Transportation secretary fails to win Senate confirmation, loses job A majority of the state Senate voted today against confirming the state transportation secretary appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee. The decision means Lynn Peterson is out as head of the state Department of Transportation after three years. “This is about having accountability at the highest levels in state agencies. Secretary... Read More...
Senate Majority Leader issues statement on decision to seek subpoenas Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, released the following statement in response to the decision of the Senate Rules Committee to issue subpoenas to the Department of Corrections and the governor’s office. The Rules Committee took a bipartisan 13-7 vote Tuesday evening to support a request for subpoenas from the... Read More...
Governor should prioritize kids over fish Additional funds for fish passage barriers should pay for better highway safety in Eastern Washington The citizens of Whitman County and the parents of students at Washington State University’s Pullman campus aren’t happy, and why would they be? They are still mourning the two students who died in car crashes over... Read More...
State’s aerospace alliance honors Schoesler as top legislator Washington’s Aerospace Futures Alliance has named Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler as Legislator of the Year, during a ceremony this past week in Spokane at the 10th annual governor’s aerospace summit. “AFA appreciates Senator Schoesler’s recognition of the economic benefits of aerospace in Washington State. He understands how aerospace attracts... Read More...
A messy session with a splendid finish This post originally appeared on the leadership blog of the Majority Coalition Caucus, Exit 105. If ever there was a legislative session that proved Otto von Bismarck right, it is the one we just finished. Von Bismarck is the former German chancellor we always quote about legislating and sausage-making: “Laws... Read More...
Coug nation grieves the loss of WSU President Elson Floyd Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, issued the following statement on the death of Washington State University President Elson Floyd: “It was with deep sadness that I learned of the passing of Elson Floyd this morning. As president of Washington State University, Dr. Floyd was a widely admired leader and... Read More...
The curse that haunts the Legislature This post originally appeared on the leadership blog of the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus, Exit 105. It’s one of the facts of political life: Whenever good times return, some people want to spend as though they’re going to last forever. Happy days are here again. Turn that frown upside down! Only... Read More...
Follow the breadcrumbs to a government shutdown This post originally appeared on the leadership blog of the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus, Exit 105. Last week, when there was still a chance for us to finish our business in Olympia on time and adjourn this weekend, we were flabbergasted by an argument we heard from our Democratic colleagues... Read More...
Senate passes Schoesler resolution honoring AgForestry leader Dave Roseleip   Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler today led the Senate in honoring Dave Roseleip, who will retire June 30 after 30-plus years as president of the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation. The foundation, better known as AgForestry, administers a well-respected leadership-development program for Washington’s agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries.... Read More...
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