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Sue Lani Madsen: I-1552 puts in spotlight transgender agenda

It was the former drill sergeant on a February 2017 Heritage Foundation panel discussion who announced, “Biology isn’t bigotry, biology is the truth.” In her opinion, the transgender agenda is not about bathrooms, but about male violence and patriarchal domination of women. She doesn’t care if you call her a bigot.

Sue Lani Madsen: It’s time to fix Washington’s flawed public disclosure rules

One hundred eighty-five candidates just filed to run for public office in Spokane County. And many of them were in violation of the Public Disclosure Commission rules the day they filed. It wasn’t intentional. It’s an artifact of conflicting statutes and rules accumulated since the Public Disclosure Commission was created in 1972.

Sue Lani Madsen: Stress and common sense

If we treated our domestic livestock the way public wildlife managers treat “their” herds of bighorn sheep, we’d have animal welfare activists pounding on the barn doors.

Sue Lani Madsen: Supreme Court races are under-the-radar but can change lives in big ways, so vote

Washington voters are faced with competitive races for not one but three seats on the Washington Supreme Court. And last Wednesday night, all six candidates appeared on the Gonzaga campus at a forum organized by the League of Women Voters. The McCleary decision on school funding and the ruling to block charter schools inspired a small bipartisan group of legislators, including former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton, to recruit challengers.

Sue Lani Madsen: ‘Rewilding’ movement is misguided

The concept of “rewilding” is gaining prominence, but Sue Lani Madsen says the movement to return large swaths of land to its “natural” state ignores history and the adaptability of ecosystems.

Sue Lani Madsen: It’s time to return federal land to the states

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.

Sue Lani Madsen: Strict regulations on child care drive up cost and hurt families

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.