There’s no place for racism in this day and age — especially not in our State Capitol. Yet on Februrary 26th, at a meeting of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, State Senator Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside said: “The poor are more likely to commit crimes, and colored most likely to be poor.” Later he doubled down on his offensive language, clarifying “that’s not just the negro.”
If Republicans in Olympia got their way, this is what our state would look like: The wildly popular universal background checks on all gun sales you voted for last November would be repealed. (SB 5615, HB 1245, HB 1886) If your unborn baby had a birth defect, your doctor wouldn’t have to tell you. If you’re a woman, you would lose the right to make some of your own health
People everywhere are struggling to make ends meet. Instead of helping, Republicans in the State Senate are trying to chip away at Washington’s minimum wage laws.
Almost a month of has passed of the 2015 legislative session, and Republicans are once again showing that their ideas are not in tune with the priorities of Washington residents. In honor of Super Bowl XLIX and the Seahawks’ opponents' “Deflategate” scandal, we would like to call a penalty on these Top 5 “Deflated” ideas from the Republicans in Olympia.
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our lifetime. Climate change doesn’t only impact the future of our state. It’s a threat to our state right now. We’ve seen increasing asthma rates, rising acidity in our waters, more and more wildfires… all related to carbon pollution. Our children have a right to a healthy Washington and a secure future. We have a moral
There are some things that we can all agree on... and I’m not just talking about the Seahawks. We can all agree that if you work hard, you should be able to put food on the table, support your family, and make ends meet. The cost of living is rising, and for too many it's harder and harder to keep up. That’s why we need to raise the minimum wage.
Thanks to State Senate Republicans, the score is Wealthy Washington 1, Working Washington 0. On Day One of the legislative session, State Senate Republicans changed the rules to make it easier to raise taxes on the middle class than on the very, very wealthy.
You're invited to our annual Presidents' Day event — the 2015 Crab Feed and Grassroots Forum! Every year on Presidents' Day, Democrats from across the state join us in Olympia to look forward to the year ahead, mix with legislators, and enjoy crab and other delicious seafood (a vegetarian plate will be available). Prior to the Crab Feed, we sponsor a Grassroots Forum, an
Today in his State of the State speech, Governor Inslee posed this question — Will we create a Washington that works for everyone, or will we stand by as our schools, environment, and communities get weaker? Yesterday was the first day of the 2015 legislative session. Over the next 104 days, lawmakers will have many opportunities to ask themselves this question.
Governor Inslee has unveiled a bold new budget that fairly reinvests in our state and our middle class. Since the recession, our state’s seen repeated cuts to vital services that have hurt our children, our senior citizens, our schools, and our most vulnerable. As Governor Inslee’s said yesterday “This isn't another plan that puts a Band-Aid on our budget problems. This plan