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State (again) leads nation on family leave

By JOHN BURBANK (July 14, 2017) — Twenty-eight years ago, a freshman senator in the state Legislature, Patty Murray, dismissed as just a “mom in tennis shoes” but now Washington’s senior U.S. senator, shepherded the Family and Medical Leave Act through the Capitol, with the support and leadership of then-Speaker Joe King, Rep. Jay Inslee, […]

This July 4th, let’s celebrate America’s interdependence

By JOHN BURBANK (June 30, 2017) — We are approaching the Fourth of July, when we celebrate American independence and the success of the colonists’ desire to be self-ruling. The United States was the first of England’s many colonies to gain its independence, something that would not be repeated until Canada broke away nearly a […]

Cold-hearted GOP health care legislation calls for veto threat

For Trump to keep his promises, he must force GOP to make it less ‘mean’   By LEO W. GERARD WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 21, 2017) — Donald Trump is right. The House health insurance bill is “mean, mean, mean,” as he put it last week. He correctly called the measure that would strip health insurance […]

Our kids suffer as Legislature continues to protect wealthy

By JOHN BURBANK OLYMPIA (June 15, 2017) –It’s day 24 of a second special session in Olympia, since legislators couldn’t agree to a state budget before the end of the regular session. Now they have only 15 days left until the new two-year fiscal term. It will be hard to start that without a budget! […]

Landlords are taking workers’ pay raises, so labor must step up

Unions must fight for affordable housing or wage hikes won’t help   By JONATHAN ROSENBLUM SEATTLE (June 14, 2017) — When New York City fast food workers first hoisted the $15 minimum wage banner in late 2012, quite a few pundits called the demand absurdly ambitious. But thanks to worker walkouts, demonstrations, marches, and lobbying […]

UW students score victory on Nike accountability at factories

But your help is needed to ensure apparel giant is accountable for labor rights   By HANNAH DOLLING SEATTLE (June 7, 2017) — The University of Washington made a landmark decision last month that will impact thousands of workers that produce Husky apparel. After an intensive 18-month campaign by UW’s chapter of United Students Against […]

It’s America’s responsibility to lead on climate change

We need both clean environment and good jobs—or we’ll have neither   By LEO W. GERARD (June 6, 2017) — To justify withdrawing from the Paris climate change accord, President Trump said during his press conference, “I was elected to represent the city of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” From terrible experience, Pittsburghers know about pollution. Before […]

Rep. Rick Larsen: Trumpcare lacks common sense

By REP. RICK LARSEN WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 5, 2017) — If there were a book on common sense for Congress, I am sure it would include a chapter on holding public committee hearings before voting on legislation. Trumpcare would be a perfect case study: Congressional Republicans found out last week, 20 days after ramming Trumpcare through […]

Bilingual learning an example of what’s on the line in Olympia

By JOHN BURBANK (June 1, 2017) — The clock is winding down on a second special session in Olympia, and legislators haven’t yet made serious progress on their paramount duty to amply fund K-12 education, despite an order from the state Supreme Court order to do so. Meanwhile, newly elected Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris […]

State must consider income tax through lens of 21st century

By JOHN BURBANK (May 19, 2017) — One hundred and twenty one years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation was legal. Its decision, in Plessy vs. Ferguson, became the law of the land, embedding Jim Crow laws and habits in the South and the North, disenfranchising blacks, creating separate and inferior public […]


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