Elected officials stress climate legislation at local forum

Action now, not later, is needed to address “the existential threat of climate change.” That was the message from federal, state and local lawmakers who… Continue reading

I Can’t Endorse The Times’s Approach | Peter Funt

The New York Times provided lessons in both journalism and television Sunday night, by way of bad examples. First: If a newspaper believes in making… Continue reading

Debate Fatigue | Peter Funt

Tuesday’s event was supposed to be the big one, the final showdown before actual voting begins. If, like me, you’ve watched every minute of every… Continue reading

Lawmakers move to limit companies that trade your data | 2020 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Washington lawmakers have proposed groundbreaking legislation that aims to give consumers more control over their digitally-collected personal data and image. Senate Bill 6281,… Continue reading

Industry leaders worry clean-fuel program could hurt economy| 2020 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Democrats in the state Legislature are backing bills aimed at reducing carbon emissions and pollutants put into the atmosphere by transportation fuels with… Continue reading

Talking To My Daughter About War And ‘Megafires’ | John L. Micek

We were on the way to ballet rehearsal. It’s my favorite 30 minutes of the day. It’s a chance to break away from work, and… Continue reading

Trump’s 154th week in office | In cartoons

Squirrel! Some say it’s a squirrel named Soleimani, believe me. Our cartoon chronicle of the 45th president* in the White House continues with a look… Continue reading

Michael Corleone Could Teach Trump a Lesson About Iran | Dick Polman

Before Donald Trump began to slur his words and concoct fake verbs like “tolerize,” he declared that “as long as I’m president of the United… Continue reading

A first for the House | 2020 Legislative Session

The 2020 Washington State Legislative session began Monday, Jan. 13, with an opening ceremony in which Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, was sworn in as Speaker… Continue reading

Governor talks up state’s positives, notes areas to improve | 2020 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee stood before the Washington Legislature to deliver his 2020 State of the State Address on Tuesday, Jan. 14. “Washington state… Continue reading

Policy fights, political tension loom for state lawmakers | 2020 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA — A trove of policy disputes, a bit of political tension and a historic leadership change await lawmakers Monday when they begin a 60-day… Continue reading

Bainbridge councilmembers take the oath | Photo gallery

Four members of the Bainbridge Island City Council — two new ones, and two incumbents — took the oath of office at the first council… Continue reading

Thanks To Trump, Iran Has The Upper Hand | Mel Gurtov

The assassination of General Soleimani is proving to be a resounding success for Iran. It accomplished what the ayatollah could not: common ground between Iran… Continue reading

Message To Trump Supporters: I Am Sorry | Wim Laven

I am a committed to peace, and this requires me to acknowledge the dignity and worth of all humans. I fiercely defend human rights and… Continue reading

Homeless emergency grabs the attention of lawmakers| 2020 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Lawmakers are scrambling to confront a crisis that leaves people sleeping out in the cold and rain. The complex of contributing factors of… Continue reading

A Call To Men To Join Women’s March | Rob Okun

It’s not too late for a Men’s New Year’s Resolution: to show up in even greater numbers at this year’s Women’s March than ever before.… Continue reading

Councilwoman Nassar walks out of council meeting after kerfuffle with new mayor

The new leadership team for the Bainbridge Island City Council is off to a rocky start. Councilwoman Leslie Schneider was appointed mayor at Tuesday’s council… Continue reading

‘No War With Iran Rally’ moved to Thursday in Winslow

Indivisible Bainbridge Island will hold its planned anti-war demonstration a day earlier than previously announced. The “No War With Iran Rally” will now be held… Continue reading

WNPA Olympia News Bureau opens for 2020 Legislative Session

The Washington Newspaper Publisher Association’s Olympia news bureau opened Wednesday with two reporters in new permanent quarters on the Capitol campus. In a space large… Continue reading

Field of candidates is set to appear on Washington’s presidential primary ballot

A total of 14 candidates — all but one, Democrats — will be on Washington’s 2020 Presidential Primary ballot. The presidential primary is March 10,… Continue reading