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It's often said that living a rural lifestyle is a choice, which of course has its unique set of challenges and benefits.  When individuals and families across out state come together...

Sept. 26, 2019

When House Democrats released their two-year state operating budget proposal March 25, we celebrated the fact that Gov. Jay Inslee's proposed $750,000 to study removal of the four lower Snake River...

April 19, 2019

Residents living in rural areas know what it means to spend ample time behind the wheel.  Whether it's driving to a doctor's appointment, getting groceries, visiting friends and family, or taking...

March 15, 2019

(As published in the Eastern Washingtonian, Feb. 2019) Efforts in Olympia to eliminate the death penalty are shortsighted and do an extreme disservice to violent crime victims, their families and the...

Feb. 27, 2019

Winston Churchill once said, “We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up...

Feb. 13, 2019

The 2019 legislative session began Monday, Jan. 14. We are honored to serve you and bring a strong voice of our 9th District citizens to the state Capitol. This year's 105-day...

Jan. 24, 2019

When a Democratic state insurance commissioner and a Democratic president can’t agree on the proper implementation of arguably one of the nation’s most expensive, most impactful and most passionately debated programs...

Dec. 13, 2013

Expansion of Medicaid not a panacea, by Rep. Joe Schmick

March 29, 2013

One of the things I continually hear when traveling around the 9th Legislative District is this: “Joe, when are politicians in Olympia going to understand the 'will of the people' when...

Jan. 29, 2013