Politics

Legislators tell of accomplishments in recent session

North Olympic Peninsula lawmakers reflected on the highlights of the 60-day state legislative session at a town hall in Forks. State Sen. Kevin… Continue reading

Governor signs package of bills sparked by #MeToo

In the wake of a national conversation about sexual harassment sparked by the #MeToo movement, Gov.… Continue reading

  • Mar 22, 2018

Gov. Inslee signs package of voter access bills

Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday signed a package of bills aimed at increasing voter access in… Continue reading

Businessman announces plan to run for Jefferson County commissioner

Local businessman Greg Brotherton has announced his plan to run for the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners, District 3 post. Brotherton is the… Continue reading

Port Townsend lawyer announces bid for judge’s post

Local attorney Noah Harrison has announced he is running for Jefferson County District Court judge. He hopes to succeed Judge Jill Landes,… Continue reading

Dave Neupert to seek Clallam County District Court 1 judgeship

The first contested Clallam County race in the Nov. 6 general election emerged Wednesday after a Port Angeles lawyer and former radio… Continue reading

Suzanne Hayden to run for Clallam County District 1 judgeship

A longtime attorney for Clallam Public Defender is running for the Port Angeles-area District Court 1 judge position being vacated by Rick… Continue reading

Legislature sued over how it changed police deadly force law

A frequent ballot initiative promoter has sued Washington state, saying that the way lawmakers voted to make… Continue reading

  • Mar 14, 2018

Legislature fails to pass bill to let State Patrol destroy guns

The state Legislature ended its latest session without passing a bill that would allow the State Patrol to destroy firearms confiscated during criminal… Continue reading

  • Mar 14, 2018

State Legislature: What passed, what stalled

State lawmakers adjourned their 60-day session after passing what they hope is the final piece of… Continue reading

Jefferson County District 3 commissioner won’t run again

Kathleen Kler tells of husband’s health issues

Washington latest state to ban bump stocks

Washington state on Tuesday became the latest in a handful of states to ban trigger devices… Continue reading

Attorney practicing in Forks, Port Angeles to run for district judge

An attorney who practices law out of Forks and Port Angeles is running for the West End District Court 2 judicial seat occupied… Continue reading

State groups push carbon-pricing ballot measure

One day after a carbon tax bill stalled in the state Legislature, a coalition of environmental, community… Continue reading

  • Mar 6, 2018

EYE ON OLYMPIA: Jobs, timber harvest bills still eyed for Legislature

Three bills and a key budget proviso might improve prospects for job growth on the Olympic Peninsula and in rural and coastal areas… Continue reading

Voluntary waiver of firearm rights passes both houses

A bill that would allow people at risk of suicide to voluntarily give up their gun… Continue reading

Bill to protect First Amendment rights of student newspapers moves through Legislature

Lawmakers are considering adding protections for high school and college newspapers, allowing student journalists to determine… Continue reading

Governor’s pitch to tax carbon makes it out of committee in Senate

The Senate Ways and Means Committee has passed an amended version of Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposal… Continue reading

State moves closer to bump stock ban

A bill that would ban bump stocks, a device that increases a weapon’s rate of fire,… Continue reading

State legislators pass exemption from Public Records Act and own disclosure rules

In votes with veto-proof-wide margins, state legislators made themselves exempt from the voter-approved Public Records Act… Continue reading