Member Opinions

For the Port Orchard Independent I serve on the Education Committee and am dedicated to improving the quality of education for all students in our state. Last year, the 24-credit graduation...

2015 session is underway – I’m here to serve you By Rep. Brad Hawkins This year’s legislative session in Olympia has just begun. In an odd-numbered year like 2015, the state...

In this opinion editorial, Rep. Dave Hayes discusses how the state and legislators have stepped up numerous times to keep the Island Transit Everett Connector operating, when the transit agency should...

When a Democratic state insurance commissioner and a Democratic president can’t agree on the proper implementation of arguably one of the nation’s most expensive, most impactful and most passionately debated programs...

With the size and complexity of the law, the transition has not been smooth.

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...

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...

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...

The state laws that you and I live by are not always conceived by policy makers in Olympia. Some of the best legislation begins at the grassroots level by citizens who...

More than 230 years ago, when countries were ruled by rich and powerful nobles and kings, 56 men from 13 North American British colonies dared to assert that "all men are...