Current Affairs

Video of our Annual Dinner speaker

If you missed our Annual Dinner in Bellevue May 23, you can watch it on TVW here. Our guest speaker, Ian Toner, gave a fascinating talk about the massive changes happening in our political system, the job market and workforce, and the economy -- both here and across the world.

Policy Today podcast: Making Sense of Political, Economic Upheaval

The only constant in politics and economics today is change. From establishment-busting elections to upheaval in the workforce, the world is a much different place than it was just a few decades ago. Today's guest, Ian Toner, analyzes these changes for a living. Mr.

Common Ground podcast: Rep. Drew Stokesbary

We're delighted to welcome state Rep. Drew Stokesbary (R-Auburn) to the podcast. As soon as we saw all the "Arrested Development" gifs populating his Twitter feed we knew he'd be the perfect guest. We sat down at the state Capitol in Olympia to chat about him being a younger member of the Legislature, how he got into politics and government, and his approach to working across the aisle. Other random topics of discussion: Kim Jon Un and Dick Cheney. Plus, Drew fits in a reference to "The Office" and we totally miss it.

New report says Washington leads the nation in evidence-based policymaking

The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, a joint effort of the Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, recently named Washington state a leader in evidence-based policymaking.

Roundup of Seattle business climate issues

Several policies impacting Seattle’s business climate have been in the news recently.

Checks and balances are great -- until there are too many of them

San Bernardino, California has been in bankruptcy for four years now. According to a story in Governing Magazine, it's not because of debt or pensions (which tend to be the culprits in other city bankruptcies). Instead, the problem is

San Bernardino’s lengthy and convoluted charter, a document that gives so much authority to so many officials that it’s completely ineffective.

Watch Morton Kondracke's speech on the 2016 presidential campaign

Last month we were pleased to have renowned political journalist and commentator Morton Kondracke speak at our 84th annual dinner in Bellevue. His topic was "This Perilous Election: How Did We Get Here?" He offered a rather scathing - yet entertaining - critique of all three presidential candidates.

State Supreme Court decision in Envision Spokane case contrasts with that on I-1366

Back in 2013, we wrote about a local initiative in Spokane that would have established a community bill of rights. Under the initiative (from Envision Spokane), zoning changes would have required neighborhood voter approval, the Spokane River would have a legal right to exist and flourish, employees would have the protections of the Bill of Rights against their employers, and legal rights of corporations would be taken away (a response to the U.S.

A $662,000 subsidy for Franklin County?

More details are emerging in the ongoing Benton-Franklin joint offices saga. At first, the break-up of some of the counties' joint efforts was attributed to growth and communications issues.

More troubles in Benton-Franklin joint offices

A few weeks ago I wrote about how Benton and Franklin counties were planning to split up their joint public defender office. Apparently there's a much larger divorce in the works.