Commentary

Washington Republicans respond to events in Charlottesville

With all ongoing media attention focused on the recent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the resulting counter-protests and violence, the Wire reached out...Read More

Letter to the Editor: Jonathan Spalter, USTelecom

Individual state efforts that deviate from a strong, consistent federal privacy framework do not fit with how consumers traverse the global internet and are more...Read More

Republicans share their budget proposal, but don’t expect a deal anytime soon

The Republican Senate majority unveiled its proposed budget for the 2017-2019 biennium this week. The $43.3 billion plan to fund state government includes $1.8 billion...Read More

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

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