Politics

Washington lawmakers introduce new gun legislation late in session | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - With less than two weeks left in the session, state lawmakers introduced a new bill in response to the high school shooting in… Continue reading

Democrats to host benefit dinner

The Kitsap Democrats are hosting a dinner and auction on Saturday, March 10 at Olympic College in Bremerton. U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) will be… Continue reading

Lawmakers go into damage control with backlash over public records bill | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Following last week’s rapid-fire vote on a bill to exempt the Legislature from state public records laws, lawmakers are going into damage control… Continue reading

Washington State moves closer to bump stock ban | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A bill that would ban bump stocks, a device that increases a weapon’s rate of fire, is a step closer to becoming law.… Continue reading

Stopping Mass Shootings: Less Finger Pointing, More Action | Rivera Sun

In the wake of yet another school shooting, everyone from ordinary citizens to pundits to politicians seems to be engaged in one of our favorite… Continue reading

The Cheapening of Human Life | Robert C. Koehler

The cries of terror and disbelief continue. Teenagers lie down in front of the White House to protest the nation’s tepid, stalled gun-control legislation. Parents… Continue reading

The Cafeteria Lady is Packing Heat | Raging Moderate

President Donald Trump tossed out some wacky nonsense about arming teachers, which encouraged the press and public to go nuts debating this ludicrous suggestion, totally… Continue reading

Trump’s 57th week in office | In cartoons

Our cartoon chronicle of the 45th president continues. This week’s contributing artists are: Christo Komarnitski, Bulgaria Dario Castillejos, Diario La Crisis, Mexico Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com… Continue reading

State legislators rewrite statute to exempt their records from public disclosure | 2018 Legislative Session

All three 23rd District lawmakers — Sen. Christine Rolfes, and Rep. Drew Hansen and Rep. Sherry Appleton — voted to approve the bill.

Legislators try to ram through a bill to restrict public access to their records | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - State lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are pushing a bill to exempt themselves from public records requests. The move comes on… Continue reading

Domestic violence survivors could get new protections from workplace discrimination | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A proposed bill that easily passed the House of Representatives would provide discrimination protections for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. HB… Continue reading

Voices of Sorrow, Voices of Hope | Blair Bess

In the wake of last week’s mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, new heroes have emerged. They are the young men and women who survived and… Continue reading

Do You Trust Trump on Gun Control? | John L. Micek

Donald Trump, the man who needs a cue-card to feign basic human empathy, is serious about gun control? Yeah, right. This is still the same… Continue reading

Back to taxes | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — Funny how things change around here in the turn of a calendar year. Back on Feb. 16, 2017, I wrote in this space:… Continue reading

Maybe All Threats of Mass Destruction are ‘Mentally Deranged’ | John LaForge

After Trump’s Sept. 23 bombast at the United Nations where he claimed the U.S. might “have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” the… Continue reading

Democratic lawmakers unveil conflicting budget proposals | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Democrats in both chambers of the state Legislature are at odds over adding more funding to public education and how to cut property… Continue reading

The Trump Administration’s War on Workers | Lawrence Wittner

When Donald Trump was running for the presidency, he promised that, if he was elected, “American worker[s] will finally have a president who will protect… Continue reading

War and Poverty: A Compromise with Hell | Robert C. Koehler

It’s so easy to paper over the real American security void with verbiage about strength vs. weakness and the endless need to upgrade the military.… Continue reading

Lawmakers clash over gun legislation amid another discussion on mass shootings | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Washington state lawmakers introduced a multitude of bills early this 2018 session on issues of gun regulation to address the multiple incidences of… Continue reading

Is There a Trump-Russia Conspiracy? | Mel Gurtov

Now that Russia’s interference in U.S. politics since at least 2014 is “official” with Robert Mueller’s indictments — the evidence is “incontrovertible,” H. R. McMaster,… Continue reading