Inside Opinion

What's on the minds of Tacoma News Tribune editorial writers

NOTICE: Inside Opinion has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved Inside Opinion.
Visit the new section.

Tag: Chris Hurst

March
20th

Save marijuana licenses for those who play by the rules

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

The Legislature doesn’t normally amend an initiative within two years of its passage. But the state doesn’t have that kind of time as it makes the rules for the soon-to-arrive legal marijuana industry.

The Liquor Control Board – which will regulate legal pot – has to get it right the first time. That’s why lawmakers should deliver the required two-thirds majority to make necessary tweaks to Initiative 502.

State Rep. Christopher Hurst, D-Enumclaw, has proposed an important amendment to the initiative. It would allow the board to charge fair-market rates for the growing, wholesaling and retailing licenses it will distribute.
Read more »

Jan.
29th

Traffic cameras can be crime-busters

This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.

Seattle police think a red-light camera might have helped catch whoever killed 21-year-old Nicole Westbrook in a drive-by shooting last spring. They figured someone who has that much disregard for human life might also disregard traffic lights, and the camera might have captured a license plate number.

But state law prohibits access to those cameras for anything other than issuing a traffic citation, so Westbrook’s killer is still at large.

That should change. Society’s interest in identifying killers far outweighs protecting the privacy of a red-light runner’s license plate number – on a public street at that.
Read more »

Oct.
5th

Labor forgives some Democrats, still snubs others

The Washington State Labor Council is out with its updated endorsements for the Nov. 2 general election, reversing some primary election snubs of Democrats not considered sufficiently pro-union. Among the newly endorsed are Rep. Dawn Morrell in the 25th District, Sen. Derek Kilmer and Rep. Larry Seaquist in the 26th, Rep. Steve Kirby in the 29th and Sen. Tracey Eide in the 30th.

But some snubs persist. The labor council still won’t endorse Rep. Chris Hurst (who calls himself an “Independent Democrat”) in the 31st District. And even though the council won’t endorse Rep. Troy Kelley in the 28th,

Read more »

Sep.
29th

Hurst, Bunney and, yes, Roach in the 31st district

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

Voters in the 31st Legislative District – which straddles Pierce and King counties and includes the cities of Sumner, Bonney Lake and Auburn – are an unpredictable lot. Just look at how they voted in the August primary.

Somehow, given a field of four candidates for state Senate, 31st district voters opted to send the two candidates with the most baggage to the Nov. 2 general election.

They shunned police officer Raymond Bunk and former Buckley City Councilman Ron Weigelt, going instead for embattled Republican incumbent Pam Roach of Auburn and Matt Richardson, another Republican and a member of the Sumner City Council. He has been slammed with allegations of personal, sexual, professional and ethical misconduct.

Given that choice, The News Tribune editorial board recommends voting for Roach and hoping that she spends the next four years building bridges – not burning more of them. Richardson is not an option.
Read more »

Sep.
21st

Democrats endorsing Pam Roach? Yes, hell has frozen over

First we had Republican Steve Vermillion endorsing Democratic incumbent state Rep. Dawn Morrell over Republican Hans Zeiger in the 25th district. (Read about it here.) Now three of the 31st district’s most prominent Democrats are endorsing a Republican for state Senate – and Pam Roach at that.

It’s not that they like Roach all that much; in fact, they call their decision to endorse her a “painful” one. It’s just that they really don’t like her Republican opponent, Sumner City Councilman Matt Richardson.

Richardson has been in the news lately for questionable use of city e-mail

Read more »