Wednesday, the… Continue reading

Legislators consider expanding voting rights | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Voting rights legislation proposed by Democratic lawmakers aims to boost election turnout for young and low-income voters and enhance representation in communities often… Continue reading

On Immigration, Trump is Rudderless | Dick Polman

It was awesome this week to watch Donald Trump in action — or, more accurately, inaction. Clearly stung by Michael Wolff’s true portrayal, in “Fire… Continue reading

New bill could put Washington salmon farms in jeopardy | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A Senate committee is considering a bill that could bring an end to some of Washington state’s largest salmon farms. Senate Bill 6086,… Continue reading

Governance by gaslighting | Tom H. Hastings

My father once told me that a man who worked with him told him that his wife walked in on him in flagrante delicto with… Continue reading