Guest Commentary


Democrats pass unsustainable budget

House Democrats passed their supplemental operating budget proposal off the House floor this week in a purely partisan vote.

Discard ‘livable’ schedule idea

First it was a $15 minimum wage. Now, it’s a demand for a “livable” schedule.

Obama administration’s Libya woes continue

The use of the U.S. military overseas seems to have become so commonplace that the Obama Administration can bomb a country with no Congressional input and very little media interest at all.

Cop recruitment should be top priority

Public safety agencies across America face the same problems as other employers—finding enough qualified workers. The difference is our safety is increasingly at risk.

Pioneering lawmakers are making history

Late in November 2012, I traveled to our state Capitol for the biennial re-organization of my Senate Republican Caucus.

How Justice Scalia changed my life

There are four deaths that have shaken me to the core. Four that brought tears at the moment I found out. Only four.

Scalia’s death heats up Senate race

Now it’s serious.

Legislators have the tools to rein in spending

During my years in the Legislature I’ve seen budget surpluses, budget deficits, budget estimates and just about every reason under the sun to spend more taxpayer dollars.

Catch and release? Thanks, but no thanks

So, some neighbors on Decatur Avenue a couple of weeks ago decided to help police search for a guy on the run.

State leaders and money

Money is on the minds of lawmakers in Olympia.

Reining in Operation Choke Point and restoring credit access

What do you call it when the federal government targets legitimate businesses and causes them to be shut down, not for illegal activity, but because they are deemed undesirable by the Administration?

Sanders can win presidential election

Many Democrats and others truly fed up with the state of the nation’s economic and social core are unwilling to support Bernie Sanders because they’re afraid he can’t win.

Relationships the key to health, happiness

Get this: Wealth, fame and success don’t make us happy, but strong relationships do.

Practical waterways regulations

The seemingly endless stream of Obama Administration rules to circumvent Congress and states is driving people away from finding practical solutions to problems and into courtrooms filled with highly-paid attorneys waging a “paperwork” war.

Technology vs. your individual liberties

When I was first elected to Olympia to represent the 15th Legislative District, I quickly immersed myself in subjects with which I was familiar: land use regulations, the Growth Management Act, local government issues and the ever-encroaching bureaucracies of state agencies.