Democratic lawmakers propose law to protect domestic worker rights | 2020 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A measure designed to protect the health, safety, and overall well-being of domestic workers in Washington state has been sponsored by Democratic senators… Continue reading

Senate moves to kill death penalty | 2020 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - The death penalty would no longer be a sentencing option in Washington state if lawmakers enact a bill passed by the Senate on… Continue reading

The Divided States of Trumpistan? | Wim Laven

With the end of the Impeachment Trial of Donald Trump the partisan divide is deepened and acquittal a mere formality. Mitch McConnell promised to quickly… Continue reading

Democratic-controlled House passes clean fuels bill despite bipartisan opposition | 2020 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - People will be asked to use a lot less gasoline and to convert to alternative clean fuels in the next 15 years if… Continue reading

Surrogates Carry the Ball in Iowa | Peter Funt

DES MOINES, Iowa — In tonight’s performance of the presidential campaign, the role of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be played by her husband, Bruce… Continue reading

Impeachment Trial is a Civics Lesson, Not Must-Watch TV | John L. Micek

More than once, readers have written in, or people have stopped me, to complain about their fellow Americans’ ignorance of the basic functions of government.… Continue reading

India’s Failed Democracy | Mel Gurtov

Citizenship Denied India is often billed as the world’s biggest democracy. But that title has worn thin: Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India is becoming… Continue reading

Iowa’s Stubbornness Makes Caucuses Hard to Predict | Peter Funt

AMES, Iowa – In “The Music Man” which, happily, returns to Broadway this fall, there’s a tune called “Iowa Stubborn,” written in 1957 by Mason… Continue reading

Could the climate crisis be ‘The Good News of Damnation’? | Lawrence Wittner

On August 12, 1945, six days after the U.S. government obliterated the city of Hiroshima with a single atomic bomb, Robert Hutchins, the president of… Continue reading

Proposed ‘clean fuel standard’ could raise cost of gas by 57 cents a gallon

Kitsap Economic Development Alliance asks city to look at opposition to proposal.

Lawmakers move to ban high-capacity magazines | 2020 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Gun magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition would be outlawed under a proposed law moving through the state Senate. Supporters… Continue reading

Lawmakers hear pitch to replace gas tax with a fee per mile driven | 2020 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Washington state lawmakers will consider a gradual transition from the state’s current gasoline tax to a system that would charge drivers fees based… Continue reading

The Trump Trial is Democracy’s Ultimate Stress Test | Dick Polman

In a column on the eve of the 2016 election, I warned that if Donald Trump were to inexplicably occupy the White House, he would… Continue reading

Faith, politics and partisanship: Former congressman’s memoir recounts pursuit of ‘A Higher Calling’

Former congressman Don Bonker is looking back to look ahead. The Bainbridge Island resident’s new memoir, “A Higher Calling,” is a reflection on the man’s… Continue reading

Lawmakers aim to put sweeping regulations on the vaping industry | 2020 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Legislation requested by the governor’s office and supported by Democratic senators aims to ban flavored nicotine vaping products and impose sweeping regulations on… Continue reading

Trump’s 155th week in office | In cartoons

The chickens have come home to roost. And they haven’t arrived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in the form of eight pieces of Original Recipe, a… Continue reading

Senate passes bill requiring comprehensive sex-ed in public schools | 2020 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - A proposed law to require school districts to implement a comprehensive sexual education curriculum emphasizing healthy relationships and consent was passed after a… Continue reading

‘Second Amendment Sanctuaries’ the Right’s New Gun Push | John L. Micek

When one of the Pennsylvania Legislature’s most conservative members announced her desire to pass “Second Amendment Sanctuary” ordinances that defy state and federal gun laws,… Continue reading

Legislature should not hinder access to public records | Fred Obee

The Washington State Legislature once again is attempting to make government records more obscure, this time by trying to shield public employee birthdates from disclosure… Continue reading

New Council Has Much To Prove | Guest Viewpoint

The Review’s editor has served our community well by running a long news article (Page A9 of the Dec. 20 issue) reporting on the prepared… Continue reading