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We live in some of the most beautiful recreational areas in the world. Our state parks are chosen destination spots of Washingtonians and out-of-state visitors looking for a getaway or a...

April 8, 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

More than 330,000 people in Washington are without jobs — the highest in 25 years. Many losses are in the housing industry. If the economic downturn has taught us anything, it's...

March 26, 2009

If you're tempted to give a standing ovation to the state Supreme Court for its decision not to take up a test case that could have made it easier for the...

March 18, 2009

One of the most basic and essential functions of government is the protection and safety of the citizens it serves. Without good public safety laws that are enforced, the other duties...

March 11, 2009

The numbers are staggering. More than 252,000 Washingtonians are out of work. Just last month, more than 75,300 people filed for unemployment. At the same time, Washington is struggling with a...

Feb. 25, 2009

In my Republican response to the governor's State of the State address last month, I said the Legislature should cut non-essential services and set spending priorities to close a projected $7...

Feb. 18, 2009

What does the proposed Highway 522 expansion between Monroe and Maltby have to do with the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle? Unfortunately, everything if Gov. Gregoire has her way. For nearly...

Feb. 17, 2009

These past few years, we've heard stories and watched television shows and movies dedicated to the theory of climate change. As representatives in the Washington State Legislature, we're proud to serve...

Feb. 13, 2009

A constituent recently asked me not to vote for a salary increase for legislators. He noted, “I have not had a raise in four years.” Similar comments are voiced from other...

Feb. 4, 2009