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In the summer of 1889, 75 delegates assembled at the Territorial Capitol Building in Olympia to draft the state's constitution. Their first words demonstrated what they valued most. Article 1, Section...

June 29, 2012

Sometime back, I had the honor to speak to a 12th grade political science class at one of our local high schools. After introducing myself, I opened up the classroom to...

May 18, 2012

It's encouraging to see the state's unemployment rate drop to 8.2 percent in February. That's down almost a full percentage point from February 2011 when unemployment was at 9.1 percent. It...

April 13, 2012

It was Sept. 11, 2007, when Gov. Chris Gregoire came to Snohomish County to see firsthand the problems on U.S. Highway 2 that contributed to more than 45 deaths within seven...

Jan. 24, 2012

When lawmakers arrived Nov. 28 at the state Capitol for a special session, many of my fellow legislators and I were hopeful we could vote within the first couple days on...

Dec. 30, 2011

In recent weeks, I have heard from administrators and health care workers who operate small hospitals in rural areas across the state, and from those within the 39th District, which includes...

Nov. 30, 2011

When Washington's founders wrote our state's Constitution in 1889, they made sure the ultimate sovereignty of government is reserved for the people. The first article of the state Constitution says “all...

Sept. 22, 2011

All eyes of state government will be fixated on the state's economic and revenue forecast when it is released Sept. 15. This forecast not only predicts the direction of Washington's economy...

Aug. 29, 2011

Special to the Chambers of Commerce The 103-day regular session and the 30-day special session of the 2011 Legislature are now history, having come to completion May 25. How did businesses...

June 27, 2011

There were no surprises when the quarterly state revenue forecast was released March 17. It showed incoming revenues are down by more than $778 million, putting the state's projected budget shortfall...

March 21, 2011