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Rep. Newhouse receives the Guardian of Seniors’ Rights Award from 60 Plus Chairman Jim Martin.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 60 Plus Association announced in March that Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA) has earned the Association’s Guardian of Seniors’ Rights award. “I am honored by the recognition from 60 Plus for efforts to protect senior citizens,” said Rep. Newhouse. “The federal government...

Cary Condotta, State Rep., 12th District
OLYMPIA - I appreciate the opportunity to discuss my vote on SB 6617 and the events leading up to it.  I believe many important details were left out of the reports coming from many media sources.  Being that many of these sources were also plaintiffs in a court case regarding legislative records,...

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks about Washington’s oil reserves at a press conference Monday and responded to federal government plans to open offshore drilling on U.S. coastlines. Photo by Taylor McAvoy
Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday announced his intention to resist any Trump Administration plan to develop offshore drilling in Washington state, in an attempt to protect what he called the “best coastline” in the United States.   U.S. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke in January announced federal plans...
Lawmakers are considering adding protections for high school and college newspapers, allowing student journalists to determine their own content. SB 5064, sponsored by Senator Joe Fain, R-Auburn, passed the Senate easily with a vote of 45-4 on Jan. 19. The bill was heard in the House of...
A bill to eliminate the death penalty in Washington state is a step closer to being signed into law. SB 6052 passed by a slim majority vote 26-22 that came just before the cutoff deadline, Wednesday, Feb. 14 at midnight to move bills out of their legislative chamber of origin. “I have no sympathy...
A pilot project before lawmakers would provide funding for six college districts to provide services for homeless students. The plan requires the Washington State Board of Education to establish four pilot programs in community or technical colleges, two on each side of the Cascades. It also...
A proposal to establish the Evergreen Free College Program would phase in funding to pay tuition for students from low and middle income families. SB 6101 applies to state residents enrolled in a state university or community college with 45 credits and maintaining a grade point average of 2.0 or...
A bill prohibiting the criminal history question on job applications passed the Washington state House of Representatives with a 52-46 vote. HB 1298 was passed with votes along party lines on Feb. 7 with Republicans largely against it. “I speak to you today with great gravity and heaviness of...
Just in time to meet the cutoff deadline to move bills out of committees, the state Senate Transportation Committee passed a bill that would lower car tab taxes, matching similar efforts in the House. The bill, SB 5955, sponsored by Sen. Patty Kuderer, D–Bellevue, would require that the Puget...

Gary Begin
It has not taken mass shootings at several schools, churches or companies to form my opinion regarding the AK47 assault rifle. I knew decades ago that it was not meant as a friendly little gun that mama could keep in her robe pocket in case an intruder came calling at 3 a.m.. The "AK" was...

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