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Peter Callaghan

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Unopposed lawmaker's fundraising no laughing matter

By Peter Callaghan June 25, 2014 6 a.m.

Steve Kirby is considered one of the funnier members of the Washington Legislature. Low bar, perhaps, but the South Tacoma Democrat usually finds a way to make light of situations, like his re-election campaigns.

Callaghan: California teacher tenure ruling has less impact here

By Peter Callaghan June 18, 2014 6 a.m.

It was natural for people who follow education policy and politics to use sweeping, even apocalyptic language in reaction to a California legal decision last week. The decision in Vergara v. California found a trio of that state's teacher-protection laws unconstitutional after plaintiffs proved that leaving "grossly ineffective teachers" in place has a disproportional impact on poor and minority students.

Callaghan: Election activity freeze period chills out challengers

By Peter Callaghan June 11, 2014 6 a.m.

There was a time in Washington when legislators facing re-election had to stop taking advantage of taxpayer-funded staff and resources three weeks before they filed for office.

Callaghan: Oh, if only the justices would tell the Legislature this

By Peter Callaghan June 4, 2014 6 a.m.

How the Washington Supreme Court would respond to the Legislature's latest filing on compliance with the McCleary school-funding ruling if the justices weren't so polite:

Callaghan: Sage advice for the Class of 2014: Get over yourselves

By Peter Callaghan May 28, 2014 6 a.m.

The springtime ritual of campus crusades against commencement speakers is less about disregard for free speech and more about the sense that graduation is about the graduates and the graduates only.

Callaghan: Washington voters have PTSD: Post-traumatic session disorder

By Peter Callaghan May 21, 2014 6 a.m.

There's something about Washington's 2014 election that isn't quite right. Even after getting its official kickoff with last week's filing period, it feels a bit off.

Callaghan: Primary primer reveals candidates' odd preferences

By Peter Callaghan May 14, 2014 6 a.m.

It's filing week in Washington, the time when candidates put their name on the line for a shot at being underpaid and under-appreciated — and that's if they win.

Callaghan: Say WA? It's time for a new Washington slogan

By Peter Callaghan May 7, 2014 6 a.m.

The state of Washington has all but privatized tourism and visitor promotion. A bill passed last session, House Bill 2229, creates a mechanism to collect money from hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions and retailers to pay for a promotion effort. The Washington Tourism Alliance must decide before the end of the year how to apportion the payments to raise $7.5 million.

Callaghan: Rodney Tom might be least political politician in state

By Peter Callaghan April 23, 2014 6 a.m.

Rodney Tom is an unlikely political leader. That's because unlike the caricature that was created by opponents as the man who would be king, Tom isn't all that political — at least not in a partisan political sense.

Callaghan: Putting the fun back in the school funding discussion

By Peter Callaghan April 9, 2014 6 a.m.

In an announcement that was shocking though not unexpected, Washington's school superintendent and the head of the teachers union said they would move the public school system to another state unless it received more money from taxpayers.

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