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Deep Dive: Education in the 2014 Session Every session has its challenges – its failures and successes. The 2014 Session was no different. Over the next few weeks, I’d like to use these e-news updates to take a deep dive into some of the issues impacting you, and examine how the Legislature tackled these challenges during the... Read More...
Bridges: Looking back on the 2014 Session It’s been a week since we wrapped up the 2014 Legislative session, and now seems like a good time to take a look back and evaluate what we have been able to accomplish. In the previous Bridges to a Better Government, I discussed my specific bills and how they fared.... Read More...
Bridges: Happy Sine Die! Happy Sine Die! That strange Latin phrase translates literally to “without day” and in terms of the Legislature, it means without a day set to reconvene. The 2014 legislative session in Olympia ended tonight, and I am now making my way back home. It’s been a busy 60 days, but... Read More...
Bridges: Time to cowboy up! We’re getting down to wire here in Olympia, with less than one week to go until the end of the 2014 regular legislative session. Today the Senate completed its work on bills sent to us by the House of Representatives. Tomorrow, Saturday, the Senate will be in session to begin... Read More...
Bridges: Two weeks to go and still a lot of work to do! It’s hard to believe that today is the last day of February and that Monday will be the 50th day of our 60-day session. The pace at the Capitol has quickened as the deadlines that help keep this place moving continue to tick off one by one. Click here to... Read More...
Bridges: Dead or Alive? On Wednesday, U.S. Representatives Doc Hastings and Cathy McMorris-Rodgers stopped by for a visit with Senate Republicans. They represent Central and Eastern Washington in Washington D.C., and it’s always great when they can visit with us in Olympia. Congresswoman McMorris-Rodgers also helped us celebrate a record number of Republican women... Read More...
Some love for the Tri-Cities in Olympia Greetings Tri-Cities and Happy V-Day! Boy did the Tri-Cities get a lot of love this week in Olympia. On Thursday, together with Sen. Mike Hewitt from the 16th District and Sen. Mark Schoesler from the 9th District, we hosted the Annual Tri-Cities Legislative Reception in honor of Tri-Cities Legislative Day.... Read More...
Putting Washingtonians back to work! This week, the Senate focused on advancing a pro-jobs, pro-growth and pro-workers agenda to help improve Washington’s business climate and put Washingtonians back to work again.On Wednesday, several of my colleagues from the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus and House Republican Caucus joined together to announce our “Jobs Now!” plan. One... Read More...
2014 Legislative Session underway As we enter the second week of the 2014 legislative session I can’t help but notice how different this session looks compared to last year. At the beginning of last year’s session the talk in Olympia was all about budget deficits, the need for tax increases and the failure of... Read More...
Bridges to a Better Government E-Newsletter for June 30, 2013 I fought hard to represent our district and as a result, Delta High School will receive $5.4 million in new funding. Delta is a shining example of a leader in statewide education. Their focus on the key STEM education areas (science, technology, engineering, and math) and ability to weave English,... Read More...
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