Report from Olympia

Lives lost in latest DOC scandal Sometimes one hears a sound so many times that it almost becomes white noise, bleeding into the background and disappearing into the monotony of repetition. Sadly, that has been the case far too often with the issue of mismanagement under Governor Jay Inslee’s watch. Sometimes it takes a jarring, disturbing... Read More...
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... Read More...
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... Read More...
Work continues from the district The 2019 legislative session is over, and many of us are still coming to terms with the aftermath of the majority’s implementation of its agenda. There was a lack of transparency and proper legislative process that saw major tax hikes passing during late night hours of the last days of... Read More...
Session ends — new taxes and bigger government headed your way The following newsletter was sent to Sen. Mike Padden’s subscribers May 2, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. At midnight Sunday in the Senate, crowds await the final gavel ending the 2019 legislative session. New taxes and bigger government headed your way Session ends, and long-ranging problems can be... Read More...
Taxes? Immunizations? Sanctuary state? Big issues in doubt in Olympia The following newsletter was sent to Sen. Mike Padden’s subscribers April 25, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Busy floor sessions are commonplace as the Legislature heads toward adjournment. Waiting for a deal as Legislature’s adjournment nears Legislature due to adjourn Sunday, but major issues, DUI bill... Read More...
Saving the worst for last in Olympia The following newsletters was sent to Sen. Mike Padden’s subscribers on April 18, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Saving the worst for last in the Washington Legislature Big tax increases, controversial measures await action in the next 10 days Dear Friends and Neighbors, We’re in the... Read More...
Every now and again, a good idea succeeds at the statehouse The following newsletter was sent to Sen. Padden’s subscribers April 11, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. To see debate on Senate floor amendment regarding heroin injection sites, click here. A few pleasant statehouse surprises as Legislature works toward the finish Not everything in Olympia is gloom... Read More...
Ready for a state income tax? The debate is on Sex-ed, vaccines and honors for Edgar Martinez The following newsletter was distributed to Sen. Padden’s subscribers April 4, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Of budgets and blossoms, and a taxing argument we can do without Democratic budget proposals set up debate over an income tax Dear... Read More...