Opinion

Lawmakers on the road to finding car tab relief

One of the last spitball fights among lawmakers in the 2018 session erupted on how to provide a modicum of relief for payers of Sound… Continue reading

  • Feb 14, 2019

Controversial 2018 election mailers were audacious – and legal

Misleading postcards didn’t violate election laws because they touted non-candidates, the PDC found

  • Feb 7, 2019

Snowy winter is here

A winter storm earlier in the week brought a thick blanket of snow, strong wind and troublesome ice to Kent and the Green River Valley.… Continue reading

  • Feb 7, 2019

Student debt draining retired income | Brunell

Lots has been written about students exiting college saddled with hefty student loans; however, the impact on retired parents has gone largely unnoticed. Recently, Wall… Continue reading

Washington farmers need tariff relief | Brunell

The good news is Washington’s cherry crop is projected to be as good as 2018’s. And the bad news? Absent tariff relief from the ongoing,… Continue reading

3 years in the making: new law on police use of deadly force

Legislators are about to pass a bill that will permit officers to kill only in ‘good faith’

  • Jan 25, 2019

Private sector is stepping up for tourism | Brunell

Necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention. That’s particularly true in difficult times when “business as usual” no longer works. As our national… Continue reading

Gov. Jay Inslee. REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Inslee sounding more presidential than ever

“Washington’s Unwritten Chapter” was the title of the State of the State address Tuesday, Jan. 15. “Strange Case of Governor Jay and President Inslee” might… Continue reading

  • Jan 23, 2019
Gov. Jay Inslee. REPORTER FILE PHOTO

East Coast seaports ramping up capabilities | Brunell

While many eyes are fixed on trade talks between our country and China, leaders at America’s ports are positioning their seaports to compete for increasing… Continue reading

Male-only no more: The next House Speaker will be a woman

Frank Chopp’s reign as speaker of the state House of Representatives will end soon. The Seattle Democrat, the longest serving speaker in state history and… Continue reading

  • Jan 17, 2019

Viadoom looms

Closure, demolition of

  • Jan 10, 2019

New year will bring a new libraries, opportunities

On Jan. 16, I will celebrate my one-year anniversary as the King County Library System’s executive director, a wide-ranging job in more ways than one.… Continue reading

Boeing hopes to build upon record year | Brunell

Last year, a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) global study of aerospace manufacturing attractiveness found the United States is top rated, and within our country, Washington is the… Continue reading

Can Seahawks lasso the Cowboys on wild-card weekend?

The Seattle Seahawks look to stay perfect in opening-round playoff games under coach Pete Carroll when they take on the Dallas Cowboys in Saturday’s NFC… Continue reading

  • Jan 3, 2019

Lawmakers aim to revisit, scrutinize how Sound Transit works

Sound Transit should count on getting a share of attention from state lawmakers in the upcoming session. Car tab relief is one topic. How directors… Continue reading

  • Jan 3, 2019

Ways to drain the swamp

Many pundits predict American political warfare will worsen in 2019 and grow more ruthless in 2020 – our next presidential election year. The swamp that… Continue reading

Proposed wall along the border dividing a country

The partial government shutdown started on Friday, Dec. 21 at midnight. The issue is over money to build a border wall between the U.S. and… Continue reading

Gov. Jay Inslee. REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Tax change would bring in more money, but where would it go?

Many Democratic lawmakers may warm to the tax change but not the diversion of dollars

  • Dec 27, 2018
Gov. Jay Inslee. REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Dawgs, Cougs get ready for their bowl battles

Pac-12 schools hope to bring home wins

  • Dec 27, 2018

New idea: Carbon fee for transportation, environmental work

State Sen. Steve Hobbs is hiking solo on what seems an impossible mission. The Lake Stevens Democrat is trying to stitch together political support for… Continue reading

  • Dec 20, 2018