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Inslee signs orca protection executive order

Governor Inslee called for statewide action to protect Southern Resident Killer Whales in the Puget Sound this morning in Seattle.  By executive order, Inslee requested...Read More

Eyman outlines rationale for lawsuit; cites AG opinion

At yesterday’s press conference, I brought to light the conference phone call that legislators and staffers had with Noah Purcell, the Solicitor General, in which...Read More

Morning Wire: JT Wilcox, Ruth Kagi, Drew Hansen

The Regular Session is over, but a pile of bills await Governor Inslee’s consideration. There is also a new lawsuit, a leadership change, and turnover...Read More

Wire Insider: John Wyble, Moxie Media

John Wyble is a Partner at Moxie Media.  He formerly led WinPower Strategies up until recently when joined Moxie, a firm he was a partner at over...Read More

Rep. Drew Hansen: Why OPR staff are like the elves from Lord of the Rings

Rep. Drew Hansen is smart, cerebral, and something of a modern renaissance man. He chairs the House Higher Education Committee where this session he worked...Read More

Lawmakers pass bill to identify missing Native American women

During the 2018 session, the Washington Legislature took a step forward in addressing the under-reported epidemic of missing Native American women in the United States....Read More

Tim Eyman files lawsuit against legislature, claims I-940 and HB 3003 should appear on the ballot

Following last week’s controversial passage of both Initiative 940 and HB 3003, Tim Eyman filed a lawsuit on Monday against the Legislature claiming they violated...Read More

I-940 and HB 3003: From unconstitutional to a mockery in twenty-four hours

Jim Boldt, President of Duckabush Communications/Public Affairs, wrote the following opinion piece on HB 3003 and I-940.  The Beef: Initiative 940, an initiative to the legislature, has...Read More

Legislature passes supplemental operating budget, property tax dispute forces partisan vote in the Senate

On the eve of the final day of session, the House and Senate finally released their agreed upon supplemental operating budget. The 2017-2019 supplemental budget...Read More

Legislature passes 2018 Transportation budget, awaits governor’s signature

This press release was provided by the Washington Senate Democrats.  OLYMPIA – Modest but critical investments in Washington’s ferry system, State Patrol and a creative...Read More