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When I hear the words “Made in Washington,” I think of the quality and craftsmanship of products and services in our state. I think of businesses trying to remain competitive, creating...

Jan. 7, 2010

Earlier this month, I received a press release from the governor's office. It touted how Gov. Gregoire had approved spending $5.6 million for projects to provide cleaner water for salmon. Isn't...

Dec. 30, 2009

State lawmakers return to Olympia next Monday for a scheduled 60-day legislative session. Decisions made by the Legislature could have far-reaching effects for years to come. That's why I'm asking you...

Dec. 30, 2009

As congressional Democrats try to secure the last favorable vote for health care reform before Christmas, it appears the government-run “public option” for the uninsured is dead…for now. I am not...

Dec. 23, 2009

Special to the Chambers of Commerce On Jan. 11, the Washington Legislature will convene in Olympia for a scheduled 60-day session. It's shaping up to be possibly one of the most...

Dec. 18, 2009

With the Legislature preparing to convene in Olympia Jan. 11 for its scheduled 60-day session, we are now beginning to get glimpses of how the governor and the majority party plan...

Dec. 16, 2009

Recently, I stopped by to visit with some friends who own a business in the construction industry. This is an industry that has lost more than 48,000 jobs since 2007. Many...

Dec. 9, 2009

Just before “Black Friday” last week, a Seattle radio station randomly interviewed people, asking how much they would spend for Christmas gifts this year. Most said they would be spending less,...

Dec. 2, 2009

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

This Friday in South Carolina, the first shovel of dirt will be turned on the construction of a new plant for the second line of Boeing's 787. The Boeing Company announced...

Nov. 18, 2009