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It’s important for elected state lawmakers to listen to the people of the state of Washington. The people have spoken. More than 400,000 Washingtonians have signed six initiatives that are now...

Feb. 28, 2024

Individuals and families continue to face high inflation and other cost-of-living challenges. When everything costs a little more, it can add up to a lot of economic anxiety. For many families...

April 18, 2023

The Vehicle Miles Travelled tax, or VMT, is once again raising its ugly head in Olympia in the form of House Bill 1832. It has been rebranded the “Road Usage Charge”...

March 3, 2023

During a time of the highest inflation in decades, the majority party voted to increase the cost of living.  During a housing crisis, they voted to increase the cost of building...

March 10, 2022

The 2021 Washington state legislative session will go down in history as a precautionary tale of activist overreach and political capitulation as majority Democrats passed misguided, emotionally driven partisan bills that...

July 28, 2021

The state House of Representatives recently passed Senate Bill 5038, which would ban the open carry of firearms near permitted rallies, on the Capitol Campus grounds, and in other state legislative...

April 5, 2021

Talking about mental health support of the strongest and most courageous people in our communities can be difficult or taboo.  The men and women in blue spend much of their day...

Feb. 24, 2021

Special to The Newport Miner (published 2/3/21) The majority party in the House released their transportation budget recently, including a gas tax increase and several other fees.  If approved, Washington state...

Feb. 3, 2021

It's your home, expect more! - Rep. Kretz and Maycumber give a brief overview on the upcoming 2020 legislative session.

Nov. 21, 2019

Last fall, the majority of voters in my legislative district voted against Initiative 1631, the carbon tax scheme.  In the three northeast counties, the percentage of people voting no were: Ferry...

March 27, 2019