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Washington State Mayoral Leadership Series: Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards

Over the past year, a set of interlocking crises tested institutions at every level of government. As a result of these crises, public officials have...Read More

Governors release joint statement on threats to American democracy

A coalition of 11 governors, including Govs. Jay Inslee (WA), Kate Brown (OR), Gavin Newsom (CA), Phil Murphy (NJ), Gretchen Whitmer (MI), Tony Evers (WI),...Read More

Op-ed: We can improve public health by cleaning up Washington’s tax code

Losing the front wheel on a walker might sound like no big deal to many of us. But for people with low incomes managing multiple...Read More

The results from this primary just don’t fit the narrative of 2020

One of the nice things about elections is that you can test your assumptions with real world results from the ballot box. Now that we...Read More

Mercier: Washington has too many statewide elected officials

Hopefully you’ve already voted or are soon heading to ballot drop box. Now let’s work to reduce the number of statewide elected offices. At present...Read More

Op-ed: Building Back Better: Investing in a Resilient Recovery for Washington State

When the Legislature reconvenes, it will be forced to grapple with the immediate health and economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, with mounting pressure to...Read More

Reichert: Seattle is in Chaos

In 1999, as the King County Sheriff, I stood on the front lines during the WTO riots with my brothers and sisters in law enforcement. ...Read More

The lessons of Robert Kennedy’s moral leadership on race relations

“What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the...Read More

Op-ed: Is an income tax on special session agenda?

TVW recently interviewed the top budget writers in the Senate about the state’s budget outlook and the possibility of a special session. In one interview,...Read More

Op-ed: Local life science industry contributions to COVID-19 response

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the country, Washington is making progress toward recovery. Our state was ground zero for the first confirmed case in the...Read More