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U. S. Congressman Dan Newhouse
For months, my Pacific Northwest congressional colleagues and I have been raising our voices and working on legislation to prevent increasing forced spill at the lower Snake and Columbia River dams from raising electricity rates in our region by $40 million. That forced spill order, the result of a...

U.S. Congressman Dan Newhouse
‘And don’t let the door hit you on your way out,’ one might say to the old tax code that allocated more of American families’ earnings to the federal government. Tuesday, April 17 is the final filing day under the outdated federal tax system, thanks to successful tax reform efforts that have been...

Gary Begin
Speaking exclusively to NCW Media, a spokeswoman for Conspiracy Nation reports that the fire at Trump Tower was caused by a Russian national who was operating an illegal bitcoin mining center. Unregulated bitcoin mining can easily overwhelm the normal electrical systems found in apartments and...

Bill Forhan
Local Orchardists are concerned about the impact of China’s new tariffs on Apples and Cherries. Washington state is probably going to be hit the hardest. The question is just how big of a problem is this? First, only 2 percent of U.S. apple exports go to China. Most of our exports go to Canada and...

Congressman Dan Newhouse
I recently traveled across Washington’s Fourth Congressional District to speak with farmers from each county to hear their concerns about an upcoming Farm Bill. One of the largest concerns expressed by farmers had little to do with congressional action, however: Central Washington farmers...

U.S. Congressman Dan Newhouse
One of the most urgent issues we face right now in Central Washington is the ongoing threat to dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers. Just this week, a 9th Circuit Court panel rejected arguments for an injunction to pause a forced spill order by an Oregon federal judge. The Oregon judge’s order...

Gary Begin
In 1917 a lot of things were happening in America. We entered World War I. Our culture was rapidly changing with the advent of the fully mechanized era. Many new laws entered the books and many crucial domestic battles were fought about alcohol, women's rights, racial tensions. When those vets came...
Joining together to combat the crisis of drug and opioid abuse that is harming our communities is a major issue that should unite Americans in common cause. The impact of drug addiction and overdoses has touched too many lives in our country and in our state. According to the American Society of...
President Trump disappointed most of the people that voted for him last week when he failed to veto the Omnibus Spending Bill brought to him courtesy of our spendthrift Congress. It seems the Republicans are bent on self-destruction to the delight of the Democrats who are willing to bankrupt the...

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