Member Opinions

It is vital we continue to understand and own the consequences of our own consumption, and fully commit to being locally and globally responsible stewards of our environment.

May 11, 2018

The statistics are alarming, but real. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates prescription opioid misuse costs the United States $78.5 billion a year. Here in Washington state, the...

May 11, 2018

The Legislature adjourned on March 8. It is great to be back in beautiful Whatcom County. Since being home, we have had opportunities to meet with constituents and local groups about...

May 7, 2018

People have been asking me about my impressions of the recent “short” legislative session that just ended a couple of weeks ago. Here’s my recap. As I mentioned at the Greater...

April 25, 2018

As featured in the Huckleberry Press House Bill 2664, which extends telecommunications authority to all ports in Washington state passed unanimously in both the House and Senate this session. The measure,...

March 26, 2018

One thing we can always count on, in good times and bad, is there will always be pressure on the state Legislature to raise taxes, and to spend every last penny...

March 14, 2018

In this opinion article, Rep. Terry Nealey explains his vote on the Legislative Public Records Act and his views about opening legislative records to the public while protecting constituent privacy.

March 3, 2018

In the final few weeks of session the operating budget negotiations will be the focus. A big part of that debate will revolve around new revenue – or taxes. There continues to...

Feb. 23, 2018

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” said the late philosopher George Santayana. I’m reminded of these words as the Legislature is debating whether to spend a new $1.3 billion...

Feb. 23, 2018

A few days ago, the Port of Longview announced it had signed an exclusive agreement to negotiate with a prospective tenant for the old Continental Grain terminal at Berth 4. Cheers...

Feb. 22, 2018