Peter Callaghan HEADLINES
It’s filing week in Washington state, the time when candidates put their name on the line for a shot at being underpaid and under-appreciated — and that’s if they win.
It follows the issuance of the Legislature’s education funding reports to the state Supreme Court just as naturally as May showers follow April showers.
In most of the press coverage about Gov. Jay Inslee’s first appointment to the Washington state Supreme Court, we learned Mary Yu is female and will become the sixth woman on the current court.
Many cities tear down historic buildings to make way for modern buildings.
The state of Washington has all but privatized tourism and visitor promotion.
I’m prepared to argue that the toughest job award goes to whichever poor soul is assigned to negotiate with the railroad formerly known as the Northern Pacific.
The fight over keeping the state’s waiver under the flawed No Child Left Behind was a big battle over a small issue. Too bad it has massive consequences.
That the book finally arrived just a week after Tacoma’s regional convention center was in the news again was coincidental but fortuitous.
It’s not easy moving an 80-foot, 104-year-old dining car that was never meant to fly. But that was the mission Monday for crews from Ness & Campbell Crane and V. Van Dyke Trucking.
In his 1973 doctoral dissertation on the history of battles over the form of Tacoma city government – what one political scientist dubbed “regime conflict” — Bill Baarsma described the groups and factions that lined up on either side of the question.
Rodney Tom is an unlikely political leader. That’s because unlike the caricature that was created by opponents as the man who would be king, Tom isn’t all that political — at least not in a partisan political sense.
The most important thing about Senate Bill 5064 isn’t that it passed the Washington Legislature, but that it passed with large, bipartisan majorities.
Near the start of Wednesday’s public hearing, chairman Bill Baarsma asked members of “your” charter review committee to introduce themselves.
I don’t know why I hadn’t made this road trip before now.
In an announcement that was shocking though not unexpected, Washington’s school superintendent and the head of the teachers union said they would move the entire public school system to another state unless it received more money from taxpayers.
The Washington legislative session is over, the governor is passing judgment on its work — or lack thereof — and we still can’t buy recreational marijuana. Sorting out all this is exactly why the Answer Man was created.
If you’re a consumer of political news, keep in mind this important rule: “Every prediction about the next election made in the immediate aftermath of the last election is wrong.”
It is a truism that might not be driving the discussions by Tacoma’s charter review committee, but it’s at least sitting in the car.
If members of the Tacoma City Council were hoping for the silver lining in a presentation on the future of the city’s cable and Internet utility, they had to look pretty hard.
“The news of my demise has been vastly exaggerated.”
I too am sick of contrived winners-and-losers lists that political reporters and columnists produce after sessions of the Legislature. But until such lists are no longer required by the state constitution, we have to keep doing them. It’s the law.
The Open Public Meetings Act is easy.
It was coincidental that Kati Haycock was in the area last week in the midst of legislative debate over two important education reform issues.
From the stickers, you might think the issue before the Washington Legislature last week was testing in public education.
Its just one line in a 74-page bill but it is enough to thrill the people who have been working on a dream called The Prairie Line Trail.
I'm becoming increasingly disturbed by the scourge of politicians deciding the good old Washington State Seal isn't good enough for them. We now have Logos-R-Us in which anybody with a computer program can slap any color they want behind George Washington.
Sometimes the best stuff is at the bottom of the press release and the end of the press conference.
It’s Update Thursday here at The News Tribune:
You can’t agree to disagree if you can’t even agree on what you disagree about.
A couple of other debates received most of the attention last week when the Legislature hit one of its self-imposed deadlines.
It’s probably risky business to make assumptions about how politicians in political bodies will behave, although I’ve usually been safe assuming that legislators will vote yes on their own bills.
You’d think that after a while, U.S. presidents might think twice before agreeing to visit Tacoma.
Dave Burns thinks he knows what goes through people’s minds when he starts talking about his dining car. “People think I’ve got a screw loose,” he said last week. “But some people have Harleys. I have this.” “This” is Northern Pacific Dining Car No. 1663, wrapped in gray tarps and standing next to Tacoma Rail tracks on the Tideflats. The 80-foot-long car is the sole survivor of a 15-car fleet built around 1910 by the Barney and Smith Car Co. of Dayton, Ohio.
It’s traditional around Valentine’s Day to send greetings to loved ones. And when you care enough to send the very best, go to Hallmark.
Having never lived in an area where a local team won a major sports championship — at least not recently — I was unaware that such things produce so much stuff.
Lots of stuff gets introduced in the Washington Legislature that is never heard from again.
This divided government in Olympia is starting to affect how we think.
The difference in tone between the first meeting on how to place a new intercity train depot inside Freighthouse Square and the second meeting was considerable. And it wasn’t just because the second meeting was in a heated conference room at Tacoma’s City Hall rather than a frigid space in Freighthouse Square.
The day has finally arrived but I’m not nearly ready for the World’s Greatest Super Bowl Party ever.
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.
I was pretty excited by the state of Washingtons decision last year to relocate Tacomas passenger rail station from Puyallup Avenue to Freighthouse Square.
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