The 9th Order

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

Re-launching the Wire for 2017

The Washington State Wire was launched in 2009 as an independent outlet focused on covering the legislature and the world of Olympia’s players, politics and...Read More

Sen. Andy Hill Passes Away From Lung Cancer

The news came via an email from Sen. Joe Fain....Read More

A Review of Research on the Effect of Lower Class Sizes: Many Studies Find “No Improvement in Learning”

Researchers at the left-leaning Center for American Progress describe class size reduction policies as a “false promise.” Center for American Progress analysts also conclude that...Read More

Zombie Lobbyists Coming to State Capitol Tuesday

The Department of Enterprise Services sent this notice out a little while ago: Filming at Capitol to close campus road on March 17 The north...Read More

Adele Ferguson, “Adella the Hun,” A Freshman Mistake That Had To Be Cleaned Up. 1975

It was sometime in the winter of 1975 when a couple of Eastern Washington freshman House members started grousing about Adele Ferguson’s acidic description of...Read More

Freedom Foundation Alleges SEIU 775 was Never Certified to Negotiate (Updated With SEIU Response)

The Freedom Foundation has filed an unfair labor practice complaint with the state’s Public Employment Relations Commission Tuesday, which is discussed below in its news release....Read More

Gov. Inslee Says Cap-and-Trade Will Get ‘Serious Consideration’

Emptying the notebook from Gov. Jay Inslee’s weekly meeting with the press corps Friday morning: Cap-and-trade is starting the legislative process in both the House...Read More

New Combined Calendar “…Sucks.” What Were They Thinking?

I Asked Others What They Think Of The New Combined Calendar: “It sucks.” That’s the kindest and only printable description I received from folks who...Read More

Dem Lawmakers Introduce Paid-Sick Leave, $12 Minimum Wage Legislation

A host of Democratic lawmakers and union members were on hand Thursday afternoon to introduce legislation raising the statewide minimum wage to $12 an hour,...Read More