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To the people of Thurston County and Pierce County: I am Keith Swank. As we near the end of this long campaign I just wanted to express my gratitude for the outpouring of support I have received. … more
I’m being bombarded by ads from dark money groups saying America is coming to an end because of violent crime and inflation. Are we better off now? Remember two years ago states were using … more
Indigenous tribes existed for thousands of years before we heard the word “infrastructure.” In today’s world, infrastructure includes the roads, bridges, ferries and airports … more
Demand for electric vehicles (EVs) is soaring, accelerated by climate change concerns.  EVs reduce tailpipe emissions from cars, trucks and buses, which are responsible for 30 percent of our … more
To “Build Back America” key workers must return to job sites. It is not good enough for President Joe Biden to lean back on low unemployment numbers claiming success when employers … more
Long-term efforts to remove non-tribal commercial gillnets from the mainstem Columbia River have taken a big step forward with a multi-million-dollar commercial license-buyout program that was … more
I wonder if “smoke season” will be our new normal. For most of the past half dozen years or so, we’ve had days or weeks of choking smoke as summer ends. It usually hits in … more
I oppose the Greenfield mega airport for many obvious reasons. There are many other options that don’t ignore the growth management plan. No doubt eminent domain would be used to acquire much … more
Marie Gluesenkamp Perez is a working-class Democrat that is mobilizing a new generation of rural, dirt road democrats. She owns an auto repair shop, lives in rural Skamania County, and is the first … more
When the Legislature meets in January, it should do an about-face on another social program that isn’t carrying its financial weight as promised. Instead, there are plans and recommendations to … more
The first month of the school year soared by at a sprinter’s pace and we continue to see signs of increased health in our district data. We have deliberately avoided the term “back to … more
For decades, Washington has reaped the benefits of forward-thinking leaders who constructed a series of hydroelectric dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers. The low-cost, carbon-free renewable … more
Washington state needs a senator who is willing to work with both Democrats and Republicans. That statement may seem obvious. But after three decades in the other Washington, Patty Murray is … more
In a couple of weeks, I will be voting Joe Kent for congress in Washington’s 3rd Congressional District. I am a supporter of and was a donor to Jaime Herrera Beutler’s campaign for … more
Once again, this is the case with the current effort to decide on a location recommendation for a new mega airport in the Puget Sound region. It is done very skillfully and intentionally through … more
Every generation owes it to the next seven generations to protect the environment. At the rate populations are growing and the climate is changing, it’s getting harder and harder to be … more
With white emigrants settling in the Pacific Northwest during the mid-1850s, Native Americans throughout the region faced huge disruptions to their lives and displacement from their traditional … more
We’re taught about a “safe following distance” in driver’s education because bad things can happen when you ride the bumper of the car ahead of you. In 2005, Democratic … more
Simple question: how should we measure the success of climate policy? Answer: By maximizing CO2 reduction for every dollar spent. This smart approach is standard practice for many private … more
Those who live in Spokane know about its waste-to-energy facility which burns up to 800 tons of solid waste a day and can generate 22 megawatts of electricity, which is enough to power 13,000 … more
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