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Predictable problems in rush for same-day voter registration
Predictable problems in rush for same-day voter registration
The past few weeks have been busy ones for me. In addition to the normal summer activities of celebrating freedom, going on vacation, and attending family functions, work continues on representing our community on legislative committees, task forces and other meetings, as well as discussing issues important to our district...
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Accused rapist puts new sanctuary state law under the microscope
Accused rapist puts new sanctuary state law under the microscope
Last week, Brandi Kruse, a reporter for Seattle’s Fox Q13, tweeted: “If you’re an elected leader in our state who fought for sanctuary policies, be willing to step up and answer the hard questions when those policies hurt people. Not shirk away as if one woman’s pain and suffering is...
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Taxpayers on the hook for 88% jump in cost of Inslee’s security
Taxpayers on the hook for 88% jump in cost of Inslee’s security
It’s hard to shock me these days, but the ability of some in Olympia to take the taxpayers to the cleaners just managed to do it. Recently, Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation resulting in more than a billion dollars of unnecessary new taxes, putting the cherry on top of what...
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Governor signs Padden bill to require mediation between elected officials before lawsuits begin
Governor signs Padden bill to require mediation between elected officials before lawsuits begin
Measure will save taxpayers money, says Spokane Valley lawmaker Today Sen. Mike Padden’s legislation to avoid costly litigation between elected officials was signed into law. “This new law is a common-sense way to deal with disputes between elected officials before they escalate into lawsuits that cost taxpayers money,” said Padden,...
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