An intern in Olympia
Mar 20, 2018

The day of the vote, I happened to be shadowing Representative Melanie Stambaugh in Olympia. A former Washington Policy Center intern herself, Representative Stambaugh often invites current interns to spend a day with her at the Capitol. Having devoted the majority of my week to researching democratic erosion in Europe for my senior capstone, I was excited to watch functioning democracy in action.

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Food policy should put farmers and food eaters first and “farmisms” last
Mar 19, 2018

Always cautious of excessive agricultural regulations, hearing the summit’s theme of “Growing Food Policy” made me nervous. What does that even mean? After attending the conference, I’m not even sure FoodTank knew what “Growing Food Policy” meant because the myriad of suggested policies would not move forward in a consistent direction.

Is “growing food policy” even a good idea? No. Those who care about food would be wise to focus on removing excessive regulations and where needed, designing practical policy that puts the farmers and consumers first and leaves the consideration of various farmisms to the market choices of those who produce and consume farm products.

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Missed Votes Report for 2018 regular session released
Mar 14, 2018

OLYMPIA— has released its annual Missed Votes Report, which compiles the votes by lawmakers on recorded roll calls during the 2018 Regular Session of the Legislature. This year’s scheduled 60-day session ended just after 10:00 pm on March 8th, following passage of key budget and school funding by narrow vote margins.

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