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It’s a tradition for the Association of Washington Business to visit the local Costco during our international trade missions. AWB's trade mission to Canada in June was no different. Our … more
While wind and solar farms generate greenhouse gas-free electricity, there are ongoing concerns over their impacts on our environment, especially as a rapidly growing number of worn-out blades and … more
A dozen years ago, the state Supreme Court declared our state's approach to funding K-12 education had failed. Some legislators wanted to respond to the historic ruling in McCleary v. Washington … more
It is the time of year to fly our American flags proudly. It began in May with Memorial Day, to be followed this month by Flag Day, and end with the “grand finale” on July 4. The … more
Proponents of WA Cares inspired an opinion piece I wrote for The Washington State Standard titled, “ WA Cares is not a good answer for people in need. ” It ran on May 3.  … more
June is here, and the start of summer is just around the corner. A year ago, the first day of summer had Washington moving in front of California to have the highest gas prices in the nation. As … more
From 2013 through 2017, Republicans led our state Senate and Democrats had the majority in the House. While it lasted, that break in one-party control of Olympia was good for the people of our state. … more
This year marked the 40th anniversary of the partnership between treaty tribes and our state co-managers to establish salmon fisheries. Each spring since 1984, we’ve held a series of … more
During the first half of May, administrators at the University of Washington patiently negotiated with pro-Hamas protesters about voluntarily dismantling their illegal encampment at the center of the … more
With candidate filing week now behind us, the 2024 election season is in full swing. Democrat leaders in our state are no doubt looking ahead to the August primary and November general election … more
With candidate filing week now behind us, the 2024 election season is in full swing. Democrat leaders in our state are no doubt looking ahead to the August primary and November general election … more
Blocking a bad piece of legislation can often be as important as passing a good bill. That’s why Republican senators took a moment to cheer a few months ago when, in the face of intense … more
Unfortunately, it’s animal fighting season in the Pacific Northwest. The Washington state Gambling Commission encourages reporting of animal fighting to help stop these terrible acts. Our … more
In 1904, the ice cream cone was invented, the United States began construction of the Panama Canal, and a group of employers came together in Seattle to form the Citizens’ Alliance, which later … more
Republicans see absolutely no need for an income tax in Washington. Thanks to unanimous support from Republican legislators, Initiative 2111 was passed on March 4. It outlaws any income tax at any … more
As climate change concerns grow, researchers are turning to family tree farmers for assistance. They have been helping for a century, but their efforts go unrecognized. The American Tree Farm … more
Knowing what the Legislature did and didn’t do this year with the six initiatives submitted to it by the people of Washington, I couldn’t help noticing what a big-city newspaper columnist … more
In Washington this year, we hope to again escape the historic droughts plaguing other parts of the world. The Columbia River water system flowed at normal levels in recent years, which is good for … more
The legislative session is over, and it had the potential to be very positive for salmon recovery in Washington state. There was bipartisan support for habitat restoration, with several bills being … more
Four years ago, I introduced a bill to ban an income tax at any level in our state. It was ignored. Three years ago, Sen. Perry Dozier, the Republican senator who serves Walla Walla County … more
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