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A growing chorus of elite and establishment voices in Olympia chants about a “new normal” that the people of Washington will need to accept in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak....

May 10, 2020

In the last several years, Washington has made significant efforts to expand voter access. The state has changed its election laws to allow same-day voter registration, bring ballots to college students,...

Feb. 7, 2020

A month ago, the Joint State House/Senate Transportation Committee met in Olympia and heard an update on the governor's plans to use a so-called “Section 601 letter” to rewrite our recently...

Aug. 31, 2019

In the next few days, the Park Royal Health and Rehabilitation Center nursing home in Longview will close—permanently. The closure of this award-winning nursing home — which specializes in caring for...

Aug. 23, 2019

People have been asking me about my impressions of the recent “short” legislative session that just ended a couple of weeks ago. Here's my recap. As I mentioned at the Greater...

April 25, 2018

A few days ago, the Port of Longview announced it had signed an exclusive agreement to negotiate with a prospective tenant for the old Continental Grain terminal at Berth 4. Cheers...

Feb. 22, 2018

With much recent attention on the state Supreme Court case Whatcom County v. Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board, often called Hirst, we would like the opportunity to express the views...

Jan. 10, 2018

The Washington Department of Ecology seems determined to oppose any industrial development in Cowlitz County. And the rest of the 19th Legislative District. About three weeks ago, Ecology issued an opinion...

Oct. 30, 2017

Several weeks ago, a number of newspapers around the country ran an Associated Press article that most published with the suggested headline: “Trump won places drowning in despair. Can he save...

Sept. 20, 2017

On Saturday, August 19, a fish farm in the San Juan Islands near Anacortes suffered a structural failure to one of its net pens, containing more than 300,000 nearly-mature Atlantic salmon....

Sept. 11, 2017