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Governor assails state Senate for firing transportation chief

OLYMPIA — An angry Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday blasted Republican senators for ousting Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson, calling it a “scurrilous, underhanded and dishonest” political campaign of which they should be ashamed.

Date: 02/08/2016 | Local News

Inslee to discuss Senate actions on cabinet appointees

Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee will address the ousting of one cabinet member and the resigning of another at a news conference Monday morning.

Date: 02/08/2016 | The Petri Dish

Two-thirds tax hurdle unnecessary, unwise, ill-timed

Tim Eyman may be better at reading the will of the voters than he is at guessing the thinking of judges.Following oral arguments early last week before King County Superior Court Judge William Downing,

Date: 01/24/2016 | Editorials

Judge rules Eyman’s tax-cut ballot measure unconstitutional

SEATTLE — A judge struck down Tim Eyman’s latest tax-limiting measure Thursday, finding among other problems that it was a thinly disguised effort to propose a constitutional amendment — which can’t be done by initiative in Washington.

Date: 01/21/2016 | Local News

Judge to weigh legality of Eyman's tax-cut ballot measure

OLYMPIA – The legality of Tim Eyman's latest tax-cut ballot measure will be argued in a King County courtroom Tuesday, the first round in a battle the state Supreme Court might ultimately decide.

Date: 01/18/2016 | Local News

New initiative seeks $13.50 minimum wage in Washington

A coalition led by statewide labor groups filed an initiative Monday to push the minimum wage to $13.50 an hour and allow workers to earn paid sick leave.

Date: 01/11/2016 | The Petri Dish

Work to create future of better wages, benefits

Is the future something that will happen to us? No, because as citizens in a democracy, we can make choices and put forward ideas that actually shape that future. So in anticipation of 2016, here are some ideas about how we as a people can shape our own future:In 1998 the...

Date: 12/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Expand gun tax across state

It hasn't been the best of years for opponents of even modest measures to address gun violence in Washington state.This spring, a U.S. District Court judge threw out a challenge to I-594, the initiative that passed in 2014 with 59 percent voter approval to extend the state's...

Date: 12/27/2015 | Editorials

Voting Rights Act would enshrine the diversity people seek

With the Nov. 3 General Election, Washington state acknowledged the emergence of a more diverse political reality. The election of eight Latinas to five City Councils (five in Eastern Washington and three in the Seattle Metro area) has clearly demonstrated that the Latino community is...

Date: 12/03/2015 | Commentary

Who left room for initiatives?

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman was dishing up ice cream in the state capitol earlier this month, a chiding reference to a statement by the governor about the passage of Eyman's...

Date: 11/27/2015 | Editorials

Eyman has one thing right: lower sales tax

The polls may tell us we're divided on who to vote for, but in our hearts I think we all want similar things: to ensure kids can get a strong start in life, to have a college degree or a professional trade to be within everyone's reach, to have clean and safe places to play; and to live...

Date: 11/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Eyman has a Plan B, and it's another ballot measure — for 2016

OLYMPIA — Tim Eyman is preparing another tax-limiting ballot measure for 2016 in case Initiative 1366 is tossed out by judges or ignored by lawmakers.

Date: 11/17/2015 | Local News

What’s the message of recent initiative results?

Voters, you're a tough nut to crack.This isn't meant to discourage those relative few who did vote. Turnout appears to be even lower than the state's modest expectations for an off-year election. State election officials were hoping about 46 percent of registered voters...

Date: 11/08/2015 | Editorials

‘Absolutely elated’ Eyman celebrates initiative’s success

Voters have spoken and no one could be pleased more by what they said than Tim Eyman.

Date: 11/05/2015 | The Petri Dish

Lovick concedes to Somers in county executive race

Snohomish County Councilman Dave Somers began making plans Wednesday to become the county's next leader after executive John Lovick conceded defeat in their hard-fought battle.Lovick phoned Somers...

Date: 11/04/2015 | Local News

Tim Eyman's statewide anti-tax measure passing

OLYMPIA — Tim Eyman's latest effort to limit Washington lawmakers' ability to raise taxes was passing in early election returns.Initiative 1366 would decrease the 6.5-percent state sales tax to 5.5 percent unless the Legislature approves a constitutional amendment to...

Date: 11/03/2015 | Northwest

Washington voters pass anti-wildlife-trafficking initiative

OLYMPIA — Voters overwhelmingly passed a measure that would outlaw sales related to wildlife trafficking of items from animals like lions and tigers in Washington state.

Date: 11/03/2015 | Northwest

Early results ticker for key races

Complete stories to come. Meantime, here's what we're seeing:Snohomish County executive

Date: 11/03/2015 | Local News

Vote for a better Washington

Regardless of the outsized attention that the presidential election draws, your vote matters as much if not more in local and state elections, this year determining who represents you on city councils, school boards, fire districts and more and next year as you elect legislators and...

Date: 11/03/2015 | Editorials

Herald editorial board endorsements

As of Friday afternoon, only 12.7 percent of Snohomish County voters had mailed or returned their ballots for Tuesday's general election.Many of us are used to waiting until Election Day to vote, but why wait? With that extra hour that the end of daylight saving time added...

Date: 11/01/2015 | Editorials

Speakers on state initiatives to appear at Sunday forum in Shoreline

Speakers for and against Initiatives 1355 and 1401 will appear at a Sunday forum in Shoreline.

Date: 10/23/2015 | South County Politics

State schools superintendent Dorn won't run for 3rd term

OLYMPIA — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn announced Thursday he will not be running for a third term in office.Dorn says his decision does not mean he is giving up the fight for a fully funded school system in Washington.Since he was...

Date: 10/22/2015 | Northwest

I-1366 would result in a mess

To put it simply, voters should reject Initiative 1366.Initiative promoter Tim Eyman, in his quest to require that the Legislature submit to a two-thirds majority in both houses for tax...

Date: 10/18/2015 | Editorials

As they have for 22 years, voters should back tax limits

This year's Initiative 1366 should look familiar: Voters have had a 22-year track record of overwhelmingly approving initiatives that make it tougher for Olympia to raise your taxes.Regardless of your political leanings — whether you are a Republican, Democrat or...

Date: 10/18/2015 | Commentary

I-1366 would force deep cuts that would hurt kids, others

The League of Women Voters of Snohomish County and The League of Women Voters of Washington oppose Initiative 1366 and we urge you to do the same. The League takes great care when making decisions on issues put before the electorate. We do our research and weigh the pro and cons. Upon...

Date: 10/17/2015 | Commentary

Eyman's I-1366 would force Legislature’s hand — or cut sales tax

OLYMPIA — Tim Eyman's latest ballot offering will gauge how far voters are willing to go to restrict state lawmakers' ability to raise taxes.If it passes Nov. 3,

Date: 10/11/2015 | Local News

Reichert to announce decision on governor’s race next week

OLYMPIA — Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert will announce next week his decision on whether or not he’ll jump into the gubernatorial race in Washington state.

Date: 10/09/2015 | Northwest

Fight ivory, other species trafficking here

We've made the point before that Washington state's ports are responsible for a major portion of the export-import business in the U.S. The combined container ports of Seattle and Tacoma are the third busiest container ports after New York/New Jersey and the Los Angeles area.

Date: 10/09/2015 | Editorials

State Sen. Karen Fraser announces run for lieutenant governor

OLYMPIA — Washington state Sen. Karen Fraser says she’s running for lieutenant governor.

Date: 10/06/2015 | Northwest

More than thoughts, prayers

"Our thoughts and prayers are not enough."Too often, as he did Thursday following the mass shooting that claimed nine innocent lives in Roseburg, Oregon,...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Editorials

Get ready for November vote

Three minutes and you're done.That's the message the Secretary of State's office has sent out to 218,000 potential voters in Washington who appear eligible to vote but haven't registered yet, including 21,077 in Snohomish County and another 2,338 in Island County.

Date: 10/01/2015 | Editorials

A carbon cap, but what then?

Among those who are concerned about the effects of climate change and want to see steps taken to slow it, most are supportive of placing a cap on carbon emissions.Carbon dioxide, while only a small fraction of a percentage of our atmosphere, is increasing. That increase in...

Date: 09/16/2015 | Editorials

Republican jumps into race against U.S. Sen. Patty Murray

OLYMPIA — Former Washington state Republican Party Chairman Chris Vance announced Tuesday that he’s running against Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, who is seeking a fifth term.

Date: 09/08/2015 | Northwest

What public funding requires

Yes, the timing could have been better. The state Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling that found unconstitutional the citizen initiative that allowed for the establishment of charter schools came late Friday...

Date: 09/08/2015 | Editorials

State's top-two primary leaving many without a voice

If you are a Republican wanting to vote in the upcoming general election for Snohomish County offices, don't bother. There are no Republican candidates for whom to vote. That is the sad outcome of an initiative that the voters in our state approved in 2004. With this initiative, the...

Date: 08/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trump spices up thoughts of state primary

Whether The Donald gets a chance to make good on his campaign’s Make America Great Again motto won’t be known for a seeming eternity.

Date: 08/06/2015 | Local News

Don’t pre-empt people’s voice

Washington state's initiative process isn't perfect. At their best, initiatives are as close as we come to direct democracy, resulting in state law that, whether you agree or disagree, represents the will of voters. Initiative 594, which required background checks for most...

Date: 08/05/2015 | Editorials

Eyman optimistic about getting initiative on November ballots

Initiative sponsor Tim Eyman says he’s optimistic about getting enough signatures to qualify his latest measure for the Nov. 3 ballot.

Date: 06/29/2015 | South County Politics

Washingtonians react

The same-sex marriage ruling resonates here

Date: 06/26/2015 | Local News

I-594’s foes fail to show harm

You can't challenge the constitutionality of a law that hasn't harmed you. Or in other words: No harm, no foul.That was the ruling of U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle in Tacoma, who last week threw out a...

Date: 05/11/2015 | Editorials

Presidential primary issue resolved: Just don’t hold one

You know the quadrennial quandary in this state over how to make the presidential primary meaningful?There’s an answer for 2016: It won’t be, so it’s going to be canceled.

Date: 04/22/2015 | Local News

Get voters’ OK on I-1351 change

The state Senate wants to know if you'll reconsider Initiative 1351 and accept meeting just part of it.As House and Senate continue picking over each other's budgets, both are seeking room in the budget for I-1351, the mandate supported by 51 percent of the voters to reduce...

Date: 04/08/2015 | Editorials

State auditor doesn’t have much choice: Tough it out or quit

No one but Troy Xavier Kelley knows how long he will be the state auditor of Washington.But for those who roam the corridors of power on the Capitol campus in Olympia, the first-term Democrat can’t leave soon enough.

Date: 03/26/2015 | Local News

Federal judge adopts ACLU plan for Yakima redistricting

YAKIMA — A federal judge has adopted a plan by the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington for boosting the voice of Latinos in Yakima elections.

Date: 02/17/2015 | Northwest

More focus sought on costs of initiatives

OLYMPIA — Rare is the year in Washington state when voters don't weigh in on a ballot measure. Same-sex marriage, the legalization of first medical, then recreational, marijuana and statewide minimum wage increases were all decided by a vote the people.Of the more than...

Date: 02/15/2015 | Northwest

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