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Special to Skagit County Republicans Thank you for all your hard work and support! It has made a difference. We have more Republicans in the Legislature this year. Now the real...

Jan. 12, 2011

Lawmakers in Olympia moved forward today to adopt a bipartisan package of spending reductions to decrease a $1.1 billion deficit by $588 million for a state operating budget that runs through...

Dec. 11, 2010

Special to the Chambers of Commerce I appreciate receiving the Washington Pilots Association (WPA) publication “Wings,” and wish to respond to WPA President John Dobson's April/May 2010 article, “Olympia WA. ....

June 2, 2010

I'm often asked, “How did it go in Olympia this year?” I've been telling folks, “Very disappointing.” When state lawmakers arrived in Olympia in January, they faced rising unemployment and a...

May 18, 2010

After a 60-day regular session and 30 days in a special session, the Legislature finally adjourned April 13. Both legislative sessions were dominated by the state operating budget, which has a...

April 21, 2010

As the Legislature entered its final day of the special session, Rep. Dan Kristiansen reflected over the past 90 days lawmakers have been in Olympia and characterized this year's legislative session...

April 13, 2010

“Welcome to Idaho!” That's the sign Idaho's Gov. Butch Otter expects more Washingtonians will see if Democrats in Olympia pass, and Gov. Chris Gregoire signs into law, the largest tax increase...

March 3, 2010

Special to the Chambers of Commerce The 60-day legislative session is scheduled to adjourn March 11, and many employers feel the end of the 2010 session cannot happen fast enough. For...

Feb. 26, 2010

Just days before the Legislature's scheduled March 11 adjournment, lawmakers are finalizing the state's operating, capital and transportation budgets, and working to close a $2.7 billion shortfall in the operating budget,...

Feb. 24, 2010

Several days ago, I had a conversation with a small business owner who has done everything possible to avoid layoffs. Between the increases in workers' compensation insurance premiums and unemployment insurance...

Feb. 11, 2010