Columns

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

Column: Inslee and the White House, or why we have a federal system

The parlor game of thinking through future elections can be entertaining.  I advocated for Jay Inslee to run for President in 2015, for example, in...Read More

Putting Podlodowski’s win in context

Over the weekend, Tina Podlodowski won election to be the Chair of the Washington State Democrats.  She beat the incumbent, Jaxon Ravens, riding a wave...Read More