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Sue Lani Madsen: Fires are a reminder to volunteer

It could have been Hartline. Or Fairfield. Or Starbuck. Not the coffee chain, but the tiny town of less than 150 people in Columbia County. Rural first response is thin in the best of times and stretched beyond capacity in hellacious winds. What happened to Malden could have happened to any of the hundreds of obscure small towns scattered across Eastern and Central Washington.

Sue Lani Madsen: Direct democracy and Referendum 90

The organizers behind Referendum 90, which would repeal Washington's new sex education law, set a record in gathering signatures, collecting 264,637 with an all-volunteer effort in 90 days during a statewide shutdown sparked by a pandemic.

Sue Lani Madsen: Silence on occupied Seattle area is consent to political violence

What should a mayor’s reaction be if an armed group makes a credible threat of arson against a public building? What if the city abandons the building and militants create an autonomous zone? Hypothetically, picture the South Perry District with stolen police barricades on the streets and 911 response times delayed to homes and businesses.

Sue Lani Madsen: Gatherings offer the world guidance about a peaceful way forward

When the touchiest issue in American politics burst into literal flames after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Kitara Johnson could not stand by either. She is the mother of five, a U.S. Army veteran – and the catalyst for a Declare Yourself night on Tuesday, giving young people a microphone and an opportunity for their voices to be heard.

Sue Lani Madsen: Inslee should be more open about using pandemic to meet his climate change goals

Gov. Jay Inslee, the presidential candidate, talked of nothing but climate change. Inslee, the candidate for a third term as Washington’s governor, has of necessity been talking nothing but COVID-19 for the past two months. He tied the two together while a panelist at a virtual town hall live-streamed at on May 13. The event was titled “Saving Our Planet from the Existential Threat of Climate Change,” and fellow panelist Varshini Prakash, executive director of the Sunrise Movement, had just discussed the Green New Deal. Inslee was up next.

Sue Lani Madsen: Drop arbitrary distinction that stops essential housing from being built

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidelines. The Washington Department of Labor and Industries has put out posters, checklists and record-keeping forms. Construction workers are accustomed to complying with safety rules governing nearly every action on site, even if they sometimes roll their eyes. They’re ready. And under Gov. Inslee’s order, construction is shut down unless the project serves some activity on the list of essential services. That’s where the debate starts.

Sue Lani Madsen: ‘Essential’ marijuana still subject to sin tax

Now you know how you rate – essential or non-essential. Doctors and nurses, cops and firefighters, grocery store stock clerks and electrical linemen, farmers and truck drivers are all essential. And to the surprise and mockery of many, cannabis retailers.

Sue Lani Madsen: Farmers have to balance their interests with those of urban landowners

Trade wars are not new, and farmers who spoke off the record said standing up to China has been a long time coming. They’ll wait it out like an untimely summer thunderstorm at harvest. Explaining farming to a software engineer in San Francisco or an investment trust out of New York is a new kind of risk in a country increasingly divided between urban and rural culture.