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Ranker: Unconscionable that Senate Republicans blocked vote on capital budget

Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released this statement after Senate Republicans refused to allow a vote on the state capital budget: It is incredibly unfortunate...Read More

2017-19 budget: “This deal is getting worse all the time”

After getting over the initial shock of nearly 1,000 pages of spending, taxes and education policy being released and acted on without any measure of...Read More

Inslee veto reneges on negotiated tax agreement, betrays Washington workers, say House Republican leaders

Despite a negotiated agreement between Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate, Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed a section of Senate Bill 5977, which would have...Read More

Sen. Murray remarks on newly-released analysis of Senate Republican Trumpcare bill

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate health committee, delivered the following remarks at a press conference regarding the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO)...Read More

Hirst could be the tipping point for state’s endangered rural Democrats

For all the enthusiasm I hear from my party about saving endangered species, I wish there was a little more sympathy for the most endangered...Read More

Budget stalemate puts state’s financial reputation at risk

It takes a lot of time and dedication to build a good reputation but it takes only one bad choice to destroy it in an...Read More

Microsoft’s Reaction to the White House Announcement on the Paris Agreement

Today, the White House announced its intent to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change. Over 190 countries, from China to...Read More

Would you rather live in Washington or New Jersey? You may not get a choice.

Have you ever heard someone in this state say, “I wish Washington were more like New Jersey?” You’re more likely to see Bigfoot. But the...Read More

Column: Keep Safe Injection Sites out of King County

Last week we launched Initiative 27, an effort to ban Dow Constantine’s proposed heroin injection sites in King County and demand proven, compassionate solutions to...Read More

Column: Politics Needs New Blood – And Youth Is No Barrier

Last week, I was honored to address the YMCA Youth Legislature at their opening night session in the Washington State House of Representatives chamber. Now...Read More