Member Opinions

By Rep. Joe Schmick, Rep. Mary Dye and Sen. Mark Schoesler, We are back in Olympia for this year’s 60-day legislative session, which began Jan. 13, and it didn’t take long...

Jan. 15, 2020

During Washington’s early years of wolf recovery, social conflict between people with different perspectives and values has increased dramatically. There are some using this conflict for a broader agenda, not attempting...

Jan. 8, 2020

It was a bright spot of my day to read The Columbian’s editorial page on Dec. 3, in which the newspaper publicly acknowledges that a “Single bridge won’t fix transportation issues.”...

Dec. 31, 2019

The people have spoken on I-976, and some politicians and activists aren’t happy about it. Instead of simply accepting the result of the vote, they took to Twitter. On November 6,...

Dec. 11, 2019

It's your home, expect more! - Rep. Kretz and Maycumber give a brief overview on the upcoming 2020 legislative session.

Nov. 21, 2019

Earlier this summer on a cool, drizzly day in Alaska I had the opportunity to see firsthand how Alaska has turned a dwindling salmon population into a successful and bountiful industry...

Oct. 17, 2019

During the final three days of the 105-day legislative session in April, more than $2 billion in new and higher taxes were approved by majority Democrats. These included new and increased...

Oct. 17, 2019

It’s often said that living a rural lifestyle is a choice, which of course has its unique set of challenges and benefits.  When individuals and families across out state come together...

Sept. 26, 2019

A month ago, the Joint State House/Senate Transportation Committee met in Olympia and heard an update on the governor’s plans to use a so-called “Section 601 letter” to rewrite our recently...

Aug. 31, 2019

In the next few days, the Park Royal Health and Rehabilitation Center nursing home in Longview will close—permanently. The closure of this award-winning nursing home — which specializes in caring for...

Aug. 23, 2019