Washington State Wire is an independent nonpartisan news gathering organization focusing on Washington state government and the policies that affect Washington residents’ daily lives. 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. We’re not just a blog — we like to think of ourselves as part of the next wave of journalism, sort of an evolutionary step in the news business. We invite you to read what you see on our “front page,” and follow some of the links we’ve posted — and judge for yourself. We are supported by web advertising and volunteers. We will soon launch a subscription service.

Jim Boldt, Senior News Editor


Washington State Wire’s 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 WSW.

Boldt also contributes to WSW’s Capitol Stuff blog and writes and is Editor of Cannabis Wire column. In addition to a poetry anthology, he has written two novels with state capital themes, is working on his third, and is Editor of KitsapConnection.com, a community news survey in Kitsap County. In addition to his work with WSW, 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.”