Opinion

Washington’s big tax bump | Brunell

With the dust settling from the 2019 legislative session, the focus is assessing the impacts on taxpayers and our economy. Our state’s budget grew by… Continue reading

State, feds splash and clash over Washington’s water quality

President Donald Trump is ready to give Washington the clean water rules its leaders requested. Did he get an ounce of gratitude when the Environmental… Continue reading

  • May 16, 2019
Washington State Capitol. Photo by Emma Epperly, WNPA Olympia News Bureau

Interim House speaker takes on challenges of a tough seat

The Frank Chopp era is over. Washington’s longest-serving speaker of the state House of Representatives quietly exited last Friday from the seat of power he… Continue reading

  • May 9, 2019
Washington State Capitol. Photo by Emma Epperly, WNPA Olympia News Bureau

New Montana law aims to keep people in their homes | Brunell

Montana’s legislature took the unusual step of exempting older, less-valued mobile homes from property tax as a way to stem homelessness. The bipartisan legislation, which… Continue reading

Democrats doing a victory lap, but other matters remain unfinished

Democratic lawmakers greeted the end of the 2019 legislative session with warm embraces, wide smiles, and for some, irrepressible joy. There was no visible residual… Continue reading

  • May 5, 2019

E-waste reduction requires innovative approaches

The vast majority of e-waste isn’t handled in an environmentally friendly way

KCLS fosters connections with local governments and library advocates

King County Library System fosters connections with local governments and library advocates to strengthen collaboration, encourage citizen engagement and maximize public funding to help KCLS… Continue reading

Montana woman recognized among Fortune’s greatest world leaders

Imagine sitting home and learning Fortune Magazine just listed you among the world’s greatest leaders? That’s exactly what happened to Marilyn Bartlett who led the… Continue reading

More hatchery fish needed

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) plans to strategically release an additional 50 million chinook from its hatcheries this year to benefit starving… Continue reading

  • Apr 26, 2019
Gov. Jay Inslee. REPORTER FILE PHOTO

From climate change to health care, Democrats advance governor’s agenda

Jay Inslee looks to be enjoying his best legislative session as governor. By the time it wraps up, the Democratic governor should get 15 of… Continue reading

  • Apr 26, 2019
Gov. Jay Inslee. REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Remember a good friend who went his own way

One of the inevitable costs in aging is watching old friends pass away. Seems to happen more and more these days, nothing can stop that.… Continue reading

  • Apr 20, 2019

Seeking compromise on data privacy, Dems found controversy

Microsoft, Amazon and Comcast got invited to to help craft language but consumer groups did not

  • Apr 19, 2019

Woman on 17-day fast to spotlight orcas’ plight

At nearly noon, Lanni Johnson sat in a fold-up beach chair in the chilly shade of the state Capitol dome with no intention of relocating… Continue reading

  • Apr 11, 2019

Are sheriffs above the law?

Washington voters have spoken on I-1639. Sheriffs need to set the stage to follow their oath of office - and enforce the law.

Is a low-carbon fuel standard running out of political gas?

OLYMPIA — If the Democrat-controlled Legislature fails to pass a low-carbon fuel standard this session, Steve Hobbs, one of their own, will get blamed. He… Continue reading

  • Apr 4, 2019

Libraries are places of connection and community pride

A public library is often considered the heart of the community, providing programs and services that bring people together and create opportunities for meaningful connections.… Continue reading

Darker side of renewables | Brunell

Before our country, in haste, dives totally into renewable energy, we must carefully evaluate its impacts. By just focusing on eliminating natural gas, liquid fuels… Continue reading

Sound Transit, politics and Superfund sites

Elected leaders and residents want a landfill as the preferred site, and that raises questions.

Democrats are in charge, but GOP is helping steer the debate

Republicans see their role as fixing or foiling bad bills. Democrats’ tax bills are their new target

  • Mar 27, 2019

Teaching, training tomorrow’s leaders, workers

Legislature urged to fully fund our community and technical colleges

  • Mar 27, 2019