Friday, January 17, 2020
In his scathing takedown of the modern Republican Party — “How the Right Lost Its Mind”— the conservative former Wisc…
Thursday, January 16, 2020
If health care were a service, the primary goal would be to keep people healthy and to see that they live long and pr…
Agrees with Matthews
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
By and large, when an Idaho Republican surveys the state of the state, he delivers a glowing report.
Saving the spuds
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch showed a remarkable lack of circumspection in a dangerous situa…
Monday, January 13, 2020
A new report prepared at the behest of a trade group that promotes barging on the Columbia and lower Snake rivers bol…
So what in the world just happened here?
Hate Trump syndrome
Sunday, January 12, 2020
About 20 years ago, Idaho GOP lawmakers cast aside prudence. They cut income taxes excessively and permanently on the…
When one is elected to the Idaho Legislature, there are many surprises awaiting her.
Under Gov. Brad Little, Idaho may not ever be known as a high-wage state — or one of the leaders in spending for educ…
It’s called rape
Done with GOP
Lights had magic glow
Saturday, January 11, 2020
At the core of our representative government — at all levels: local, county, state and federal — is the notion that your elected representatives have to know your druthers on specific issues if they are going to represent you.
It came toward the end of the State of the State speech, suggesting maybe this wasn’t one of the subjects intended to…
Heroes among us
Friday, January 10, 2020
JEERS ... to U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch, R-Idaho.
In 1965 when Arkansas Sen. J. William Fulbright publicly expressed the private concerns he had long harbored about gr…
Gill nets are the culprit
Thursday, January 09, 2020
A 22-year-old man can lure a 14-year-old girl to his residence.
Wednesday, January 08, 2020
Judging from the State of the State address he delivered Monday, Idaho Gov. Brad Little may be the strongest advocate…
Break the cycle
Tuesday, January 07, 2020
Gov. Jay Inslee’s increased emphasis on homelessness in his 2020 budget proposal is welcome but overdue.
Gaskill should be ashamed
Monday, January 06, 2020
This editorial was published by the News Tribune of Tacoma.
WASHINGTON — After the 2018 election, Gallup asked Democrats and Repub-licans where they hoped their respective parti…
WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans haven’t yet said how they plan to handle President Donald Trump’s trial, but last mon…
Sunday, January 05, 2020
Nothing is certain, Benjamin Franklin famously said, except death and taxes.
What is becoming increasingly less certain about taxes, however — when it comes to how Washington state will pay for transportation infrastructure — is which tax will be used to raise needed revenue.
It’s a bit of a quibble to point out that it’s still the “teens decade,” i.e. that since there is no year zero, 2020 is the last year of a decade, not the start.
Colloquially we count from 0-9 in this case and it’s certainly not worth quibbling with Sp!ked author Brendan O’Neill’s take on the decade:
Hear Thunberg’s voice
Life is a miracle
Friday, January 03, 2020
Breaching the Snake River dams is a divisive proposal — we’ve known that for decades. So why did the state need to spend $750,000 to tell us what we already know?
One of the great lines in American politics — “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog” — has long been attribu…
Thursday, January 02, 2020
The 2020 Idaho legislative session is scheduled to start in just a couple of weeks. Call it a Christmas wish list or New Year’s resolutions, either way, here is the Idaho Statesman editorial board’s list of the Top 10 priorities for the upcoming session:
Wednesday, January 01, 2020
In a move that would make Ebenezer Scrooge proud, the Trump administration just announced a big change coming to the food assistance program, one that could kick over 90,000 Washingtonians off the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
No thanks, Danny
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
The Idaho Board of Education recently announced that it would be freezing tuition for Idaho’s in-state undergraduate students next school year in a move to make the state’s tuition costs more affordable.
Monday, December 30, 2019
The Washington Supreme Court’s decision finding that the state’s Public Records Act applies to members of the Legislature is an important victory for government transparency and yes, democracy.
As we all learned when 1999 eased into 2000, calendar points like the one we’ll hit in a few days don’t really mark the mathematical end of a decade (or century, or millennium, in the earlier case). But when 2020 arrives, most of us will feel we’re moving into a new 10-year cycle.