December 9, 2019
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Montoya-Lewis makes history as first Native American to sit on Washington Supreme Court

Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Raquel Montoya-Lewis to the Washington Supreme Court. She previously served as a Whatcom County Superior Court judge, and professor at Western Washington University.

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Gael Tarleton announces run for Secretary of State against incumbent Kim Wyman

State Rep. Gael Tarleton, D-Seattle, will run against two-term Secretary of State Kim Wyman in 2020. She is the second Democrat to announce in the race.

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Tax structure work group meets and plans for 2020

An important group for the future of taxation in Washington is laying out its 2020 plans. The Tax Structure Work Group will look at a variety of tax proposals, including capital gains and value-added taxes, as well as income tax plans dating back nearly 20 years.

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Gates Foundation CEO stepping down

Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellman is stepping down from her role as CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She's served more than five years as the organization's third CEO. Mark Suzman, the president of global policy and advocacy and chief strategy officer, will take over early next year.

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Spreading Christmas Joy
USMCA Now

Vote on U.S., Mexico, Canada trade agreement for the sake of Washington's economic growth

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

Washington's Congressional delegation and Gov. Jay Inslee should advocate strongly for prompt approval of the new trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

The nearly complete agreement is enormously important to Washington's economic growth and job creation. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) also substantially improves environmental and labor protections over NAFTA, the 1994 agreement it will replace...

Inslee's support is important. He was a strong advocate for NAFTA while in Congress in the 1990s.

But campaigning for president last summer, Inslee was skeptical of USMCA, siding with wary unions and environmental groups seeking more aggressive mandates...

With Inslee now seeking another term leading trade-dependent Washington, he should be more publicly supportive of progress USMCA makes and benefits it would bring the entire state.

Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times
Speak up

Survey on Snake River dams is online. Help protect the region's economy and fill it out

By The Tri-City Herald Editorial Board

We know December's to-do list is already long, but we've got an important task that must be added to your check-off list: Please fill out the state survey on the Snake River dams.

It can be found at surveymonkey.com/r/lsrdsurvey.

Don't delay.

We have been critical of this state effort since its proposal nearly a year ago, but now that written comments are being taken we encourage people to fill out the survey and let their voices be heard.

Read the full editorial in the Tri-City Herald.