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Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, highlights legislation banning natural gas in homes and commercial buildings, a bill imposing a capital gains income tax, a proposal legalizing drug use and a repeated attempt...

Feb. 26, 2021

Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, questions a Democratic bill that restricts arrests within a mile of courthouses in a conversation with Ed Dawson and Robb Francis on KONA. In a wide-ranging interview,...

Feb. 18, 2020

Voters around the state should be concerned that their voice is not being heard in Olympia.  Two of the first bills passed by the House of Representatives would increase business taxes...

Feb. 18, 2020

Democrats in the House of Representatives passed a low-carbon fuel standard on Wednesday night. Studies show it will increase the price of gas by at least 57 cents per gallon, and...

Jan. 31, 2020

We are back in Olympia for this year's 60-day legislative session, which began Jan. 13, and it didn't take long to learn what Gov. Jay Inslee and his Democratic friends who...

Jan. 15, 2020

In the dark of night this past weekend, legislators from the majority party increased taxes on Washingtonians to the tune of about $2 billion over the next four years. This happened...

May 1, 2019

Earlier today, Democrats in the House Finance Committee passed a series of tax increases including an income tax on capital gains. Their plan increases taxes on small business, employers, families and...

April 19, 2019

A new coordinated effort is underway to convince newspapers across the state, local and state lawmakers, and the general public that removing the Snake River dams is a great idea. This...

April 12, 2019

Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, joins Capitol Report to discuss a shady effort to remove the lower Snake River dams. Schmick discusses how a Seattle-based PR firm found a single wheat farmer...

April 12, 2019

Rep. Mary Dye, R-Pomeroy, and Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, join KONA to discuss an item in the 2019-2021 Senate operating budget proposal that would study the effects of the removal of...

April 10, 2019