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If you are a property owner, you've probably received this year's property tax bill by now. And if you are like most property owners, you're wondering why your tax bill is...

March 16, 2011

Several people have asked me why I and my fellow House Republicans swam against the tide and voted against a $360 million budget reduction bill. The answer is “education.” With four...

March 3, 2011

Special to the Chambers of Commerce Ronald Reagan once said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, “I'm from the government and I'm here to help.”  I was...

Feb. 18, 2011

Several days ago, financial guru Jim Cramer's Web site, The Street, listed its pick of the best and worst states for small business. Surprisingly, the New York-based Web site listed Washington...

Jan. 26, 2011

Special to the Chambers of Commerce As we enter the second month of the 2011 legislative session, here are some numbers to contemplate: Washington added about 2,100 jobs in December, yet...

Jan. 19, 2011

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

Special to the Chambers of Commerce Local builders and people seeking to purchase a new home can breathe a sigh of relief – at least for now. The Washington State Building...

June 23, 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

Dear editor, I would like to thank the Courier-Times and Skagit Publishing for allowing me to write a weekly column in this newspaper for the past three years. Since the first...

March 9, 2010