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Sen. Wyden can help secure labor rights for Guatemalans


By CELESTE DRAKE (Sept. 2, 2015) — In August, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) traveled to several Latin American countries, including Guatemala, Argentina and Cuba, to discuss trade. While he was in Guatemala, he took time out to meet with labor unionists to discuss the Central American Free Trade Agreement (also known as DR-CAFTA). In April 2008, Guatemalan […]

Legislators are trying to manage, not solve, our state’s fiscal crisis


By JOHN BURBANK (Sept. 1, 2015) — Eighteen days ago the State Supreme Court found that the Legislature is in “ongoing violation of its constitutional obligation to amply provide for public education.” It imposed a $100,000-a-day fine until a funding plan for this obligation has been satisfied. That adds up to about $3 million a […]

Washington’s top-two primary is limiting choices, alienating voters


By JOHN BURBANK (Aug. 17, 2015) — If you are a Republican wanting to vote in the upcoming general election for Snohomish County offices, don’t bother. There are no Republican candidates for whom to vote. That is the sad outcome of an initiative that the voters in our state approved in 2004. With this initiative, […]

Combating institutionalized racism can’t wait


By LYNNE DODSON (Aug. 10, 2015) — Like many of us, I’ve been struggling to process the disruption of the Westlake rally on Saturday. The celebration of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security birthdays was well-organized, beautiful, and inspiring. Social Security Works did a terrific job setting an agenda that included a majority of women and […]

Something scary happened in 1975 – to wages


By STAN SORSCHER (July 30, 2015) — In 2002, I heard an economist characterizing this figure as containing a valuable economic insight. He wasn’t sure what the insight was. I have my own answer. The economist talked of the figure as a sort of treasure map, which would lead us to the insight. “X” marks […]

Full funding of education will require us to come together


By JOHN BURBANK (July 29, 2015) — It didn’t take long before the Legislature stopped its crowing about how it funded K-12 education and admitted that it was far from the mandates of the State Supreme Court for basic education. How is that? It starts with Stephanie and Matthew McCleary, parents of two public school […]

ARA sets Medicare 50th birthday event for July 30 in Spokane


By JACKIE BOSCHOK (July 21, 2015) — Medicare is our most successful health care program. For nearly 50 years it has given seniors the ability to see a doctor and fill a prescription, keeping them out of poverty. TAKE A STAND — The Washington Alliance for Retired Americans is hosting a “Celebrate Medicare’s 50th Birthday […]

Celebrate Medicare, Social Security success Aug. 8 in Seattle

By ROBBY STERN and CHUCK HAUNREITER (July 20, 2015) — This summer, people all over the country will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid and the 80th anniversary of Social Security. The successes of Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare deserve celebration. We owe the millions of people who advocated and fought for these […]

Working families big winners of 2015 legislative session(s)


By CHRIS REYKDAL (July 17, 2015) — The biggest winners of the 2015 legislative session(s) are… working families! After the GOP held the State Senate following last November’s general election, right-wing anti-worker organizations began to make their wish lists: Right to Work, cutting taxes for corporations, workers’ compensation and collective bargaining “reforms,” health-care cuts, and […]

When scared legislators skimp on our schools, that’s on us


By JOHN BURBANK (July 16, 2015) — Last November, Washington voters passed Initiative 1351, directing the Legislature to allocate funding for smaller K-12 class sizes, with extra class-size reductions in high-poverty schools. Increased funding for these changes was to have been phased in over four years. This would have required an expenditure of about $800 […]


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