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Lentz joins state Affordable Housing Advisory Board

Clark County Councilor Temple Lentz is joining the state Affordable Housing Advisory Board.  Gov. Jay Inslee recently appointed Lentz to the board as a representative of Washington Association of Counties-Western Washington, according to a news release from the county. The appointment ends Jan. 26, 2025.  The board scopes potential solutions for the state’s need for […]

Trump calls out Herrera Beutler by name in CPAC speech

Republicans’ ire with Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler apparently goes all the way to the top, at least in the faction of the party that remains aligned with former President Donald Trump. In his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Sunday, Trump called out Herrera Beutler by name, along with the other Republican members […]

Clark County Board of Health adds meeting time

The Clark County Board of Health is carving out more meeting time as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.  The board, which consists of the Clark County Council, will meet from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month and 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Until […]

Democrat to throw his hat into the ring for Congress

A Democrat is planning to join the candidates already gearing up to win the voters of Washington’s 3rd Congressional District in 2022. Brent Hennrich, of Vancouver, told me over the phone on Thursday that he’s “working on all the steps to get things filed,” including submitting the Federal Elections Commission paperwork required to formally declare […]

Voter turnout in the special election: Meh

Momentum from the Presidential election in November didn’t appear to significantly affect turnout for the special election earlier this month.  Voters in the Feb. 9 election approved both of the Camas School District’s levies and rejected Battle Ground Public Schools’ levy. The election drew a turnout of 39.51 percent among 79,975 eligible voters, according to […]

Herrera Beutler urges Biden to adopt a more ambitious school plan

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, joined the chorus of Republicans at the federal level who are urging President Joe Biden to adopt a more ambitious plan for reopening schools. She criticized the president’s plan for not going far enough to get children back in classrooms, saying that his push to reopen schools one day […]

Clark County again vies for more CARES Act money

Clark County is taking another swing at tens of millions of dollars in CARES Act money it believes it’s still owed. The county originally received about $26.9 million in CARES Act funding, but a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee in June argued that the amount was less than one-third what it should have been. The […]

Proposed bill would provide free menstrual hygiene products for WA students

A bipartisan bill cosponsored by two lawmakers from Clark County would require schools to provide their students with free menstrual products, following the example of states like California, Illinois, New Hampshire and New York. Senate Bill 5070 would mandate that all public, private, charter and tribal schools teaching students between sixth and 12th grade stock […]

Virtual public comments prove difficult to predict

Predicting things can be a dangerous game nowadays. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about verbal public comments returning to Clark County Council meetings for the first time since they went virtual due to COVID-19. The change went into effect a few weeks before a public hearing about repealing recent fireworks restrictions, a hot […]

Herrera Beutler urges Biden to deny federal post for former state ESD head

Washington state’s congressional Republicans wrote a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to reconsider the appointment of Suzi LeVine — who until last week served as head of the Washington State Employment Security Department — to a federal post. Biden named LeVine as interim assistant secretary of the Employment and Training Administration within the […]

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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