February 4, 2019
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Senate votes to move Washington's presidential primary forward to March

A proposal to move Washington's presidential primary forward by more than two months passed the Senate last week. Senate Bill 5273 would mean Washington voters cast their primary ballots on the second Tuesday in March, or on a date matching other Western states. That would put the 2020 primary on March 10, a week after the Super Tuesday round of primaries, The Herald reports.

Under the current state law, Washington presidential primary is on the fourth Tuesday in May, which is late enough in the process that the presidential field is usually narrowed or decided before Washington voters can weigh in.

Secretary of State Kim Wyman praised the move.

“Our state’s issues and concerns deserve attention from national candidates and our voters deserve to have a complete slate of nominees to choose from," Wyman said. “Part of encouraging voters to participate is giving them a voice that matters, and the way you do that in the presidential election cycle is by holding the Primary before the nomination is a foregone conclusion."

The bill now goes to the House for consideration.

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By AWB President Kris Johnson

On a map, the distance from our Washington to the "other" Washington looks so far away. But, policies being made and debated there hit us here in Washington state.

Take trade policies, for example.

As one of the most trade-driven states in the nation, what happens with trade agreements has a direct impact on Washington state's economy.

A recent report found that Washington farmers and other export-dependent producers saw their foreign sales drop by as much as 28 percent during the six months after the United States began imposing tariffs on trading partners.

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Saying we don't need the four lower Snake River dams because they generate just a small percentage of the region's electricity is a bit like saying the Seattle Mariners don't need relief pitchers who are in the game for only an inning or two.

The dams, like a closing pitcher, are needed for their reliability and to fill in during critical times.

As lawmakers consider Gov. Jay Inslee's proposal to make Washington 100 percent carbon free, we hope they grasp the role hydropower plays in providing clean, renewable, low-cost power to the region

We also hope they come to understand the essential role the Snake River dams play in the power-generating system...

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