Report from Olympia

Legislative session goes into overtime This newsletter was distributed to Sen. Mike Padden’s subscribers on March 10, 2016. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. On what should have been the morning of adjournment, a rainbow appeared over the Capitol. Dear friends and neighbors, It shouldn’t have happened, but the Legislature is heading into... Read More...
Hearings begin in Department of Corrections fiasco This newsletter was distributed to Sen. Mike Padden’s subscribers on Feb. 26, 2016. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. This week the Senate launched hearings into the management troubles at the Department of Corrections that caused thousands of felons to be released early and may have caused the... Read More...
Management crises take center stage at Capitol This newsletter was distributed to Sen. Mike Padden’s subscribers on Feb. 11, 2016. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Friends and neighbors, This has been a busy time at the Capitol. Some of it is the ordinary business of a legislative session, as action moves to the House... Read More...
Corrections, water for Spokane Valley emerge as major topics This newsletter was distributed to Sen. Mike Padden’s subscribers. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Sens. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, and Steve O’Ban, R-Pierce County, discuss the Department of Corrections scandal on TVW’s ‘The Impact.’ Click here to see the newscast. Dear friends and neighbors, We are nearly... Read More...
Corrections scandal dominates Legislature’s opening week This newsletter was distributed to Sen. Mike Padden’s subscribers on Jan. 14, 2016. To subscribe to Sen. Padden’s newsletters, click here. Dear friends and neighbors, We had plenty of drama this week as we opened the 2016 legislative session. And it just goes to show things get faster when there... Read More...
Justice for Victims Dear Friends and Neighbors, This is the last Report from Olympia you will receive in 2015. Due to election-year restrictions, I am not permitted to send out my e-newsletter until the 2016 regular legislative session begins on Jan. 11. Even then, I can only send these updates to those who... Read More...
Seasons change and the new session approaches As we approach Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas, we are reminded of the importance of family, faith and thankfulness for all the blessings in our lives. I am particularly grateful for the opportunity you have given me to be your voice in the Senate. In even-numbered years, like 2016, the legislative... Read More...
Serving and honoring our veterans… With Veterans Day approaching on November 11, I wanted to begin this Report from Olympia with a brief mention of some of the actions taken by the Legislature this year to honor and serve those to whom we owe our freedom: the brave men and women who have served our... Read More...
Important deadline approaching Dear Friends and Neighbors, To continue receiving these Reports from Olympia without interruption, you must contact me before election-year restrictions take effect December 1. You can do so by clicking here (or the image above) to fill out a quick survey. If you have already emailed me your request, then... Read More...
On the home front… Greetings to everyone across the 4th Legislative District. It’s been a pleasure seeing so many of you at meetings and events around our district over the past few months. Special thanks go to those who made time in their busy schedules to meet at our recent coffee one-on-one to discuss... Read More...
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