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The Democrats who currently control the Legislature should uphold our state constitution by giving proper attention to Initiative 2109, which would repeal Washington’s capital gains tax. It is … more
Although the Washington state Republican Party has officially endorsed Joe Kent in the race for Third Congressional District, lifelong Republican Leslie Lewallen said she’s a better choice if … more
Family, friends and tribal and state leaders recently witnessed the unveiling of a model of the Billy Frank Jr. statue in a ceremony at the state Capitol. The 4-foot-tall model — depicting … more
Aesop’s fable warns against killing the goose laying golden eggs. The tale’s origins date to 600 B.C. and tell of the greedy farmer who foolishly killed the prized goose to get to the … more
Editor’s Note: Columnist Julie McDonald previously wrote a three-part series based on an interview with Republican congressional candidate Joe Kent. The series can be found at chronline.com. … more
As the youngest of seven children growing up near the Black River on the Chehalis Indian Reservation, Helen Sanders often darted through their house in her father’s wake, ignoring her … more
Wednesday marks a birthday celebration, the date when a well-known Upper Cowlitz woman was born beside the banks of the Cowlitz River near present-day Randle about 170 years ago. Official Yakama … more
The Evergreen State has always been one of the safer places to live, work and raise a family in America, going back at least as far as 1960. Tragically, as of 2022, that’s no longer the … more
In the 1990s, “Things go better with Coca Cola” was the catchy slogan that dairy farmers dreaded. At the time, milk producers were in a head-to-head battle with soft drink giants and … more
For six months now, the WA Cares payroll tax has been taking part of workers’ incomes each paycheck for another benefit many of them will never receive. Worse, the money being collected will be … more
After a long run of strong spending, there are signs that consumers are beginning to slow down the pace of purchasing just a bit. U.S. retail sales fell 0.1% in October, the first decline since … more
In 1992, a single male sockeye salmon managed to swim 900 miles from the mouth of the Columbia River to Redfish Lake located deep in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains — the end of his migratory … more
Strong open government laws are critical to a well-functioning republic and ensuring public accountability. Two recent shocking stories, one in Washington and one in Idaho, however, sadly illustrate … more
As the 50th anniversary of the Boldt decision nears, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has room to improve as co-managers with treaty tribes. Judge Boldt’s 1974 ruling in U.S. v. … more
I love the fall colors. Growing up in Colorado, fall was always my favorite time of year. The colors were so vivid, and the air was crisp. My favorite color has always been red.  … more
The folks running Washington state’s WA Cares Fund, which taxes low- and high-income workers 58 cents for every $100 they make, hosted a webinar recently talking about how people can plan for … more
In January, a new law took effect in Washington requiring employers with more than 15 employees to include wage and benefit information in new job postings. It’s intended to use pay … more
Recently, at the Washington Policy Center’s Gala Awards Dinner, one of the nearly 1,000 attendees approached me and asked, “Liv, just what is school choice? Won’t it hurt public … more
“The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously under attack.” — Freedom to Read If you have never read the American Library Association’s Freedom … more
By Liv Finne Washington Policy Center Earlier this year Senator John Braun (R-Centralia) introduced SB 5248 to provide funding for individual tutoring to help students recover from the … more
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