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Member Opinions

In a recent Washington State House committee hearing, an unusual scene unfolded: prisoners, clad in tan uniforms, testifying, some calling themselves victims rather than perpetrators of crimes. The convicted felons... ...

Feb. 1, 2024

When Washington’s voters adopted the state’s Public Records Act (PRA) under Initiative 276 in 1972, they wanted to make sure that state, county, and city governments operate openly and are... ...

Jan. 25, 2024

“The possibility of a global environmental apocalypse has been dominating headlines and exercises a powerful hold on the imaginations of millions of people,” according to optimist and author Marion L.... ...

Jan. 19, 2024

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that the number of U.S. youth who identify as transgender has nearly doubled in the last several years. Mary Bridge... ...

Jan. 17, 2024

In the annals of Olympia’s failure and mismanagement, few disasters can match the one happening right now. The state’s program to replace barriers for salmon and steelhead migration to spawning... ...

Jan. 9, 2024

It is a privilege and an honor to represent and serve the people of the 9th Legislative District as we begin a new year and a new legislative session in... ...

Jan. 8, 2024

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... ...

Dec. 15, 2023

It is time for the Legislature to address the varied and unequal learning circumstances many Washington students face on a daily basis. Looking at schools across the state has strengthened... ...

Dec. 5, 2023

(Note: This op-ed appeared in The News Tribune on November 22, 2023. You can also read it here.) When I considered seeking public office in 2009, my dad said to... ...

Nov. 22, 2023

(Note: This article was published in the Spokesman-Review on Nov, 9. View the article from the newspaper site here.) Those of us border-area residents are keenly aware of the price... ...

Nov. 9, 2023