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Campaign Finance Bill Shouldn’t Undermine Anonymous Philanthropy

Sean Parnell is vice-president of public policy for The Philanthropy Roundtable, a national organization representing approximately 660 family foundations, community foundations, and individual philanthropists. Parnell...Read More

Should legislators ignore Supreme Court’s recent McCleary ruling?

Following the Supreme Court’s most recent McCleary ruling, Governor Inslee has repeatedly made it clear that his goal is to get the state in compliance...Read More

Stonier’s student nutrition bill first off the House floor

OLYMPIA – In their first floor vote of the 2018 legislative session, the House of Representatives approved a bill aimed at expanding programs that help...Read More

Inslee’s carbon tax announced, House Republicans counter with alternative bill

The office of Governor Inslee announced details of its much awaited carbon tax proposal this morning before the State of the State address. Inslee had...Read More

Ericksen committed to serving the people of Whatcom County and Washington in state Senate

State Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, said Monday he plans to remain in the Washington Legislature – and will not be taking a job with the...Read More

Carbon Taxing: A Distinction With A Difference, Franz/Inslee

Jim Boldt, President of Duckabush Communications/Public Affairs, wrote the following opinion piece about Gov. Inslee’s upcoming proposed carbon tax. Why Do We Still Spend Time...Read More

Protecting orca whales and the Salish Sea a priority in the 2018 legislative session

OLYMPIA — Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, announced new legislation to protect Washington state’s Orca Whales and marine waters under the Salish Sea Protection package....Read More

“Access to Democracy” legislation package announced

Governor Inslee hosted a press conference this morning to announce a package of legislation aimed at increasing civic engagement and removing barriers that keep people...Read More

Wagoner sworn in as new senator for 39th District

EVERETT…Keith Wagoner was sworn in Wednesday as the 39th Legislative District’s new state senator. Wagoner has been mayor of Sedro-Woolley since 2015, after five years...Read More

Susan Hutchison stepping down as WSRP chairman

Susan Hutchison, Chairman of the Washington State Republican Party since 2013, announced today that she will step down from her role on February 4, 2018....Read More