June 28, 2022

Sen. Padden discusses Dobbs decision on Lars Larson Show

In this June 28 interview with radio host Lars Larson, Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, discusses the implications of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade.
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June 24, 2022

Supreme Court decision gives the people a voice in abortion debate, Padden says

 OLYMPIA – Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, released the following statement Friday in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs vs. Women’s Health Organization: “Forty-nine years after the U.S. Supreme Court found a right to abortion hidden in the shadows of the Constitution, the court has finally...
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February 11, 2022

Padden’s bipartisan felony DUI bill passes Senate unanimously

Lovick amendment would add treatment sentencing alternative In its final vote of Wednesday night, the Washington State Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 5054, a measure aimed at strengthening the state’s felony-DUI law and reducing the pain and suffering faced by victims of impaired drivers. The 48-0 vote sent the proposal to...
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December 01, 2021

Sen. Mike Padden issues statement following oral arguments in watershed abortion case

Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, released the following statement in response to oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The challenge to a Mississippi law restricting abortion after the 15th week of pregnancy could allow the Supreme Court to overturn previous decisions...
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October 19, 2021

As thousands fired under Inslee decree, Senate Freedom Caucus calls on governor to resign

Mass-termination event is last straw — senators cite failure of leadership Thousands of state employees get ax under Inslee vaccination mandate Follows nearly 600 days of autocratic decisions in ‘emergency’ that never ends Ferries on reduced schedule due to severe staffing shortage, other impacts expected Governor has ignored Legislature, shut...
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September 15, 2021

Senate report sounds alarm about effort to empty prisons, return felons to the street

With goal of ‘reducing incarceration,’ governor and Legislature create new public safety risks To read report, click here. OLYMPIA – As if new restrictions on law enforcement weren’t enough, an effort by Washington lawmakers to empty prison cells and return convicted felons to the street is creating new public safety...
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September 01, 2021

State official’s comparison of state legislators to Taliban is ‘hateful,’ Padden says

Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, responded this afternoon to remarks made by the state insurance commissioner, in which he declared Republican state legislators in Texas “have become America’s own version of the Taliban” after a new law effectively banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected went into effect...
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August 09, 2021

State and healthcare workers don’t deserve to be bullied and threatened into taking COVID-19 vaccine, says Padden

Washington state employees, contractors and healthcare workers must be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by Oct. 18 or risk being fired, according to an announcement made by Gov. Jay Inslee today. In mandating the shots, and allowing limited exemptions only for medical or religious grounds, Inslee is following the lead...
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May 04, 2021

Freedom Caucus applauds removal of Inslee security fence, calling it ‘a symbol of Olympia shutting out the public’

As the Legislature prepared to convene for this year’s session, state troopers were ordered to Olympia from across the state, joined by 750 National Guardsmen, and a fence was erected around the state Capitol, shutting out the public. After nearly four months of repeated calls from Republicans and members of...
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