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Peter Callaghan

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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.

Callaghan: Contrary to reports, Republicans are alive and well

By Peter Callaghan April 2, 2014 6 a.m.

If you're a consumer of political news, keep in mind this important rule: "Every prediction about the next election made in the immediate aftermath of the last election is wrong."

Callaghan: Justice's departure will echo throughout state court

By Peter Callaghan March 26, 2014 6 a.m.

That paraphrase of Mark Twain was how state Supreme Court Justice James Johnson began his call the morning after he announced his resignation for health reasons. No, he’s not terminally ill, Johnson said. Instead, two unrelated health issues combined to make it difficult to work.

Callaghan: Legislature lived up to (extremely low) expectations

By Peter Callaghan March 19, 2014 6 a.m.

I too am sick of contrived winners-and-losers lists that political reporters and columnists produce after sessions of the Legislature.

Callaghan: If George liked green, yellow and blue, why can't we?

By Peter Callaghan March 12, 2014 6 a.m.

I'm a stickler for decorum and consistency, even when it comes to such details as logos. For example, I don't care how much money sports teams can make with different hats and uniform colors. I demand they never vary from what is official. A pink Yankees hat? The Babe would not be pleased.

Callaghan: Education bill's unheralded details will need attention

By Peter Callaghan March 5, 2014 6 a.m.

Sometimes the best stuff is at the bottom of the press release and the end of the press conference.

Peter Callaghan: Does transparent tax loophole make better loophole?

By Peter Callaghan February 26, 2014 6 a.m.

A couple of other debates received most of the attention last week when the Legislature hit one of its self-imposed deadlines. The Senate considered and defeated a revision to the state's teacher and principal evaluation system. Later, the House took the Senate up on its offer of creating and funding a state version of the Dream Act to allow college-bound students without legal immigration status to still qualify for financial aid.

Callaghan: Legislating behind closed doors now all too common

By Peter Callaghan February 12, 2014 6 a.m.

Lots of stuff gets introduced in the Washington Legislature that is never heard from again.

Callaghan: Bill from Senate coalition resorts to partisan politics

By Peter Callaghan February 5, 2014 6 a.m.

When there is no apparent public policy reason for a bill that looks a lot like political revenge, it is usually safe to conclude that it is the latter.

Callaghan: State risks $44 million in education funding from feds

By Peter Callaghan January 29, 2014 6 a.m.

Legislative Democratic leaders have a new myth to go along with their longtime favorite, the Loophole Fairy. The Loophole Fairy fuels the belief that every tough budget problem would magically disappear if only Congress could close unneeded tax breaks. While such loopholes may exist, the political will to close any is in short supply.

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