August 22, 2016
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Inslee, Bryant share visions for Washington's future at first gubernatorial debate

The first gubernatorial debate of 2016 went off without a hitch last week in Spokane. Incumbent Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee and Republican challenger Bill Bryant spoke about the four years of Inslee's administration and what direction is best for the state in the years ahead. The debate was broadcast live on Spokane's KHQ television, and It's still available on news websites for online viewing. Read more »

Secretary of State Kim Wyman and challenger Tina Podlodowski debate in Spokane

Incumbent Secretary of State Kim Wyman and challenger Tina Podlodowski squared off in Spokane in an AWB-sponsored debate on the state's voting system, registration of corporations, and the proper role of partisanship in the office of the state's highest elections watchdog. Read more »

AWB's six Regional Meetings, candidate interviews continue this week in Everett, Bellevue, Vancouver

Crowded rooms and good discussions have ruled at the first week of AWB's regional meetings, which began last week and continue this week and next. This is a chance for member and non-member employers to hear directly from the Government Affairs Team about their 2017 legislative priorities, ask questions, share ideas and participate in candidate interviews. Read more »

Opportunity Scorecard shows slight improvement as Washington rises to 27th out of 50

Washington moved up one spot, to 27th out of 50, in the latest Opportunity Scorecard rankings released last week. Not only is the state a bit below average overall, Washington still hasn't broken into the top 10 in any of the three major categories examined: Achieve, Connect and Employ. Read more »

Support growing in opposition to I-732, the energy tax

Last week, a number of supporters, including local chambers of commerce, joined the list of employer groups, unions, farmers, environmental organizations and many others who oppose I-732, the carbon and energy tax. Read more »

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Larsen for Supreme Court

The Times recommends Dave Larson for state Supreme Court Position 6

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

Voters should welcome the chance to add new voices to the court and elect Dave Larson over incumbent state Supreme Court Justice Charlie Wiggins.

Larson has the trial, bench and civic experience to be a strong justice. He is the presiding judge of Federal Way Municipal Court -- comparable experience to Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, who was a Seattle Municipal Court judge when she ran for Supreme Court.

As a judge, he has adjudicated thousands of cases since his appointment to the bench in 2008, pushed for innovative reforms and has earned deep community respect...

Larson presents a strong, credible challenge to a court that has at times veered off course. He deserves a six-year term to the state Supreme Court.
Click here to read the full editorial in The Seattle Times
Training the Next Generation

PNNL gives students hands-on experience

By Dr. Steven Ashby, director of PNNL

Many of us remember writing that dreaded essay about how we spent our summer vacation — often struggling to recall what we did or make it sound interesting.

That won't be a problem for the almost 800 students at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory this summer. They will have challenging and rewarding experiences to share with friends and families.

Take Isis Carrillo, for example, a University of Washington student planning to study molecular and cellular biology. She is working alongside PNNL mentors in instrument development and microfabrication laboratories, gaining useful skills and invaluable experience...
Click here to read the full column in The Tri-City Herald
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