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Herrera Beutler suggests strategy to avoid bridge tolling

The topic surrounding tolling the Interstate 5 and 205 is back at the forefront. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, submitted a letter to Governor Jay Inslee Wednesday about potentially delaying the WA Cares Fund collection for Oregon residents to address tolling concerns. Oregon residents who work in Washington pay into the state’s new long-term […]

Can one pre-gerrymander?

During Clark County Council’s marathon 3.5 hour meeting Wednesday, county council chair Eileen Quiring O’Brien accused the county’s Charter Review Commission of gerrymandering “three sitting councilors into one district, thereby eliminating two of the majority of the council.” In an interview Friday, Charter Review Commission co-chair Chuck Green said he was not only disappointed by […]

Jaime Herrera Beutler addresses perceived police reform “craze”

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, introduced bipartisan legislation to continue funding to help support rural policing for 10 years yet included a biased spin on the matter. The Community Oriented Policing Services on the Beat Grant Program Reauthorization and Parity Act expands funding to rural communities and increases wages for officers in low-income areas. […]

Jaime Herrera Beutler mailer claims police reform hindered investigations

Glossy mailers from Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler landed in residents’ mailboxes that claimed recent police reform prevented police from pursuing and detaining the suspected killer of a local sheriff. Herrera Beutler wrote in the flier that the arrest of Clark County sheriff Detective Jeremy Brown’s suspected killer was hindered because of state policies enacted in […]

Consider civic engagement in the new year

As 2021 comes to an end, it’s impossible to ignore the year of dizzying U.S. politics that was at the forefront of our lives. Throughout the year, political leaders continued to mitigate the negative effects of the coronavirus pandemic, and news headlines were deeply entrenched in policy decisions and assaults on democracy. To summarize: it […]

Battle Ground considers, albeit briefly, dropping fluoride

Battle Ground’s city council discussed calling a halt to adding fluoride to the city’s water system during its Dec. 6 meeting. Deputy Mayor Phillip Johnson first raised the issue at the council’s Nov. 15 meeting. Although the city spends around $32,000 annually to add fluoride to the water supply, Johnson said his concern wasn’t about […]

Recent remanding of commission appointment highlights need for diversity

The Vancouver City Council’s discussion Monday regarding the appointment of a new member to its planning commission reemphasized the need for diversity in positions of power. Mayor Pro Tem Linda Glover remanded the appointment of Glen Yung back to a subcommittee to review the pool of applicants for further consideration. The planning commission is responsible […]

Another chance for opposition in Voters’ Pamphlet

The Clark County Charter Review Commission is once again looking for individuals to provide “against” statements for six proposed charter amendments slated for the November 2022 ballot. The statements will appear in the Voters’ Pamphlet produced by Washington State Elections and the Clark County Elections offices. Normally, this would be a routine process warranting little […]

Congressional district candidates’ views on COVID-19 mandates

As the Biden administration emphasizes the need to bolster vaccine requirements in light of the coronavirus’s omicron variant, political leaders are projecting how the guidelines will impact Americans. More than 61 percent of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated., according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 67 percent of Washington […]

County council tensions bubble to the surface

It seems Clark County’s council members are no strangers to conflict during council meetings. Lately though, meetings have veered into open hostility. An exchange between three council members during the Dec. 1 meeting to review Community Planning’s 2022 work plan provides a prime example. While discussing the inclusion of updates to the Columbia River Gorge […]

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 […]

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