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    Initiatives measure still needs work

    Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, has gathered strong bipartisan support for a constitutional amendment that would require proponents of citizen’s initiatives to provide voters with more specific information. He calls his proposal the Truth in Initiatives Amendment.

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    Bill takes worthy aim at ‘dark money’

    Too often during the last two election cycles we’ve seen organizations spend big money in Washington state campaigns while refusing – with impunity – to disclose who provided the cash. This practice should stop, and it would at least be diminished by legislation that has attracted...

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    WSU med school doesn’t pencil out

    Perhaps Rep. Chris Reykdal and Rep. Sam Hunt signed on to a House bill supporting Washington State University’s preoccupation with starting its own medical school because they are both WSU grads. We could understand that. But we hope our representatives haven’t been misled by the university...

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    Thurston jail saga nearer to a solution

    Another calendar year has passed and the new Thurston County jail still sits empty. But there is good news: this newspaper has reported that the County Commission and Sheriff John Snaza resumed talks in hopes of finding a compromise.

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    Pay for rank-and-file state workers needs to go up

    Pressure to raise wages keeps growing across America, and state government is no exception. The citizen board that sets pay for state elected officials in Washington recognized that pressure last week. The Washington Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials endorsed a draft ...

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    Mending the safety net should be a priority

    The federal government defines poverty as an income of $11,490 for a single person – slightly less than $1,000 a month. That’s a pretty harsh definition, especially when you consider that the average rent for a one bedroom apartment in Thurston County is $789.

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    Fish & Wildlife hire merits watching

    There’s been a lukewarm reception from conservation groups to the hiring of James Unsworth as the new director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. They have good reason to worry. Unsworth comes from Idaho, a state known to be more committed to supporting ranchers and big game...

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    Capital gains are volatile, but valuable

    Republicans who want to torpedo Gov. Jay Inslee’s capital-gains tax idea have one thing right. The revenue from a levy on sales of stocks and other equity investments can be unpredictable – high in good years, far less when the economy tanks. But that is no reason to ditch a good potential...

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    A smarter handle on property crimes

    Typically, a call for tougher enforcement of the law to deter crime adds a burden to taxpayers. They end up paying more for police officers and prison beds, the inevitable price for security. But a new state report examining property crimes in Washington suggests state policy isn’t working...

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    The struggle for equality continues today

    What would Martin Luther King Jr. have said about the shooting of a young black man in Ferguson, MO, or the more recent deadly attacks on uniformed police officers? What would he have done in response? We can only yearn for the quality of leadership he could provide.

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