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The Sunday Observer: An initiative strategy from the right for sweeping change

We’re hearing from operatives on both sides of the aisle that this is likely to be a big year for Republican candidates for the Legislature,...Read More

The Sunday Observer: More on the folding of the capital gains tax repeal initiative

In a highly unusual move, the most high-profile ballot initiative campaign in Washington this year, the challenge to the capital gains tax, quietly folded last...Read More

A bloodless victory in Eastern Washington

If you think of politics as a kind of permanent war without actual bloodshed, then the most famous line from Sun Tzu’s “The Art of...Read More

From The Observer: Trump endorsement doesn’t equal cash for Culp

Donald Trump’s endorsement didn’t do much to enliven failed gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp’s dwindling ability to squeeze money out of his base of small conservative...Read More

From the Observer: More big money for the capital gains tax repeal

The people with skin in the game are starting to play in the ballot initiative campaign to repeal Washington’s new capital gains tax.  The latest filing to...Read More

The Sunday Observer: How the hospitals held off the nurses’ unions

One of the biggest fights in the Legislature this year was between the Washington Hospital Association and the unions that represent nurses and nursing assistants...Read More

The Sunday Observer: The mysterious death of House Bill 1099

At the late-night press conference after the gavel fell on the Washington Legislature’s 2022 session around midnight on Thursday, our sisters and brothers in news¹ had...Read More

The Sunday Observer: Paving over the locals for green energy but not for housing density

We’re in the final week of the Legislature’s session when lawmakers must negotiate a complex deal to get out of town. Friday marked the last...Read More

The Sunday Observer: Transportation gets dicey

Two of the most striking elements of the Democrats’ proposed transportation package in Olympia this year were its lack of bipartisanship and its unusual degree of bicameral...Read More

The Sunday Observer: California group spends big to change Seattle elections

A California-based group has poured $160,000 into a campaign to aggressively revamp Seattle’s primary election system. That’s likely enough to collect the signatures necessary to...Read More