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Inslee the ‘greenest’ governor? Not so much

Even before Gov. Jay Inslee took office two-and-a-half years ago, some environmentalists were trumpeting him as “the greenest governor” in the country.

Column: Where the presidency is headed

Before the ins and outs of the 2016 presidential contest become a preoccupation for many of us, it seems a good time to step back and look at the office of the presidency for which so many candidates are vying. The presidency inherited by whoever wins next November will be substantially changed from the position his or her predecessors occupied a few decades ago.

Column: More work is ahead on public school financing

Our state Supreme Court found legislators in contempt last September for their failure to comply with the McCleary decision mandating ample state funding of our public schools. Now that a final state budget has been adopted for the next two years, the time has come for the court to take decisive action.

Column: It’s time to stop measles and misinformation in Washington state

Last week, state health officials reported that an adult Clallam County woman with an underlying illness that weakened her immune system died due to complications of a measles infection. This tragic and preventable death, the first from measles in the United States in 12 years, is profoundly disturbing and should serve as a wake-up call to improve immunization rates now, lest we return to an era where measles deaths are no longer rare.

State, not EPA, knows best on water-quality standards

Washingtonians are justifiably proud of our scenic waterways. We want them protected, and we want to pass on a clean and healthy aquatic environment for future generations.

Column: State GOP won the messaging war in Olympia this year

More than one lie was told in Olympia during this year’s historically bloated legislative session. Give politicians an extra three months of special session after special session to spin, and there’s no accounting for the truthiness.

Westneat - Evergreen prof guided high court on gay marriage

Years ago I was a co-host of a fundraising dinner when one of the 20 guests pulled me aside to tell me what I already knew — that it was the other co-host everybody had come to see.

Column: And the candidates are off and running

The presidential election is 16 months away, but already we’re smack in the middle of the usual media scrum of campaign coverage, prognostication, and strategizing by many of us who have nothing much to do with the real campaigns. I’ve been following the rhetoric of both parties, and there are a few points that stand out enough to tell us something about what we have to look forward to.

Westneat - Is the moderate GOP back in Washington?

That it was Republicans who just scored what is believed to be the biggest college tuition cut in state history is a startling development.

Column: Court reins in regulators; more to do

The Supreme Court handed a victory to Americans concerned with unelected bureaucrats driving up energy costs by overturning a costly regulation that lacks any meaningful environmental benefit.