Member Opinions

Our values and principles are what set the foundation for how we live our lives. This session, my caucus has come up with three key principles that are in line with...

Feb. 3, 2020

“Mr. President, our farmers love you!” President Trump looked up, smiled, walked over to me and shook my hand. What a moment! It was the culmination of more than a year’s...

Jan. 31, 2020

As published in The Spokesman-Review Washingtonians sent a strong message last November when they approved $30 car tabs through the initiative process. Despite nearly 53% of the vote statewide, a coalition...

Jan. 28, 2020

The 2020 legislative session is in full swing and the familiar issues of tax increases, $30 car tabs, gun rights, homelessness, crime and public safety are at the center of much...

Jan. 23, 2020

In an op-ed for the La Conner Weekly News, Rep. Norma Smith touches on several key issues this session, including data privacy, supplemental operating, capital and transportation budgets, homelessness, and $30...

Jan. 20, 2020

We are back in Olympia for this year’s 60-day legislative session, which began Jan. 13, and it didn’t take long to learn what Gov. Jay Inslee and his Democratic friends who...

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