By Peter Callaghan December 11, 2013 6 a.m.
It's a dance performed around the state a couple of times each year. A member of the Legislature or county government resigns — to take on a different office or to "spend more time with my family." The local party apparatus begins a process that gives them relevance: the constitutional duty to nominate three people for the vacant post. Then, the county legislative authority — county councils or county commissions — appoints one of the three.
By Peter Callaghan December 4, 2013 6 a.m.
So a couple of state Senate staffers are told they won't have jobs by the end of the year. Big deal, right?
By Peter Callaghan November 27, 2013 6 a.m.
A recent statewide poll suggests a large majority of Washington voters would have ratified the contract that Boeing presented to its Machinists union earlier this month.
By Peter Callaghan November 13, 2013 6 a.m.
One after another, the state's business and local government leaders took to the microphone to praise Boeing last week.
By Peter Callaghan November 6, 2013 6 a.m.
It is central to Washington’s economic and education policies, as it is in most states: Increase the number of residents with college degrees and certificates, and you make them more prosperous and the state more competitive.
By Peter Callaghan October 23, 2013 6 a.m.
I wasn't as shocked as some last week when the state Supreme Court found that governors have a constitutional exemption from disclosing certain documents to the public. Since I'd been denied records by a former governor who cited executive privilege, a decision backed up by a past attorney general, I assumed there was a strong likelihood the court would side with those who felt executive privilege existed.
By Peter Callaghan October 16, 2013 6 a.m.
In hopes of adding to America's lack of knowledge of public affairs, we ask 30 questions but provide absolutely zero answers.
By Peter Callaghan October 9, 2013 6 a.m.
I always look forward to the filings and oral arguments by the plaintiffs — and winners — of the landmark litigation known as McCleary v. State of Washington.
By Peter Callaghan September 18, 2013 6:01 a.m.
What are we all to make of the complex international and national events that are filling cable TV news, at least until the next Zimmerman trial? At times when complex questions abound, simplistic answers from The Answer Man are more needed than ever.
By Peter Callaghan August 21, 2013 6:01 a.m.
When it comes to education reform, Washington state lives by this guiding principle: Anything worth doing is worth doing as sloooooowly as possible.