The Washington Observer

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Politics, government and influence in Washington State.
Created 03 Sep 2020
  • The Sunday Observer: Gig-economy giants prep for potential ballot fight
    19 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    The giants of the gig economy are prepping for a potential ballot measure campaign in Washington next year, paying an interesting slate of top-shelf lobbyists and other consultants as they look to war...
  • Observer acquires Washington State Wire
    16 Dec 2021 • 2 min read • 3 1
    Today we’ve got some media-business news for you: The Observer is taking over publication of the Washington State Wire. As most of you already know, the Wire has been covering the politics, policies, ...
  • Pierce County auditor jumps into SoS race
    15 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson jumps into next year’s quasi-open race for Secretary of State today, offering herself as a professional, nonpartisan alternative to the nakedly political appointme...
  • The Sunday Observer: Hyperbole, hustles and a flood of $$$ ahead of fundraising freeze
    12 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    This weekend marked the beginning of the annual “freeze” on political donations to incumbent state officials. The law forbids contributions 30 days before the Legislature’s convenes until the final ga...
  • Embattled Cannabis Board member leaves early
    09 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    A weird coincidence happened as the most prominent weed lobbyist in Washington was laying out the cannabis industry’s agenda for the coming legislative session, including an overhaul of the Washington...
  • The Sunday Observer: A bid to derail grassroots lobbying reform
    05 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    More than 100 nonprofits are trying to derail the Public Disclosure Commission’s plan to tighten the rules on “grassroots” lobbying, arguing that stiffer reporting requirements would be too burdensome...
  • Supremes shrug off redistricting chore
    03 Dec 2021 • 7 min read
    Well, that didn’t take long. On Friday, the Washington Supreme Court brusquely dismissed the idea that they should take over the job of redrawing the boundaries of Washington’s congressional and legis...
  • Implications of that Nadella stock sale
    02 Dec 2021 • 4 min read
    It’s entertaining to imagine the conversations that went on ahead of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s decision to dump half his stake in the company a few weeks before Washington State’s new capital gain...
  • Giving thanks for the Observer's readers
    25 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    Today we’re profoundly grateful to you, the Observer’s brainy, clued-in readers. Since we launched this experiment in independent journalism more than a year ago, you’ve dropped us tips, caught our ty...
  • A pre-holiday political money roundup
    24 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 0 2
    As we head into the holiday weekend, let’s take a look at the political money flowing in Olympia and elsewhere. It’s just a couple of weeks before the annual freeze on raising money comes down on memb...
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