First Amendment rights for student newspapers moves through Legislature | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Lawmakers are considering adding protections for high school and college newspapers, allowing student journalists to determine their own content. SB 5064, sponsored by… Continue reading

Legislators host Bremerton, Poulsbo town halls

The 23rd District state legislators will host town hall meetings on Saturday, Feb. 17 in Poulsbo and Bremerton. Rep. Sherry Appleton, D-Poulsbo, Rep. Drew Hansen,… Continue reading

Republican Cherry Picking | Raging Moderate

We all know what “cherry picking” is. Sifting through available evidence to pluck out the bits and pieces that support one particular narrative while ignoring… Continue reading

Proposal to eliminate the death penalty passes the state Senate | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A bill to eliminate the death penalty in Washington state is a step closer to being signed into law. SB 6052 passed by… Continue reading

State Democratic lawmakers push labor union-friendly bills while Republicans cry foul play | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - While state Democrats push a set of labor-union backed bills, Republicans decry the effort as special-interest politics. Some Republicans object to two bills.… Continue reading

Was There Really a Breakthrough in US-North Korea Relations? | Mel Gurtov

In the aftermath of the “Korean spring” at the Winter Games, some observers waxed euphoric over the potential for direct U.S.-North Korea talks. The apparent… Continue reading

Congressman Kilmer hosts telephone town hall Thursday

U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer will hold a telephone town hall later this week. The call-in event is planned for 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. Residents… Continue reading

Signs of Hope | Lee H. Hamilton

Call me a contrarian. Or even a Pollyanna. But when everyone around me is filled with gloom and despair, seeing dire portents in every political… Continue reading

Former U.S. Secretary of State Kerry in Olympia to advocate for governor’s carbon tax | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - At the request of Gov. Jay Inslee, former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited the state Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 13 to… Continue reading

‘Ban the Box’ bill advances in the state House of Representatives | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A bill prohibiting the criminal history question on job applications passed the Washington state House of Representatives on a 52-46 vote. HB 1298… Continue reading

Yes, a Republican Running for Congress is Also a Nazi | Dick Polman

Forget Washington for a moment. Forget the news that the Republican Congress has voted to massively deepen the budget deficit, the same deficit they used… Continue reading

Trump’s Military Madness Parade Actually Makes Sense (But Must Be Stopped!) | Kevin Martin

President Donald Trump’s edict for the Pentagon to hold a military parade in Washington actually makes sense in a sick way. Shouldn’t we taxpayers get… Continue reading

Bill expanding wrongful death actions passes the Senate | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Proposed legislation would open the ability to file wrongful death lawsuits to citizens of other countries and to parents of adults. Under current… Continue reading

The other superpower? | Robert C. Koehler

“I’m so honored to be alive at such a miraculous time in history. I’m so moved by what’s going on in our world today.” This… Continue reading

Trump’s 55th week in office | In cartoons

President Donald J. Trump wants a big parade in Washington, D.C. that will showcase the might of America’s military. He also wants a popcorn cart;… Continue reading

Trumped up treason | Tom H. Hastings

“Somebody said ‘treasonous.’ I mean — yeah I guess, why not. Can we call that treason? Why not. I mean, they certainly didn’t seem to… Continue reading

Trump’s Immigration Reform is Tone Deaf | Jose-Antonio Orosco

President Trump laid out a new plan for immigration reform in his State of the Union address. It calls for building a wall with Mexico,… Continue reading

Donald Trump: Banana Republican | John L. Micek

So President Donald Trump, noted fiscal conservative, swamp-drainer, and compulsive saber-rattler, wants a massive military parade through the streets of downtown Washington, D.C. Of course… Continue reading

Proposed bill would provide free college tuition to some students | 2018 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A proposal to establish the Evergreen Free College Program would phase in funding to pay tuition for students from low and middle income… Continue reading

Something different in the air | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — There’s been a noticeable climate change in the state Senate since Democrats regained the majority. A victory in a special election last fall… Continue reading