Everett Herald
Editorial: Retain Peterson, Ortiz-Self for 21st LD, House

Rep. Strom Peterson, D-Edmonds, is challenged by Democrat Gant Diede of Everett and Republican Brian Thompson of Edmonds. Peterson, who owns an Edmonds restaurant and cheese shop and previously served on the Edmonds City Council, is running for his fourth two-year House term. He is challenged by Diede, a mechanic at Boeing who also is … READ MORE

The Seattle Times
The Times recommends: Strom Peterson for the 21st Legislative District, Position 1

State Rep. Strom Peterson’s pragmatic legislative record and experience as a local government official and retail business owner make him the best candidate to return to Olympia for a daunting task. The Edmonds Democrat is running for his fourth term representing the 21st Legislative District, which includes Lynnwood, Mukilteo, Edmonds and Everett.

Everett Herald
Need a bag? Your choices may soon be paper or thick plastic

Washington is on the cusp of outlawing thin plastic carry-out bags and promoting paper bags as an alternative. A bill imposing a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags is on its way to Gov. Jay Inslee. The measure, if signed, would preempt similar prohibitions in force in four cities in Snohomish County.

iFIBER One
Bill to ban solitary confinement as punishment for juveniles passes in state Legislature

A bill to ban solitary confinement as a punitive practice for juveniles has passed in the state Legislature. The legislation was requested by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who reported studies have shown solitary confinement to be both emotionally and psychologically damaging for youth. Solitary confinement can also worsen stress and other mental conditions.

Washington State Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General’s legislative proposal to ban solitary confinement as punishment for juveniles passes Legislature

Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s agency-request legislation to ban solitary confinement as a punitive practice for juveniles passed the Washington State Legislature today, in a strong bipartisan vote of 36-13. There is a growing national consensus that placing juveniles in solitary confinement is inhumane and does not improve behavior. Studies have shown solitary confinement to be … READ MORE