Washington State Wire is an independent nonpartisan news gathering organization focusing on Washington state government and the policies that affect Washington residents’ daily lives. Based in Olympia, we’re a hybrid of original content and news links aggregated from other sources — sort of a sifting of the most important stories we see here in the state’s capital city. Since 2009 we’ve been covering the statehouse with a taste for investigative journalism, stories that explain and frame complex policy issues, and coverage of off beat but impactful issues to the state’s business community. We are supported by web advertising, volunteers, and a subscription service.
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Peter Jensen, Statehouse Reporter
A Seattle native and Western Washington University alumnus, Peter comes to the Washington State Wire after covering state and local politics in California’s Bay Area. He is thrilled to be returning to work under the shadow of Washington’s beautiful Capitol building in Olympia, where he covered the 2008 legislative session for the Oregonian before departing to work for daily newspapers in Bellingham and Napa, Calif.
As a hopeless politics junkie, Peter has a passion for state politics reporting hardwired in his DNA – he is the grandson of a former correspondent of the Iowa State Legislature. He holds a deep love for all facets of his home state of Washington, from the wheat fields of the Palouse through the Columbia River Gorge and out to Neah Bay.
He will never forget that, after listening to an afternoon’s worth of floor speeches about how mean she was as she prepared to retire, Helen Sommers stopped in the parking lot on the morning of Sine Die in ‘08, smiled and said good morning to him.
Jim Boldt, Senior Editor
Jim Boldt’s career in state politics spans four decades, eight governors, and twenty legislative sessions. He claims if it has happened he’s seen it, if you can do it, he’s done it. A WSU graduate, where he lobbied for the students as Student Body Vice-President, Boldt has served as a Congressional aide, Federal level lobbyist, two-term State Legislator (D-8th, Kennewick), state-wide association director, twice-elected public school board member, elected fire district commissioner, and forming and managing partner of a long-time prominent Olympia contract lobbying firm. In 2003, Jim “retired” from lobbying and shortly after worked with others to form Washington State Wire, where he serves as Senior Editor, contributes occasional writing and maintains the CannabisWire column.
Jim has written a poetry anthology, two novels with state capital themes, and is working on his third. In addition to his work with the Wire, Jim is President of Duckabush Communications Inc. a public affairs and political strategy consulting firm that allows him to claim he is semi-retired.
If asked Jim Boldt will admit he is “addicted to politics and has no interest in a twelve-step program.”
Favorite political quote? He has two: “The STAND a person takes on an issue is often determined by where they SIT for dinner.” And of course, “…I don’t belong to an organized political party, I’m a Democrat.”
You can reach Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org.