Member Opinions

Governor Inslee’s regional reopening plan announced Jan. 5 leaves much to be desired. It is not fair or equitable. But his announcement to allow two regions on the west side of...

Feb. 11, 2021

To say 2020 was a tough year would be an underestimate. If you had to rely on the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) it may have been exceptionally difficult. Last...

Feb. 8, 2021

The environment is unquestionably important to every one of us who live, work and raise families in our beautiful state of Washington. It has also become a political hotbed of polar-opposite...

Feb. 5, 2021

In the 2021 legislative session currently underway, there is a concentrated and emotional effort to change police tactics and limit the equipment law enforcement officers can use to deescalate dangerous situations...

Feb. 4, 2021

As the ranking Republican on the House Health Care and Wellness Committee, I’m working hard to make health care more affordable and accessible to our citizens.  Anyone who has worked in...

Feb. 3, 2021

Special to The Newport Miner (published 2/3/21) The majority party in the House released their transportation budget recently, including a gas tax increase and several other fees.  If approved, Washington state...

Feb. 3, 2021

The first three weeks of the 2021 session have been absolutely head spinning, especially because this session could have major ramifications now and for years to come. We are working on...

Feb. 3, 2021

There are two important bills I like to share with you. One involves rural broadband and the other health care. Both of these common-sense solutions do what good legislation should, they...

Feb. 1, 2021

This op-ed appeared in The Seattle Times on January 22, 2021: https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/end-the-eviction-moratorium-or-help-landlords-with-rent-vouchers/ Government shouldn’t be able to give away something it doesn’t own. But that’s what happened when Gov. Jay Inslee stopped...

Jan. 29, 2021

2020 was an unprecedented and hard year for all of us. This week helps bring the last year into perspective as we hit the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic. 2021...

Jan. 27, 2021