Politics

Efforts to improve city staff, volunteer safety moves forward

Vancouver City Council unanimously approved of minor changes to its city code Monday that would protect government officials, staff and volunteers from targeted noise-related incidences. A second reading and public hearing for the ordinance is scheduled for June 6. The alterations, originally brought to the council’s attention by council member Sarah Fox, outline what noise […]

State union group presents its support for candidates

The state’s “voice of labor” showed its support for a handful of Southwest Washington’s candidates vying for political office, including the highly contested seat in Congress. On Saturday, the Washington State Labor Council AFL-CIO, a representative body representing 600 labor groups, announced its endorsements for the 2022 election during its Political Education Endorsing Convention in […]

Herrera Beutler’s take on infant formula bills

As political officials attempt to tackle the U.S.’s infant formula scarcity, Southwest Washingtonians are closely watching Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s decisions to address the issue. Formula shortages ensued after product recalls and the factory closure of major producer Abbott Nutrition. In response, Congress proposed two bills to alleviate families’ anxieties and address supply chain concerns. […]

County eyes free parks parking for disabled vets

The Clark County Council is looking at providing free parking to some disabled veterans at county parks. Lindsey Hueer, senior policy analyst for the county, said the council was approached by residents to create a program similar to the state’s free parking pass. “If somebody is a disabled veteran who possesses (the state) pass, and […]

County council headed to court over new district map

On Wednesday, the Clark County Council approved a long-awaited voting district map. But before the day was over, their decision to adopt the map titled C2 was already headed to court. Former county redistricting committee member Janet Landesberg, who is also a Democratic precinct committee officer, filed suit in Superior Court to block the council’s […]

Will list of 3rd District candidates shrink or grow?

The race to represent Washington’s 3rd Congressional District is not lacking competitors, as there are nearly a dozen individuals who announced their candidacy in the past year. This roster, albeit overwhelmingly long, may not be completely representative of who will officially file to run for office between May 16-20. Many candidates have been immersed in […]

Tension flare over council redistricting efforts

With the Clark County Council’s deliberations over a new voting district map laboring on, tensions between council members have continued to flare. Wednesday’s public hearing to consider the 04-19-2022 proposed map was no different. After months of wrangling over the map, many expected the council to adopt the 04-19-2022 map at the conclusion of Wednesday’s […]

U.S. Senators comment on leaked draft opinion on abortion case

Senate Democrats gathered Tuesday at the Capitol to call for unity in upholding protections for reproductive rights. The political leaders, including Washington’s Sen. Patty Murray and Sen. Maria Cantwell, made their remarks in response to the leaked draft majority opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which would roll back on abortion care precedent […]

Kent campaign strife

Recently released screenshots of a text exchange between a 3rd Congressional District candidate’s campaign staffers shed light on conflict simmering behind the scenes. Red Voice Media, a right-wing blog, published messages on April 21 between former Kent campaign manager Byron Sanford and Ozzie Gonzalez, who currently holds the position. Following this release, The Dispatch published […]

Council approves rules of procedure without changes to absences

A revised Rules of Procedure was unanimously approved Tuesday by the Clark County Council following a public hearing but without the additional language on council absences sought by Chair Karen Bowerman. “The way for (an absence) to be considered to be excused involves nothing more than giving advance notice by a designated amount. I don’t […]

Resolution in support of 3rd, 4th bridges not far enough for Lentz

When it comes to planning and building for third and fourth bridges across the Columbia River into Oregon, the Clark County Council is passing the buck. At least that’s what […]

County council already eyeing third, fourth bridges

With efforts to replace the Interstate 5 Bridge barely off the ground, the Clark County Council is already looking ahead to additional bridges across the mighty Columbia River. At its Nov. […]

That new port race campaign finance law won’t go into effect for a little longer

[caption id="attachment_53976" align="alignright" width="300"] Jack Burkman will text you late at night if he thinks your wrong (which is good, mostly.)[/caption] Of the many glamorous perks of being a Columbian political […]

Let the race begin

Tim Probst, who is running to replace Sen. Don Benton in Olympia, filed his personal financial statement late. And the Washington State Republican Party noticed. “Why is partisan Democrat Tim Probst trying to hide his six-figure government paycheck from the voters?” said WSRP Chair Susan Hutchison in a press release. “State law requires candidates to […]

JHB keeps quiet on Trump

House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday he will vote for the GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump. Previously, Ryan said he was “not ready” to back Trump, but reversed course writing in an editorial that “on the issues that make up (the Republican) agenda, we have more common ground than disagreement.” I wondered if this […]

Clinton wins WA

Hillary Clinton won the Washington state primary on Tuesday. Bernie Sanders overwhelmingly won the Washington state caucuses. The results from the Democratic primary will largely be ignored, but they could provoke a change in the system. As Melissa Santos with the News Tribune wrote, “almost three times as many Democrats had voted in the primary […]

Your vote counts … well, kind of

Every election season, there are those people who don’t bother to vote. They forget. They’re not inspired. They feel like their vote doesn’t matter. For once, they might have a point. Tonight is Washington state’s primary. The GOP presumptive nominee is Donald Trump, although Ted Cruz, Ben Carson and John Kasich remain on the ballot. And […]

Goodspace guy for governor?

Sam Kim, Clark County’s chief information officer, generated a buzz this week when the lifelong Republican filed to run as an “independent Democrat.” It was unusual that he was switching parties. But also, what is an independent Democrat? And he wasn’t the only one. Tim Probst, who is vying for Sen. Benton’s seat, and Kathy […]

Building bridges

Gov. Jay Inslee visited Vancouver’s future waterfront park on Wednesday and called it a center of economic expansion that will benefit the entire state. As Inslee walked along the river, the Interstate-5 bridge loomed in the background. Inslee said if he’s re-elected he will once again try to gain momentum for replacing the aging bridge. […]

Threats of apples flying again

When apple prices drop, the employees at the Vancouver Education Association know to prepare themselves. Chicken wire is already around all the windows. Crates are in front of the chicken wire, placed at a 45-degree angle, so when the apple comes flying through the air they hit the crate and bounce away from the building. […]

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