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.
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.
By Peter Callaghan February 12, 2014 6 a.m.
Lots of stuff gets introduced in the Washington Legislature that is never heard from again.
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.
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.
By Peter Callaghan January 22, 2014 6 a.m.
In her majority opinion in McCleary v. State of Washington, state Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens knew she was wading into unfamiliar waters.
By Peter Callaghan January 15, 2014 6 a.m.
I'm not sure how to break this to all of those in the region getting revved up over the current edition of the Seattle Seahawks, so I will try the direct route.
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.