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In the annals of Olympia’s failure and mismanagement, few disasters can match the one happening right now. The state’s program to replace barriers for salmon and steelhead migration to spawning grounds...

Jan. 9, 2024

By Rep. Jim Walsh, R-Aberdeen In Olympia, we’re in the last few weeks of the legislative session and attention is turning to the state’s budgets. I’m getting lots of questions about...

April 11, 2023

Washington state is facing a clear and present danger to constitutional rights of free speech and freedom of conscience. Everyone who cares about our foundational values needs to get involved. House...

Feb. 28, 2023

Washington’s current governor and state attorney general have no respect for the people’s constitutional rights to protect themselves, their communities, and the state with firearms. They’re invested in government overreach. Despite...

Feb. 10, 2023

A growing number of parents and families from the 19th Legislative District, and throughout Washington state, have reached out to me, sharing their concerns that the governor may soon mandate children...

Nov. 20, 2021

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