Politics

Proposed public records bill is dead; Senator withdraws bill exempting Legislature from public disclosure of some records | 2019 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A proposal to provide exemptions to the Public Records Act for the Legislature is dead, according to bill sponsor, Jamie Pederson, D-Seattle. Senate… Continue reading

 

American dream: Bait and switch? | Wim Laven

American mythology posits a narrative for our foundation which rests upon an ideology of values and self-evident truths which separate the United States from the… Continue reading

 

Senate passes bill to remove the death penalty | 2019 Legislative Session

BY EMMA EPPERLY WNPA Olympia News Bureau The Senate passed a bill Friday to remove the death penalty from Washington state statute and replacing it… Continue reading

 

Presidential candidate tax returns, felon voting, and campaign finance topic of proposed house legislation | 2019 Legislative Session

BY EMMA EPPERLY WNPA Olympia News Bureau OLYMPIA - A measure calling for a constitutional amendment and laws that would tackle felon voting, campaign finance,… Continue reading

The Front Line in the Abortion Fight is Closer Than You Think | John L. Micek

So here’s another reason why it’s important to pay attention in what happens in your state capital. Last week, two Pennsylvania state lawmakers — both… Continue reading

Trump’s 105th week in office | In cartoons

It’s time for more loony toons. Our cartoon chronicle of the 45th president returns with a look back at Donald J. Trump’s 105th week in… Continue reading

State senators aim to create self-harm hotline | 2019 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA – Washington lawmakers want to create a hotline designated for reports of potential self-harm and criminal acts. Senate Bill 5835 was co-sponsored by a… Continue reading

Supreme Court decision is topic of public meeting

League of Women Voters of Kitsap will present a public education program on the Supreme Court’s culvert decision later this month at the Suquamish Clearwater… Continue reading

Fealty to Trump or the Constitution? | Dick Polman

Now that the inevitable moment of truth has finally arrived — with Donald Trump in banana republic mode, concocting a phony national emergency, flouting the… Continue reading

Why Protest Trump When We Can Impeach Him? | Matthew Johnson

While I commend efforts to turn Presidents’ Day into a display of outrage over the non-emergency declaration rather than a celebration of non-existent presidential grandeur,… Continue reading

People who want to live in State of Liberty rally at Capitol | 2019 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Representative Matt Shea, R-Spokane, was greeted by a few dozen constituents on Friday in support of Second Amendment rights and his proposal to… Continue reading

Lawmakers propose new watercraft restrictions to save southern resident orcas | 2019 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA – Lawmakers, whale watchers and environmentalists reached a rare consensus at a hearing on a proposed speed limit for boats operating near Puget Sound’s… Continue reading

Amy for America | Peter Funt

There are many metrics for what makes a good president, but being able to deliver a speech in falling snow and mid-teen temperatures without hat… Continue reading

If Trump is Innocent, Why’s He Still Helping Russia? | Blair Bess

Democrat and Republican members of the Senate Intelligence Committee recently announced that no direct evidence of a conspiracy between Russian intelligence operatives and Trump campaign… Continue reading

Attorney General Ferguson reviewing border wall ‘emergency’

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson vowed to legally challenge President Trump’s declaration of a state of emergency on the southern border if Trump’s controversial… Continue reading

Senator Murray: Border emergency is ‘based on lies and a manufactured crisis’

U.S. Senator Patty Murray blasted President Trump’s plan to declare a national emergency and circumvent Congress to get funding for a wall on the southern… Continue reading

Gov. Inslee: Trump’s emergency declaration is ‘abuse of power’

OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee said President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the southern border Friday was an “abuse of power” and an… Continue reading

What it Really Takes to Secure Peace in Afghanistan | Kathy Kelly

Constant military surveillance of Afghans yields almost no real intelligence about the problems they face each day. An unusual group of volunteers uses a far… Continue reading

Proposed legislation would vacate some marijuana convictions | 2019 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Some convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession may be able to apply to have the crime vacated from their records. Individuals would qualify to… Continue reading

Proposed legislation would make tiny-home zoning easier | 2019 Legislative Session

BY EMMA EPPERLY WNPA Olympia News Bureau OLYMPIA - Tiny houses are a trendy new housing option that are often considered affordable; however zoning requirements… Continue reading