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An interesting city- and state-oriented strategy to solve the national corruption crisis.
Canada continues to push forward on its Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion despit overwhelming opposition and damning evidence — as well as serious economic headwinds — against it.2 comments, most recent 2 weeks ago
We need immediate action to save the canaries in our coal mine, the Southern Resident Orca and Salmon. Take down obsolete salmon-blocking dams before it’s too late.7 comments, most recent 3 weeks ago
Rud Browne’s antics during the selection of Liz Lovelett for state Senator was only the latest weird act during his first year of his second term on the Whatcom County Council.3 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Officials from Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan counties met Tuesday in Mount Vernon to appoint Liz Lovelett as state senator.2 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Alex Ramel sent an email to his political acquaintances on the racism in Michael Petrish’s campaign in the 40th district. We reprint it with his permission.2 comments, most recent 5 months ago
Updated Oct 23… Initiative 1631 creates a carbon tax, which is good, but gives the money to private political organizations and even exempts the biggest polluters from the tax.18 comments, most recent 5 months ago
A brief essay on the dangerous lie at the heart of I-1639, which purports to regulate “assault” weapons.2 comments, most recent 7 months ago
Four excellent Democratic Party candidates are in the primary election for the 40th District House seat vacated by Kris Lytton. Browne goes negative at the last minute.2 comments, most recent 8 months ago
Doug Ericksen and Vincent Buys are in Cambodia as we post this. What are these two Washington State 42nd Legislative District elected officials doing in Cambodia? What indeed!11 comments, most recent 8 months ago
Factors to consider in incorporating an organization where the primary purpose is civic and profit is a secondary factor.2 comments, most recent 8 months ago
Myopic leadership in the NFL is the problem.
Since 1917, Washington’s water laws have become increasingly complicated and counterproductive. Eric explains the major problems and suggests an alternative for a sustainable future.5 comments, most recent 8 months ago
Attendees at the campaign kickoff for Tim Ballew II, state Senate candidate, heard good things about Ballew, bad things about Doug Ericksen–and nothing about Pinky Vargas.7 comments, most recent 11 months ago
We take an early look at who is running for office this year in Whatcom County. Voters will elect a state senator, state representatives, a county councillor and prosecutor.2 comments, most recent 11 months ago
An analysis of Senator Doug Ericksen’s alleged “double dipping” during early 2017 when serving as a senior adviser at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC.
Toward a more comprehensive approach to human health and the environment6 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Where did Doug Ericksen spend thousands of dollars in surplus campaign funds in Washington, DC, and what did he spend them for?
40th state legislative representative, Kristine Lytton, not seeking reelection. South half of Bellingham is in 40th.4 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Highlights the pros and cons of the recently passed telecom bills allowing our ports to more easily serve rural areas and protect net-neutrality: HB-2664, SHB-2664-S and SHB-22824 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Late Thursday evening, Gov Inslee vetoed the bill - but he he has been busy this week putting together a compromise between the legislature and the news media - in secret.4 comments, most recent 1 year ago
We ask governor Inslee to veto ESB 6617 and let the legislators reconsider their panic driven secrecy bill.1 comment, most recent 1 year ago
Why did state legislators pass a measure, Senate Bill 6617, at breathtaking speed late last week denying public access to all previous records of their activities?6 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Sen. Doug Ericksen’s blind fealty to a deeply unpopular president and his profligate use of taxpayer funds are likely to cost him dearly as he vies to get reelected in November.8 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Eric’s perspective on the state wide new rural water fix legislation, ESSB 6091. Governor Inslee signed it last Friday, and it went into effect immediately.
A critical look at the state legislature’s lame and deceptive effort to halt sexual harrassment and assault in - in the state legislature.2 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Truckers are protesting in three states - and the news media is pretending it is not happening.
CNN interviews Darell Hillaire of the Lummi Nation about the Salmon Emergency, Rosalinda Guillen about the Detention Center hunger strike and Satpal Sidhu about the Arch of Healing
IN praise of the sheer propagatory genius of the Himalayan blackberry.
Doug Ericksen and Anthony Scaramucci were ill cast in the role of communications directors.
The author of “The Mushroom Hunters” takes on the Pacific Northwest’s signature environmental issue.1 comment, most recent 1 year ago
Based on available evidence, it looks like Ericksen was using his surplus campaign account to help cover travel expenses incurred in connection with his involvement in the Trump regime.2 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Rental inspections in Bellingham performed by private inspection services should be audited immediately.4 comments, most recent 1 year ago
The Bellingham Bells should honor the fireworks ban in Bellingham.3 comments, most recent 1 year ago
The President’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement flies directly in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence for human-caused climate change. It calls into question his ability to lead this great nation.2 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Whatcom 3 update: Ericksen will not be held in contempt for ignoring subpoena. Dismissal based on destruction of evidence also unlikely; ruling expected May 25. Dismissal based on4 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Along with Don Benton, State Senator Doug Ericksen appears to have no future with the Environmental Protection Agency—not in DC nor at its Seattle regional office.4 comments, most recent 1 year ago
We need to pay more attention to the wage side of housing affordability.1 comment, most recent 1 year ago
The people facing trial for blocking Guide Meridian in Lynden on the day of Trump’s rally go after Sen. Doug Ericksen.1 comment, most recent 2 years ago
Our rural Whatcom County residents are being denied the right to have water for new homes, and this in a county that has no idea how much water it has, but has a lot.22 comments, most recent 2 years ago
An article on how the apprentice system is an essential institution in the economic rise of Europe.
At least Doug Ericksen showed up, but he didn’t say anything to reassure a largely hostile audience at Saturday’s town hall meeting.5 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Public banks are the answer to low cost financing and divestment from the private banking casino.4 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Over at the Latte Republic, Elisabeth Britt examines State Senator Doug Ericksen’s attendance in Olympia and compares that to state laws.
First they came for the Muslims and I did not speak out…1 comment, most recent 2 years ago
Unintended consequences of corporate control of the food chain. And government.3 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Michael Riordan guest writes about state senators Doug Ericksen and Don Benton being appointed by President Trump to bring his changes to the Federal Environmental Protection Agency.5 comments, most recent 2 years ago
There is no Gort to save us.2 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Trump supporter: America must fight back against China3 comments, most recent 2 years ago
A brief expose of who our Senators actually work for.2 comments, most recent 2 years ago
How much have we ceded our rights in the workplace? David Ellerman tells us…a lot!9 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Eric Hirst writes an overview of seasonal water use in Whatcom County - and supports his views with a well researched report that he also wrote.7 comments, most recent 2 years ago
This blather about Trump is not getting done what needs to be done to take the country back from the oligarchs.2 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Both lanes of I-5 northbound are fully open this morning past the rock slide area. It does not look like they will close again. See article for more info.1 comment, most recent 2 years ago
Banks are loosening their lending standards again. Just the ticket for a collapse.1 comment, most recent 2 years ago
A counter to Hirst’s position. An insightful overview of the current situation with Whatcom County’s exempt water wells and the unfair building moratorium the council has put on rural property owners.3 comments, most recent 2 years ago
A rainy autumn is worsening the Swift Creek landslide, and a long-term fix seems nowhere in sight.
While the push is for ever greater economic acceleration, deceleration is the counter-intuitive solution for the future.
There is renewed interest in yet another large student dormitory project in the Puget Neighborhood.
In the 1944 play “Huis Clos” (No Exit) by Jean-Paul Sartre, two women and a man find themselves in hell, a room with no exit. One of the women is attracted [...]
Neoliberalism: A political theory of the late 1900s holding that personal liberty is maximized by limiting government interference in the operation of free markets.5 comments, most recent 2 years ago
President Obama’s signature accomplishment, the corporatist version of universal healthcare, is going to be “repealed and replaced” under the Trump administration. Obamacare, aka Romneycare, is already a Neocon plan- [...]
Initiative 732 may be the most important issue on our ballot. The pro and anti campaigns were instructive - until the last minute anti ad blitz. Time to call out the anti folks.
An update on the legal marijuana business in Washington State including financial data and commentary.
Here is a brief list of recommendations from John Servais, the publisher. These represent the values and perspective of an independent progressive, as I perceive myself.1 comment, most recent 2 years ago
Living in a left-leaning state with a top-two primary, liberal voters in Washington sometimes must look for finer shades of distinction between the candidates who make it to the general [...]
The Lummi Island ferry is a very old and decrepit vessel. The state ferry system wants to give us a newer one in great condition. Whatcom County says no. Tip tells the tale.6 comments, most recent 2 years ago
The March Point protestors this weekend will hopefully show serious concern and not disturb the heron colony near the refineries.2 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Also to all U.S. Representative candidates in the 1st and 2nd U.S. Congressional districts for the election in 20161 comment, most recent 2 years ago
At Clayton Beach, we have tracked increasing erosion under railroad tracks and written to the railroads and federal inspectors. To no avail.2 comments, most recent 3 years ago
Accelerating efforts across the U.S. to install a $15 minimum wage are playing into the hands of big business and codifying enormously insufficient wages for years to come.2 comments, most recent 2 years ago
As a veteran, I am a more than a bit sensitive about those who would profit over the condition of veterans in the US especially since those who send those [...]
Whatcom group plans meeting workshop to submit comments to Washington Dept of Ecology against Skagit/Bakken oil trains.6 comments, most recent 3 years ago
Christopher Brown guest writes how traditional communal warrior reintegration practices could help our returning combat veterans.
Bruce Radtke, a retired Bellingham librarian, reported to be assaulted by police for handing out leaflets5 comments, most recent 3 years ago
The port’s latest bone-headed deal calls for the good citizens of Whatcom County to consider the options…unless we’re enjoying our Groundhog Day.3 comments, most recent 4 years ago
While smearing Seth Fleetwood over a common tax arrangement, we discover Doug Ericksen also has a benign tax lien - one he denied.6 comments, most recent 4 years ago
Part 1: Introduction to the Bellingham Basin’s Potential for Fracking, Earthquakes, and Earthquakes Due to Fracking3 comments, most recent 4 years ago
Why Washington must step in and assume lead agency status in Skagit County for the Shell crude by rail proposal.6 comments, most recent 4 years ago
Riley posted this morning that Seth Fleetwood has decided to challenge Doug Ericksen for state senate in the 42nd District.1 comment, most recent 4 years ago
Ferndale Mayor Gary Jensen has decided not to file for the 42nd state Senate seat currently held by Doug Ericksen.5 comments, most recent 5 years ago
Riley Sweeney examines Sen. Ericksen’s legislative methods
Marian Beddill provides a general guide for the public, with a look at the history of water rights in Washington state.4 comments, most recent 5 years ago
Help fund a scientific study looking for links between diesel locomotives, coal trains and unhealthy air.
Riley details upcoming merger between PeaceHealth and a much more conservative entity1 comment, most recent 6 years ago
Riley Sweeney has posted a great video clip of Sen. Doug Ericksen flouting rules and legal procedures at a Senate hearing in Olympia.
Riley looks into Ericksen’s legislative efforts this session1 comment, most recent 6 years ago
A comparison of U.S. and Canadian attitudes and policies for taxes and fiscal integrity. By a Canadian citizen.7 comments, most recent 6 years ago
The Tunnel Creek avalanche and three skiers’ deaths last February was a confusing tragedy. Experts killed. How did it happen?
Here’s your shot at fame and glory as a political pundit4 comments, most recent 6 years ago
Washington voters have wisely turned down three attempts to create charter schools in this state. They should replicate these defeats in 2012.1 comment, most recent 6 years ago
Riley talks about the Seattle Times, Newsweek and the future of Print Media
Riley pores through Rep. Jason Overstreet’s legislative record7 comments, most recent 6 years ago
Riley examines Rep. Vincent Buys’ legislative record1 comment, most recent 6 years ago
Riley patiently explains to the Whatcom Excavator what a flowchart should look like
Riley sits down with Matt Petryni with Power Past Coal to get the latest scoop
Riley attended the Whatcom GOP Convention and reports back1 comment, most recent 6 years ago
An illegal serial Port Commission meeting should be investigated by the State Auditor, and two commissioners should be made accountable for their actions.5 comments, most recent 7 years ago
Riley at The Political Junkie attends a forum of Congressional Candidates, and a town hall meeting in Lynden
Latest from the Political Junkie on a variety of subjects7 comments, most recent 7 years ago