Dems run the show. What now for state government?

Well, it happened: With a flip of one seat in Tuesday’s election, Democrats will now control the state Senate. Manka Dhingra, the Democratic candidate to succeed Republican Sen. Andy Hill in the 45th District, emerged victorious, so now Democrats will control both houses of the legislature and the governor’s office. The result in the 45th […]

Free trade isn’t academic: Washington farmers need new markets

Everything we do has an opportunity cost, as hopefully some patient civics or economics teacher once instructed you. If I go to the Oregon-UW game tonight, I can’t go to the 7:30 Garth Brooks concert at the T-Dome. If WSDOT spends $100 million on a new bridge, that’s $100 million it can’t spend on new […]

Wait, voters can’t say whether drug injection sites are OK?

A judge ruled Monday that an initiative to ban drug injection sites in King County cannot go on the February ballot as planned. The Seattle Times reports: “Letting voters decide whether to ban safe-injection sites would infringe on the power of the King County Board of Health, King County Superior Court Judge Veronica Alicea-Galván ruled […]

Upcoming gov. union case might actually take dissenters seriously

If you want to elicit a visceral reaction from a government employee union official, there’s an easy way to do it. Just bring up Franklin Roosevelt’s famous quote that “All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service.” They don’t like that quote […]

Standing up for free speech on campus and against the speech police

There’s at least one upside to this era of political turmoil and partisan churn: It is certainly offering a lot of opportunities to discuss free speech. It’s unfortunate that even football is a source for division instead of unity now. But after the initial shock of the tit-for-tat between the president and NFL players – […]

GOP futility on health care is complicated, but simple: They don’t agree

Obamacare is a pretty unimpressive program. It continues to limp along with low participation rates, narrowing options, and rising costs. Insurers on the exchanges will once again seek huge premium increases, and once again we’ll be left wondering why it’s called the Affordable Care Act. All of this is true, yet near-unanimity about Obamacare among […]

Seattle driving away Amazon is not our state’s only economic worry: Water ruling, stifled building damaging our economy, hugely

$6.9 billion in lost economic activity annually. 9,300 jobs and $52 million in employee wages, gone. No, I’m not talking about Amazon’s recent announcement. These staggering figures are the estimate of what it will cost us if legislators and the governor continue to do nothing about fixing the Hirst decision. And while Amazon’s news is extremely worrisome, it directly […]

Amazon expanding elsewhere: Sawant ready to storm the barricades

It certainly was a Thursday morning jolt – no espresso needed. Amazon announced it is seeking to build a second headquarters that will be “a full equal” to its Seattle HQ and “a second home.” The Seattle Times reports: “The company, still growing quickly in the city where it has been based for 22 years, […]

The ridiculous idea that new fees don’t raise housing prices

Any political movement has its shibboleths and sacred cows. There are beliefs that must not be deviated from to be a member in good standing, and “truths” that aren’t really true. It’s good to see stale ideas get challenged, regardless of where on the political spectrum the debate is happening. In this age of social […]

Voices on the left and right don’t “get” the First Amendment

There’s a reason the Founders codified our rights to free speech, free assembly, a free press and freedom of religion as the First Amendment. They’re first because they’re foundational to what our republic is about. The rights listed in the First Amendment were a rejection of common practices in the monarchies that the Founders and […]