Parents and teachers express concerns over mandatory sex ed | 2020 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Parents, students and educational professionals voiced their concerns in a public hearing about a bill that would mandate comprehensive sexual education in public… Continue reading

Economic growth adds money to state coffers, and Democratic lawmakers have uses for it | 2020 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Democratic caucuses in the house and senate rolled out separate spending plans that include hundreds of millions of dollars to address climate change,… Continue reading

Bainbridge GOP to caucus at WMS

The Kitsap County Republican Party will be holding its Republican Caucus on Saturday, Feb. 29. The Bainbridge Caucus will be at Woodward Middle School. Check-in… Continue reading

Yes, Trump’s Interference With Our Institutions is That Bad | John L. Micek

Susan Collins was absolutely right about this much: President Donald Trump has learned his lesson. And he’s learned it by heart. Thanks to the Senate’s… Continue reading

Sen. Rolfes: Revenue forecast is positive sign for state’s economy

Good news, but not great. Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island, chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, greeted the revised estimate of revenue collections… Continue reading

The Paradox of Climate Security | Robert C. Koehler

If there’s anything that’s going to shatter national borders and force humanity to reorganize itself, it’s climate change. But as long as we look at… Continue reading

Donald Trump’s Plan for America: Make It Ignorant | Wim Laven

On February 10th, the White House released its budget for the fiscal year 2021. It broadly showcases the values promoted by Donald Trump and the… Continue reading

Lawmakers flinch on proposed ban of for-profit detention facilities | 2020 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Washington lawmakers elected to prohibit the transfer of inmates to out-of-state private prisons, except for specific reasons, after the Senate voted 30 to… Continue reading

The Wall: Separating Democracy From Voters | Robert C. Koehler

The mainstream media imposes some serious certainties on the 2020 Presidential Election that drive me into a furious despair, e.g.: Even though Bernie Sanders, winner… Continue reading

Without Civility, Our System Doesn’t Work | Lee H. Hamilton

When he was just a young teenage schoolboy, George Washington sat down and copied out 110 “Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior.” Many of these… Continue reading

Poor Bill Barr | Mel Gurtov

Attorney General William Barr’s interview the other day in which he said Trump’s constant tweeting had made his job “impossible” has gotten mixed responses in… Continue reading

Sooner or Later, Klobuchar Will Take the Prize | Peter Funt

Amy Klobuchar’s results in Nevada, Feb. 22, and South Carolina, Feb. 29, will likely be more modest than her surprisingly strong finishes in New Hampshire… Continue reading

House passes bill to expand court-ordered gun confiscation | 2020 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Courts could be one step closer to ordering people subject to vulnerable adult protection orders to surrender their firearms after the House voted… Continue reading

New Hampshire Muddle: Bernie Underwhelms the Yogi Berra Democrats | Dick Polman

Yogi Berra has a timely warning for the fractured Democratic party. The baseball legend and accidental oracle is reputed to have said, “It gets late… Continue reading

Lawmakers aim to make childcare more accessible and easier to certify | 2020 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Parents could have better access to childcare providers if lawmakers pass a bill that aims to make the childcare certification process cheaper and… Continue reading

Trump’s 157th week in office | In cartoons

Our cartoon chronicle of Donald J. Trump in the White House continues with a look back at his 157th week as president. This week’s contributing… Continue reading

House lawmakers pass bill to ban expansion of ICE detention center in Tacoma | 2020 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - The state House of Representatives voted 85-12 on a bill that would ban the expansion of an Immigration Customs Enforcement detention center in… Continue reading

More drug offenders would be sentenced to treatment instead of prison under proposed law | 2020 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA — Proposals moving through the Legislature would expand the eligibility of incarcerated people to receive treatment for substance abuse in lieu of or concurrently… Continue reading

The Conscience of a Conservative | Bob Topper

Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be… Continue reading

Voting with Food and Water | Robert C. Koehler

A bad app in Iowa throws everything into a tizzy. Who won? Come on, the horse race has begun. Let’s get some numbers up on… Continue reading