Tuesday, June 27, 2017   LOCAL   ► From David Bacon — A new farm worker union is born — The signing of the contract with Sakuma Brothers Farms was a quiet end to four years of strikes and boycotts, in which these workers had organized the first new...
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Take action Wednesday at noon outside Columbia Bank’s Tacoma HQ   TACOMA — The Washington-based Freedom Foundation, a right-wing tax exempt organization with the mission of defunding and destroying unions, refuses to disclose its donors. But over the...
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Monday, June 26, 2017   MUSLIM TRAVEL BAN   ► BREAKING from AP — Supreme Court reinstates Trump travel ban, will hear arguments — The Supreme Court is letting the administration mostly enforce its 90-day ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries,...
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SEATTLE — There are just five days left for the Washington State Legislature to agree on the 2017-19 budget before much of the state government shuts down on July 1. This extended political stare-down is costing precious taxpayer dollars and also costing...
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UPDATE (June 26, 2017) — There’s STILL no budget deal with just 5 days until the state shutdown. Call 1-800-562-6000 and leave a message for your State Senator to STOP THE SHUTDOWN and pass a budget! The following is from the All In for Action coalition,...
6/23/2017
Thursday, June 22, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► KOMO News — Third overtime session begins with shutdown looming — The second special session ended with no agreement and lawmakers immediately went into a third overtime session with June 30 as the deadline....
6/22/2017
It takes a lot of time and dedication to build a good reputation but it takes only one bad choice to destroy it in an instant. As state treasurer, I carry this lesson with me every day as I work with other state officials and dedicated treasury staff to...
6/21/2017
For Trump to keep his promises, he must force GOP to make it less ‘mean’   By LEO W. GERARD WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 21, 2017) — Donald Trump is right. The House health insurance bill is “mean, mean, mean,” as he put it last week. He correctly called the...
6/21/2017
Wednesday, June 21, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — With state budget impasse, countdown to shutdown is on — An exchange between the chief House and Senate budget writers Tuesday doesn’t bode well for those counting on lawmakers...
6/21/2017
The Washington State Wire conducted a telephone poll of likely voters in the Seattle mayoral primary coming up in August. The poll was in the field for four days over this past weekend.  It had 475 respondents with a margin of error of +/- 4.0%. You can...
6/21/2017
Much has been made of the new look of the Washington electoral map resulting from the 2106 election. Like the national election pattern, Donald Trump won acres while Hillary Clinton won voters. Although Trump’s 37% was the lowest Republican vote for...
6/21/2017
The Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council released its quarterly state revenue forecast today. According to Chief Economist and Executive Director Steve Lerch, the General Fund-State (GF-S) revenue forecast has been increased by $81...
6/20/2017
Council unanimously approved a resolution  committing the City of Seattle to uphold its portion of the United States’ former commitment to the Paris Climate Accord, and reaffirming Seattle’s target to reduce City greenhouse gas emissions 58 percent below...
6/14/2017
For the third time, legislation that would reverse the Hirst Decision has passed out of the Senate. Senate Bill 5239 seeks to reverse the Hirst Decision, which some Republicans legislators claim has unfairly hurt their constituents by potentially raising...
6/13/2017
Today, Emerge Washington announced that it has hired Karen Besserman as its new executive director. The 18th Emerge America affiliate, Emerge Washington officially launched in May, and will serve as the premier political leadership training organization...
6/9/2017
Moore Information’s recent survey asked voters in the Sound Transit District how they would vote again if given the chance. When asked if they would approve the increased care tabs, sales tax, and property taxes for transit and light rail, 51 percent...
6/8/2017
Ben Stuckart has announced that his is withdrawing from the Congressional race, citing family health issues. In the announcement, Stuckart recommits to the citizens of Spokane, who he currently serves as City Council President, admitting that he had...
6/7/2017
The capitol press corps is going on a collective “fishing expedition.”  That’s the term for when individuals or organizations make a wide request for public information hoping to catch anything in the metaphorical net. They have submitted a public...
6/6/2017
Today Representative Matt Manweller introduced legislation to privatize The Evergreen State College and called for the Human Rights Commission to open a formal investigation into Evergreen: These so-called campus activists want to set us back 50 years to...
6/2/2017