Report from Olympia

A gusher of money, and still it’s not enough As state coffers overflow with cash, Legislature considers tax increases The following newsletter was sent to Sen. Padden’s subscribers March 28, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear Friends and Neighbors, This week our legislative session enters the home stretch. What’s clear is that the debate of the... Read More...
Back from the dead in Olympia The following newsletter was sent to Sen. Padden’s subscribers March 21, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Back from the dead in Olympia DUI bill poised for resuscitation after deadline ‘kills’ measure Dear Friends and Neighbors, Olympia is a town where the dead come back to life on... Read More...
Legislature runs wild at mid-session cutoff The following newsletter was sent to Sen. Padden’s subscribers March 14, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Legislature runs wild at mid-session cutoff DUI bill denied vote in Senate, but fight continues Dear Friends and Neighbors, If you’ve ever wondered what our state would be like if Seattle... Read More...
Sex education for kindergarteners? The following newsletter was sent to Sen. Padden’s subscribers March 7, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Legislature’s ‘urban agenda’ steers state leftward, risks backlash Dear Friends and Neighbors, As our 2019 legislative session turns to action on the House and Senate floors, many of us are... Read More...
Another sentencing scandal at Corrections? The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, Feb. 28, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. A new round of prisoner releases points to continuing problems at Corrections Dear Friends and Neighbors, Over the last few days, we have learned that the Department of... Read More...
Another blow against human trafficking The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, Feb. 21, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Listening an essential part of a lawmaker’s job Dear Friends and Neighbors, This last weekend I had the opportunity to return to the 4th Legislative District, to meet... Read More...
Surviving the ‘blizzard’ in Western Washington The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, Feb. 14, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. The weather outside is frightful Dear Friends and Neighbors, What has 1.5 million legs and skids? Seattle, of course, whenever it snows. The Puget Sound area shared in... Read More...
A new effort to strengthen the state’s DUI laws The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, Feb. 7, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear Friends and Neighbors, One of the most frustrating things about DUI fatalities is that often we find the impaired driver has been charged and even convicted multiple... Read More...
A bad-hair day for the Legislature and other tales from the Capitol The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, Jan. 31, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. First bill of the year clears the Senate, torrent to come later Dear Friends and Neighbors, On Wednesday, the Washington Senate passed the first bill of the session,... Read More...
Legislature off and running – Initiative fix is top priority  The following newsletter was sent to subscribers to Sen. Padden’s newsletter, Jan. 24, 2019. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Legislature off and running – Initiative fix is top priority Dear Friends and Neighbors, Our 2019 legislative session is off and running. During our first week, we witnessed... Read More...