Email Updates

We are now in the third week of the 2012 regular session. Since there is not much happening with balancing the $1.5 billion shortfall, I wanted to provide some information to...

Jan. 23, 2012

Just one last quick reminder: Don’t forget to join me tomorrow evening, Jan. 24, for a live telephone town hall meeting from Olympia. I want to hear from you! Join your...

Jan. 23, 2012

Greetings from the North Pole!  No, I’m not really in Santa’s backyard – it just feels that way!  Without the snowplows and de-icers that many Eastern Washington communities have, Olympia turns...

Jan. 20, 2012

Greetings, from snowy, wet, slushy and icy Olympia! It’s amazing how a little snow and ice can wreak havoc on a region that see little of both most of the year. ...

Jan. 19, 2012

If you’ve been reading my e-mail updates, you know what the news is from the Legislature! How about hearing, as Paul Harvey would say, “the rest of the story!” All you...

Jan. 17, 2012

Spokane is holding its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. parade today and event organizers are hoping for their best turnout ever. As we all remember, it was just one year...

Jan. 16, 2012

Today marks the beginning of the second week of the scheduled 60-day legislative session. We are facing a number of issues during the session, including closing a $1.5 billion spending gap...

Jan. 16, 2012

The 60-day legislative session is underway. This grand gathering of legislators, citizen activists, legislative staff, lobbyists, state agency officials, and others is amazing to behold. The process runs on the basis...

Jan. 13, 2012

As most of you know, the Legislature met for special session last month in an effort to solve our state’s projected $2 billion shortfall.  Many of my colleagues and I were...

Jan. 13, 2012

The 2012 legislative session began on Monday and will run 60 days. The governor gave her annual State of the State speech on Tuesday, which you can find here (33:29 mark)....

Jan. 12, 2012