Politics

EYE ON OLYMPIA: House, Senate move toward budget package

The 24th Legislative District’s representatives voted in favor of the House’s two-year $44.9 billion state budget that seeks to spend an additional $1.9… Continue reading

Bill to toughen rules around oil transport clears key hurdle

A House bill aimed at increasing the safety around oil transportation on land and water has cleared a key committee.… Continue reading

House passes two-year $44.9 billion state budget

House passes two-year $44.9 billion state budget

The House has passed a $44.9 billion state budget that seeks to spend an additional $1.9… Continue reading

House passes two-year $44.9 billion state budget

House budget proposal seeks $3 billion in new revenue

House Democrats on Monday released a two-year budget plan that proposes $3 billion in additional revenue… Continue reading

Sen. Murray among Democrats opposing Gorsuch

Washington Sen. Patty Murray is among three additional Democrats who have said they will vote against… Continue reading

Washington, Oregon governors vow to fight Trump on environmental protection

Washington state and Oregon will fight attempts by President Donald Trump to weaken environmental protection laws, the Democratic governors of… Continue reading

EYE ON OLYMPIA: Sen. Van De Wege criticizes Senate GOP budget

The Senate has passed a $43 billion two-year budget plan that includes a statewide property tax to address funding for public education while… Continue reading

6th District congressman among Democrats pleased by bill’s failure

6th District congressman among Democrats pleased by bill’s failure

U.S. Rep Derek Kilmer was among the Democrats who were pleased that President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pulled their “Obamacare” repeal bill… Continue reading

6th District congressman among Democrats pleased by bill’s failure

Trump’s plan: ‘Let Obamacare explode’

Although House Speaker Paul Ryan acknowledged Friday that “Obamacare is the law of the land,” its survival or collapse now rests with decisions… Continue reading

Looking ahead in Olympia: Budgets, education funding

Legislators from the 24th District had some relatively quiet time last week as House and Senate committees considered bills that had passed from… Continue reading

States aiming to block Trump travel ban from taking effect

States aiming to block Trump travel ban from taking effect

More than a half-dozen states trying to block President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban moved forward Monday… Continue reading

States aiming to block Trump travel ban from taking effect

EYE ON OLYMPIA: Lawmakers approve levy cliff measure but school funding still ahead

Both houses of the Legislature have passed a measure extending the deadline for a reduction in the amount of money school districts can… Continue reading

Halfway: Bills alive, dead or signed in state Legislature

State lawmakers are more than halfway through this year’s 105-day legislative session, and fully funding education has… Continue reading

Port Angeles High School students ask lawmaker about future with Trump

Port Angeles High School students ask lawmaker about future with Trump

Port Angeles High School students plied U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer with questions about the future under President Donald Trump. The 43-year-old congressman,… Continue reading

Port Angeles High School students ask lawmaker about future with Trump
U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer greets constituents before taking the stage at the town hall in the Sequim High School auditorium Monday. (Erin Hawkins/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Kilmer draws a full house to talk economy, ethics, budgeting at Sequim meeting

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer discussed ethics, budgeting and creating a better economy at a town hall meeting in Sequim. The Monday night meeting,… Continue reading

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer greets constituents before taking the stage at the town hall in the Sequim High School auditorium Monday. (Erin Hawkins/Olympic Peninsula News Group)
Washington state mulling further travel ban challenge after new order

Washington state mulling further travel ban challenge after new order

President Donald Trump’s new travel ban is more legally palatable than the old one, Washington Attorney General… Continue reading

Washington state mulling further travel ban challenge after new order

Governor’s order limits state agencies enforcing immigration laws

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed an executive order to limit state agencies’ help… Continue reading

Kilmer, Murray re-introduce Wild Olympics legislation

Kilmer, Murray re-introduce Wild Olympics legislation

U.S. Rep Derek Kilmer and Sen. Patty Murray have re-introduced Wild Olympics legislation to protect environmentally sensitive areas, support outdoor recreation and… Continue reading

Kilmer, Murray re-introduce Wild Olympics legislation

EYE ON OLYMPIA: Peninsula legislators expect expansion of halibut season

With several communities voicing opposition to a proposed three-day halibut fishing season this year, legislators from the 24th District are confident it’ll rise… Continue reading

Washington Senate approves REAL ID compliance bill

The Senate has taken another step toward bringing Washington state into compliance with federal identification requirements,… Continue reading