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It's been a difficult year for many Washington families. Unemployment is high. Many businesses have closed or curtailed operations. Young people in the military are deployed to wars overseas. State government...

Nov. 25, 2009

For the Courier-Times If you are a registered voter, you've likely received your general election ballot in the mail by now. In nearly all of Washington, voters now get their ballots...

Oct. 28, 2009

It's hard to believe it's been more than three months since the 2009 legislative session ended April 26. I am reminded because hundreds of new laws recently became effective from the...

Aug. 6, 2009

In my April report to the chambers of commerce, I provided a bill alert listing several pieces of legislation that may affect businesses. Now that the 2009 Legislature adjourned its session...

May 14, 2009

The 2009 legislative session adjourned April 26. Although the governor may call the Legislature into special session, it's time to look back at the regular session with my annual thumbs-up/thumbs down...

May 13, 2009

When our nation's founding fathers met in Philadelphia in 1787 to draft a new U.S. Constitution, they deadlocked on how the president should be chosen. James Madison argued against having the...

April 1, 2009

The state laws that you and I live by are not always conceived by policy makers in Olympia. Some of the best legislation begins at the grassroots level by citizens who...

Jan. 28, 2009

Snohomish lawmaker calls for setting budget priorities, resisting tax increases, allowing free-market solutions to work Calling upon the Legislature and the governor to make better, responsible budget decisions,  Rep. Dan Kristiansen...

Jan. 14, 2009

More than 230 years ago, when countries were ruled by rich and powerful nobles and kings, 56 men from 13 North American British colonies dared to assert that “all men are...

Jan. 14, 2009

Rep. Dan Kristiansen, R-Snohomish, will deliver the Republican response to Gov. Christine Gregoire's State of the State address Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 14. The House and Senate will convene in joint session...

Jan. 13, 2009