Peter Callaghan HEADLINES
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.
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.
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.
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