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News >  Spokane
Nov. 11, 2016, 10:52 a.m.
The long political pub crawl is over. As weepy, happy and angry voters wake up to a new morning in America, we’re dealing with the hangover. Feeling normal again will take time. We’ll get there.

News >  Spokane
Nov. 4, 2016, 11:04 a.m.
History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes. Just keep that in mind in this presidential election season, says Sue Lani Madsen.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 28, 2016, 11:31 a.m.
The report is in on a big earthquake-preparedness exercise from June, and the conclusion is that we’re not prepared. When the Big One hits, the key to survival will be relationships.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 21, 2016, 10 a.m.
The Washington Supreme Court’s Hirst Decision on well-drilling “effectively blocked development throughout the state,” Sue Lani Madsen says.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 14, 2016, 4:46 p.m.
Populist myth says a small group of Washington citizens gathered around a kitchen table can write better law than 147 members of the Legislature. It’s unlikely. The give and take of the Legislature may be messy, but the process is designed to encourage thoughtful compromise. Initiatives are tunnel-visioned and readily manipulated.

News >  Spokane
Sept. 16, 2016, 12:09 p.m.
The state budget process starts Friday, but it’s not likely to end on time.

News >  Spokane
Aug. 26, 2016, 11:47 a.m.
Rep. Tom Dent joined the Washington Legislature as one man with an interest, and has built a “fire coalition” of other legislators and stakeholders.

News >  Spokane
Aug. 5, 2016, 11:14 a.m.
The decision by the United States to allow fresh beef imports from Brazil threatens the cattle industry in this country.

News >  Spokane
July 8, 2016, 1:08 p.m.
Initiative 1433 will bring the minimum wage debate statewide; it’s worthwhile to consider the ripple effects of a higher minimum wage.

News >  Spokane
June 24, 2016, 12:21 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen’s observations on attending the Washington State Democrats convention.

News >  Spokane
June 3, 2016, 12:06 p.m.
The Millennium Bulk Terminal is a case study for the overgrown EIS process.

News >  Spokane
May 20, 2016, 11:14 a.m.
The Bathroom Wars ignore longstanding cultural norms, as well as the reality that people legally discriminate all the time.

News >  Spokane
May 6, 2016, 11:20 a.m.
Transferring large areas of western land from federal ownership to willing states and counties is a disruptive idea, and one that generated lively comment on last week’s column. But that doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea.

News >  Spokane
April 29, 2016, 3:28 p.m.
Transferring federal lands to the states became uncommon after the first 38 states joined the union, but the habit didn’t become law until the 1976 Federal Land Policy and Management Act. A Congressional policy that changed once can be changed again.

News >  Spokane
April 8, 2016, 10:24 a.m.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership could help some Washington businesses and industries and hurt others. Sue Lani Madsen is waiting for more information from the U.S. International Trade Commission before deciding whether she supports it.

News >  Spokane
April 1, 2016, 11:37 a.m.
Taxpayers cover 60 percent of the cost of premiums for crop insurance under the Farm Bill. Government stands behind the insurance companies to mitigate their exposure in exchange for a requirement that anyone who applies has to be covered, with no exclusions. Sound familiar?

News >  Spokane
March 25, 2016, 11:26 a.m.
Burdensome building code regulations good example of good intentions gone awry.

News >  Spokane
March 18, 2016, 1:21 p.m.
Who cares for your child when you can’t is an intensely personal decision. Parents want options that respect their values and fit their family culture. In the last 10 years, the biggest barrier to choice in child care has become the state. Child care is a family function. When mom or dad isn’t available, parents turn first to their personal networks. Informal exchanges with extended family, friends and neighbors fill the need for occasional care, but anything on a consistent basis or involving money comes under state control.

News >  Spokane
March 11, 2016, 12:41 p.m.
If Sue Lani Madsen didn’t know it before, she surely knows now after spending six months writing opinion columns: No human being on earth is free of hypocrisy.

News >  Spokane
Feb. 5, 2016, 1:33 p.m.
At a time when the state legislature is working to stretch tax money to cover education, continuing to expand WDFW’s land ownership and operating budget isn’t high on my list of priorities.

News >  Spokane
Jan. 29, 2016, 12:52 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen suggests citizens ask legislators to address burdensome rules imposed by state agencies.

News >  Spokane
Jan. 22, 2016, 10:11 a.m.
Gov. Jay Inslee recently issued

News >  Spokane
Jan. 15, 2016, 11:36 a.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: The Washington Human Rights Commission’s new administrative code governing gender-segregated restrooms ignores 99.7 percent of the population in favor of the 0.03 percent - and defies common sense.

News >  Spokane
Jan. 8, 2016, 10:26 a.m.
It was political theater week in health care. The Republican Congress listened to its grassroots and has presented the President with a bill repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Democratic President will veto it. Meanwhile, health care reform is still a work in progress. On Thursday I spent the day attending the State of Reform Health Policy Conference in Seattle working on the shape of that progress. The State of Reform conference events and their companion website provide an open forum for discussions on health care reform. Their conferences strive to bring in speakers to bridge the divide between different players in the health care system and different points of view. Attendees were from all over the state, but definitely skewed to the Puget Sound region.

News >  Spokane
Jan. 1, 2016, 4:16 p.m.
Two weeks ago, this column suggested bicyclists start a new trend in reflective clothing and forego dressing like ninjas. The majority of commenting bicyclists were, shall we say, defensive. Not defensive as in agreeing that driving defensively is sensible when one is sharing the road with large objects capable of flattening you. Defensive as in “it’s not us, what about the drivers?” As promised, today drivers get their turn in the hot seat.