November 2, 2015
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Passages: Former Sen. Scott Barr, 99, supported Expo '74 in Spokane

Former state representative and senator Scott Barr, R-Colville, died Oct. 22 at his ranch. The lifelong farmer and rancher was 99.

Barr spent years lobbying the Legislature for the Lincoln County Conservation District before running unsuccessfully for the 7th legislative district Senate seat in northeast Washington in 1974. He tried again for a House seat two years later and won. Six years later he moved on to the Senate, where he was a leader on farm and natural resources issues during his 11 years.

In December of 1993, Barr said he "wasn't getting any older" and retired in the middle of his term. He was 77. Then-Rep. Bob Morton was appointed to Barr's Senate seat. Morton's young legislative assistant, Cathy McMorris, was appointed to fill Morton's house seat.

Barr is remembered as a longtime supporter of 4-H clubs and a key supporter of the agricultural exhibit at Spokane's Expo '74.

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Two-Part Question

Tacoma's Two-Part Minimum Wage Ballot Is Confusing -- Here's an Explainer

Tacoma voters have an important choice, but the ballot is a little confusing. You'll first answer whether you think the city should increase the minimum wage, then a second question whether the wage should rise to $12 or immediately to $15 if a majority of voters want it to increase.

Here's the important part.

Answer the second question no matter what! It does not mean you're voting for a minimum wage increase.

If you don't pick an option on the second half of the measure, it's like picking the option you don't want.

Click here to watch the full video on the Tacoma-Pierce Chamber's YouTube channel
Millennium Bulk Terminals

Timelines are important

By The Daily News editorial board

When it comes to big projects, timelines are important. Last week we learned the timeline for the Millennium Bulk Terminals' draft environmental impact statement was being pushed back. ...

Why are the goalposts being moved? Because it's a coal project?

Whether you support the Millennium coal project or oppose it, you should be upset with how the State of Washington has treated the timeline for this project.

Cowlitz County needs jobs and the Department of Ecology's poor performance isn't helping.
Click here to read the full editorial in The Daily News
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