Columns

House Democrat introduces bill highlighting job training needs in rural counties

Washington Republicans have been identifying themselves as the party representing rural voters. They make those arguments when talking about water rights as it relates to...Read More

Column: It’s time to make the collective bargaining process more transparent

If you were hoping the House would willingly allowed a vote on Rossi’s bill, I wouldn’t hold my breath if one member of the Senate...Read More

Remembering well-respected former state lawmaker Helen Sommers

“So, Helen you said you have never ridden on a Harley, are you ready?”...Read More

Residents not getting what they bargained for with Sound Transit tax

Folks renewing their car tabs in the Puget Sound may be getting sticker shock after seeing just how much Sound Transit 3, the measure approved...Read More

Column: Fear in the Trump era hits close to home and everywhere else

What happens when bigotry goes unchecked? Anti-Semitic acts and threats have hit the country, leaving communities nervous....Read More

Column: House Democrats pass plan to address McCleary, but is it serious?

Almost two months into the 2017 legislative session, and three weeks after the Republican senate majority passed their own fix, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives...Read More

Column: States’ rights across the aisle

It’s not unusual for political dynamics to shift as political powers shift at the federal level. But the dynamics are changing pretty quickly as we...Read More

Democrats call, again, for action on ‘levy cliff’

Some school districts may have to send out pink slips if the state legislature doesn’t pass the Democrats’ “levy cliff” bill, argued Democratic leadership at...Read More

Column: Please, Gov. Jay Inslee, fence off the Jungle

It was just over a year ago when three suspects between the ages of 13 and 17 years old shot and killed two victims, and...Read More

Column: Doug Ericksen is being too cute by half

The idea that someone can serve as a sitting state senator during the legislative session and hold down a full-time job on the side is...Read More