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Weekly Columns and Op-Eds

March 14, 2016 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Hot summers, several years of low snowpack, and the severity of recent drought across the West illustrate the extent to which water is truly the lifeblood of Central Washington and our economy. Unlike the west side of the Cascades, the “rain shadow” effect caused by the mountain ranges keeps Eastern Washington dry, with less than 10 inches of rainfall on average.

March 7, 2016 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

President Teddy Roosevelt—an avid hunter and outdoorsman—summed up the general feeling about public lands best: “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children.

February 29, 2016 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Last week, the president announced his plan to close the U.S. Naval Station Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, where terrorist detainees are being held. The president’s plan is to shut down Guantánamo Bay by transferring some of the 91 detainees to other countries and moving the rest to the U.S. mainland.

February 22, 2016 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

“I don't worry about my legacy,” Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia once said. “Just do your job right, and who cares?” Last week, with the sudden passing of Justice Scalia at the age of 79, our country lost a jurist and legal scholar of the highest order.

February 15, 2016 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Last week, the Administration released the final budget under this President – a record-breaking $4.1 trillion budget for FY 2017.

February 8, 2016 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

What do you call it when the federal government targets legitimate businesses and causes them to be shut down, not for illegal activity, but because they are deemed undesirable by the Administration? Answer: federal regulatory intimidation.

January 25, 2016 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

The question of how to restore a confident America is key for our future as a nation. In terms of governing, the year ahead must be about more than allowing the president to control the national debate through executive actions during his presidency’s lame duck period. Conservatives must unite around a common vision. Instead of simply reacting to the president’s agenda of top-down rules.

January 25, 2016 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

If you listened to President Obama’s final State of the Union speech earlier this month, you would think that the President was focused on reducing burdensome federal regulations that stymie private economic growth. In his address, the President said something I, along with many Americans, can agree with: “I believe a thriving private sector is the lifeblood of our economy.

January 16, 2016 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Last week, Americans were subjected to a stunning sight: Iran’s official state television released staged photos of detained U.S. service members on their knees with their hands on their heads. One U.S. sailor—appearing to be coached by Iranians—even apologized on camera for the Americans’ supposed incursion into Iranian waters in the Persian Gulf. The detainment of U.S.

January 11, 2016 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Last week, President Obama announced his unilateral executive measures on gun control.