Peter Callaghan HEADLINES
Who wouldn’t be pleased to see that Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland was one of four midsize-city mayors from across the nation asked by PBS to comment on Tuesday’s State of the Union address.
When there is no apparent public policy reason for a bill that looks a lot like political revenge, it is usually safe to conclude that it is the latter.
It was nice of the National Football League and the Seattle Seahawks to recognize John Nordstrom during the trophy ceremony last Sunday.
The cooperative agreement between the ports of Tacoma and Seattle that was announced last week is either a) a pretty big deal that will benefit taxpayers and the economy of the state of Washington or, b) window dressing to distract those who have tired of the ports’ ruinous competition.
Legislative Democratic leaders have a new myth to go along with their longtime favorite, the Loophole Fairy.
In her majority opinion in McCleary v. State of Washington, state Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens knew she was wading into unfamiliar waters.
The legislation itself might not help very many people. A search of records by the Washington State Patrol shows that perhaps as few as 80 people still alive were arrested and convicted of state crimes related to what is now remembered as the Fish Wars.
Here are some brave and bold predictions for the 2014 session of the Washington Legislature.
Suppose they gave a legislative session and nobody came? Unlikely, I know. There is too much money and power to toss around for all those folks to pass on the chance to hang out together for a few months.
I’m not sure how to break this to all of those in the region getting revved up over the current edition of the Seattle Seahawks, so I will try the direct route.
Members of Boeing’s Machinists union had the weight of the world on their shoulders when they voted on a new contract last week.
And now, for those blessed with short attention spans, the entire year 2013 in just 668 words:
It was the summer of 2010 and, like many in the region and the nation, I was looking for some good news.
It’s update Thursday here at The News Tribune:
Christmas Eve has arrived, and I’m not nearly ready for the big day. Nothing helps me get organized like a long list of things I still need to get done (but probably won’t).
Just three days before federal land grants would expire, crews including 700 Chinese laborers managed to complete what would pass as the terminus of a transcontinental railroad.
I was pretty excited by the state of Washingtons decision last year to relocate Tacomas passenger rail station from Puyallup Avenue to Freighthouse Square.
Rooting for a winner in the ongoing battle between cable companies and local television stations is like picking a favorite when the Red Sox play the Cardinals in a World Series.
It’s a dance performed around the state a couple of times each year.
Say what you want about the departure this week of University of Washington Husky football coach Steve Sarkisian. But please don’t use the words market or marketplace, as UW athletic director Scott Woodward did in a recent Seattle Times article about lucrative coach contracts.
Now that December has arrived, the real holiday season has begun. That means all decorating, music or shopping that occurred prior to Dec. 1 does not count, at least not as holiday decorating, music or shopping.
Producing books on local history via photography is well within the skills and passions of Caroline Gallacci and Ron Karabaich.
Today in this space we present Gov. Jay Inslee’s first Thanksgiving proclamation (or at least what he might have proclaimed had he issued his first Thanksgiving proclamation).
So a couple of state Senate staffers are told they won’t have jobs by the end of the year. Big deal, right?
A recent statewide poll suggests a large majority of Washington voters would have ratified the contract that Boeing presented to its Machinists union earlier this month.
I wasn’t familiar with Prentice Hospital. I’d not heard of an architect named Bertrand Goldberg. But a historic preservation battle that ended badly last month in Chicago involving a building designed by Goldberg has special significance here.
There they are again, back at their corner table, fueled by caffeine and youthful self-confidence. As such, it is never difficult to eavesdrop on Earnest Guy and Cynical Girl.
I say it’s a park. They say it’s an open space plaza. Let’s call the whole thing off.
When members of the Tacoma City Council were debating which alignment was best for a planned extension of the Link light rail system, they were repeatedly reminded that the maps shouldn’t be taken literally.
The latest special session of the Washington state Legislature was so short that the best way to cover it was in Twitter’s 140-character maximum posts from my account, @CallaghanPeter.
One after another, the state’s business and local government leaders took to the microphone to praise Boeing last week.
Present and future passengers of Boeing’s commercial jetliners should take comfort knowing that if the company is half as good at building planes as it is at playing politicians they are very safe.
Today is Election Day, or at least the last of a series of election days that began when ballots were mailed out. Regardless, the time has come for one final batch of fearless political predictions.
It is testimony to the polarized condition of the public education debate that even good news can create controversy.
On Halloween night one year ago, five Tacoma teenagers did something stupid and despicable. Armed with a .22-caliber handgun, they roamed a neighborhood and carried out four robberies. Such crimes are not unheard of, but one fact made this little crime spree stand out.
It is central to Washington’s economic and education policies, as it is in most states:
I wasn’t as shocked as some last week when the state Supreme Court found that governors have a constitutional exemption from disclosing certain documents to the public.
Three columns, none worthy of all 660 words.
Historical records left behind indicate the chief of the Nisqually Tribe was likely hanged in the middle of what is now a Lakewood residential street.
It’s one of the fundamental “he said/she said” debates in Puget Sound politics. The Port of Seattle says the Port of Tacoma is able to take shipping lines away by undercutting lease rates, by “giving it away.”
It’s the most important race that nobody is paying attention to (and even fewer care about).
In hopes of adding to America’s lack of knowledge of public affairs, we ask 30 questions but provide absolutely zero answers.
Up here in our remote corner of the contiguous 48 it’s easy to believe that the sordid culture that is Washington, D.C., is not our culture.
Kathy Ludders isn’t the first person to stumble across the story of Walter Sutter and want more.
On Sept. 22, when Metro Parks Tacoma opens a new trail linking the Commencement Bay waterfront to the heart of Point Defiance Park, it wants visitors to know that, while its exciting, they aint seen nothing yet.
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